Are You Ready for Colorado Hail Season?
It’s not uncommon for Colorado to experience sunny blue skies, rain showers, and hail storms over the course of a day. You never know when the next hail storm is going to hit, so it’s important to prepare your home in advance to avoid any structural or financial difficulties down the road. Here are our best tips to get you ready for Colorado hail season:
Secure the Interior of Your Home
If a huge hail storm is headed into your city, it’s important to secure the interior of your home to keep your family and home safe. Secure heavy furniture, such as bookcases or armoire, that could tip over during a storm. Close all interior doors in the house to avoid slamming and lock all windows and exterior doors. Close curtains to prevent glass shards from flying across the room if a window does happen to break.
Prepare your Roof
Inspect your roof at the beginning of hail season to identify any areas that are more susceptible to hail damage. Replace damaged shingles and flashing and clean out gutters so that heavy rain can drain properly during a storm. If you do find any considerable damage on your roof prior to a storm, try to get a professional contractor to repair the damage as soon as possible.
Make an Emergency Kit
Hail storms have been known to shut down roads for hours and you don’t want to be caught without the right supplies while you wait out the storm. Having an emergency kit can also be extremely helpful if any of your valuables are damaged as a result of the storm. Your emergency kit should include food, bottled water, extra cash, copies of important documents in a waterproof pouch, and an inventory list of valuables.
Identify a Safe Place
Some parts of your home will be safer than others during a hail storm. The safe place you choose should be away from windows and preferably in the basement if you have one. If you don’t have a basement, find a room on the main level of the house with no windows.
Update your Insurance Policy
Fixing a roof after a hailstorm can cost between $5,000 and $10,000, according to The Weather Channel, and windows and siding damage can increase that cost to $30,000 or more. Often times, your insurance will not cover what they consider “cosmetic damage” that does not affect your home’s structure. Make sure your home insurance policies are up to date and you report any structural damage to your insurance agent as soon as possible following a storm.
Preparation is key when it comes to protecting your home from hail storms. Hail is unavoidable in Colorado, but by having a plan, you are more likely to protect the structure of your home, your valuables, and your family. There’s no better day than today to start prepping for hail season, so give us a call at 303.443.5843 to schedule a roof inspection to ensure your roof is ready for hail season.