Anyone who has experienced a hailstorm knows that those ice balls hurled from the sky can sound like hard-pelting gravel when they hit your home. Whether they’re as big as baseballs or as small as peas, they can do a lot of damage, as evidenced by dents, cracks or holes in your siding.
But does that hail-damaged siding need to be replaced?
Fierce hail is not kind to vinyl siding, especially if that hail comes along with really strong winds that can whip debris along with the hail itself. You may notice that one side of your home has taken the brunt of the storm. That damage may be manifested as small chips in the surface or something more serious like cracks or even a peppering of small holes.
Aluminum siding is a lot more durable than vinyl siding when it comes to hail, but it’s certainly not immune. You’re more likely to see the damage as dents and scratches in the surface, probably similar to the damage you might see in any car that had been left outside. Depending on the strength of the wind and whether the edges of the siding had loosened over time, you may find entire sections of aluminum ripped off completely.