Storms always pose a threat to a home, especially if there is wind and hail involved. In Illinois, storms and tornados are always present, so once a storm damages your siding the only choice is to replace it. Unlike cars that are dented, with siding there is no going back. This then creates the problem of trying to match the current faded siding color.
Finding the Right Match
When Wheeling homeowners need to replace damaged siding, locating materials that match the look of the existing panels can be tricky, depending if the original manufacture is out of business or no longer makes that brand of siding. At this point, is when most homeowners decide to re-side their entire home – but don’t assume that your insurance will cover all work and materials.
The best option is to check your coverage and be sure the understand it fully. This way, you get the best deal because you know exactly what is covered and what is not. For example, you may have an extra provision for doing the whole house, even if part is damaged. Although it’s rare to not find a match as other manufactures have started to make similar colors to ones that are no longer in business. But some adjusters might still make an exception if the company went out of business. A supplemental claim may cover the cost of the siding of a whole house while a match cannot be found, but approval is dependent on the policy.
After the Storm
Illinois winds and hails are nothing to gamble with. Once storms have passed, you should always do an inspection of your home’s exterior and look for these:
- Splits and cracks will run parallel to your siding panels. During heavy winds, the panels will slightly lift and cause pressure on the exterior walls and joints. This can cause the panels to become lose or even come off, taking many panels along with it during high winds. Check at various times of day, as different lights can make damage easier to see.
- Debris from high winds can cause chipping or dents to appear. A siding panel is most vulnerable at the bottom of the panel. These damages are best seen from underneath, looking up.
- Holes in the siding cannot only make your exterior look bad but it also can be detrimental to your home. Even the smallest of holds allow moisture to enter and cause rot and mold.
Once you have established that there is damage to your siding, contact Buy Right to get quote that can be used for file a claim with your insurance as we work with all insurance companies. Be sure to contact your agent and not the company, the agent will help you decide if you should file or not.
Vinyl siding helps improve your home’s insulation, increasing its resistance to heat flow by 25%. Also, the colors won’t fade or warp with time; Buy Right carries over 700 colors and textures of vinyl packed with full lifetime warranties to give you piece of mind.
But if you are looking for something more environmentally friendly, Buy Right is proud to carry LP SmartSide Siding. It is a great and affordable upgrade from vinyl and aluminum siding. SmartSide has increased strength, is resistant to fungi and termites, keeps moisture locked in to help keep durability against harsh Illinois weather. Buy Right is proud to offer a large variety in finishes ranging from cedar grain to colonial beads. This siding can be customized to any color desirable to add a designer touch to any home and compliments stucco, stone, and even brick
Prepare for the Next
Here are Buy Right, we are proud to offer high-quality siding options for all homeowners. We make sure that the products that you need suit your budget. With our design program, you can see first-hand what your home will look like with our variety of siding and trim options. Our belief is that your home should be beautiful, energy efficient, and maintenance-free, which is why we only carry the highest quality in vinyl siding and environmentally friendly products.