Colorado’s Summer Storms: What’s in Store?

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!

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(Updated: June 2020)

Denver Hail Storm Season Explained

The arrival of spring is a happy occasion, as the days grow longer and warmer, and the rains bring all the flora to vibrant life. But as every Denver resident knows, those April showers also have a dark side: hail storms. Depending on who you ask, Denver’s hail storm season lasts from mid-April until sometime around mid-August or mid-September. In particularly bad years, though, those four or five months can feel like years as storm after storm pummels the homes and livelihoods of folks across the Front Range. That’s because Denver lies within what meteorologists call “hail alley,” an area of the U.S. that sees more hail storms than any other.

But why does this happen? How costly are Denver’s frequent hail storms? And what can Denverites do to keep their families, their homes, and their livelihoods safe? At Elite Roofing, a significant part of our work involves inspecting, repairing, and even replacing roofs that have been severely damaged by Denver’s all-too-common hail storms. Because we’re so familiar with the incredible destruction caused by these storms, we’ve decided to put together a complete guide to Denver’s hail storm season to help our readers understand these powerful forces of nature—and how to prepare for them. Let’s get started!

Hail storms and the Front Range: A perfect storm

To understand why Denver and the rest of hail alley see so much hail, it’s important to understand both what hail is and how it forms. At the most fundamental level, hail is ice that falls to the ground as precipitation. Hail forms inside severe thunderstorms due to updrafts, as raindrops are forced to higher altitudes where the temperature is much colder, causing the droplets to freeze into ice. These pieces of ice then collide with other droplets of rain, which freeze onto the fledgling hailstones and cause them to grow larger. When the hailstones are too heavy for the updrafts to support, either because the updraft becomes weaker or the hailstones grow larger, they fall to the ground as hail.

Hail formation is not necessarily uncommon. Many severe storms have updrafts that blow raindrops such that they freeze. However, oftentimes hail melts before reaching the ground. This can happen either due to warmer air temperatures closer to the ground or because the hailstones have so far to fall. A combination of these factors explains why Florida tends not to have many hail storms despite having the most thunderstorm-prone cities of any state. Florida is relatively low-lying and warm, meaning that while severe thunderstorms are quite common, hail has far to fall in warmer temperatures before reaching the ground.

This is why Denver sees damaging hail storms so often. To reach the Mile High City, hail has much less farther to fall and less time to melt into rain—we are, after all, as much as a mile closer to the hail here in Denver. In addition, mountain ranges see updrafts much more commonly, acting as an elevated heat source that pulls warm air up into the atmosphere. In other words, the high elevation paired with the nearby Rocky Mountains are a perfect storm for hail production—a storm with Denver and the rest of hail alley caught smack-dab in the center.

How do hail storms affect humans?

When it gets down to it, severe hail can have many negative effects on humans. However, that human cost usually doesn’t come in the form of a death toll. If you’re thinking “Can a hail storm kill you?,” you can find some solace knowing that deaths from being struck by hail are incredibly rare. The last hail-related death in Colorado occurred in 1979, while the most recent hail fatality in the United States overall was in 2000. Hail storms can certainly kill animals, however, and humans have been injured by hail often enough. For instance, a 2018 hail storm injured 14 people and killed five animals at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, near Colorado Springs.

Rather than looking at these storms in terms of casualties, however, the negative effects of hail are more commonly framed in terms of the damage done to homes and livelihoods. Hail storms commonly destroy crops and, yes, kill livestock caught out in the open, a tragedy that also severely harms the economic situations of farmers. And as we know all too well at Elite Roofing, Denver’s brutal hail storms can cause severe damage to the roofs of homes and businesses throughout the area. Hail damage to properties and vehicles in the Denver metro has been measured in the billions for particularly destructive storms, such as the May 2017 tempest that caused upwards of $2.3 billion in damages

How big can hail get?

Hailstone from powerful hail storms next to ruler

Weather reports on hail use a variety of comparisons in describing the size of hail. You might see minor hail storms produce “pea-sized” hail, while some of the more destructive storms on record have pelted areas with hail “the size of golf balls.” The National Weather Service even has a complete hail size chart, with comparisons to peas and marbles all the way up to grapefruits and softballs. 

The largest hailstone ever recorded in the United States fell in Vivian, South Dakota, a hailstone that was nearly 8 inches in diameter. But with larger comparisons easily imaginable—like dodgeballs, basketballs, and beach balls—is this the upper limit? It’s difficult to say what the largest possible hailstone could be, especially with factors like climate change to consider. Some have theorized that climate change could result in fewer, but more severe hail storms, which could certainly break the above record. The important takeaway, though, is that hail can be quite variable, and it’s best to err on the side of caution when hail might be headed for your city.

Can we predict hail storms?

When listening to weather forecasts, you may have identified a pattern with reporting on hail. Weather reports and news broadcasts tend to say that storms “could produce hail,” rather than offering more definitive information on how likely hail is to fall and how severe it could be. According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), this is because “There is no clear distinction between storms that do and do not produce hailstones.” In fact, “Nearly all severe thunderstorms probably produce hail aloft,” but as noted in the previous section, hail often melts before striking the ground and causing damage.

Even so, there is a great deal of research currently studying how to better predict the likelihood of hail storms, as well as other factors such as the size of hail. The NSSL, for example, has worked on a technology called dual-polarization radar, which aims to better identify different kinds of precipitation. Many different research groups, including at the NSSL and other meteorology institutes, have formulated algorithms to aid forecasters in predicting hail. The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at UC Boulder even has a project called CHAT dedicated to tracking and predicting hail accumulation—an unfortunately real and surprisingly common phenomenon that may have you breaking out your snow shovel in the spring and summer.

Even with these research efforts, however, hail remains difficult to predict, especially as to where it will fall. Hail tends to fall along relatively narrow swaths, similar to the path of a tornado. Because of this, the best advice may actually be to react to hail the way we do to potential tornadoes. After all, tornadoes are incredibly destructive, yet hard to predict in terms of where they’ll touch down—if they do at all. Thus for hail and tornadoes alike, it’s a good idea to pay attention to forecasts describing storms that could produce either of these weather events and prepare accordingly.

Preparing for hail storms

As readers well know, there’s really no way to avoid being affected by Denver’s frequent hail storms. Short of picking up and moving, these weather events are simply a fact of life—but that doesn’t mean Denver residents are helpless. There are several actions home and business owners can take to prepare for these storms and minimize the out-of-pocket costs incurred by hail damage.

Long before: Insurance coverage

One of the most essential ways to prepare ahead of time is through insurance coverage. For any Denver resident, it’s critical to make sure your home or business is covered by a policy that includes coverage for hail damage. You wouldn’t be alone in getting hail insurance, not by a long shot; Colorado is second only to Texas—a state more than twice its size—in terms of hail damage claims. And while insurance does carry a cost, hail damage is practically inevitable in Denver. Insurance coverage can help farmers recover crop losses, drivers recoup expenses from vehicle damage, and homeowners pay for a roof repair, costs that might otherwise drain a large portion of your savings or necessitate a loan.

As the storm strikes: Seek shelter and keep an eye on forecasts

As for more in-the-moment preparations, you may feel like the only thing you can do is hunker down when hail storms are predicted in your area. And it’s certainly true that you should stay indoors, as one of the reasons hail-related injuries have declined over the years is because meteorologists are able to warn people early on. If the hail storm is still a ways off, bring any outdoor machinery, vehicles, or appliances to a sheltered area. Be sure to park your car in a garage or carport, if you have one. Keep children and pets indoors and away from windows. 

But besides these safety precautions, it’s also important to pay close attention to hail-related weather updates. This is because meteorologists will often describe the hail in terms of its size, color, or even its destructive capabilities. Large, clear-colored hailstones generally cause more damage than smaller, cloudier ones. If your local weather station describes the hail as pea-sized and cloudy, you likely won’t have to worry about damage to your roof or home. If the hail is larger or denser (and thus clear in color), be prepared to assess any damage to your home promptly.

Hail storms: What to do after the fact

After a hail storm passes, the clock starts ticking. This is because insurance claims for hail damage must typically be filed within a certain window of time. That makes paying attention to the destructive capabilities of the hail storm all the more important; if you know the hail was likely to damage your roof, a roof inspection becomes very necessary.

