What Is Hail?

Hail is one of the biggest threats to any roof. When a hail storm comes in, you need to make sure to check your roof when the skies clear. Hail is a type of solid precipitation. Hail primarily occurs in warmer temperatures rather than its often confused counterpart sleet. Sleet and hail are confused for one another but sleet occurs when it’s cold and hail occurs when it’s warm.

How Is Hail Formed

Hail is a type of water ice. Its diameter can range from 5 mm to 15 centimeters depending on the weather conditions. Most thunderstorms create a variety of hail but most of it melts before it reaches a roof or the ground. When hail does strike, it can be loud, unnerving and depending on where it hits, it can be very damaging to cars, roofs and even people stranded out in it.

Weather satellites, radar detection and other storm chasing methods have developed ways to determine where hail will strike and the potential consequences of such a storm. While this isn’t foolproof, it can be a warning sign for those looking to prevent damage and seek shelter before a bad hail storm hits. Everything from air flow, friction, wind and other conditions can make it difficult to pinpoint exactly when and how a storm will hit an area. Predicting hail storms isn’t a concrete science, yet.

What Is Hail Damage?

Hail damage occurs when hail strikes an object and causes some sort of lasting issue. Hail damage can occur to human beings, animals and objects, such as roofs or cars. Roofs and cars are particularly susceptible to hail damage because they’re left out in its path.

Hail damage to a roof can cause significant issues for a home owner, especially if left unattended. Once hail damage occurs, your shingles, vents and even gutters can begin to leak or create drafts. The longer these issues go on, the more problems they can cause down the line requiring you to get your roof repaired or replaced. This adds up quickly and as soon as a hail storm is over, you should use our guide to look for hail damage. If you suspect hail damage, but aren’t quite sure, contact us today for a free estimate.

How Roofing Warranties Work

Roofing warranties, like other warranties out there, work in two ways: You’re warrantied through the roof manufacturer and you can be warrantied through the roofer. Depending on the type of warranty and coverage you want, you may end up paying more than you anticipated guaranteeing the roof stays in working condition for years to come.

How Roofing Warranties Work With Manufacturers

When you purchase a new roof, you’re essentially getting a warranty from the manufacturer as part of the price. Depending on the manufacturer, you’re covered for different circumstances and events. If you’re looking for total coverage, combining a manufacturer’s warranty with a warranty from your roofer is the way to go. When having your roof repaired or replaced, make sure you double-check what it covers so that you’re protecting your roof.

How Roofing Warranties Work With Roofers

Roofers, depending on the company, offer a variety of extended warranties that work in conjunction and long after the manufacturer’s warranty ends. When dealing with a roofer, you want to ask what type of warranty they offer, what it covers and how long it lasts. From there, you can judge whether it’s an investment or not for your home and roof. If you own your home, extended roofing warranties through your roofer is one of the best ways to ensure your investment into the future.

Roofing warranties are an essential part to having a roof replaced. If your roofer doesn’t offer a warranty, you may want to look into a roofer that does. When you’re spending the amount of money it takes to repair or replace a roof, you want to make sure that hail damage, wind gusts and other events are covered or else you’ll find yourself out a pretty penny in having to go through the process all over again.

Roofcorp offers extended warranties that will keep you covered from disaster for decades to come. Contact us today and we can walk you through what our warranties cover and how they can benefit your roof. We’re here to help you figure out what the rights steps are to replacing or repairing your roof and making sure it stays in working condition long into the future.

How to Spot Hail Damage

Hail damage is one of the biggest threat to any roof. Whether you own, rent or our vacationing, a hail storm can be a dangerous weather event. While most hailstorms are minimal in scope, size and damage, an intense hailstorm can break windows, dent cars and destroy a roof. We’ll show you how to spot hail damage after a storm so you can get your roof repaired before it becomes a bigger issue to handle.

Spotting Hail Damage

The best way to spot hail damage after a storm is to get a ladder and look at your roof. While you can use a pair of binoculars as we’ve suggested in the past for looking for roof damage, it’s easier to inspect a roof via ladder. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, we can come out and do a free inspection for hail damage so you can know for sure.

