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How to inspect your home for vinyl siding damage?

What does siding damage from a storm look like?

As a homeowner, you are going to have any different number of headaches and hassles to tackle on an almost daily basis when it comes to maintaining and repairing your home. Final T Construction has some tips for you to be able to identify siding damage to your home.

However, every time a big storm rolls through, you’re also going to have to worry about the potential for storm damage destroying or at least crippling your homes siding – regardless of the type of siding that you’ve used.

It’s important that you are able to quickly determine what kind of damage has happened by looking for a number of key factors, and then taking the right next steps to get your siding back up to par so that your home is completely protected from the elements.

Here are just a few things you’ll want to keep in mind when searching for storm damage on your siding.

Specific siding damage to look for after a big storm

The first thing that you’re going to want to do its begin investigating ground-level and just above areas that may have been damaged by the storm, looking specifically for cracks, chipping, and other visible aspects of damage.

Obviously, if that big storm brought a considerable amount of hail – or even if it blew tree limbs, branches, and other debris of against your house – the odds are fantastic that your siding took a bit of a beating.

After you have taken care of that initial inspection, you’ll want to begin breaking out a step ladder and looking closely for gouging, chipping, and “spider cracks” that you may not have seen initially – while at the same time looking at the upper levels of your property for damage to the siding.

The specific areas that you want to focus on is immediately underneath and below your eaves as well as the “waist level and below” areas of your home. This is where the damage is going to be most prevalent, though a whole house inspection (if you have the time) is definitely recommended.

You might even consider spraying your hose against the siding, watching to see how the water reacts and checking for any leaks, cracks, or damage that you would not have seen otherwise. Obviously, you’ll want to use this tactic sparingly and under close supervision – or you could make the problem even worse!

The difference between “wear and tear” and storm damage when it comes to siding

It’s also important that you look for the critical differences between normal wear and tear and actual storm damage. Depending upon how new (or old) your siding is, you may be dealing with damage that would have happened anyways, was already in existence, or just happened because of the big storm.

Understanding this difference will help you know whether or not it’s time to repair your vinyl siding that is damaged or if you should go about replacing all of it!

Taking the next step to repairing or replacing your siding

Once you have finished your initial inspection and have found the “hotspots” you want to take care of, you’ll want to contact a professional siding contractor to have the work performed for you. This is the best way to get a high quality job without any headaches or hassles, and is relatively simple and straightforward if you work with the right crew!

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