You can do a cursory visual inspection of your roof from the ground before calling in a professional roofer. First, look for any pieces of roofing that have fallen to the ground. This could include things such as shingles, chunks of tile, or pieces of flashing. Broken pieces of roofing material are the clearest evidence of damage to your roof. Next, you can look for more circumstantial evidence of damage. For example, take a look at other portions of your home’s exterior. If you find dented gutters, broken siding, and damaged decks or fencing, it’s very likely that your roof has sustained damage as well.

In doing this cursory inspection, it’s very important to stay off your roof. While walking on your roof is never a good idea at the best of times, it’s even more risky when your roof has just been hit by a hail storm. Walking around could worsen existing damage to your roof, and it’s generally best left to the experts. If you note any signs of hail damage to your roof, it’s important to schedule a professional inspection promptly. Even if you don’t notice damage, it’s good to err on the side of caution, as an experienced roofer will be able to identify signs that you may have missed.

Elite Roofing Offers Free Hail Damage Inspections

Hail storms can be a stressful time. These damaging weather events can put families and livelihoods at risk, and that risk is even greater here in Denver because of our hail alley location. The Elite Roofing team is locally based, so we personally understand just how scary it can be to know your roof may be damaged. That’s why we offer free roof inspections after hail storms: to give folks the peace of mind that comes with knowing exactly what’s happened to their roof and how to make it good as new again. If you think your roof has been damaged by recent hail storms, or if you want to make sure it’s ready for the Denver hail storm season, contact us today for a free inspection!

Heavy Snow Accumulation & Your Colorado Springs Roof

A roof covered in snow is considered synonymous with Colorado Springs winters. However, excessive snow accumulation on your roof carries hidden dangers. While it takes a great deal of snow to compromise a roof, anyone from the Colorado Springs area – especially roofing contractors – can tell you we experience extreme amounts of snow with regularity. But when should you be worried, and what can you do about snow accumulation? At Elite Roofing, we know a thing or two about the effects of snow on Colorado Springs roofing systems. So today, we’re sharing some key points about how to deal with this hazard appropriately and keep your family safe.

Snow accumulation: A heavy subject

How much weight can your roof hold, and how much does snow weigh? Both questions can be difficult to answer. As a rule of thumb, most roofs can safely support up to 20 pounds per square foot of snow. However, this can change depending on the shape and slope of your roof. A Colorado Springs roofing expert should be able to estimate how much snow your roof can handle.

Figuring out the weight of snowfall can be even trickier. First, you need to find out if the snow on your roof is freshly fallen or old and packed down. The fresh, fluffy stuff is rather light, while packed snow tends to be heavier. Typically, wetter, packed snow weighs about twice as much as fresh snow; most roofs can safely hold four feet of fresh snow, but only two feet of older, packed snow. Ice is even more dangerous, as a mere inch of ice weighs about as much as a foot of snow.

What signs should I watch for?

Of course, it can be difficult to figure out the consistency and depth of the snow and ice accumulating on your roof. Thus, it’s important to watch for other signs that your roof may be overloaded and in danger of collapsing. Any degree of visible sagging is a major concern, as well as creaking or popping sounds. If your roof has newly sprung leaks, this is also a telltale sign that your roof is at risk. Finally, if doors and windows become harder to open – and especially if they’re sticking at the top or bottom – this is a sign that the frame of your house has too much weight resting on it.

What can homeowners do about excess snow?

Depending on your experience and comfort level, you may be able to safely remove the worst of the snow on your roof. It’s important to exercise extreme caution when doing this, however, as roofs are extremely treacherous in the winter. As a rule of thumb, avoid climbing on the roof, as you risk slipping and falling or even becoming the metaphorical straw that breaks the camel’s back. Extendable snow rakes are much more ideal than walking on your roof, and you can find these at most hardware stores.

 Alternatively, many roofing contractors in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area offer some form of snow-clearing service, and they’ll have much better equipment, more experience, and better safety protocols. Further, there are preventative measures you can take to prevent or mitigate snow accumulation. Heating systems can be installed to melt away snow, while gutter screens and covers keep these crucial roofing elements clear so water always has somewhere to go.

Elite Roofing: Colorado Springs Roofing Contractors

As a locally owned and operated roofing company, our Elite Roofing team is very familiar with the havoc Colorado Springs winters can wreak on roofing systems in the area. Whether it’s high winds and storms, perilous ice dams, or snow accumulation threatening your roof, we’re here to help you deal with it all. Contact our team today to find out how we can help ensure your roof withstands the worst of Colorado’s winter weather.

 

Colorado Fall Roof Maintenance Tips

Roof maintenance is a crucial part of making sure your home is ready to withstand Colorado’s tempestuous climate, and that applies year-round. But at Elite Roofing, we see fall as an especially important time for roof maintenance. During fall months, milder weather makes for optimum conditions for working on roofing projects. Also, fall marks the last chance during the year to shore up your roof before brutal winter weather sets in – weather that can exacerbate moderate roof damage, creating much more challenging problems. So as the weather cools and Halloween approaches, here are a few important roof maintenance tips to keep in mind for this fall.

Clean your gutters

Autumn is a beautiful season, as trees put on a gorgeous and colorful show before finally dropping their leaves as the cold weather sets in. When you rake fallen leaves from your yard, though, don’t forget that they come to rest in more places than just your lawn. 

Yes, fall is gutter-cleaning season, as allowing shed leaves to remain in your gutters will prevent rainwater from draining off your roof properly. This buildup of water is irritating in the fall – but dangerous in the winter, as cluttered gutters can cause melting snow and ice to form ice dams. These dams can cause serious injuries when they ultimately plummet from your roof, so don’t overlook cleaning your gutters as a key fall roof maintenance tip.

Trim back your trees

Winter is also a season rife with fallen branches, as high winds and ice storms cause immense strain for the trees around your home. While many fallen branches will wind up in your yard, take some time in the fall to check for any branches hanging over your roof, your fence, and other things that could be seriously damaged if they were to fall. Take particular note of branches that are dead or otherwise weakened, as these are sure to come down sooner rather than later. Trimming high-risk branches during the fall will drastically reduce the risk of your roof being damaged by debris during winter storms.

Get a roof inspection

Another important roof maintenance tip for the fall is to thoroughly inspect your roof before winter arrives in full force. As mentioned above, fall is both the optimal time to schedule needed repairs and, in many cases, the last chance to complete repairs until spring arrives again. While you may not see any obvious damage from the ground, only a thorough inspection by a professional roofer can ensure that no problems have arisen during the summer.

Schedule necessary repairs

If your roof has sustained damage, now is the time to address it, even if the issues are relatively small. Winter is a time of year when minor damage is compounded, as the extreme weather batters your roof and the constant freezing and thawing of ice widens existing cracks and crevices. What’s more, fall is a great time for roof repairs, as the cooler weather makes for more optimal working conditions than the heat of summer. Many Colorado roofing companies fill up their calendars during the fall – so be sure to get your roof on their schedule while you still can. 

Elite Roofing: Fall Roof Maintenance

For the Elite Roofing family, fall roof maintenance is about more than a handful of tips – it’s about the peace of mind you can only get from knowing that your home is ready for winter, from top to bottom. That starts with keeping your roof and gutters clear of debris and checking regularly for damage, especially before winter arrives. To stay on top of things, request your free roof inspection today! Let us make sure your roof is ready to stand up to the looming Colorado winter.

 

Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Hail Damage to Your Roof

With spring and summer come severe weather and hailstorms – and with hailstorms comes potentially severe hail damage to your roof. In 2018, some 4,611 storms produced hail in the United States, a figure that has already been surpassed in 2019, according to the National Weather Service.

roof hail damageHowever, not every hailstorm is created equally. Some storms produce softball-sized chunks of ice that wreak havoc on anything exposed to the elements, while other storms drop only tiny hailstones that do little more than make a lot of noise. Following these severe storms, it’s important to determine whether your roof has been damaged by hail, as this damage can result in leaks and other complications that can dramatically decrease the lifespan of your roof.

It’s often difficult to tell how strong a hailstorm is or was from indoors, and the strength of such a storm can literally make or break your roof. So today, we’re sharing a complete guide to hail damage to your roof. Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about how to check for roof hail damage, how much hail damage warrants replacing or repairing your roof, and when and how to file an insurance claim so your family and livelihood is fairly covered and compensated. Let’s get started!

When to inspect your home for roof hail damage

As with all property damage, there is a limited amount of time to file an insurance claim for hail damage to your roof. We’ll go into more detail on insurance claims a bit later. Since time is of the essence, it’s important that you check for damage and, if necessary, schedule a professional inspection immediately following a hailstorm.

There are a few things you can take note of early on that may give you an idea of how much damage your roof has sustained. One smart move is to pay attention to any descriptions of hailstones you find in weather reports both during and after a severe storm. Large hail is often more destructive, though this isn’t the only metric that factors into how much damage hail leaves behind. In some ways, density is even more important than size, and the density of a hailstone can be estimated from its color. For instance, cloudy hailstones are full of air molecules and therefore less dense. Clearer hailstones, however, are denser pieces of solid ice that pack much more destructive power. Additionally, factors like the age of your roof, its slope, and the materials used in its construction play a role in how much hail damage your roof can reasonably sustain.

So, while most roofs won’t need a close inspection following pea-sized, cloudy hail; larger and denser hailstones signify that you should check more closely for damage after the storm has passed.

Identifying and assessing hail damage to your roof

To begin with, the most important piece of advice when assessing hail damage to your roof is to leave up-close inspections to the experts. Climbing onto your roof is inadvisable under ordinary circumstances, if you aren’t experienced. That risk only increases when your roof may have sustained damage during the most recent storm.

With this in mind, professionals with experience climbing ladders will be able to identify signs of hail damage on a roof quite readily. Hail impacting shingles and roof tiles can dent and chip away at these materials, so any cracks or obvious surface damage is a sign that your roof has sustained damage. Loss of protective granules is a common result of hailstorms hitting asphalt roofs, while exposure of or damage to the underlying fiberglass mat suggests more severe damage. Checking for debris is also a good idea, as scattered pieces of roofing material are a telltale sign that your roof has sustained significant damage. In extreme cases, shingles may have even come loose entirely.

The good news is you can check for damage to your roof without having to get on a ladder.

Here are the signs to look for from ground level that can clue you in and prompt you to schedule a roof hail damage inspection. Any part of your home’s exterior may hold clues as to how damaging the most recent hailstorm was. If your gutters and downspouts are dented, siding is loose or broken, or decks and fencing have been damaged, your roof has likely been damaged as well. Further, check the ground around your home for pieces of shingles or other roofing debris, as this is a dead giveaway for hail damage to your roof.

Filing an insurance claim for roof hail damage

While insurance companies vary greatly in terms of their coverage, they will only cover hail damage to your roof if a claim is filed within a certain window of time. The size of this window to file a claim depends on both the insurance provider and the specific policy, but in every case, timing is critical in ensuring coverage.

The extent of hail damage required to warrant repairs or a roof replacement also varies. In general, insurance companies will want to see evidence of a certain number of hits (i.e., clear dents or missing asphalt) within a particular area on multiple sides of the roof – for example, 10+ hits within a 10×10 area on two sides of your roof. In short, the density of hail damage needs to meet the standards of your insurance policy in order to warrant coverage.

However, insurance companies typically differentiate between ‘functional’ and ‘cosmetic’ damage as well. Insurance companies will often only cover functional roof damage and not cover damage that their assessors determine to be purely cosmetic in nature. Because of the specific standards and the short window of time for filing an insurance claim, it’s important to schedule a professional roofing inspection promptly following a hailstorm during should you suspect your

roof may have sustained hail damage. Then, if your professional roofing inspector believes the hail damage to your roof is substantial enough to warrant filing an insurance claim, you may be able to have your roof repaired or replaced for the mere cost of your insurance deductible.

When does roof hail damage warrant replacement versus repairs?

Coverage for roof replacement or repair services is ultimately up to your insurance company. However, if you’re paying out of pocket, it’s important to consider the risks and benefits of repairing versus completely replacing your roof.

There are certain clear-cut cases in which you should replace a damaged roof. If damage to your roof is widespread or your roof begins leaking as a result of storm damage, this is cause for taking such action. In the case of less extensive damage, sometimes a simple repair can add years to the lifespan of your roof, staving off a much more costly replacement.

Cases that fall somewhere in the middle are typically the trickiest to navigate. Depending on the age of your roof and the extent of the hail damage it has sustained, repairing your roof may be costlier in the long run than replacing it outright. Doing nothing can also be costly, as minor hail damage becomes a major problem for your roof if water and other elements begin seeping into the small chips and divots that hail can leave behind. Water and ice damage can wreak havoc on roofs very quickly, so even minor hail damage today should be considered for repairs.

To aid in this difficult decision, a licensed roofing expert can help you determine the extent of hail damage to your roof and identify other signs of roof deterioration. With this information, you can be confident that you’re making the most cost-effective decision for your home, your family and/or your business.

In Conclusion

Understanding roof hail damage and assessing its severity is an important skill – not just for roofing experts and project managers, but for homeowners as well. Knowing what to look for and having a grasp of when to hire a professional to fully evaluate storm damage to your roof are vital to getting the most out of your insurance coverage. Additionally, sometimes it’s all too obvious that your roof is in need of repairs, and this helps you get a jump-start on filing a claim and scheduling repairs. Severe storms can be frightening and costly. But with the right knowledge, you can be confident and secure in the knowledge that you’ll be fairly covered and compensated for any hail damage to your roof.

Time for a roofing inspection? Contact a trusted roofer in your area to schedule a professional inspection. Not sure where to begin? Ask friends and loved ones for referrals, research online reviews with Yelp, the BBB and Google. You’re sure to find a reputable roofing company willing to complete a complimentary roofing inspection and help you explore your options.

Castle Rock Hail Damage: the 2019 Storm Season is Officially Here

It doesn’t get much better than springtime in the Rockies. As we all thaw out from the winter and begin planning for our favorite summer activities, we also need to start preparing for Colorado’s infamous storm season. With it comes beautiful lightning shows, major rain falls, gale-force winds and even heavy hail storms.

The first major storm of 2019 hit the Front Range on the evening of June 8, packing a major punch and leaving a lot of damage in its wake. While we have experienced small hail and wind storms already this year, Saturday storm was by far the biggest. Tennis ball sized hail was reported around 7:15 pm, just 3 miles from the heart of Castle Rock. In addition to the Castle Rock hail damage, Henderson, Lafayette, Brighton and other Northern Denver suburbs were also hit with major hail damage.

Castle Rock golf ball sized hail.

credit: Zachary Canady

Was Your Property Damaged?

Was your property hit by Saturday’s storm? If so, chances are, you sustained at least some degree of damage. The good news is however, minor hail or wind damage is not always indicative of the need of repairs. While we always recommend leaving roof hail damage inspections to the professionals, there are some signs you can look for from a safe vantage point on the ground. We encourage you to walk the perimeter of your property and to check for signs of hail or wind damage, not only to your roof but, to your vehicles, windows, siding and other vulnerable areas. When observing your roof, look for the following:

If you see any of these signs, it’s a good idea to contact a Castle Rock roofing company to schedule a professional inspection.

Time is of the Essence

One major mistake homeowners makes is not acting quickly after sustaining storm damage. This is a concern for several reasons:

Insurance Coverage

Depending on your insurance coverage, you have a specific amount of time in which you can make an insurance claim following an incident. While this grace period will differ from provider to provider and policy to policy, you have a predetermined amount of time to make your claim. Putting things off can place you in danger of not being able to file a claim.

Further Damage

In addition, by allowing your Castle Rock hail damage to remain unaddressed, you run the risk of having a larger problem on your hands in the future. Erosion of shingle damage can continue, causing a compounding problem. A small leak today can become larger water damage in just a matter of days or weeks as summer storms continue.  In other words, what may begin as a minor roof repair can quickly become a major problem, or even a roof replacement, before you know it.

Schedule Your Castle Rock Roof Hail Damage Inspection Today!

At Elite Roofing, we are proud to be Castle Rock’s leader in storm damage repair. Our experienced team is here to help you through every stage of the process. Don’t allow a small issue to become a costly problem, schedule your free, no-obligation roofing inspection today!

