Our infographic offers tips to help prepare your home before a storm strikes — and what to do afterward.
Extreme weather can really take a toll on your home’s exterior, especially the siding. But there are things you can do before a storm to help protect your siding and afterwards to address storm damage.
Before a Storm
1. Do an inspection.
Ideally, you should inspect your siding a few times a year and make any repairs it needs. But if you don’t have time for permanent repairs before the storm arrives, secure any loose siding and cover any gaps where wind-driven water could penetrate.
2. Check your coverage.
See what types of storm damage your homeowner’s insurance covers.
3. Secure loose objects.
Anchor anything that could potentially take flight and come into contact with your siding—or your neighbors’—such as grills or patio furniture.
After a Storm
1. Assess the damage.
Check the siding on all sides of the house for damage—if your house is more than one level, a pair of binoculars comes in handy.
Look for dents, lengthwise cracks, chips and holes. Chips are usually on the lower edge of the panel and are easier to see when you look up at the panel. Dents and digs are easier to see in the morning or evening, when the sun is at a low angle.
If there are cracks and holes large enough to let water enter under the siding, the siding is no longer protecting your home from the elements. While you can replace a few panels—if you have some extras and DIY skills—extensive damage requires a full replacement.
2. Call an installation expert.
If the damage is extensive, call the experts at Sears for a free estimate for replacing your siding.
3. Consider vinyl siding replacement.
If the damage is beyond repair, it’s time for new siding. Sears offers premium vinyl siding that’s weather resistant, low maintenance and durable.