There are some common things to keep an eye out for that can give you a clue that hail damage has occurred to your home. If you notice any of these signs, it is good practice to have an inspection conducted on your siding to determine the extent of the hail damage that has been sustained.
Hail commonly damages your roofing system, and problems are often picked up on the roofing system without also realizing that the siding of the home may be damaged as well. Even more so, if your roof took a lot of hail damage, there is a good chance that your siding sustained the same level of damage. Siding damage as a result of hail is less obvious than roof damage, and siding is often overlooked when it comes to inspecting for hail damage. However, a broken siding panel can allow water into the structural parts of your home, resulting in large-scale damage.
Siding damage looks different on different types of siding material, so it is best to know what to look out for on each type of material.
Hail Damage on Wood Siding
Wood siding is both aesthetically pleasing as well as durable. Although it requires a little more maintenance, wood siding is extremely hard-wearing. However, wood siding is not impervious to hail damage. It may be a lot more difficult to spot hail damage on wood siding, but with a thorough inspection, it can be picked up before long-term problems have a chance to appear.
Hail damage on wood siding often appears as cracks that are darker than the surrounding wood or as dents. Although harder to spot, hail damage on wood siding can cause tiny holes, which allow water to seep in slowly, ultimately resulting in larger-scale damage as it progresses.
Hail Damage on Vinyl Siding
Vinyl is one of the more durable materials for siding to be made of and offers many positives, such as resistance to UV rays and pests, and its variety of cosmetic options. However, although vinyl siding is much more durable, it is not immune to hail damage either.
Things to look out for are peeling paint, chips, cracks, and dents in your siding. It is important to note minor damage that may only seem cosmetic because minor damage may exacerbate and lead to major problems with siding, which can affect the insulation and general protection of your home that your siding offers.