Did you know that the Front Range lies in the heart of what is known as “hail alley”? In 2019 The Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association listed Colorado as having the second-highest number of hail claims in the US. When hail storms strike, one of the first things we notice is the damage done to our vehicles and vegetation. But what about the roof of your home or business? With such a large surface area, you can be sure that during a hail storm your roof took a beating!
One key point to consider as you plan to hire out work on your roof is city code. Beginning in 2019, the City of Fort Collins amended the requirements on roof covering and re-roofing projects and the main thing to know is that all new asphalt roofing shingles must be Class 4 Impact Resistant. With such a high number of hailstorms that hit the Front Range every year, having the impact-resistant shingles means not only greater protection for your structure, but also protection for your insurance coverage. If you have new shingles installed on your roof that are not code-compliant, your insurance coverage could be forfeit. With such a high risk of hail damage it is simply not worth the risk of neglecting code compliance!
Whether the job is a new roof or a replacement, you will want to have a thorough inspection done on the roof system to ensure that any problems are being addressed and that no issues are left unnoticed before work begins. Talk to your contractor about the code requirements and make sure that their work ensures your building will be fully compliant after the project is completed. A professional contractor will be transparent about the proposed work, the options available to the client, and a timeline to work with.
If you live in the Northern Front Range area, call us today to find out more about our services and what we can do for your residential or commercial structure!