Did we mention that while we’re on your property, our professional roofing inspector will also provide a comprehensive inspection of your windows, siding, fencing and gutters? Allow us to help you determine if Saturday’s storm did in fact cause property damage that needs to be repaired. Schedule your free inspection today!

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How to Spot Wind Damage to Shingles

With Colorado’s infamous storm season fast approaching, we always like to take this opportunity to help property owners prepare for what’s to come. As leading Denver roofers, serving the Mile High City for more than a decade, we have helped thousands of homeowners repair and replace roofs after sustaining storm damage. When we think of roof damage, many of us think of hail. However, wind damage can be just as destructive. Let’s take a closer look at how to spot wind damage and what you should do if you discover some.

How Does Wind Damage a Roof?

When a major wind storm hits, your roof is not hit evenly. Instead different areas of your roof, depending on height and orientation, will be impacted differently. Typically, ridgelines and corners sustain the most damage, though loose shingles can also take a major hit. When strong gusts of wind lift shingles or tear them off completely, your underlayment can be exposed to the elements, making your home susceptible to leaks.

Not only can strong winds cause direct damage to your roof, they can also cause debris to hit and damage your roof. From falling trees to flying debris, wind storms can pose a major threat to your property.

Wind Damage: What to Look For

There are many signs to look for when surveying your property for wind damage including:

Professional Denver Roofers: When to Call

Wind damage can cause more harm than what meets the eye. An experienced Denver roofer will be able to help you assess the health of your roof and determine if you are in fact in need of a roof replacement or repair. We encourage you to keep this in mind as we all prepare for storm season. After all, what starts as a small issue can quickly grow into a major problem if left unaddressed. Plan to be vigilant this storm season. Survey your property after each storm and contact a professional if you see signs of damage.

Elite Roofing: Your Favorite Denver Roofers

At Elite Roofing, we are proud to offer complementary, no-obligation roofing inspections. We believe you can never be too careful when it comes to protecting your home. We encourage you to contact us at the first sign of roof storm damage. Allow us to put our experience to work for you. Contact us via our site, chat with us now or give us a call. Discover why we are Denver’s favorite roofers!

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Best Roofers Near Me: Why Now is the Time to Schedule Your Roofing Inspection

Is your roof in need of a repair or replacement? Or perhaps you’re not quite sure? In either case, now is the time to find the best roofers in your area and schedule a roofing inspection. Why the rush? As we look ahead to spring, hundreds if not thousands of home owners in your area will be taking to the web searching for ‘best roofers near me’ as the busy season begins. By putting off your request for an inspection, you will unfortunately be in line behind a long list of area property owners and risk having a limited selection of roofing companies from which to choose.

When is Busy Season?

The roofing industry has a very distinct ‘busy season.’ While it can differ from region to region, busy season is during warm weather months when temperatures range from 40° to 85°. When high and low temperatures remain consistently in this range, roofing contractors can work as many as 7 days a week replacing and repairing roofs. Here in Colorado, this means that roofing contractors are in prime busy season from late spring into mid-fall.

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Production Schedules

The best roofers in your area are already beginning to plan for their busy season. These companies in high demand begin preparing months in advance, lining up project managers and crews while helping property owners select roofing products and, in some cases, interfacing with insurance companies on their behalf. If you suspect that you will be in need of either a roof replacement or repair when warmer weather prevails, we encourage you to complete the search for ‘best roofers near me’ and schedule your inspection today.

No-Obligation Inspection

Any reputable roofer will provide a free, no-obligation inspection, so you have nothing to lose. Your professional inspection will help you determine if you should be planning for a roof repair or replacement when warm weather arrives. You may very well discover that your roof is in good shape and will not need any service in the near future. If, however, you find that you’re in need of a repair or replacement, you will be able to make arrangements to be included in your roofing contractor’s production schedule.

Find the ‘Best Roofers Near Me’ Today

Don’t make the mistake so many property owners do. Find a leading roofing contractor in your area today, before they are backed up for weeks or even months.

At Elite Roofing, we are proud to be Denver’s top roofing contractor. Having served property owners throughout Colorado for more than a decade, we are the roofing contractor of choice for discerning area property owners. As Denver’s favorite roofers, we are already beginning to plan for the spring and our production schedule is filling up quickly. If you are going to be in need of a roofing inspection this spring, contact us today. 

Don’t put it off another day, schedule your free, no-obligation roofing inspection now!

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Are All Roofing System Warranties Equal?

Considering warranties is one of the most important variables to address as you invest in a new roof. Having the peace of mind that you are covered should an issue arise, with your new roofing system, is important to most property owners. The average asphalt roof should last roughly 20 years. However, product defects or installation issues can reduce that the lifespan of your new roof. How do you know you’re selecting a contractor that provides a superior warranty? Select the best roofers in Denver of course!

Manufacturer’s Limited Lifetime Warranty

Offering a manufacturer’s limited lifetime warranty is a privilege only some roofing contractors can pass on to their clients. The leading manufacturers in the industry offer these warranties to protect against unforeseen product defects such as granular loss or algae growth. Let’s take a look at how the warranties from the top manufacturers in the industry work.

Owens Corning

Owens Corning offers standard product limited warranties for all of their roofing systems. However, to obtain an extended warranty you must have your roofing system installed by an Owens Corning Roofing Platinum or Preferred Contractor. With this extended coverage, property owners enjoy up to 50 years of protection. At Elite Roofing we are proud to be an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor. To earn this distinction, we are required to meet several benchmarks including:

If you are looking for the best roofers in Denver, who can also offer Owens Corning’s extended warranty coverage, look no further!

GAF

Yet another top roofing manufacturer, GAF also offers a unique warranty program. An exclusive group of only 3% of the roofing industry qualifies to be a GAF Master Elite Contractor. Members since 2013, we have been offering our clients the coveted GAF Golden Pledge Warranty for nearly 6 years. This industry leading warranty is truly second to none. To become and maintain our status as a Master Elite Contractor me must:

If you are looking for the best roofers in Denver who also offer GAF’s Golden Pledge Warranty, we have you covered!

Elite Roofing Workmanship Warranty

In addition to offering manufacturer limited lifetime warranties, we also offer the Elite Roofing workmanship 5-year warranty. That’s right, for the 5 years following your roof replacement, we will fix any issues that arise from workmanship for free. While it is a rarity, we are always ready to make things right when an issue arises. Because we enjoy 4 seasons here in Colorado; wind, rain and snow typically help us identify any issues within the first year or 2 following installation. We offer 5 years to ensure every roof we install will have an optimal lifespan.

If you’re comparing Denver roofing companies, be sure to ask about their workmanship warranty and find out how long they have been in business. After all, a 5-year warranty is obsolete should the company no longer be in business.

Schedule Your Free Roof Inspection Today!

In short, all roofing warranties are not created equal. Be sure to select a Denver roofing company that can offer manufacturer limited lifetime warranties as well as a reliable workmanship warranty. If you’re ready to discover what we mean when we say, ‘roofing done right,’ we encourage you to contact us today. Schedule your free, no-obligation roofing inspection and allow us to help you understand how a warranty can protect your investment for years to come.

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Do Roofers Need to be Licensed in Colorado?

If you’re in the market to find the best roofing contractor in Denver, asking questions about credentials and licensure is a great place to start. At Elite Roofing we often hear from property owners completing their due diligence as they select a Denver roofing contractor. We always encourage consumers to take the time to ask these questions. Investing in a new roof or completing a major repair is a big decision that should be carefully considered.

Colorado Business License

In Colorado, roofing contractors are categorized alongside general contractors and are not required to have a state license. They are however required to carry a state business license. Be sure to ask any Denver roofing contractor you consider to share their business license information with you. Though we are not required to have a state license as roofing contractors, there are plenty of other variables to consider when vetting out potential candidates.

Online Reviews

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Once you have confirmed that the roofing contractor(s) you are considering have Colorado business licenses, take a look at their online reviews. What do their customers have to say about their experience working with them? What is their average rating? Online reviews can help you quickly determine if you’re in fact considering the best roofing contractor in Denver.

