Hail Alert: You May Have Much More Than a Roof Problem

Although hail storms can hit any time of year, they’re typically more frequent during spring and summer months.

You may remember the Denver hail storm in 2017 where hail, ranging in size from pebbles to baseballs, rolled through the Denver metro area, extensively damaging building roofs and exteriors. In fact, that storm has now been described as one of the (if not the) worst in Colorado's history, with damages reported upwards of $1 billion. The Denver storm is a good reminder of just how much damage hail can do, along with why it’s important for an expert contractor to thoroughly inspect your property after a significant event.

Understanding the Aftermath
After a significant hail event in any area, getting a clear picture of all the damage takes time and expertise. Depending on the size of the hail, some damage may be easy to spot. For example, if there are broken windows, chipped paint and obvious dents in roofing materials, siding or fixtures. However, some types of damage aren’t clearly visible and can lead to issues down the road, so it’s important to inspect your roof and building even if you or your maintenance manager cannot see anything obvious at first glance.

In an event the size of the 2017 Denver hail storm, inspections and recovery are complicated by the sheer number of buildings and homes that need to be assessed along with all the materials that will be needed to fix everything. For example, insurance companies must send in large teams of adjustors to survey all the losses, and the adjustors will have their work cut out for them trying to efficiently move from site to site. So how can you ensure that they don’t miss any hard-to-spot damage on your buildings that could end up costing you down the road?

One option is to establish a relationship with a general contracting company, which is also a roofing expert, like Interstate. That way your partner can take a close look at every aspect of your buildings and highlight the damage they spot for the adjustors along with detailed cost estimates for materials and repairs. This not only potentially helps your adjustors work faster, it helps ensure things aren’t overlooked as people race to recover from a storm.

A Supply and Demand Reality Check
A big hail storm creates an instant and large demand on building supplies as well as local roofing and general contractors. You can expect an influx of unfamiliar subcontractors from around the country, with widely varying levels of expertise and attention to detail. An established relationship with a national-level contractor can help offset concerns about labor quality or materials shortages. For example, Interstate can pull in trusted subcontractors from other areas, and we have national purchasing power with major suppliers of roofing products.

Sweating the Details
When it comes to helping businesses recover from hail events, Interstate stresses safety, thoroughness and quality in every job. For example, our master service agreements with vendors stipulate that they provide lien releases as part of their pay applications along with clear insurance requirements. We are even named as an additional insured on our vendors’ policies, so we know that the liability insurance they carry is still in effect. In other words, in addition to extensive national resources available to us, we have systems, procedures and protocols in place that add a layer of security to our end users and clients.

Want to learn more? Be sure to watch our educational video below which walks through the hail claims process: