Colorado Hail Trends

Denver Homes, Roofs in “Hail Alley”

A handful of times each spring and summer, severe hail impacts the Denver metro area. You can count on it.

The National Weather Service describes “severe hail” as hail that is 1 inch or greater. But don’t be fooled: Hail smaller than 1″ can still do damage. To some structures, hail greater than 1″.

colorado roof hail damageHowever, once “one inch” seems to be the game-changer because once hail gets over that size, damage to cars, home windows and roofs of all styles goes up significantly.

According to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, the Front Range experiences three or four catastrophic hail storms each season, which is from mid-April to mid-August. Colorado — along with Wyoming, Nebraska, Texas, and Oklahoma — make up what meteorologists call “hail alley.” It’s an area that averages seven to nine hail days per year.

According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, the reason why this area gets so much hail is that the freezing levels (the area of the atmosphere at 32 degrees or less) in the high plains are much closer to the ground than they are at sea level, where hail has plenty of time to melt before reaching the ground.

According to the RMIIA, Colorado had the second highest number of hail claims in the US from 2013-2015 (182,591), second only to Texas. The RMIIA notes that the the costliest hail storm to hit Colorado was on May 8, 2017. The Denver metro area sustained $2.3 billion in insured damage.

If you have any questions about your roof’s conditions after one of the Denver area’s many hail storms, please give us a call. We’re more than happy to come out and assess your situation, at no charge to you. Call 303-840-9239 for an appointment now.