If you’re a Colorado local, you’re no stranger to hail. Likely, you’ve had to turn to either a roofing contractor or an auto glass repair shop to help with hail-related damages. But do you know why the Centennial State gets so much of it? The guide below explains, as well as offers tips for protecting your property.
Why Is There So Much Hail in Colorado?
Colorado sits in the high plains. Where, in other states, ice has a longer distance to fall, it doesn’t have as much chance to melt on the way to the ground due to the high elevation—especially for those who live near the mountains.
Additionally, Colorado’s dry wind and air carry moisture upward to the freezing level, where it forms balls of ice.
What Times of Year Are the Worst for Hail?
Hail season is from mid-April to mid-September. Severity and frequency will vary in different parts of Colorado.
Typically, hail storms are most frequent and destructive in June. But, in southeastern Colorado, August is often the worst month. In eastern Colorado, the summer brings hailstones up to 2 inches in diameter. In northeastern Colorado, stones can get as large as 4.5 inches.
How Can You Protect Your Property From Hail?
Park your car under cover as much as possible—especially during hail season. If you know a storm is coming, but don’t have access to shelter suitable for a car, use your floor mats to protect your windshield.
As for your home, hailstones can penetrate your roof and cause serious damage. Thus, choose the right roofing material to keep you and your loved ones safe. Asphalt shingles are affordable and durable; modified asphalt shingles, in particular, are rubbery and will absorb and disperse the impact of hail. However, they might not withstand larger hailstones.
A metal roof is a highly durable and long-lasting option. If you live in an area prone to large hailstones, opt for a thicker metal like steel, which is less likely to dent or show signs of damage.
In addition, call a roofing contractor to inspect your roof after a hail storm. Depending on the type of roof you have, signs of damage can vary from sizeable dents to splits in the shingles. When hit repeatedly, a dent can turn into a hole that will bring moisture and cold air into your home. Professionals will identify weaknesses, create a custom repair plan, and save you the cost of more extensive damages.
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