Other Roofing Qualifications

Though Colorado doesn’t require a special roofing contractor’s license, reputable roofing contractors can earn a multitude of qualifications. At Elite Roofing, we’re proud to maintain the following:

Best Roofing Contractor Denver

At Elite Roofing, we have been proudly serving property owners throughout Colorado for more than a decade. Our commitment to ‘roofing done right’ has set us apart as the best roofing contractor in Denver, a distinction we work every day to live up to. If you are looking to hire a licensed, insured and highly reputable roofing contractor, you’ve come to the right place! Schedule your free, no-obligation roofing inspection today. Allow us the opportunity to earn your business!

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Fall Roof Maintenance: What You Can do to Keep Your Roof and Gutters in Good Working Order

Fall Roof Maintenance: What You Can do to Keep Your Roof and Gutters in Good Working OrderAs summer in Colorado begins to fade into fall, property owners are often prepared to take steps to ready themselves for winter. Sure, it’s important to prepare for impending cold weather by having your furnace serviced and sealing drafts, but what about your roof and gutters? All too often, we hear from homeowners who neglected this important step when winterizing and later have the damage to prove it.

At Elite we are proud to be the leading roofers in Denver. We helped hundreds of property owners each year repair and replace roofs damaged by preventable incidents. This is why we encourage you to call your favorite roofers in Denver if you suspect your roof is in need of an inspection or repair. Let’s take a closer look at why now is the time to winterize.

Why Is It Important Winterize Your Roof and Gutter System?

There are simple steps you can take now, while the weather is just cooling off, to save yourself big problems when winter is in full swing. Why go to the trouble? Costly repairs may be your only alternative.

Clean Out Your Gutters

Your gutters and downspouts play a critical role in protecting your property. If they are not clear of debris, they can instead cause severe damage. When clogged, your gutters will hinder water runoff and snowmelt from draining properly. Clogged gutters can instead retain water and cause wood rot in your trim and create the perfect environment for ice dams to form. Not comfortable scaling your home to clean out your gutters? Leave it to the experts! Hire a local professional to safely and thoroughly clean your gutters and downspouts before cold weather arrives.

Cut Back Tree Branches

Low hanging tree branches that have the potential to fall on your property should be cut back at this time. Heavy snowfall and ice storms can cause even healthy trees to lose limbs. Be sure to survey the trees on your property and hire a professional to cut back any that pose a threat.

Roof Inspection

From a safe vantage point, inspect your roof for signs of damage. This can be lifting or curling shingles, missing or loose shingles, damage to gutters or loose granules on the ground around your house. If you see any of these signs, it’s best to leave it to the experts. Schedule a professional roofing inspection and gain a true understanding of the current state of your roof. Can it last another winter? Do you have cause for concern? It’s time to find out!

At Elite Roofing we are proud to offer free, no-obligation roofing inspections. If you suspect that your roof may be in need of attention before winter weather descends upon Colorado, now is the time to act! Contact us today and schedule your roofing inspection. Discover why we are the leading roofers in Denver!

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Colorado Springs Roof Replacement: Our Commitment to Customer Care

At Elite Roofing we pride ourselves on our commitment to customer care. Having served property owners throughout Colorado for more than a decade, this commitment has been the key to our success. The 2018 storm season has proven especially demanding, with property owners throughout the state reaching out to us for assistance with roof replacements and repairs. As a result, we are currently near full capacity.

On behalf of the entire Elite family, we would like to thank the Colorado Springs community for their continued support. Because we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional service, and we know our limits, we are not currently taking inquires for Colorado Springs roof replacement services. We encourage you to keep in mind that this is only temporary, we will let you know as soon as we’re able to provide our exceptional customer care in Colorado Springs once again.

Elite Roofing & Colorado Springs

Yet another key to our success is our focus on family values, a belief system that has roots right here in Colorado Springs. Our founder, Randy Brothers and Co-owner, Cody Hayes were both born and raised in Colorado Springs. Their sense of pride in their work and commitment to ‘roofing done right,’ has set the foundation for one of the fastest growing companies in the state of Colorado. Now that is something all members of the greater Colorado Springs community can take pride in!

Elite Roofing: Your Colorado Roof Replacement Experts

As we close out the 2018 roofing season, we will be focusing our efforts on delivering exceptional customer care and craftsmanship throughout the Denver metro area. If you, or someone you know, is in need of roof repair or replacement in the Mile-High City, look no further. Schedule your free, no-obligation roofing inspection today. If you are a resident of Colorado Springs, we encourage you to stay tuned. The moment we have the capacity to once again service your area, we will let you know!

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Looking for the Best Roofers in Denver? Look No Further

With so many roofing contractors in the greater metro area, how do you find the best roofers in Denver? At Elite Roofing, we work year-round to distinguish ourselves as the very best roofers Denver has to offer. We aim to make the process of hiring the best as straightforward as possible. How do we do that? We strive to be the best in every facet of our business, from customer service to craftsmanship, we are simply the best. Let’s take a closer look at what makes us a cut above the rest.

Customer Service

Providing unmatched customer service has been the key to our success since we first opened our doors more than 10 years ago. In fact, much of our business growth is attributed to referrals and repeat customers. We are not satisfied with a project until our customer is fully satisfied. If you’re looking for a roofing contractor who will be there for you through every step of the process, look no further!

Our Team

Yet another reason we have earned a reputation as the best Denver roofers is our team. From our administrative staff to our crews, every member of the Elite family is the best in their area of expertise. At Elite we believe that to be the best, you have to hire the best, a methodology that is evident in everything that we do. Whether interfacing with one of our insurance specialists or crew chiefs, you will receive the very best in customer care.

Craftsmanship

Though it’s our team that makes Elite Roofing what it is today, our longevity is the result of our craftsmanship. For more than a decade, our commitment to delivering the very best in craftsmanship has helped us earn the trust and respect of homeowners throughout the metro area. If you’re looking for a Denver roofing company that will complete your project with attention to detail and pride in their work, we’ve got you covered!

Materials

We are proud to be a preferred vendor with the very best manufacturers in the industry. If you’re ready to invest in a roof that we’ll stand the test of time, these are the manufacturers to consider.

Reputation

Our sterling reputation is the result of our commitment to excellence. We proudly maintain an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and 4.9 stars on Google.

Community Involvement

Our commitment to excellence goes far beyond the office or jobsite, we believe that giving back is the most important thing we can do. In fact, here’s a list a of some of the organizations with which we’ve been involved over the years:

Best Roofers Denver

If you’re looking for the best Denver roofers, we encourage you to contact us today. Schedule your free, no-obligation roofing inspection and allow us to show you what we mean when we say ‘roofing done right.’

Trusting Colorado Springs Roofing Companies: How to Select the Right One

If you’re looking to hire a Colorado Springs roofing company, you undoubtedly have plenty of questions. How do you select the right roofing company? Where to begin? We’ve got some good news, we’re here to help you remove the stress by approaching the selection process methodically. Through some good old-fashioned research and the process of elimination, you can quickly and efficiently narrow down your options when it come to Colorado Springs roofing companies.

Whether you’re looking to repair or replace your roof, this is a major investment. Selecting the right Colorado Springs roofing company will ensure your total cost of ownership is optimal, as is the craftsmanship that goes into your job. Ready to learn how to narrow your options? Let’s get explore the variables you should consider.

Reputation/Online Reviews

The very first step in the process should be considering each company’s reputation in the community. Peruse their online reviews, ask trusted friends and family for referrals and check out their standing with the Better Business Bureau. This is a quick way to eliminate a few of your frontrunners. Remember that you have plenty of choices when it comes to Colorado Springs roofing companies, you want to pick one that will stand behind their work today and for years to come. Once your list has begun to shrink, it’s time to move on to longevity.

History

Investing in a new roof or a completing a major repair is a long-term investment. This is why it’s critical to consider the longevity of the companies you’re considering. How long have they been in business? Should you need to contact them in the future, can you rest assured that they will still be around? It is not uncommon during storm season here in Colorado Springs for roofing companies to come through town and offer repairs and replacements only to disappear after the work is done. We urge you to eliminate anyone from your list without a permanent footprint in the area, going back at least 5 years.

Customer Care

Now that we’ve completed steps one and two, you likely have a much more manageable list.  It’s time to contact your remaining contenders’ customer service. Interfacing directly with them will give you a clear understanding of how they operate. Are they quick to answer your questions? Attentive to your needs? Ask about a roofing inspection. Are they happy to oblige? Go with your gut and only book inspections with the few remaining Colorado Springs roofing companies with whom you feel the most comfortable.

