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A Guide to Roof Hail Damage


Northern Colorado is an area that is prone to heavy hail storms. When they occur, you can hear the ice pound on your windows and roof, and the wind whip around violently. Hail storms cause damage every year to cars, windows, siding, and roofs. 

In today’s blog post, we are going to discuss roof hail damage, the factors that can contribute to that damage, and how to decide if any damage has occurred to your roof after a storm. Continue reading to learn more and if you are concerned that your home or business may have experienced roof hail damage, contact Denali Roofing in Fort Collins today. We serve Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming and specialize in roof repair, roof replacements, and preventative roof maintenance.  

Factors That Contribute to Roof Hail Damage

Some hail storms cause more damage than others. Sometimes the hailstones are small, while other times the hailstones are large and can be dangerous. The wind also plays a role in hail damage, as well as how strong your roofing materials are. We will discuss these factors and more in depth below. 

Size of the Hailstones

The size of the hailstones is one of the factors that contributes to hail damage more than any other. Hailstones that are less than 1 inch in diameter usually do not do extensive damage to property. However, as the hailstones grow in size, they are more likely to damage your car, break windows, and leave your roof in need of repairs. 

The density of the hairstones is also important. The denser they are, the heavier they are, which means they can pick up more speed, hit your home harder, and do more damage than a less dense hailstone can. 

The Wind

Storms in Northern Colorado typically come with quite a bit of wind. When it comes to a hail storm, the stronger the wind is blowing, the harder those hailstones are going to hit your home, and the more likely roof hail damage will be. 

The Age of Your Roof

When roofs are still relatively new, the materials used are still strong and in better shape. During a hail storm, a new roof that is made from high-quality materials is less likely to be severely damaged compared to an older roof where the materials have become weak. Any age roof can be damaged in a hail storm, but severe damage is more likely in an older roof. 

Physical Barriers Protecting Your Property

While this may not be something that you can control, whether or not there are physical barriers around your home may determine how much hail roof damage occurs. If you have tall trees or buildings around your home, they may take the brunt of the force from the hailstones and protect your home. However, if your home is surrounded by large trees, you also run the risk of the storm damaging a tree and causing it to fall. 

How Do You Know if You Have Roof Hail Damage?

After a hailstorm is over, how do you tell if you have roof hail damage? Assessing the condition of your roof can be difficult without actually going up on your roof. And, while some people do prefer to climb a ladder to get up on their roof themselves, we don’t recommend it. In fact, there are some very efficient ways that you can make an educated decision about whether or not your roof has hail damage, while you remain safely on the ground. For example, damage to siding, windows, cars, or other outdoor structures may be a sign that your roof has also been damaged. If you notice any of the signs below, it may be time to call a roofing company for roof repair. 

  • You notice dents in your gutters or downspouts
  • There is hail damage to your siding, windows, or window screens
  • Other outdoor elements such as cars, sheds, and mailboxes are damaged
  • You notice spatter marks on your driveway or on the sidewalk
  • Nearby trees are damaged or have fallen
  • Neighbors have called roofing companies for roof repair

Contact Denali Roofing for a Free Roof Inspection

If you have noticed any of the signs above after a hail storm, there is a good chance that your roof has been damaged. The sooner that you address these problems, the better. When roof hail damage occurs and goes untreated, it can lead to larger, more expensive problems down the road, which might lead to premature roof replacement. 

The roofing contractors at Denali Roofing in Fort Collins will come out and inspect your roof for free. We can identify how much hail damage, if any, has occurred, and discuss next steps with you for roof repair or roof replacement. If you live in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming and think your home may have experienced roof hail damage, contact Denali Roofing today for your free roof inspection.


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