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!

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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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!

When to Report Hail Damage

When to Report Hail DamageThe Colorado storm season often leaves damage in its wake. From Denver hail damage to wind and water damage, property owners have a lot to consider this time of year. If you suspect you have sustained hail damage in a recent storm, we encourage you to take note of today’s post. Timing is of the essence when reporting hail damage.

The Risk of Leaving Denver Hail Damage Unaddressed

Hail damage can wreak havoc on your property. Not only can hail damage to your roof expose asphalt shingles and shorten its overall lifespan, but it can compromise the integrity for your entire home. If left unaddressed, hail damage can leave your home exposed to the elements. Leaks caused by major hail damage can allow water to seep in and cause irreversible damage to your home’s structure as well as electrical wiring, drywall and insulation. What begins as a small hail damage issue can snowball into mold or mildew damage and even create fire hazards. When identified and fixed early, Denver hail damage can oftentimes be repaired very cost effectively. If your home was recently in a hail storm, complete your due diligence and contain the issue early!

Hail Damage Insurance Claims: Time Will Run Out

Another key reason to report hail damage quickly is insurance claim eligibility. No matter your insurance provider or coverage, there is a predetermined period of time in which you can make a claim for hail damage. While it can vary widely from one policy to another, it’s important to keep in mind that if you need to file an insurance claim, you are dealing with a finite amount of time. Because you may not realize the extent of the hail damage your roof has sustained for some time, it’s critical to have a professional inspection after a hail storm.

What may initially appear to be small scuffs in your asphalt shingles can compound into a major problem in the coming months or years. A trained professional can help you determine if what seems like a small problem today has the potential to drastically reduce the lifespan of your roof. If together you determine that your seemingly minor damage has the potential to be a major issue down the road, it might be time to file an insurance claim. If, however, the damage is contained and relatively small, a hail damage roof repair, without involving your insurance provider, might be a better idea.

Book Your Free Roof Inspection Today!

At Elite Roofing we are here to help property owners navigate the Denver hail damage repair process. From helping you interface with your insurance provider to assessing your damage, we’re here for you every step of the way. Before involving your insurance provider, we encourage you to schedule your free, no-obligation Denver hail damage inspection. Allow us to arm you with the information you need to make an educated decision about your next step. What are you waiting for? 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!

Roof Insurance Claim Process: What to Expect When Filing Your Claim

At Elite Roofing we understand that filing a homeowners’ claim can be both daunting and overwhelming. However, educating yourself about the insurance claims process can make the whole thing less intimidating and ultimately protect you and your property. This is why we’re devoting today’s post to understanding the roof insurance claim process.

Type of Insurance Policy

It’s important to first familiarize yourself with your insurance policy. There are two main types of homeowners’ policies:

Actual Cash Value (ACV)

These policies are less common than RCV and typically cost less because they offer reduced coverage and higher depreciation. As a result, policy holders typically incur much higher out of pocket costs.

Replacement Cost Value (RCV)

These policies tend to be a bit more expensive and, as a result, policy holders enjoy full replacement coverage. With an RCV policy, you will have a single out of pocket expense to cover your deductible, your insurance provider then will step in to cover the rest.

The Insurance Claim Process

There is no need to be intimidated by the insurance claims process, it’s actually quite simple. You can expect the entire process to follow this cadence:

Professional Roof Inspection

Have a professional roofing inspection before calling your insurance provider. This is critical for a number of reasons. You may find that you do not have extensive enough damage to warrant an insurance claim. Should you find that you do need to file a claim, your inspection will provide a clear analysis of the state of your roof. Information, which will be imperative for advocating for yourself as you interface with the your insurance company.

File Insurance Claim

If you determine that you do have enough damage to substantiate an insurance claim, this is time to reach out to your insurer.

Insurance Adjustments

At this time you will be assigned an insurance adjuster who will be charged with inspecting your roof and any other damage your property has sustained.

First Insurance Estimate & Check

Once your adjuster as surveyed your damage, they will provide an estimate for repairs and present you with your first check.

