Siding damage from severe storms is a common yet stressful problem for homeowners. In today’s post, siding contractor Universal Roofing & Exteriors explains what to do when your siding sustains storm damage.
Inspecting the Siding Damage
After the storm has subsided and it’s safe to go outside, walk around your home and inspect the damage, carefully documenting your findings. Here are the most common types of damage to look for:
- Cracking: Look for splits or cracks that run parallel to the siding. If you have vinyl siding, this type of damage often occurs between the valley and ridges of a panel and can form half-circles.
- Chipping: A chip is a tiny piece of siding that has come off. It typically appears in half-circles at the bottom of a siding panel ridge, where the material can’t effectively flex inward to absorb the impact of a direct hit from a hailstone.
- Holes: In the event of an extreme storm, your siding may break or suffer dents and holes from wind-driven hail. If this happens, immediately call a trusted siding and roofing contractor for repair work and also contact your insurance company.
Understanding Your Coverage
Review your insurance policy to understand what it covers, and then try to get the best deal within that coverage. Your insurance policy may include an extra provision for re-siding the entire house if the damage was brought about by a natural calamity.
Making a Claim
Before you file an insurance claim, make sure to find a reputable siding installation services contractor to give you an estimate of the damage. The insurance company and contractor should come up with a similar estimate.
Whether you’re looking for superior quality fiber cement siding or reliable roofing replacement services, turn to Universal Roofing & Exteriors. Our dedicated team of specialists will readily help you. Call us at (317) 257-0779 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. Our service areas include Carmel and Indianapolis, IN.