Storms can create a significant amount of damage to any home. These extreme storms can wreak havoc on your home’s exterior. Wind and hail often cause extensive damage to the siding.
Regardless of what damage it is, it’s always best that you do something about it immediately. But what exactly can you do about your siding? Here are the steps you should take.
1. Visual Inspections
The first thing you’ll want to do after a storm is to assess your property. This means taking a walk around your house and looking for the following:
- Cracks – Half-circle cracks are usually found between the valley and ridges of siding panels.
- Chipping – Small pieces of wind-driven debris may have knocked pieces of vinyl siding off. If you have aluminum siding, wind debris may have dented your siding.
- Holes – You need to have a contractor inspect extensive siding damage, such as large holes.
2. Understand Your Coverage
As a rule of thumb, always check your policy to thoroughly understand what it covers so you can get the best deal within that coverage. Since some policies vary in their conditions, your insurance policy may include an extra provision for re-siding your whole house, even if the storm damaged one area only.
3. Finding a Match
This is a common challenge among homeowners because sourcing new materials that match the look of existing panels can be tricky. The manufacturer from where you purchased your original siding panels could no longer be in business or making the same product. Typically, in this case, homeowners choose to re-side their entire homes so that curb appeal won’t suffer.
4. File a Claim
Before filing a claim, obtain estimates from multiple contractors first. Doing so will give you an idea of how much it would cost to repair or replace your siding. Usually, insurance companies use the same kind of platform contractors use to determine the cost of your project.
High-quality siding can have a huge impact on the energy efficiency, curb appeal and durability of your home. That’s why Perkins All-Star Exteriors and Construction installs only premium siding products. We offer high-quality LP® SmartSide® siding. With our high-performance siding and top-of-the-line installation techniques, we can improve the structural integrity and value of your home.
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