Hiring Your Colorado Springs Roofing Company

After completing this process, we promise that you will be able to rest assured that you made the right choice. Don’t hesitate to ask questions through every step of the process. The right company for your needs will be happy to assist and educate you along the way.

Contact us Today!

At Elite Roofing, not only are our founders from Colorado Springs, we have been proudly serving property owners throughout Colorado for more than a decade. We maintain 4.9 stars out of 5 on Google+ and an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Our commitment to customer service and craftsmanship have earned us a sterling reputation statewide. If you are ready to learn more, we would be honored to have the opportunity to earn your business. Contact us today!

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Types of Hail: When to Report Denver Hail Damage

Types of Hail: When to Report Denver Hail DamageAt Elite Roofing, we often hear from concerned homeowners during the spring/summer Colorado storm season. From strong wind gusts to hail damage, these storms often leave plenty of property damage in their wake. If you suspect that you’ve sustained hail damage, we encourage you to take note of today’s post.

Depending on the type and intensity of a hail storm, the aftermath can be extremely varied. Like any property damage, you have a limited amount of time to make an insurance claim after hail damage has occurred. This is why it’s important to familiarize yourself with the signs and varying degrees of hail damage.

Sign of Denver Hail Damage

As leading Denver roofers, one of the most important pieces of advice we give homeowners is to avoid climbing or walking on a roof. Not only do you run the risk of a dangerous fall, damage or deteriorating roofs may not be able to support your weight. Leave the roofing inspection to the experts. However, there are several signs you can check for from a safe vantage point. If you suspect you have notable Denver hail damage, we encourage you to check for the following from ground level:

What is Hail?

Before we get into the different types of hail, let’s first establish what we mean when we say hail. Hail is a type of precipitation that forms during thunderstorms when updrafts push raindrops higher into the atmosphere into freezing temperatures. The raindrops then freeze forming small balls of ice. For frozen precipitation to be categorized as hail, it has to have a diameter greater than 5mm. To the untrained eye, hail is hail. However, the size, color and clarity of hail is actually indicative of just how destructive is can be.

Clear Hail

Believe it or not, the clarity of hail is a big indicator of potential damage. Next time you’re hit with hail, make note of the color. If it’s clear, it’s essentially solid ice which poses a much bigger threat than cloudy pieces of hail. The density of a clear piece of hail can pack a big punch.

Cloudy Hail

Cloudy or white hail is full of air molecules and is therefore less dense. These pieces of hail break easily and cause much less damage upon impact.

Size Matters

Aside from color, it’s also important to also consider the size of the hail you received. If the hail was pea-size you can rest assured that your property is safe, regardless of the level of clarity. However, a marble-size piece of clear hail can actually pose a bigger threat than a golf ball size piece of cloudy hail.

As you assess damage after a hail storm, be sure and take note of the color and size of the hail.

Reporting Denver Hail Damage

If you suspect that recent hail activity has damaged your property, it’s important to talk to a roofing professional before contacting your insurance provider. An experience professional can help you determine if your damage is extensive enough to warrant a claim. At Elite Roofing we’re proud to offer free, no-obligation roof inspections. Together we can help you determine your best course of action. Let’s get started today!

Roof Hail Damage: When to Replace a Roof

Denver Roof Hail Damage: When to Replace a RoofHail damage is a major concern for Colorado property owners, particularly as storm season approaches. As your go-to Denver CO roofers, we are here to help you prolong the life of your roof and to help you determine when a roof replacement is in order. How much hail damage constitutes a Denver roof replacement? Let’s take a closer look.

Signs of Denver Roof Hail Damage

If you suspect you have roof hail damage, there are several signs to note. We do however urge you to avoid climbing on your roof. If you have a high roof line or a steep pitch that makes it hard to observe your roof from the ground, leave the inspection to the experts. If you can see your roof from ground level, look for any of the following signs:

Spotting dents in metalwork is often one of the easiest ways to identify roof hail damage. Observe your vents, metal flashing and valleys. Do you see dents? This is a telltale sign of Denver roof hail damage. If you see any dents, it’s highly likely that you have sustained damage. For an easier view of what’s above, look at your gutters and downspouts for signs of dents and dings.

If you have an asphalt shingle roof, be sure and look for loose granules. Hail damage and major storm gusts can loosen granules. If you notice areas of granule erosion or find them on the ground around your home, it’s likely that your roof has been damage by hail. Look at the bottom of your downspouts as many granules get disbursed through the downspouts.

After sustaining major hail damage, your roof will typically show signs of dents or cracks in your shingles. Do you see signs of cracks or dents? If you do, again you most likely have hail damage.

Interested in learning more? Check out our post on identifying the signs of hail damage.

When to Replace Denver Roof Hail Damage

The good news is, minor hail damage is not typically grounds for roof replacement. However, more serious hail damage can cause a long-term threat. While it might not be cause for immediate concern, if left unaddressed, your minor hail damage can become a major problem. This is why it’s important to complete an inspection after every major storm. If caught early, minor hail damage can often be repaired. However, if you have an aging roof, or you sustained major hail damage, your roof may be in need of a complete replacement. It’s important to keep in mind that your insurance company will only provide coverage for damage sustained within a predetermined amount of time. You do not want to allow this window to lapse. If you have experienced hail damage, a skilled professional will be able to help you determine if a repair or complete roof replacement is in order.

Book Your Free Roof Inspection Today!

At Elite Roofing we help Colorado property owners protect their roofs and ensure their longevity. We are here to help you determine if your Denver roof hail damage is cause for concern and to help you determine your most cost-effective solution. Contact us today and schedule your free, no-obligation roofing inspection. Allow us to walk you through every step of the process. Let’s get started!

Concerns about Melting Snow on Roof

Concerns about Melting Snow on RoofDo you have concerns about melting snow on your roof? If so, you’re not alone. The stress that winter snowfall places on our roofs is cause for concern for property owners throughout the Rockies. If you fall into this category, we encourage you to consider the following.

Condensation

When the warm air your house emanates meets the cold surface of your roof, condensation naturally occurs. For this reason, a roof or attack lacking sufficient insulation is the perfect breeding ground for mold and mild, particularly during snow melt. Consistent condensation can damage even a newer roof and ultimately shortened its lifespan. Insulating and properly ventilating your attack is the best defense against condensation.

Ice Dams

Colorado winters can take a toll on the structural integrity of your roof in the way of snow build up and ice dams. Ice dams occur when ice on the warmer sections of a roof begins to melt and refreezes over built up ice in other areas. As the dam begins to cause moisture to pool on your roof, it’s common for water to begin seeping between joints and cracks, causing serious damage.  The best way to prevent ice dams is to seal all warm air leaks in close proximity to your roof sheathing. Again, proper ventilation and insulation can help to prevent ice dams from forming.

Melting Snow

Melting snow on your roof is a part of homeownership in Colorado. However, an aging or compromised roof can suffer as a result. If you suspect that your roof is on its last leg, snow melt can actually help isolate the issue. Pay attention to the areas where the snow is melting quicker. This is typically indicative warm air leaks. By fixing the issue, you may be able to extend the life of your roof.

Book Your Roof Inspection Today!

If you suspect that you have warm air leaks as a result of inadequate insulation or damage to your roof, we encourage you to schedule a roof inspection today! At Elite Roofing we are proud to offer free, no-obligation roofing inspections. Allow one of our highly experienced inspectors to help you determine if melting snow is taking a toll on your roof.  Book yours today!

 

Low Slope EPDM Commercial Roofs

Low Slope EPDM Commercial Roofs

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If you’re exploring your options for a low slope commercial roofing product, EPDM is a great solution to consider. Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) is a synthetic rubber used to create a watertight roofing membrane. One of the most durable commercial roofing products on the market today, property owners can expect to get upwards of 30 years of use out of an EPDM system.

Low Slope Commercial Roofing

A commercial roof is considered low slope if it has a slope less than or equal to 3:12, or 14 degrees. Low slopes require special, water impermeable roofing applications. The durability of an EPDM membrane make it an ideal solution for low slope commercial roofs.

