Siding Damaged By Winds? What To Do Next
Storms are something that homeowners typically don't plan for. They seemingly come out of nowhere and cause their fair share of damage. If you have had this experience and have been left with exterior storm damage to your siding, you likely have many questions. Finding answers to these concerns can help you sort through this issue and give you greater confidence that your home will be restored:
Research your Policy
The first thing you want to do is research your existing policy. This is important for several reasons, but most importantly, to ensure you know what type of coverage you have. For instance, if the wind damage was a part of a hurricane and you did not have hurricane coverage as part of your policy – you might not be covered.
Additionally, some policies have clauses that will cover the cost of total siding replacement, even if only a small section of your home's siding has been damaged. Research your coverage so you know how to proceed.
Investigate the Manufacturer
If the siding on your home was not completely damaged, it's a good idea to research the manufacturer. This is important because you want your siding to match.
If you're only replacing a small area and you don't do your homework, you could end up with siding that doesn't match perfectly, which isn't the type of look you want to aim for. By finding the original manufacturer, you should be able to get the exact siding you have so that it matches perfectly. The professional installer you partner with should be able to help you with this step.
Know When to Replace
Siding damage from high winds is one part bad and in some instances, one part good. You can find the good in this scenario when you know when it's time to replace your siding.
For example, if only a small section of siding was damaged during the storm, but the expiration date for your siding has long passed, take this problem and turn it into something good by going ahead and replacing the siding. A professional can help you determine if it's time for a replacement.
If your home's siding has been damaged by high winds, swift action is always recommended. While the issue with your siding might just be cosmetic now, if you ignore it, over time it will grow and expand into something far more significant. Make sure you aren't taking your time to have the damaged repaired promptly.