Navigating the Storm: What to Do About Siding Damage from Hail

Hailstorms can be a force of nature that leaves a lasting impact on your home. From cracked windows to battered cars, the aftermath of a hailstorm can be disheartening. One of the most vulnerable parts of your home during such an event is the siding. 

In this article, we’ll walk you through the process of inspecting your siding for hail damage, identifying signs of severe damage, and making informed decisions about repair or replacement. Additionally, we’ll highlight some top siding brands and styles.

Inspecting Your Siding for Hail Damage

Before making any decisions, it’s crucial to thoroughly inspect your siding for hail damage. Here’s a step-by-step guide.

1. Examine the Surface

  • Begin by visually inspecting the exterior of your home. Look for dents, dings, or cracks on the siding. Hail damage can manifest as small, round dents or more severe cracks, depending on the size of the hailstones.

2. Check for Soft Spots

Gently press on different areas of the siding. If you notice any soft spots or areas that give under pressure, it could indicate underlying damage.

3. Inspect Vertical Surfaces

Hail can strike your home at an angle. Pay close attention to the sides of your home, as well as any vertical surfaces, as they are more likely to show signs of damage.

4. Examine Metal Trim & Gutters

Metal components, such as trim and gutters, are particularly susceptible to hail damage. Inspect these areas for dents or dings that could compromise their functionality.

Signs of Severe Damage: Repair vs. Replace

Minor Damage = RepairMajor Damage = Replace
Minor damage can often be repaired through professional siding repair services. These repairs are typically cost-effective and can restore the aesthetic appeal of your home.If you notice major damage, it might be more cost-effective in the long run to replace the siding. Severe damage can compromise the integrity of your home and lead to further issues if not addressed promptly.
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Top Siding Brands & Styles

Choosing the right siding for your home is crucial for both aesthetic and functional reasons. Here are some top siding brands and styles to consider, all available at Standard Zeeland Roofing & Siding

James Hardie

Renowned for its durability and resistance to hail damage, James Hardie siding offers a range of styles, including fiber cement options that mimic the look of traditional wood siding.

LP SmartSide

LP SmartSide provides engineered wood siding that combines the beauty of natural wood with advanced technology for enhanced durability and protection against the elements.

Quality Edge

Quality Edge steel siding is a superior choice that seamlessly blends protection and aesthetics, elevating the character of your residence.


Gentek siding offers top-tier style, durability, and low-maintenance ease, blending innovative design with inspirational colors, organic textures, and decorative accents for a personalized paradise.

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