Wind or hail can cause major damage to your siding. While vinyl won't bend or dent like metal, large hailstones can leave holes and cracks, while wind may sometimes rip hole panels off the house. A repair is necessary when this happens. The following tips can help you with getting the best looking repair so your home looks as good as new afterward.
Tip #1: Match-making Successfully
One issue with any pre-colored siding product is that you may not be able to get an exact match. Siding colors are discontinued and companies go out of business. If you file an insurance claim, your provider may only cover the wall that is damaged in the storm. There are several ways to deal with this issue. First, you could pay to reside the entire home out of pocket. Second, you could check your insurance to see if you have been paying for a full replacement provision, which will require insurance to cover the full replacement of the siding on the home. Finally, you can work with a reputable siding contractor. They may be able to hunt down a color match, or at least match the color closely enough so that it isn't noticeable that one wall is a slightly different shade.
Tip #2: Keeping Up to Code
Building codes for your area may have changed since the last time your home was sided. A common provision in building codes is for local weather conditions. For example, in areas prone to certain types of storms a provision may have been added for increased rain seals or weather seals beneath the siding. While your insurance usually only covers what was damaged in the storm, they may be required to pay for any additional repairs that are now required by building code. Your siding contractor can help point out these necessities for you so you can contact the insurance.
Tip #3: Stay Local
A major storm event often brings out many repair contractors that you may not have heard of before. They may even offer you a very good deal and lightning quick turn-arounds. The problem is they aren't local and it may be impossible to find them if there are any problems. Instead, opt for a local siding company that has already established a reputation in your area. This way you have someone nearby to handle any problems if there are any issues with the completed work.
Tip #4: Consider an Upgrade
Finally, consider paying out of pocket to upgrade your old siding. Premium vinyl is more difficult to break or warp and it has built in wind damage resistance and increased structural integrity. It also tends to be more energy efficient. Your contractor may even be able to match premium colors and styles to the standard vinyl on your home. This way, if you are only replacing the side that suffered storm damage, and it's also the side that exposed to the prevailing storm patterns in your area, you will at least have increased protection on the most vulnerable portion of your home. Contact a local contractor like Stark Siding Inc to get started.