Renovation5 min

Hail Damage Doesn’t Have To Result In Re-Siding

Not long ago, we used the term "Hail Zone" to describe those unfortunate places in mid-America that frequently experience devastating hail storms. But these house-battering storms are no longer confined to Oklahoma, Kansas and west Texas. In fact, they've occurred in all 50 states.

Severe storms have caused over 10 $ billion in home damage every year since 2007 – and 70 percent of that damage comes from hail storms. Hail usually doesn’t fall straight down, but gets blown horizontally and really hammers a homes siding.

What Do I Do After a Hail Storm Damages My Home?

Most homeowner's insurance covers hail damage. Before calling your insurance adjuster, you should take smartphone photos of the size of the hail and the damage it's caused before attempting any repairs. Your adjuster will visit to determine whether the hail damage is minor or calls for a complete re-siding. In either scenario, you'll need to get a written estimate for the repair and get it approved by your insurance company, and you will receive a settlement from the insurance company for the agreed upon amount.

If you're facing a total siding replacement, this is the perfect time to consider switching to a durable siding material that's better able to withstand future punishment. In independent testing, hail of 1,25″ diameter punched through vinyl siding – and hail of 1,75″ diameter dented fiber cement siding. Engineered wood siding fared much better, showing no signs of impact after being hit with 1,75" hail at 81 miles per hour. That's almost the velocity of a major league fastball.

So take a deep breath and know that you may be covered for hail damage to your home's siding. The tougher decision is whether to replace the damaged siding with the same material or switch to a top performance engineered wood siding that's proven to be more durable and optimal for hail.

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Renovation6 min

Home Improvement Show Proves Your Siding Project Can Be A Smooth Journey

The popular Lifetime Channel remodeling show Designing Spaces likes to document the home improvement journey to show that it can indeed be a manageable experience. The program recently shared the story of James and Stella, a professional couple in Wilmington, North Carolina, who did a re-siding project that went smoothly from start to finish.

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Renovation5 min
Tips on Re-Siding in Historic Districts

If you own a home in a historic district, you can forget about replacing the existing siding with vinyl. Most historic districts require replacement siding to closely match the original, hence wood (or engineered wood) and brick. Understanding home building regulations based on historic overlays can help eliminate the headache during renovations, so it's important to stay in the know before embarking on the project.

Renovation5 min
Top Four Home Exterior Tips for Fall

With fall just around the corner, it's time to plan how you will ensure your home's exterior is ready for the cooler temperatures while also keeping up with the latest seasonal trends. Not sure where to start? We break down the top four home exterior tips for fall for a little inspiration.

Trends6 min
Using the Right Siding for a Ranch Home

Ranch-style home designs are known for low and wide single-story profiles, large picture windows, sliding glass doors and attached front garages. These close-to-the-ground homes were first built in the U.S. in the 1920s, but they didn't gain widespread popularity until the post-World War II era into the 1970s. As suburbia spread, the ranch-style house became one of America's favorites. The popularity of ranch-style homes waned in the '80s and '90s, but it's making a comeback as younger homebuyers rediscover the ranch's charm-much like they did with bungalows.