It’s that time of year again. As the weather warms and Coloradans begin enjoying the great outdoors, it’s time to prepare for summer storm season. There are many important preparations to be made to protect your home from hail, high winds, and heavy rains. As an experienced local roofing company, Elite Roofing knows a thing or two about the Colorado storm season. When it comes time to batten down the hatches, you want to be sure those hatches are up to the task! So between the barbecues and summer outings, here’s what you can do to protect your home from Colorado’s severe storms and damaging hail.
How do you protect your home from hail?
Hail is one of the biggest causes of property damage in Colorado, and the Denver hail season is especially bad. How can you protect yourself? The first thing to do is make sure your property is prepared to weather the storm. That means inspecting your home before storms hit. Are your windows and doors in good condition? How about your roof?
There are also preventative measures you can take. A roof replacement might seem drastic, but if your roof is nearing the end of its life it might be a good time to upgrade to a sturdier material. Storm shutters can prevent hazardous shattered windows, as well. Finally, if you live in an area prone to hail, make sure your insurance policy includes hail damage.
How do you prevent damage from high winds?
High winds can also cause damage to homes during the storm season. Much like hail, then, you should take steps to protect your home from wind damage. Removing loose objects from around your home is a good place to start. Sudden winds can pick up debris and cause major damage. Before storms hit, stow items like patio umbrellas, flower pots, and light outdoor furniture.
Trim branches & shrubbery
Another hazard during severe storms is fallen branches. High winds (and even hail!) can cause weak or dead branches to fall on your home, damaging your roof, deck, siding, or other parts of your home’s exterior. Now is the time to take a walk around your property and identify limbs or bushes that need to be trimmed. Cutting them now can help to avoid major damage in a storm and keep your family safe.
Complete a roofing check
Your roof is your home’s first defense against inclement weather. Whether it’s high winds, heavy rain, or hail, your roof is the main barrier between your family home and severe storms. To best protect your home from damaging storms and hail, it’s a good idea to schedule a roof inspection annually. Structural weaknesses, leaks, and loose or missing shingles can all lead to more severe storm damage down the line. Rather than allowing signs of damage and age to go unchecked, taking a proactive approach can potentially save you thousands. A professional roofing contractor will be happy to help you prepare your home for the coming storms!
Protect Your Home from Hail: Schedule Your Roof Inspection Today!
At Elite Roofing, we’re here to keep your home and your family safe from the Colorado storm season. That’s why we offer free roof inspections to help you protect your home from hail, wind, rain, and everything else Colorado’s storm season has in store! Our roofing professionals have more than a decade of experience repairing and replacing roofs in Denver and throughout the Front Range. Schedule your inspection before the storms hit—contact Elite Roofing today!
(Updated: June 2020)