How to Determine Siding Damage from a Storm

Winter weather and thunderstorms bring with them the possibility of damage to your home. Pelting rain, hail, sleet, and snow can cause serious damage to siding. In order to assess the damage and make a plan of action, it is important to first know what to look for. Some problems are more visible than others. Know what to look for and plan towards repair and replacement if necessary.

Examine Top to Bottom
Depending on the age and style of the home, the eaves and gutters may protect the top of the house from serious damage. Look for cracks and holes in the siding, especially towards the bottom of the house where a more direct hit is likely. An older home is more likely to sustain serious damage especially if the siding is older and brittle.  Homes with wood siding are more prone to damage from lack of maintenance.  Wood rot around windows and near the ground are common.

Cracks and Dents
Look for dents spreading into cracks, which may look like semi-circles. These are often found half-way between where the panel dips and where the ridges begin. These will run parallel to the siding. Check the siding at different times of the day. The sun may affect the way the damage is perceived at different angles.  If you have aluminum siding dents are a common issue.  Hail damage to aluminum siding, fascia metal, and gutters & downspouts may be covered under your home-owners insurance policy.

Chips
It may be possible to see some damage best when looking up at your siding rather than directly in front of it on a ladder. Chips look as though a piece has been broken off and can be best seen when looking up at the side of the house from the ground.

Professional Opinion
Armed with some basic knowledge about siding damage, it is still advisable to get a professional opinion. A professional contractor is experienced in identifying possible issues that would be related to storm damage. This is especially a good idea if you are considering replacing a good portion of the home’s siding. A damage estimate from a professional contractor can save money and help you navigate an insurance claim.

Storm damage can create major problems for home owners. Taking the time to do a thorough inspection will uncover which issues should be addressed sooner rather than later. It will also determine whether or not a major insurance claim needs to be filed.  At AABIC Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. we are here to help you evaluate your options, work with your insurance provider to replace damaged siding if necessary, or provide repair services if the siding only sustained minor damage.