Send Check to Mortgage Company

If you have a mortgage company, you will need to send your check to them to have it endorsed. This is very critical to ensure that your mortgage company does not hold up the process.

Construction

At this point, your repairs can begin. Your roofing contractor will order materials and begin the construction process.

Complete Supplement Process

Work with your contractor’s supplement department to ensure all project specs are accounted for and accurate. This is critical in ensuring that your roof repair or replacement is fully covered.

Second Insurance Estimate & Check

Once the supplement process is complete, you will receive your second and final check along with your final project scope.

Close Your Project & Warranty Paperwork

Once everything is complete, it’s time to close the job with your contractor and receive your final warranty paperwork.

Want more information? Watch this complete video in which our Founder and CEO Randy Brothers walks you through each step of the roof insurance claims process – and remember, we’re always here to provide insurance claim help for your home.

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Schedule Your Free Roofing Inspection

Are you ready to better understand the insurance claims process? Schedule your free roofing inspection and allow us to walk you through each step. Contact us today!

 

**ELITE ROOFING IS NOT A PUBLIC ADJUSTER AND DOES NOT ACT AS ONE WHEN WORKING ON OUR CLIENTS’ BEHALF.**

 

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!

 

A New Life for an Existing EPDM Roof

A New Life for an Existing Commercial EPDM RoofWe recently had the pleasure of completing a project that brought new life to an existing commercial EPDM roof but more importantly solved a mounting issue for a church community. As a faith-based Colorado roofing company, we jumped at the chance to help a local church find a cost-effective solution to repair a leaking EPDM roof.

The Roofing Structural Issue

An aging EPDM roof was becoming a big problem for a local church. The leaking roof was causing structural damage and needed to be repaired or replaced immediately. As a non-profit, the church was working with a limited budget but needed to act quickly.

The Roof Repair Solution: EPDM

A New Life for an Existing EPDM RoofAs experts in the application of new EPDM roofs as well as repairing existing roofs, we were quick to offer our services. We understood the church’s financial limitations and worked with church leaders to arrive at a solution the met their needs and their budget.

EPDM Roof Repair vs. Replacement

Rather than replacing the EPDM roof, we were able to extend its life by at least 10 years with a silicone roof coating from Gaco. A GREENGUARD Certified product, the Gaco coating not only seals the roof to prevent leaking, it has a reflective surface that reduces energy costs in the summer months. Because the roof contains a number of HVAC units, if we had replaced the EPDM roof, it would have required permits to move each HVAC unit and the use of a crane to complete the job. With the Gaco coating, we were able to keep the HVAC units in place and apply a monolithic silicone coat that will protect the roof for another decade.

Two Days to Extend This Commercial Roof’s Life by 10 Years

This simplified solution was completed in two days, rather than the full week it would have required to remove and replace the existing EPDM roof. Not only did this solution save time, it cost roughly 1/3 of the price of a roof replacement. The church board arrived at a number they could afford to spend and we happily worked with them to make the project a success. Because the coating is considered building maintenance, it will also serve as a valuable tax write-off.

Now that the job is complete; the church community will get at least another 10 years out of their roof. Should they choose to apply another coat at that time, they can expect to get two more decades of use out of their existing EPDM roof. Now that is something we can be thankful for!

Book Your EPDM Roof Inspection Today!

At Elite Roofing, we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional customer service. No job is too big or too small and in each case, we work with our customers to provide a solution that exceeds their expectations while remaining within budget. If you are in need of a roof repair or replacement, we have you covered! Contact us today and discover what we mean when we say, “Roofing Done Right!”

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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Meet Elite: Kyle Larson

Meet Elite: Kyle LarsonAs always, we had a great time getting to know Kyle Larson a bit better for today’s Meet Elite employee spotlight.

