Every house experiences bad weather, but not all weather is kind to a home's siding. Between seasonal changes, temperature shifts and bad storms, the damage can get ugly. Hail and wind damage, in particular, can wreak havoc on your home’s exterior.
It can be tough to spot a hail-damaged roof, let alone hail-damaged siding. As for wind damage, it isn’t necessarily visible following a storm. While it’s a good idea to contract your siding contractor following heavy gusts or a bout of hail, you can still spot underlying damage before it’s too late. Here’s how:
Identifying Hail Damage
Hail damage normally results in cracking, denting, or even visible holes in your siding—as well as your fascia, eaves, windows, trough, or roof. If the damage is serious, it’ll be easy to spot. If it isn’t, however, you’ll need to take a closer look, as even subtle hail damage can compromise a home’s siding.
Examine your siding for the following indicators of hail damage:
● Small hairline cracks
● Split materials
● Bent or warped materials
● Mold and mildew growth
Mold and mildew growth, in particular, is important to identify right away; any particle growth indicates deeper siding damage, and it can spread into your home.
Identifying Wind Damage
What about wind damage? If you’ve weathered a storm with strong winds, your siding very well might’ve sustained some damage. Wind damage looks a lot like hail damage, which makes it a little easier to spot. Sometimes, however, its impacts might not be noticeable at a glance. Check for these signs of wind damage:
● Chipped paint
● Oxidation marks
● Small holes
It’s a good idea to double check your gutters after a heavy storm, too. If they’re dented, split or otherwise overflowing, you might have a problem. Even if your siding looks intact, damaged gutters often spill rainwater into the siding material. It can even cause damage with lingering humidity.
When in Doubt: Call a Professional
If your siding is looking a little worse for wear, try to avoid taking matters into your own hands. There are plenty of quick DIY remedies for damaged siding—but they often fail to make comprehensive fixes. Surface-level damage often hints at deeper damage, and help from a siding contractor is necessary.
Whether you need full-fledged disaster restoration or a simple siding checkup, Intelligent Design Corporation can help. Our expert team has some of the best siding contractors, roofing contractors, and deck contractors around. We’ve seen every type of siding damage you can think of, and we’re well-equipped to target any siding issues with pinpoint accuracy.
We’re dedicated to our Minneapolis and St. Paul Metro area homeowners. When it comes to Minnesota siding repair, we believe in doing the job right the first time. We’re confident in our promise to provide comprehensive home repair, and we love the jobs that we’ve done. Give us a call at (763)-315-0745, and to get in touch with one of our team members today.
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