Did you say there are hail resistant shingles? As we are nearing the end of hail season in Colorado – protecting your home and property should still be a concern. Damaging storms pound the state from April through August of every year, sometimes resulting in hail the size of a full-grown grapefruit. If you’ve ever witnessed it, you know just how much damage it can cause. There are a few things you need to know about hail in Colorado, and how you can help keep your house safe.
Hail Season in Colorado
Meteorologists refer to Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming as “hail alley.” In a typical year, the area averages seven to nine hail days – and about three or four of them are disastrous. Why do we get so much hail? Because the freezing levels in the high plains are much closer to the ground than they are at sea level, so the hail doesn’t have much time to melt before reaching the ground.
Hail Reports 101
When you’re listening to weather reports, there are two terms you should be aware of, severe hail and plowable hail. Severe hail is any hailstone larger than one inch in diameter. This is about the size of a quarter and large enough to cause damage to cars or roofs.
Next is plowable (or accumulating) hail which tends to occur between mid-April and mid-June. It is when small hail accumulates on the ground, much like snow, and it creates low visibility and slippery roads. Colorado gets between 10 and 20 of these events each year.
It is worth noting that the hail in Colorado can get very large, with the biggest hailstone on record clocking in at 4.5 inches. Of course, that’s nothing compared to the eight-inch whopper that fell in Vivian, South Dakota in 2010!
Protect Your Biggest Investment
When it comes to severe hailstorms, your roof and windows are likely to suffer the brunt of the damage. We are now able to offer a solution (at least on the roof front!) And this is the hail resistant shingles we can offer homeowners today.
The new F-Wave REVIA™ premium synthetic roofing is 2.5 times stronger than leading asphalt shingles and can withstand even the toughest storms. Features include:
• Ultra-dimensional look of real slate
• Class 4 hail rated
• Tough single-piece construction
• 130-mph wind rated
• Resistant to cracking and fading
• Class A fire rated
• No granules or asphalt
• Solid ROI
If you are considering replacing your shingles this year, consider the new F-Wave REVIA™ premium synthetic roofing shingle and get more out of your roofing investment. Our suggestion and solution? Get it taken care of before hail season rolls around next year!