Meet Kyle. As a supplements specialist, Kyle assists our customers in the insurance claims process. His commitment to customer care is truly second to none. Originally from Denver, Kyle is a hometown boy through and through. Having worked in the roofing industry for 3 decades, Kyle brings an acute understanding of the roofing industry to the table. During his 2 years at Elite, Kyle has proven to be an integral part of our operation. Let’s learn a bit more about Kyle…

Position: Supplements Specialist

Hometown: Denver, Colorado

Current City: Centennial, Colorado

How long have you worked in roofing? 30 years

How long have you worked for Elite Roofing? 2 years

Favorite thing about Colorado: “The people”

Favorite thing about Roofing in Colorado: “The audacity of trying to control where water should go”

What type of roof best describes you? “Very steep and complicated”

Least favorite food: dry steak

Favorite Sport/Team: “Denver Broncos

Why did you choose to work for Elite Roofing? “I really appreciate the approach Elite has taken from sale to extended customer service. Ethics reign about profits.”

If they named a planet after you, what would it be named? “The Shack”

Eggs are best served how? “Poached”

Favorite Family Activity: “Camping”

On the weekends you can find me “Working more than I should.”

Thanks for letting us get to know you Kyle and for everything you do to help us maintain our reputation as the very best Denver roofers!

 

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!

Your Colorado Commercial Flat Roof Repair Experts

Your Colorado Commercial Flat Roof Repair ExpertsAt Elite Roofing, we are proud to offer comprehensive commercial flat roof repair services. From flat roof leaks to wear and tear, we have been serving property owners throughout the state of Colorado for more than a decade. If you are in need of a commercial flat roof repair, you have a lot to consider.

At Elite Roofing, we have you covered! Let’s take a closer look at your commercial flat roof options.

EPDM

Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) is a made of synthetic rubber which forms a roofing membrane. Because EPDM roofing systems are some of the most durable and longest lasting on the market today, they can often be successfully repaired. At Elite Roofing, we work exclusively with VersiGard® EPDM membranes. VersiGard has been producing superior EDPM roofing solutions for more than 50 years. Offering a 30-year warranty on all EPDM membrane systems, it’s no wonder so many commercial building owners depend on VersiGard for all of their flat roofing needs.

If your EPDM roofing system has sustained damage, is showing signs of age, or is leaking, we encourage you to contact us today. Allow one of our commercial flat roof repair specialists to provide a complimentary inspection.

TPO

Thermo-Plastic Olephine (TPO) commercial roofing is a highly durable single-ply membrane made from ethylene propylene rubber. TPO is engineered to combine the strength of an EPDM membrane with the longevity of hot-air welded seams. Because TPO membranes welds so effectively, many consider them to be seamless commercial roofing systems.  Easily repairable, TPO roofing systems have been proven to stand the test of time, up to 20 years!

If your TPO commercial roofing system is showing signs of damage or age, we encourage you to allow one of our commercial roofing specialists to complete a complimentary roofing inspections. Together we will help you explore your options and determine the most cost effective solution for your needs.

Still Have Questions?

We have answers! Contact us today and learn about our full service commercial flat roof repair services. Allow us to explain how to repair a flat roof, the cost of a repair and more. Request your free inspection today!

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Your Denver Roof Repair Specialists

Your Denver 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 Denver 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 Denver 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:

Denver 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 Denver, the damage they leave in their wake can be substantial.

Quick Denver 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 Denver 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 Denver 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!

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!

 

Roof Hail Damage: What to Look For

Hands holding golf ball sized hail.Roof hail damage can cause serious problems. Once the integrity of a roof is compromised, the entire building structure is at risk for multitude of issue including water damage and high susceptibility to wind damage. If you suspect that your roof may have been compromise by recent hail storm activity, now is the time to investigate.

What Does Roof Hail Damage Look Like?

Depending on the type of roofing you have, roof hail damage can manifest itself in different ways.

Hail Damage to Wood Shingles

Hail Damage to Asphalt Shingles

While you can often identify roof hail damage from a ladder or area of high elevation, we encourage you to be cautious. Climbing on your roof to survey the damage can be dangerous. At Elite Roofing we instead recommend contacting a roofing specialist.

Has Your Roof Been Compromised?

If you see any signs of damage to your roof, from displaced singles to divots in your roofing material, chances are your roof is in need of repair or replacement.  In many cases your homeowner’s policy will help to cover most if not all of the damage. Do not risk further damage to your home in the next big storm. Request a free roof inspection.

