Hail season in Colorado runs from mid-April through September, and typically causes a lot of damage to roofs! Don’t be caught by surprise, learn more about potential damage and how you can prevent it.
As you might expect, roofing isn’t a year-round endeavor. It can be difficult to work on roofing projects during the cold of winter, for instance. Milder temperatures are much more ideal, making fall a busy time of year. But for Colorado roofers there’s another factor to consider: hail.
Hailstorms become increasingly common through the spring and into the summer, and hail damage inspection jobs keep roofers’ calendars filled throughout this busy time of year. That makes it especially important to schedule a roofing inspection sooner rather than later—so you can make sure your roof is ready for these damaging storms.
When is hail season in Colorado?
Generally speaking, hail season in Colorado runs from mid-April through September. While hailstorms are some of the most variable weather events in terms of frequency and severity, the worst storms tend to occur during June. This makes the summer months the busiest time of year for hail damage inspections, and the best time to get in is April and May before the hail season is in full force.
What damage occurs during winter?
The primary sources of damage to your roof in winter are cold temperatures, wind, and ice dams. Ice from freezing temperatures is, in many ways, the first source of damage to your roof. Water can seep into the smallest cracks, then expand as it freezes, prying apart roofing materials such as pieces of membrane, as well as flashing and fasteners. Extreme temperatures can also cause roofing membranes and other materials to stretch and shrink, making them more vulnerable to impact damage over time. High winds, meanwhile, are a year-round problem in Colorado, but wind storms in winter are particularly brutal. Finally, poor interior ventilation can lead to ice dams on your roof, a dangerous phenomenon that is a major source of leaks.
How can an inspection help?
Having your roof inspected before hail season will inform you of any vulnerabilities before the worst hailstorms set in. While a hail damage inspection will reveal whether your roof has been compromised by recent hailstorms, scheduling an inspection before this season is much a more proactive and preventative strategy.
A professional roofer can identify any potential weak points that may be further damaged by hail, such as brittle sections of membrane or exposed cutters that have been loosened by things like icicles. An inspection can also reveal things like exposed flashing or loosened roofing material that could become a much more serious problem in the face of hail or accompanying high winds.
CJ Roofing: Schedule Your Free Commercial Roofing Inspection!
Regular roof inspections are an integral part of an effective commercial roof maintenance strategy. Whether it’s a diagnostic hail damage inspection or a proactive check for vulnerabilities, regular inspections can extend the life of your roof and help prevent damage from compounding into a more costly problem. At CJ Roofing, our roofing professionals know exactly what to look for to make sure your home or business’s roof is ready to stand up to the worst Colorado hailstorms. Contact us today to schedule your inspection!