Guide: Hailstorms and Your Roof

Summary:

Roofs take a beating from the weather, and that weather can be particularly brutal in Colorado. Roofs are one of the most important parts of a home or building because they protect the structure from natural elements such as wind, rain, ice, snow, extreme heat and hail, but they can be damaged by those elements over time. At the Colorado Roofing Association, we want to inform the public of the problems that may arise within your home or building from a damaged roof.


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What is Storm Damage?

After a storm, debris such as leaves, tree limbs and pine needles can pile up on your roof, even if you can't see them from the ground below. This debris can add moisture to the roof’s surface causing your roof to rot. The Colorado Roofing Association recommends hiring a professional roofing company to assist with clearing this debris.

Debris uncleared from your roof can clog gutters and cause damage to your property. When gutters are clogged, rain and melted snow cannot drain properly which can lead to a buildup of standing water. This can cause interior leaks and shorten the lifespan of your roof. In addition, the extra weight of the debris and water can bend your gutters or tear them away from the roof.

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How to Know if Your Roof has Been Damaged

Following a hailstorm, it is important to inspect your roof for cracks, storm damage, loose shingles, leaks and more. In some cases, home and building owners can identify loose shingles and clogs in the gutters and downspouts from the ground. However, the Colorado Roofing Association recommends hiring a professional local roofing contractor to perform inspections from the roof to ensure the safety of the homeowner and to confirm that the roof is in good condition.


Why Should I Contact a Roofing Contractor Following a Severe Storm?

Oftentimes following a severe storm, a homeowner will be tempted to inspect their roof themselves to avoid extra costs that come with a professional. In reality, hiring a contractor is safer, takes less time, and can ultimately save the homeowner money they may end up spending on fixing any mistakes they make doing it themselves.

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Steps to Hiring a Roofing Contractor Following a Storm

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. It protects you from the elements and keeps your family safe and dry. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you hire a qualified, reputable roofer to do the job right.

Unfortunately, not all roofing contractors are legitimate. Choosing the wrong contractor can lead to additional expenses, delayed completion of projects, poor workmanship and even legal problems. Check out our tips to selecting the right contractor.


Additional Notes of Caution for Home and Building Owners

The Colorado Roofing Association’s goal is to help home and building owners make informed decisions about replacing and maintaining their roof systems. To protect yourself from scams and liability issues, follow these tips.

  • Be wary of contractors who contact you through social media
  • Make sure contractors wear proper safety gear
  • Don’t pay in full up front
  • Get more than one estimate
  • Partner with your insurance or the Colorado Roofing Association to find reputable companies

The CRA is not a consumer agency and can not handle disputes between consumers and contractors. Please review the content in this site for general information about how to select a professional roofing contractor. For specific disputes, please contact the Better Business Bureau nearest you