Schedule Your Free Roof Inspection Today!

At Elite Roofing we are the premiere hail damage experts in the area. We have helped thousands of homeowners repair and/or replace their roofs after sustaining serious hail damage. Allow us to walk you through every step of the process. Contact us today and schedule your free, no obligation roof inspection!

Would you like to learn more about how to care for and protect your roof from severe weather?  Be sure and follow our blog! As your go-to roofing experts, we are here to educate and inform!

Hail Season in Colorado: A Look at Colorado’s 2016 Hail Storms

The 2016 storm season seems to be here to stay! Though the summer has just begun, we have already experienced some major storms that have left a path of destruction. If you live in or around the Denver area, chances are you have been impacted by at least one major storm. In today’s post we’re going to take a look at a few of the storms that have impacted the Denver metro area and share some insights as your hail damage experts.

Denver and Northeastern Colorado Hit with Tornado and Hail Damage

On May 23, a mega storm rolled through parts of Denver and northwestern Colorado. Tornadoes were spotted outside of Akron and Otis. Storm footage also revealed a mix of gale force winds and heavy rain and hail. Though no injuries were reported, lots of property owners have reported costly damage to homes including roofs and windows. Did you experience this storm? If so, did you seek shelter? Do have pictures of the damage? Please share them with us on our social channels.

Hail & Strong Winds Hit Denver’s Southside

Hail Season in Denver: A Look at Denver's 2016 Hail StormsOn June 6, a major hail storm hit parts of southern Denver and outlying areas of Douglas County. Golf ball-size hail was reported in Highlands Ranch leaving a trail of destruction, including broken windows, dented vehicles and damaged roofs. Property owners in Estes Park also reported hail damage. These strong thunderstorms could be seen throughout parts of the greater Denver metro and brought temperatures down dramatically. Temps were recorded in the low 50s in impacted areas while temperatures in northern areas of Denver were in the high 70s. Did you get caught in the June 6th storm? Have pictures? Please share them with us on social!

Tornado Threat for Colorado’s Eastern Plains  

Hail Season in Denver: A Look at Denver's 2016 Hail Storms

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On June 14, another mammoth storm hit Colorado’s eastern plains and parts of southern Denver. This one came with tornado warnings and more reports of golf ball-size hail. A concert at Red Rocks was temporarily delayed when the park was hit with torrential rain and hail just as concert goers began to enter the stadium. Those who had yet to enter were urged to return to their vehicles and wait out the storm while those inside were instructed to take shelter. The storm caught many area residents by surprise and caused plenty of property damage. Don’t forget to share pictures if you captured any of the June 14th storm!

Hail Damage Experts: Schedule Your Free Roof Inspection!

At Elite Roofing we are Denver’s go to hail damage experts. If you suspect that your roof sustained damage during one of the storms that recently hit the area, we encourage you to contact us today. Allow us to put our hail damage experts to work to inspect your roof and help you determine if you are in need of a repair or a complete replacement.

Want more tips and information to help you weather the 2016 storm season? Follow our blog! While you’re here, check out these recent popular posts:

How do Hail Damage Insurance Claims Work?

This storm season is already packing a big punch! Our teams in Colorado and Texas are hard at work helping property owners repair damaged roofs and begin the process of filing hail damage insurance claims. With more than 15 years of experience in the residential and commercial roofing industry, we have helped thousands of property owners through this process. If your roof has recently sustained hail damage, now is the time to act. Have questions? We have answers!

Check out this guide to hail damage insurance claims and rest easy. By taking a few simple steps, you can protect your property and walk through the insurance claims process like a pro.

After the Storm

Note the time and date that the storm hit your property. Immediately after the storm, make sure it is safe to go outdoors. Listen to your local news to ensure thehail damage insurancestorm threat has passed and make sure you do not see signs of downed trees or power lines. One you have determined that it is safe to step outside, you will need to survey the damage. Take pictures with a digital camera or cell phone, ensuring that you accurately document the extent of the destruction.

