Any time a storm comes through it has the potential to create damage. High winds, heavy rain, or even hail and ice can create quite a bit of damage, particularly to your home. If you have siding on your home it is important to always check for damage following the storm. Remember; wait until conditions are safe outside before checking for damage.
One reason why you should always check for storm damage to your siding is to ensure that there are not any small problems that could potentially become large problems if left unchecked. Even having a small crack, chip, or missing piece of siding can create a potential problem. Having a break in the siding creates a perfect place for unwanted moisture to enter into your home. This moisture can damage wood, lead to mold, or can even freeze and cause pipes and other parts of your home to freeze. Any crack in the siding should be filled or replaced as quickly as possible.
Further, having a crack or missing piece of siding can create a headache for insulating your home. A gap in the siding means that cold air can enter your home and hot air is able to escape. Plus, that small opening in the siding can make a very tempting entry point for unwanted rodents and pests. Birds, squirrels, and mice can easily enter through the smallest of gaps creating more of a headache.
Probably the biggest reason though to check your siding for storm damage is so that you can notify your homeowners insurance if the damage is big enough to warrant a claim. Often, time is of the essence when notifying your insurance company so the company can get an insurance adjuster out to evaluate the damage and proceed with the appropriate course of action. The sooner the insurance company can look at the damage the sooner the problem is able to be fixed.