VersiGard® EPDM

At Elite Roofing we’re proud to work exclusively with VersiGard® EPDM membranes. Having been in the industry for more than 50 years, Verigard has earned a reputation as the leader in the space. In fact, they offer an unprecedented 30-year warranty on their EPDM commercial roofing systems. This is precisely why we are proud to offer VersiGard solutions to our customers.

Long Lasting & Repairable

Not only do these systems come with a 30-year warranty, they can easily be repaired. Commercial property owners are often able to further extend the life of an EPDM with a low-cost repair. Forget replacing your low-slope commercial roof again in 15 or 20 years, invest in a roofing system that will last upwards of 30.

Your Low Slope EPDM Commercial Roof

If you’re wondering if EPDM is in fact the right choice for your low slope roof, in most cases it’s safe to assume that it is. However, it is always a good idea to consult a roofing professional. At Elite Roofing we are proud to offer free, no-obligation roofing inspections. Allow one of our highly experienced commercial roofing specialists to inspect your roof and help you determine if EPDM is in fact the right solution for your needs.

Schedule Your Free Roof Inspection Today!

Contact us today to schedule your complimentary roof inspection and learn about all the commercial roofing applications we offer. In the meantime, we also encourage you to learn more about the benefits of EPDM:

EPDM Commercial Roofs

A New Life for an Existing EPDM Roof

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The Truth About Residential Hail Damage

The Truth About Residential Hail DamageThe 2017 Colorado storm season has proven to be yet another for the record books. In fact, according to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, the storm that tore through Denver on May 8, was Denver’s most expensive catastrophe in history. The group estimated that insurers responded to more than 150,000 auto claims and 50,000 homeowner claims totaling at an estimated $1.4 billion in damage.

At Elite Roofing, we have helped thousands of homeowners repair hail damage caused by this and other severe storms. We often hear from homeowners who are concerned that hail has compromised the integrity of their roof. While this may very well be the case, it’s important to consult an expert before involving your insurance company.

Why Get a Roof Inspection Prior to Contacting Your Insurance Provider?

Once you have reached out to your insurance provider to inquire about hail damage, the claims process is already in motion. Even if your insurer does end up reimbursing you for repairs, your claim will be a part of your record with your insurance provider moving forward.  This is why it’s a good idea to have a professional inspection completed before contacting your insurance provider.

The information provided by your roof inspector will serve you well should you choose to go through with a hail damage claim. You will have a better understanding of the extent of the damage to your roof as you interface with your insurer and negotiate the terms of your claim. You may also find that your damage is not extensive enough to warrant contacting your insurer, saving you from making an unnecessary claim.

Do I Have Hail Damage?

Depending on the type of roof you currently have, you will need to look for different signs of hail damage. Regardless of your roofing material, you may also notice signs of hail damage to other parts of your property. Look for dents or damage to your AC unit, roof vents, sky lights, window screens, gutters and downspouts. If you notice signs of hail damage, chances are your roof also sustained damage.

Asphalt Roof

The most common type of residential roofing material, asphalt roofs will show the following signs of hail damage:

Metal Roof

Metal roofs are designed to hold up to severe weather, they can however sustain damage from strong hail storms. The good news is, hail damage is very easy to identify on metal roofs. A professional will simply look for dents and help you determine if the damage is extensive enough to make a claim.

Shake Roof

Though traditional shake is no longer commonly used, these beautiful cedar roofs can still be found in many areas. If your shake roof was recently hit by hail, look for the following signs:

Tile Roof

Yet another durable material designed to stand up to Mother Nature, tile roofs can also sustain damage in severe hail storms. Watch for these signs of hail damage:

Book Your Roof Inspection Today!

If you suspect that you have sustained damage from this summer’s storms, we encourage you to contact us right away. If left for too long, you run the risk that your insurance provider will not cover the damage. Allow one of our skilled inspectors to help you determine if you should consider filing a claim. At Elite Roofing, we are proud to offer free, no-obligation roofing inspections. Book yours today. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain!

 

Will Your Colorado Springs Roof Last Another Winter?

Do you have an aging roof? Are you concerned that it won’t withstand another harsh Colorado winter? If so, now is the time to find out! Let’s take a closer look at the signs of an aging roof.

The lifespan of your roof is dependent on the type of roofing application you have.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt are the most common type of residential roofing application, is expected to last between 20 and 25 years. Concrete tile shingles can last upwards of 50 years and clay tile roofs can last up to 100. It’s important to determine the type of roof you currently have and its age. If you are not sure, a roofing professional can help you determine the general age of your roof. If you are nearing the end of the expected lifespan of your roof, it’s important to keep a close eye on it. Watch for signs of damage and consider having a roofing inspection.

Curling or Buckling Singles

Curling or buckling singles are the sign of a failing roofing system. This is typically evident in the slopes of your roof. If you notice curling shingles, you are nearing the end of the lifespan of your existing roof.

Missing singles are a clear indication that your roof is on its last leg. Loose shingles can begin to fall off in high winds or heavy rain storms. If you notice even a single missing shingle, it is time to have your roof inspected.

Asphalt roofs contain thousands of tiny granules. As the roof ages, it begins to shed granules. If you notice lots of granules on the ground near the watershed of your roof, or in your gutters, this is a sign that your roof is aging.

From missing singles to hail damage, if your roof has sustained damage from recent storm activity, it is important to act quickly. What begins as minor damage can become a costly issue quickly.

Colorado Springs Roofing: Now is the Ideal Time to Repair or Replace

The late summer and early fall months are the ideal time to complete a Colorado Springs roofing repair or replacement. Why? Because a clear day ranging between 45 and 50 degrees is considered to be the ideal weather condition for applying an asphalt roof. This temperature allows the single strips to form a thermal seal that will withstand brutal Colorado weather for the next two decades. If you fear that your roof might fail this winter, it’s important to explore your options before temperatures dip and snowfall begins.

At Elite Roofing we are proud to offer complementary, no-obligation Colorado Springs roofing inspections. Allow us to help you determine if your roof is sturdy enough to withstand winter conditions. We may very well find that your roof will serve you for years to come, or that a simple repair can extend its lifespan. What are you waiting for? You have nothing to lose! Schedule your complimentary roofing inspection today!

Roof Insurance Claim Help: What You Need to Know

Insurance Claim HelpSummer in Colorado is synonymous with so many things: beautiful weather, hiking and camping, the list goes on. Severe thunderstorms are yet another component of Colorado summers that natives grow to expect. These storms are known to light up the night sky and often bring temperatures down. While most of us love a good thunderstorm, they can wreak havoc on our property. From dented cars to broken windows and damaged roofs, many Coloradans are in need of insurance claim help this time of year.

Roof Insurance Claim Help

If you suspect that your roof has been damaged by recent storms, it’s important to act quickly for a number of reasons. Why is time of the essence?

Insurance Claim HelpSafety

The safety of your loved ones is of critical importance. If damage to your roof poses a threat to the structural integrity or wiring of your home, the safety risk should not be ignored. Additionally, climbing on your roof to survey the damage can pose a threat. Leave this to the experts!

The Risk of Further Damage

That damage to your roof can get worse over time. That’s right, the small issue that might simply require a minor roof repair can compound into a much bigger, more costly issue.  If beams or wires are exposed, the next summer storm can threaten the integrity of your home. If rain is seeping in, water damage can add up to a much bigger problem, in a hurry. In some cases, minor roof damage does not pose a threat. However, we urge you to request a roof inspection to determine your best course of action. At Elite Roofing, we never like to tell a property owner that a small issue has become a much larger problem. Do you yourself, and your property, a favor and act as soon as you notice signs of damage.

Insurance Time Constraints

If you do not file an insurance claim for damages sustained, in accordance with your policy’s stated time limit, you run the risk of having the claim denied. This is why it’s so important to act promptly. A roof repair that might otherwise have been covered, can cost you out of pocket.

While we do encourage you to contact your insurance company quickly, it is important to first complete a professional roofing inspection. Should you file a claim in accurately or later find that you have not sustained significant damage, your premiums can still rise. This is why you need an experienced roofing company to help you through the insurance claims process!

Schedule Your Free Roof Inspection Today!

At Elite Roofing, we are proud to offer free, no obligation roofing inspections. We have helped thousands of property owners through the insurance claims process and we are here for you! Our team of experienced professionals has the knowledge and insight to help you through every step of the insurance claims process.  Schedule your roof inspection today!

