Here in Colorado, we endure all types of weather throughout the year. During the summer, many homeowners take precautions to protect their home against hail storms. The damage caused by hail can be quite extensive. We’re talking about missing roofing shingles, dents, broken siding, and even damage to your windows or doors. Hail can also lead to water damage. If you experience hail damage, you can call a local restoration company to handle any restoration or cleanup needed. First, it’s important to understand hail season in West Denver, CO.
What You Need to Know About Hail Season
Severe weather is nearly upon us. Homeowners in West Denver have an opportunity to prepare, though. This year, hail is expected to reach sizes larger than a quarter, and some may even reach the size of a grapefruit. It goes without saying that hail of this size can quite damaging to your home.
- How much hail will we get? Typically, the hail season in West Denver is from mid-April to mid-August. The area often sees three to four severe hailstorms. On average, these storms mean seven to nine days of hail per year. Overall, that does not sound bad, but hail can be damaging when it does occur.
- How large will the hail get? Typically, hail is pea- to marble-sized, though severe storms can produce larger hail. The area has previously seen record-breaking storms, so it is not outside the realm of possibility that we get hit hard this year.
- When should I take cover? Generally, homeowners should take cover indoors the moment a thunderstorm approaches. Besides hail strikes, lightning can be fatal. If you are driving, try to pull over and park near a building, under an overhang, or inside a garage to avoid severe damage.
Costly Hail Damage
According to insurance reports from the past few years, Colorado is hit with millions of dollars in insurance claims due to hail damage. For instance, in 2016, Colorado Springs was hit by a severe storm that led to $352.8 million in damages. In 2014, Denver was hit with a storm that led to $213.3 million dollars’ worth of damage.
As you can see, hail damage can be quite costly. If you are unprepared, it could be your home dealing with insurance claims and expensive repairs and restoration.
What Damages to Look For
Typically, hail damage is most prominent on the roof. Here, you’ll notice missing shingles, bruised or dented shingles, cracked shingles, leaks in the roof, and dents to the ventilation system. On exterior walls or siding, you may spot dents, cracks, holes, and chipping or discoloration. Along windows, you’ll notice shattered glass, cracks, broken panes, and damaged frames.
The damage is often immediately noticeable, however, roof leaks can remain hidden unless you examine the roof closely or inspect the attic following a severe storm.
If your home has experienced severe storm damage from a local hail storm, call Restoration 1 of West Denver at 720-573-2568. We provide around-the-clock water damage restoration and storm damage cleanup for homeowners!