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Only venture onto your roof if you feel it is safe.  You should be able to check for damage and take photos from a ladder, without the need to get onto your roof. If you suspect that your roof has sustained damage, it is best to call a professional for further inspection.

Schedule Your Roofing Inspection

Before reaching out to your insurance provider, contact a reputable roofing company in your area and request an inspection. An experienced professional will be able to tell you just how much damage your roof sustained and advise you as to whether you should file an insurance claim.

Make sure you are home during your inspection to ask questions. If the roofing contractor suggests repairs or replacement, they should be able to explain their reasoning and show you physical signs of damage. Do not make any decisions at this time, if you are asked to sign anything, do not! You will need to first contact your insurance company.

Filing Hail Damage Insurance Claims

If you decide that you would like to move forward with filing a hail damage insurance claim, you will need to have information readily available when you contact your carrier.

    Be Prepared to Provide

Once your hail damage insurance claim has been filed, you will be given a claim number and assigned a claims examiner as well as an adjuster. The adjuster will set an appointment to visit your home and assess the damage. If you would like to work with the roofing contractor you have already contacted, it is a good idea to arrange for the contractor and your adjustor look at the damage together. Once the inspection is complete, your adjustor will complete a report and deliver their findings to your examiner. The examiner will then review the findings and get back to you will the final results of your claim.

Schedule Your Free Roof Inspection Today!

At Elite Roofing we are prepared to work with you through every step of the hail damage insurance claim process, from the initial inspection to interfacing with the insurance company on your behalf. We will make the entire process as simple and stress-free as possible. If you suspect that your roof has sustained damage in recent storm activity, contact us today to schedule your free inspection!

If you would like to learn more about the care and protection of your roof, be sure and follow our blog. As your premiere Denver roofing contractors, we are here to educate and inform! While you’re here, don’t miss these recent posts:

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*NOTE: ELITE ROOFING IS NOT A PUBLIC ADJUSTER AND DOES NOT ACT AS ONE WHEN WORKING ON OUR CLIENTS’ BEHALF.*

Denver Roofing Contractors: Your Storm Damage Experts

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storm damageYesterday’s severe storm weather impacted residences of Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska. In fact four tornadoes were reported in northeastern Colorado as well as hail measuring up to 1.75 inches. Meteorologist have reported accounts of down trees and power lines as well as severe winds. Hail damage has been recorded in many areas of the state, including the Denver metro area. Here at Elite Roofing we have already heard from a number of homeowners and commercial building owners in need of roof inspections.

Does Your Roof Need a Repair or Replacement?             

If your home or business was impacted by Tuesday’s weather, it’s a good idea to have your roof inspected for damage. As we kick off the summer thunderstorm season in Colorado, it is important to ensure the integrity of your property. Don’t allow another severe storm to leave you and your loved ones in danger, allow us to provide a complimentary roof inspection today!

Extreme Weather & Roof Damage

As one of the leading Denver roofing companies, we are very familiar with the damage these spring and summer storms typically leave in their wake. From gale force winds to flash floods and hail damage, these storms often pack a big punch. Minor weaknesses in your roof can become big problems in the eye of one of these storms. This is precisely why we encourage property owners to regularly inspect the health of their roofing systems. Not sure what to look for? That’s where we come in! With 15 years of combine experience in the roofing industry, we are prepared to provide an objective assessment of the health of your roof.

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Once your roof has sustained damaged, it is simply not equipped to withstand another severe storm. Contact us now to schedule your complimentary roof inspection. Learn about your options and take the steps to proactively protect your property!

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Detecting the Signs of Roof Hail Damage

Hands holding golf ball sized hail.The 2016 Colorado storm season has proven to be very active. With reports of record high winds and hail damage throughout the state, many are left wondering if their property sustained costly damage as a result. All too often, property owners fail to follow up after a major hail storm only to find out much later that their roof was damaged. If left unrepaired, the damage can in fact worsen. It is also important to keep in mind that insurance companies are less likely to pay on a roof hail damage claim if left unreported for an extended period of time. This is precisely why we encourage property owners to seek a professional roof inspection following a major storm, especially after an active storm season.

