Every Colorado homeowner has had one of those days, or nights, where a crack of thunder tears through your soul while the wind is howling and the rain is coming down in droves. On those nights, all you can do is wait patiently and pray that your roof is strong enough to withstand the wrath of mother nature. It’s the moment of truth for many homeowners.
If you’ve been keeping up with your preventative home maintenance duties, you can probably breathe a little easier, but if you know you’ve been slacking, your nerves are probably on edge. Keeping up with the state of your roofing system – including gutters and downspouts – can help you sleep soundly through the stormy night.
However, no matter how diligent you are with keeping up your roofing system, Colorado weather is often unpredictable. Heavy winds and hail top the list of weather that could get the better of your roof. We’re no stranger to golf ball size hail, and tornadoes twisting over the plains.
Your roof may be able to take a few beatings from hard-hitting hail, but eventually you’ll find yourself in the middle of that storm that delivers the knock-out punch. Always survey any damage that any storm may have done to your roof. Preventative repairs will always cost less than waiting until your roof fails completely.
When it comes to heavy winds, you need to watch out for loose roofing materials that are being moved around by the wind. Even the slightest give by a few shingles is enough to cause a suction of the wind that may further loosen or damage your roof. If you live in a windy area, and it’s time to redo your roof, talk to a roofing contractor about the best shape for your roof to minimize the damage down by severe winds.
Hopefully, your roof is strong and stable and ready to take on the Kamikaze of Colorado weather patterns, but even if twisters and hail are no matches for your roof, any debris or other materials that get picked up by tornadoes and winds could also be damaging to your roof.
Constant vigilance is all we’re saying. And if you’re worried your roof has weak spots, get it checked sooner rather than later.