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How to Recognize Hidden Signs of Storm Damage

While some storm damage is obvious – like missing shingles or a tree limb that has fallen on the roof – other damage is more subtle. Even if a storm did not produce a large volume of rain or hail, high winds alone can be enough to warrant replacement of roofing, siding and other exterior components. After a storm passes, be sure to look for other signs of potential damage to ensure you receive the most comprehensive repair estimate.

Hail Damage

Hail is usually easy to detect because it leaves behind dents and dings. Keep an eye out for the following signs of hail damage:

  • Roof damage. All parts of the roof should be examined for dents, including shingles, flashing, downspouts and gutters. Also note areas on shingles where granules are missing, or the shingle is cracked or broken.
  • Siding damage. Cracks and chips in fiber cement and vinyl siding are one of the most common types of hail damage. Chips are most easily detected when looking up from underneath the panel. Metal siding is subject to dents and dings from hail.
  • Window damage. Signs of hail impact include window sills and casings that are dented or cracked, torn screens and chipped paint.

Wind Damage

Following a storm, wind damage is easily overlooked when it is less obvious than downed trees and blown-off shingles. Common signs of damage from wind include:

  • Shingles that are lifted, stressed or cracked
  • Cracks, chips and splits in siding, stucco, paint or wood
  • Debris-driven dings and dents on roofing, siding, windows and doors

Water Damage

Signs of water damage (other than flooding) can be hidden behind walls and on the exterior of a house. They may take days or weeks to appear. Look for:

  • Spots or discoloration on ceilings, walls and surfaces
  • Soggy or swollen wood
  • Leaks in the ceiling or roof
  • A musty smell that could indicate water damage or mold

LP® SmartSide® Engineered Wood Siding Is Storm-Resistant

Avoid siding damage when you install LP® SmartSide® trim and siding on your home. These treated engineered wood products when properly installed, resist wind-driven rain, offer superior impact resistance (hail), and meets wind speed requirements of the Texas Department of Insurance and the International Code Council. LP invites you to find out more about the advantages of LP SmartSide engineered wood siding. Find a remodeler near you who installs LP SmartSide products!

Ben Barrette

Ben Barrette

Ben Barrette is the Construction Services Manager at LP Building Products supporting the Siding division. Ben manages the creation, editing and updating of siding technical literature and serves as a liaison between the Siding Technical and Marketing teams. Ben has experience with various skilled labor practices at a mostly residential scale, including interior remodeling, landscaping, masonry and carpentry. Ben now lives in Nashville, TN with his wife and their dog. When not working on projects around the house, he likes playing sports or being outdoors pursuing hobbies like hiking, hunting and fishing. For more from Ben, visit the LP SmartSide Trim and Siding blog.

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