Don’t Succumb to Hail Damage

It’s that time of year! As we all know, hailstorms in Colorado can strike without much (or any) warning, leaving you with little time to react. The best advice we can give is to be prepared and know what to do in order to help you and your family stay safe while also minimizing damage.

What is hail?

If you live in Colorado, you know the damage hail and cause but did you know that it is formed when water vapor in updrafts reaches a freezing point? Ice is formed and is suspended in the air by updrafts and falls down to be coated by water again. This process can occur over and over again, adding several layers to the hailstone, which is how golf ball-size hail can occur. While the average hailstorm only lasts five minutes, the damage can be extremely detrimental.

 

Maximize knowledge & Minimize hail damage

  • Consider signing up for local weather alerts, which will send you warnings when hailstorms are approaching.
  • If you’re on the road frequently (i.e. commuting) know where the closest parking garages are so you can safely ride out the storm. If you can’t reach a garage before the storm hits, pull under an overpass, gas station canopy or similar spot that can help protect you and your car from hail.
  • Once you know a hailstorm is coming, close your drapes, blinds or windows to help prevent the wind from blowing in broken glass.
  • While the weather is nice, be sure to maintain your trees and shrubbery in your yard. Especially for those taller trees that are closer to your roof, remove any weak branches.
  • If possible, park your vehicles inside a garage or under a carport.
  • If you can’t get your car to shelter, raid your linen closet and cover the car with any thick blankets, comforters or even large towels. The more layers, the better!
  • Bring all patio and lawn furniture inside or under a covered area.
  • After a hailstorm, call B&M Roofing to inspect your roof shingles for wind or hail damage.
  • Inspect your gutters, downspouts, siding and trim for hail dings.
  • The roofing materials offered by B&M Roofing are the most impact-resistant roofing materials, proven to be able to withstand Colorado weather.
  • After a serious hailstorm, be sure to call your insurance company to schedule a damage assessment and then give B&M Roofing a call to make any necessary repairs.

 

At B&M Roofing, we service everything from small residential roofs to large, complicated commercial properties throughout Colorado and surrounding areas. We’re extremely proud of the work we do and confident in our quality of craftsmanship. The next time a hailstorm rolls around (which could be this weekend) don’t hesitate to give us a call before or after to help you prepare or repair.