June 6th, 2012 – A massive hailstorm hits Colorado Springs and South Denver causing flooding and substantial damage to roofs, cars, homes and businesses. The storm started with dark clouds and brewed into a destructive force. With how dry Colorado has been, rain is normally welcomed, but it seemed to fall all at once. Places like Colorado Springs and South Denver had road closures and flooding on the roads. The Rain was promptly followed by a ravaging hail storm that quickly made it look like winter, the ground in many areas being coated in white hail.
Details of the storm
Hail from the storm amounted to nearly 8 inches deep in some areas. The storm also featured torrential rains, high wind speeds, and up to 5 recorded tornado touch-downs.
There were few structures that escaped damage in the areas affected by this powerful and dynamic storm, including both residential and commercial structures, vehicles, municipal buildings and more. The estimated cost of the damages as of July, 2012 is right at $321.1 million, placing it among the most costly Colorado storms since 1984.
All at once
The whole year has been pretty dry so with this storm it brought all the rain and hail all at once. Unfortunately this left many people with damaged cars, homes, businesses, roofs and much more. The hail was not quite marble sized and wrecked havoc on many roofs. If you were affected by the storm here are some ways for checking for damage.
Checking for Roof Damage
For a large number of businesses and homes the roof damage is very clear, for others they might not see the signs of roof damage until it might be too late to get it fixed. Start at your downspouts and check for a large amount of black or dark deposits of minerals. This can be a sign of roof damage. Second you should check your gutters and see if they have dents and dings in them, if they do they is a good chance your roof has also been damaged you should get an inspection.
The most obvious but harder to look for are the signs of leaks and discoloration in your home’s ceiling. This could be a sign of a leak and roof damage. Lastly would be to actually get onto you roof and look it over, check on your shingles and make sure they aren’t damaged or missing. The signs of a damaged shingle can be something as simple as dimples in the shingles themselves. If you find any of these signs you should have an inspection and estimate to prevent further damage. Roof repairs are a lot less costly then a roof replacement.