How To Deal With Repairing Or Replacing Storm-Damaged Siding

Posted on: 31 January 2019

A storm with strong winds can do a lot of damage to the siding on your home. The wind itself can rip off siding panels and the panels can be damaged by debris that is hurled against your house. When the storm is over, you may need to have your siding inspected to see if it needs to have repairs done. If the damage is extensive, you may even need to have new siding installed. Here are some ways to deal with siding damage.

When The Damage Is Minor

If there are just a few busted or loose panels in a single area as might happen if something was blown against your house with force, you might be able to repair the siding yourself by replacing the damaged panels with new ones. If you're handy with DIY repairs, you might find it possible to replace aluminum or vinyl siding panels, but wood or fiber cement repairs may need to be handled by a pro. Sometimes, finding replacement siding that's an exact match can be tricky if your siding is old and faded, but if this is a problem, there's a potential solution. Remove panels that are along the bottom of your house and move them to the damaged area. Then, place the new panels of a slightly different color on the lower part of your home so they won't be quite as noticeable. You may need to hire a professional to repair damaged panels that are on the second level of your home and too dangerous for you to repair on your own.

When Damage Is Widespread

When damage affects the entire side of your home, then you'll probably need to bring in your insurance company and local siding services contractor for repairs. When wind and debris damage is widespread, the siding could have holes in it or be torn off your home. This not only looks ugly, it leaves your home vulnerable to water damage, so repairs need to be done in a timely manner. The big decision is whether to make repairs, replace part of the siding, or put new siding on your entire home. Your insurance company may be the deciding factor if they'll only pay to replace part of the siding.

If that's the case, the contractor will try to find an exact or close match to the color of your old siding so the repairs blend in and won't be noticeable. If your siding is old and it needs to be replaced soon anyway, then you may decide to go ahead and have new siding put on even if you have to pay for it yourself. This gives you the chance to change the siding color, switch to a different type of siding, or upgrade to premium siding materials. The first step is to talk to a contractor to determine the extent of the damage and get a recommendation for repairs followed by an estimate of the cost.