Flying debris carried by strong winds during a severe storm can wreak havoc on your home’s exterior. Aside from shattered window glass and torn roof shingles, punctures and dents may also become apparent on your siding. Given how it plays an integral role in your home’s curb appeal, you must know what to do if it suffered storm damage.
How Storms Damage Your Siding
Severe storms accompanied by strong winds carry debris that can hit your siding, resulting in cracks and splits that run parallel to it. These forms of damage often appear around the siding panel’s valleys and ridges. Densely packed hailstones falling from the sky can also hit your siding, punching holes and leaving dents on the surface. Be sure to check for signs of chipping as well. Some pieces of the siding material may break off along the ridges.
What You Need to Keep in Mind
If your siding sustained storm damage, it is more than likely that the damaged panels have to be replaced with new ones. It can be quite difficult, however, to procure new siding that will match the current one. This is especially true if the contractor you hired to install your siding went out of business or no longer offers the same product.
In this regard, consider checking your insurance policy to understand what it covers. It may contain language about re-siding your whole house despite the storm damage only being apparent in one area. Talk to your insurance adjuster about your policy, and ask for advice on whether you are eligible to file a claim. Before you do so, get in touch with a siding contractor who can provide you an estimate.
Krech Exteriors offers siding repair and replacement services to homeowners in and around Minneapolis. We are certified by top siding companies James Hardie® and Alside® to install their top-notch products. Call us today at (651) 688-6368 to get started with your project. You may also fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.