JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Storm cleanup for residents in Lakewood, Golden and Wheat Ridge is extensive and will be costly. Contractors were already hard at work Tuesday after Monday’s damaging storms.
The hail came down with force in the areas west of downtown Denver.
“The hail here was, like I said, probably about golf ball size,” said Brady Reay, a roofer with Ropa Roofing.
The size of the hail caused significant damage to cars and roofs.
Outside one home in Wheat Ridge, Ropa Roofing assessed the bruising to roof shingles.
“I mean, I’m seeing one every 3 to 4 feet and they are all sizes,” Reay said about the number of bruises from hail he counted in just a small area.
“Well this roof is definitely a total loss. What a total loss is considered is six to eight hail bruises inside of 100 square feet.”
In the driveway of the same home, Steven Blea with Jiffy Auto Auto Glass removed the cracked front windshield on two cars and installed new ones.
“The cars I’ve been seeing have just been totaled pretty much and you can see the big dents here in the hood,” Blea said.
The cost is already adding up to more than $15,000 in needed repairs, but it’s repairs that need to be done.
“Once these granuals are removed, what happens is weather and snow and the UV’s, they will eventually wear these holes bigger and it makes the roof age a lot quicker,” Reay said of what the damage to the roof means.
Damage isn’t isolated to one neighborhood.
“The swath of the storm is gigantic. Probably looking at 150,000 to 200,000 houses that suffered damage,” said Brent Roper, owner of Ropa Roofing.
Contractors across the metro area are being flooded with calls.
“I would say we are approaching 300 calls at this point,” Roper said. “A lot of people panicking right now and don’t know what to do.”
Estimates and repairs are now booking weeks out.
“Everybody is pretty much booked for the whole week,” Blea said.
With the potential for more damaging storms in the days ahead, contractors could be booked longer than that, but doing research about the companies is more important than ever.