While designed to weather the elements, a severe storm can lead to wind or hail damage on siding. It’s important for homeowners to be able to identify siding damage, so you can quickly restore your home’s privacy, safety, and comfort. If left untreated, water can seep in and cause larger problems. Fortunately, spotting siding damage is typically a straightforward job, so you can get this home repair remedied quickly.
Before inspecting the exterior of your home for damage after a storm, make sure the severe weather has passed and it is safe to be outside. If you see downed power lines, electrical hazards, or flooding, keep away from the area and immediately call 911.
Even if the coast is clear, continue to be aware of potential hazards.
A storm can inflict different types of damage on your home’s siding depending on the material. For example, wind or hail damage on vinyl siding can cause chipping or holes while aluminum or other metal sidings are more likely to experience dents.
Meanwhile, wood siding can be cracked and warped due to severe rainstorms. This could lead to mold and rot if the wood is untreated.
If you notice wind or hail damage on your siding that appears to be merely cosmetic, be mindful this could be a point for moisture damage beneath the siding. Some damage might also be difficult to spot from the ground (especially in a multi-story home).
As noted above, there are several common types of siding storm damage. If your home features vinyl or wood siding, be on the lookout for:
And while metal siding solutions such as aluminum typically offer improved durability, they are still susceptible to damage. The most common signs of storm damage on aluminum siding are:
If you detect any siding damage, it’s important to work quickly to prevent further damage and minimize costs.
Your first instinct might be to repair siding or cover the damages on the spot. But you’ll first want to take detailed notes and photos of the damaged siding to provide to your insurance provider should you need to file a claim.
Before filing a claim and having an adjuster visit your home, have a local contractor (or multiple) provide a repair estimate. Quality contractors will also inspect other areas of the home—even if they aren’t visibly damaged—such as windows, doors, and the roof.
You’ll also want to contact your insurance agent, who can help you decide if filing a claim is the best option for your situation. Some insurance companies limit the number of claims homeowners can make in a year, so it’s best to explore your options.
And though some repairs might be possible for an expert DIY-er, replacing or repairing siding is best left to trusted professionals. You want to ensure your home is properly protected the next time a storm hits.
Modernize can help you find and vet trusted contractors in your area. They will work with you to assess siding damage or get your home ready for the next weather event.