Hail Damage: How Will Your Siding Fare In A Storm?

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Hail Damage: How Will Your Siding Fare In A Storm?

28 September 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Articles

Large hailstones have the potential to cause damage to your home's exterior. Roofs, windows, siding, and landscaping all take the brunt of bad storms. Depending on what your siding is made from, you may experience little to no damage from hail, or you might have to end up replacing large sections of siding because the damage is so great. So, how will your siding fare in a hail storm? Keep on reading to find out. 

Brick Siding

Brick is one of the most durable siding materials, so you can feel pretty confident about a brick exterior holding up well to the battering force of frozen ice. However, don't get into a false sense of security. Damage to bricks might not be very apparent at first glance, but if bricks are weakened by a storm, cracks or chips could spread over time and weaken individual bricks enough that they end up falling out or breaking in half. Therefore, after a storm, it is best to inspect your bricks for even the slightest dings and have them repaired by a tuck-pointing professional to prevent much more expensive repairs down the road. 

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is one of the most popular choices for homeowners, because it looks great, is pretty cheap to buy, and comes in many different colors. However, when it comes to hail, vinyl is at a distinct disadvantage. Large stones, especially if driven by heavy wind, can be forceful enough to punch holes through the siding. A single hole or two might be patched by a siding contractor, but many holes mean replacing the siding altogether.

Fortunately replacing vinyl siding is simple; this siding comes in panels that easily connect into one another, so only the panels that sustained damage will need to be replaced. 

Aluminum Siding

Aluminum is a strong siding choice when it comes to hail damage. Large stones may dent or ding aluminum siding and mar the finish, but the metal can be reshaped and refinished without needing to be replaced. The only risk for severe storms is when the hail is accompanied by very strong wind, which can tear these sheets of siding from the house entirely. 

Stucco Finish

Stucco is another strong choice for hail damage, but it is not as common in areas where large hailstorms are very common, as stucco houses are more often built in desert areas without the turbulent weather systems that produce large hailstones. However, if you do have a stucco home, only very large stones will have a damaging affect on your exterior. Pieces of stucco may chip off and require patching. If the stones are forceful, larger chucks could break off, exposing the supporting walls. If you have a stucco house, always inspect it after a hailstorm. You don't want to leave chips or larger areas to spread and weaken the unaffected stucco.

Wood And Paint Siding

Wooden siding provides the traditional look of a turn-of-the-century farmhouse. It can be updated and sealed with paint. Fortunately, as long as your wooden siding is in good condition, you don't have to worry too much about actual damage to the wood itself, although strong hail can dent or ding the wood. It's the paint that will take the brunt of the cosmetic damage. Paint will chip or flake if hit hard enough with a hailstone. If the paint doesn't chip, you could expect some discoloration, because the stones still mar the finish of the paint with white or black marks. 

If you have had hail damage to your home, talk to a siding contractor about making the needed repairs. Getting a damage estimate can help you file your insurance claim and take action to restore your home's exterior.