Before you begin, the three major signs of hail damage are:

  • Missing chunks of asphalt
  • Bruising in shingles
  • Cracking on shingles

The first step is to check roof vents, flashing and valleys to see if any dents are present. By the time you check the roof, hail may not still be sitting on it so until you get up close and look around, you may not realize the extent of damage.

After checking the above, look at the ridge cap. This is the area of your roof most prone to damage from hail because it’s being hit directly as opposed to being sideswiped during the storm. Next, check the shingles. You want to examine the entire shingle and not just the edges for dents and chips.

You’re looking for any missing pieces, exposed asphalt (which is what holds the shingles to the roof), along with any dents or chunks lost from your roof’s shingles. If you press against the shingle and notice any give, it can also be a sign of hail damage or some other type of impact damage and deterioration.

If you’re not sure if you roof has hail damage or not, you can check yourself or hire a professional to come out and do an inspection. If you suspect any type of damage from hail, don’t delay. The quicker you discover if you have damage, the sooner you can get your roof repaired.

How to Perform a Roof Self-Check

With spring around the corner, performing a roof self-check is more important than ever. During the winter, ice, sleet, snow and wind can cause issues with your roof you may not notice until the weather is warmer. While you can always contact a roofer, like Roofcorp, to come out and inspect your roof, this will often cost you money if no damage is found and a quote isn’t made. That’s why performing a roof self-check is the easiest way to find out if you need a roofer in the first place.

Performing a Roof Self-Check

Roof inspections and self-checks are a type of preventative maintenance for your roof. It’s something that should be done after any major storm or suspected damage or leaks. You can do a roof self-check from the ground with a pair of binoculars if getting up on the roof proves cumbersome, too.

You can perform a simple roof self-check yourself before calling in the professionals by looking for the following on your roof:

  • Look for cracks, cracked caulk or rust spots
  • Identify shingles that are blistering, buckling or curling
  • Locate any missing shingles
  • Look for moss, lichen or any growths on, under or around shingles
  • Find colored grit or pieces of shingles in your gutters

Any of the above or a combination of issues can indicate that your roof needs a proper inspection. Luckily, Roofcorp can help. We offer a prompt, free roof estimate where we get on your roof, do a thorough inspection and draft up a bid on what it would cost to repair or replace your roof. From there, you can make the decision on what steps to take next.

Depending on the scope of the damage and how old the roof is, your insurance company may be able to help and we can walk you through the process, too. By performing roof self-checks throughout the year, you can prevent further damage to your roof caused by age, weather and the sun. You’d be surprised by how many roofing issues you can avoid by performing a roof self-check and we encourage you to do one today.

Welcome to Denver Roofing!

It can be hard for consumers to find the right Denver roofing company. Roofcorp of Metro Denver has been in business for over 17 years and has installed tens of thousands of roofs throughout Colorado. We’ve built our business from the ground up on the principles of customer service, getting the job done right and putting our money where our mouths are.

Finding a Denver Roofing Specialist

When you’re looking for a Denver roofing company, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How long have they been in business?
  • Are they accredited with the BBB?
  • Do they offer free, prompt estimates?

Roofcorp has been in business for more than 17 years serving the Denver roofing community. They specialize in residential roofing and offer a variety of products ranging from shingles to metal roofing to T-Loc. Denver roofing specialists from Roofcorp offer free estimates and can help you through the difficult process of insurance claims. Whether you need a new roof or a repair, Roofcorp can help.

Roofcorp is a Denver roofing company that is accredited with the BBB. We have been accredited since 2006 and hold an A+ rating. We’re also on Angie’s List, boasting A reviews across the board.

When looking for a Denver roofing company you can trust, you want to find a reliable, long-lasting and customer-focused company. Roofcorp prides itself on customer satisfaction, working with you until the job is done. We’ll walk you through the entire process from the moment of our initial bid to the delivery of roofing materials to the job itself. Even after the installation, we can work with you to warranty, certify and insure your roof well into the future.

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We look forward to connecting with you and helping you with all your Denver roofing needs! Roofcorp is here for you no matter what your residential roofing needs are. Give us a call today at (303) 766 – 2444 for a free, prompt roofing estimate and let us show you why we’re the only choice for Denver roofing.