Here in Colorado, we’re used to a little bit of weather. While we accept that we’ll have to deal with our fair share of storms, it doesn’t mean we have to like it. That’s particularly true when it comes to storm damage, and the toll storms can take on siding. As experienced siding contractors, we’ve witnessed the aftermath of a nasty storm.
Perhaps you’re preparing for an insurance claim, or you simply want to broaden your general knowledge. Read on for a few telltale signs of storm damage to your siding.
- This might be a no-brainer, but if planks are loose or missing entirely, it’s probably due to a weather event. Heavy wind or hail storms are notorious for loosening planks or blowing them away entirely.
- On the other hand, storm damage isn’t always obvious. Upon closer inspection, you might see siding that’s split, cracked, or warped. If planks are clearly not in good shape, the smart move is to have the siding repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
- Clogged gutters are another frequent source of siding damage. If your gutters become clogged due to excessive leaves or other debris, water has no way to drain out. As a result, it will inevitably spill out onto your roof and siding, and over time, the water damage can be profound. If you see evidence of water marks around the siding, odds are it’s due to clogged gutters.
- Possibly the most insidious damage of all is due to mold and mildew. While everything might appear to be fine, mold colonies could be growing underneath siding that’s damaged and provided a way in. If you see evidence of mold, you might be in store for a big problem.