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Roof Hail Damage Hits Denver, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Golden & Surrounding Areas

The 2017 hail storm season came in with a roar this week! The entire Denver metro area was hammered with high winds, rain and hail on Monday, May 8. There have been reports of golf ball sized hail from Lakewood to Wheat Ridge and Golden, residents have reported major hail damage to roofs, windshields and structures. In fact, the Colorado Mills mall in Lakewood sustained such extensive damage that it was closed following the storm and did not open again until Wednesday, May 10. For roughly 15 minutes the mall was pelted with such heavy rain and hail that parts of the roof gave way, allowing rain to seep in and cause up to 3 inches of flooding. Hundreds of cars in the parking lot sustained significant damage as well.

The damage at the Colorado Mills is just one example of the severe wreckage left behind by Monday’s storm. Homeowners and business owners throughout the area are reporting roof hail damage in Denver, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Golden and other surrounding communities. Not to mention broken windows and other structural damage. In the past few days, the entire Denver community has come together to repair the wreckage. Here at Elite Roofing we have heard from dozens of property owners in need of assistance with roof hail damage.

As experts in Denver roof repair and replacement, we are always happy to provide assistance. Offering no-obligation, complimentary roof inspections, our crew of inspectors has been working around the clock. Not only do we make it a priority to help consumers assess property damage, we are also committed to educating the public about the options available to them. If you, or a loved one, are seeking information about roof hail damage in Denver, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Golden or the surrounding area, you’ve come to the right place! We encourage you to check out the following resources, right here on the Elite Roofing site:

Allow us to assist you with your roof hail damage needs!

Have questions? We have answers! If you suspect that your roof has sustained hail damage, we urge you to contact us today. Allow one of our trained experts to provide a complimentary roof inspection. Do not risk climbing on your roof yourself, leave it to the professionals. It is also important to keep in mind that a damaged roof can leave your home or business exposed to the elements. With more storms forecast in the coming days and weeks, now is the time to act!

Contact us today and schedule your free roof inspection!

Colorado Springs Roofers: Ask the Experts

At Elite Roofing, we have been proudly serving homeowners and business owners throughout the state of Colorado for more than ten years. As leading Colorado Springs roofers, we often hear from consumers seeking professional advice for their roofing needs. From care and maintenance to selecting the right roofing product, we are always happy to answer questions and provide professional advice. This is precisely why we are focusing today’s post on frequently asked Colorado Springs roofing questions.

When is the best time to replace a roof?

It is considered a general rule of thumb, in the roofing industry, that temperature should be at or above 45-50 degrees when replacing an asphalt roof.  Temperatures at or above this threshold allow seal strips to melt and adhere properly. A process known as thermal sealing, this ensures the longevity of your new roof.

How long does a roof last?

While there are many determining factors in the lifespan of a roof, industry standards are as follows:

If your roof sustains damage from extreme weather including hail, wind and heavy snowfall, the lifespan of your roof can be impacted.

Will insurance cover my roof damage?

Just as no two roofs are the exactly the same, insurance coverage for roof damage can vary widely from one situation to another. If your roof has sustained weather related damage, from hail or high winds, we encourage you to contact us first. In many cases, a small roof repair can be fixed for less than your insurance deductible. Before contacting your insurance company, and beginning the claims process, it might be a good idea to allow one of our technicians to survey your damage, and help you determine if you should in fact contact your insurance provider.

If you decide to file a claim, we will walk you through every step of the insurance claim process. Want to learn more? Check out our recent post on the topic.

Will my new roof have a warranty?

At Elite Roofing, we are proud to be part of just 1% of roofing professionals with the ability to offer the Owens Corning Platinum Protection Roofing System Limited Warranty. As an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor we are able to extend limited warranties to our valued customers. Have questions? We are here to answer them! Contact us today to learn more.

Your Colorado Springs Roofing Experts

These are just a few of the many questions we receive from property owners each and every day. Still have questions? Please feel free to contact us directly or pose them here on our blog. At Elite Roofing, we are committed to “roofing done right,” and that includes taking the time to educate our customers about the wide variety of options available to them. From roofing repairs to complete replacements, allow us to put our knowledge and expertise to work for you!

 

Denver Roofers: Ask the Experts

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When is the best time to replace a roof?

It is considered a general rule of thumb, in the roofing industry, that temperature should be at or above 45-50 degrees when replacing an asphalt roof.  Temperatures at or above this threshold allow seal strips to melt and adhere properly. A process known as thermal sealing, this ensures the longevity of your new roof.

How long does a roof last?

While there are many determining factors in the lifespan of a roof, industry standards are as follows:

If your roof sustains damage from extreme weather including hail, wind and heavy snowfall, the lifespan of your roof can be impacted.

Will insurance cover my roof damage?

Just as no two roofs are the exactly the same, insurance coverage for roof damage can vary widely from one situation to another. If your roof has sustained weather related damage, from hail or high winds, we encourage you to contact us first. In many cases, a small roof repair can be fixed for less than your insurance deductible. Before contacting your insurance company, and beginning the claims process, it might be a good idea to allow one of our technicians to survey your damage and help you determine if you should in fact contact your insurance provider.

If you decide to file a claim, we will walk you through every step of the insurance claim process. Want to learn more? Check out our recent post on the topic.

Will my new roof have a warranty?

At Elite Roofing, we are proud to be part of just 1% of roofing professionals with the ability to offer the Owens Corning Platinum Protection Roofing System Limited Warranty. As an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor we are able to extend limited warranties to our valued customers. Have questions? We are here to answer them! Contact us today to learn more.

Your Denver Roofing Experts

These are just a few of the many questions we receive from property owners each and every day. Still have questions? Please feel free to contact us directly or post them here on our blog. At Elite Roofing, we are committed to “roofing done right,” and that includes taking the time to educate our customers about the wide variety of options available to them. From roofing repairs to complete replacements, allow us to put our knowledge and expertise to work for you![/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

Your Colorado Springs Roof Repair Specialists

At Elite Roofing we often hear from homeowners interested in learning about the benefits of repairing versus replacing a damaged roof. Like any home improvement project, no two are exactly alike. In many cases a Colorado Springs roof repair can substantially prolong the lifespan of an existing roofing system. However, there are some cases in which it simply makes better financial sense to replace a damaged roof.

At Elite Roofing, we have been providing Springs roof repair services for upwards of 10 years. During that time, we have helped thousands of homeowners make educated decisions about the maintenance of their roofing systems. Having worked with the very best manufacturers in the industry for more than a decade, we understand the nuances of the roofing products on the market today. We have the knowledge and expertise to help you maximize the lifespan of your roof.  Learn more about the top-notch manufacturers we proudly work with:

Colorado Springs Roof Repair

The rugged beauty of the Colorado Rockies also packs a big punch. Dealing with extreme weather including hail storms, wind gusts and heavy snowfall is simply part of life in the Mile High City. In fact, earlier this month, local meteorologists recorded wind gusts of up to 75 mph.  While these extreme weather conditions may seem like par for the course here in Colorado Springs, the damage they leave in their wake can be substantial.

Quick Colorado Springs Roof Repairs

In many cases wind damage can cost less than your insurance deductible. If you suspect you are in need of a few repairs, we encourage you to contact us rather than a salesman or your insurance company. When you contact Elite Roofing, one of our certified technicians will inspect your home for roof repairs before filing an insurance claim. In many cases, we can complete your repair while our service technicians are on site, without the need to contact your insurance provider.

At Elite Roofing we spend much of our time visiting homeowners, after storms and extreme weather conditions, providing complimentary roofing inspections. We help homeowners get back on their feet after their properties sustain damage. If you suspect that your roof has recently been damaged, or you simply fear your aging roof is on its last leg, we encourage you to act now. If left exposed to the elements, a small problem can quickly become a much larger issue.

Damaged roofs can expose you to:

Only a professional Colorado Springs roofing expert can help you determine if your roof is in need of replacement or a repair. Don’t run the risk of exposing your home to further damage.

Schedule Your Colorado Springs Roof Repair Inspection Today

Schedule your free, no-obligation roof inspection today. Allow us to help you understand your options and select the most cost effective solution for your residential roofing repair needs!