If you suspect that your home has sustained roof hail damage, we encourage you to act now. Check for signs of damage and contact a professional. At Elite Roofing, we always like to remind property owners that climbing on a roof is risky business. We only encourage you to assess the damage yourself if you can do so safely. In fact, we often recommend that a property owner simply takes a quick look at their roof, from a safe vantage point and leaves the climbing to the experts. If you see signs of any of the following, contact us today! Allow us to provide a free, no-obligation roof inspection.

Signs of Roof Hail Damage

Metal Dents

One of the easiest signs of roof hail damage to detect is dents in metalwork. From metal flashing, vents and valleys, these roof components often provide unmistakable signs of roof hail damage. If you notice any dents, chances are your entire roof has sustained damage.

Loose Asphalt Granules   

High winds and hail often cause asphalt shingles to shed granules. If you see singles that are missing granules or you notice an excessive amount of asphalt granules have fallen off of your roof, this is another sign of hail damage.

Cracking or Dents in Shingles

After weathering a major storm, damaged roofs often show signs of cracked or dented shingles. As you look at your roof, do you notice signs of either? If so, chances are the integrity of your roof has been compromised.

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Do you fear that your roof is in bad shape? Schedule your free roof inspection today! What do you have to lose? If there are no signs of damage, you will gain the peace of mind that your property made it safely through the 2016 storm season. If we do find signs of damage, we can help you interface with your insurance company and provide guidance throughout the claim process.

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Worst Hail Storm in American History from Denver

Colorado has seen its fair share of storms this summer! There have been reports of baseball size hail, and lightning storms throughout the state. The amount of hail we’ve seen this season is definitely unusual, and while these storms are treacherous none of them compare to what was named the “Worst Storm In American History”, which was on July 11, 1990.

The storm started up north in Estes Park, moved through the Denver Metro area then eventually hit Colorado Springs and ended its course there. As report by CBS 4, the damages report were $600 million. Adjusted in today’s dollars, the same storm would have cost $1 billion in 2013, leaving it as still, the worst storm in American history.  Read the full story from CBS 4 here.

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When Your Commercial Roof Should be Repaired Rather Than Replaced

TPO roofingMaintaining a healthy roofing system is critical to the integrity of any structure. This is particularly true when it comes to commercial buildings. A damaged roof, if ignored, can lead to additional costly repairs and complications. From exposed plumbing and wiring to water damage, the fall out of a damaged commercial roof can prove to be extraordinarily costly. Imagine the repairs you could face, even from a small leak, after a Colorado storm season. Or the widespread damage you could face if just a small amount of your electrical system is exposed to the elements. Suddenly a simple roof repair would be the least of your problems.

There is however good news, a damaged commercial roof does not always require a complete replacement. In many cases, a simple repair can protect the integrity of a commercial roof for years to come.  When is it time to repair rather than replace? Let’s take a closer look!

When it’s Time to Repair a Commercial Roof

Depending on the type of commercial roofing system you have in place, it may very well be simple to replace the compromised section(s) of your roof. You should consider a repair if:

When it’s Time to Re-cover a Commercial Roof

Again, depending on the type of commercial roofing system you have in place, re-covering the existing roof may be your best option. If you have a single membrane roof, that has not been re-covered in the past, this may prove to be your best option. You should consider a re-cover if:

When it’s Time to Replace a Commercial Roof

However, in some cases a damaged or aging commercial roofing system simply needs to be replaced. If the roof is not eligible for replacement or recovering, as a result of extensive damage or wear and tear, it might be time to replace your commercial roof. You should consider replacing your roof if:

Schedule Your Free Roof Inspection Today!

If you see signs of damage to your commercial roof, we encourage you to schedule a free roof inspection today. With one of our complimentary, no obligation roof inspections, you have nothing to lose! If we do find signs of damage, we will help you explore all of your options. From a simple repair to a complete replacement, as experienced Colorado Springs roofing experts we have the knowledge and experience to help you select a solution that meets your needs and your budget.

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