Tips For Inspecting Hail Damaged Siding

As a Midwesterner, your roof and siding have likely seen their fair share of hailstorms. At this point, you might know the obvious tell-tale signs of hail damaged siding. Unfortunately, not all damage is clearly visible to the untrained eye. While bigger hailstones cause evident damage, smaller hailstones may not appear to be as harmful. Hail with a diameter of less than an inch might cause damage to your siding that you can’t easily spot. Here is what to look for when inspecting your siding for hail damage and when to call in the professionals. 

Hail Damage on Vinyl Siding

When you have vinyl siding, you may be more prone to damage from hail. Sometimes you can see very obvious signs of hail damage, but some may be more subtle since hail can bounce off vinyl, especially if it’s newer. When hail hits vinyl siding, it usually leaves no dents. However, when dense, large, or fast-falling hailstones strike vinyl siding, the panels might break or chip. Cracks may be more common in older vinyl siding. You may also notice holes or puncture marks where hail has struck. This is an obvious way to identify whether there is damage, but keep in mind that just because you don’t see any problems doesn’t indicate that hail hasn’t damaged your siding. Also, examine for buckling or warping, which is frequent with damaged vinyl siding. Buckled and warped siding is still an issue you must address since it decreases its ability to protect your home. 

Hail Damage on Wood and Metal Siding

While vinyl siding may hide dents, wood and metal siding won’t. Denting is likely the most common visible sign of hail damaged wood and metal siding. You may even be able to tell how large the hailstone was that hit your siding because some of the dents might be very prominent. If your siding is painted, you will likely notice paint spots missing which is an indication that hail has damaged your siding. 

Hail Damage on Aluminum Siding

When hail hits aluminum siding, it creates a distinct-looking dent. The size of the hail determines the size of the dent. The dents may sometimes be seen with the naked eye, especially if the siding surface is smooth. If the aluminum siding is stamped with a wood pattern, the dent may be more difficult to see, so you may have to inspect closer. After a bad hail storm, oxidation markings are frequently left on aluminum siding. You may initially be tempted to just paint over these marks. However, oxidized siding is an indication that it is nearing the end of its life and should be replaced. To check for oxidation, run your hand down the siding and look for a powdery residue left on your hand. If, while doing this, you also notice dimples, this indicates that it has been damaged and may need to be replaced. 

Concerned About Hail Damaged Siding? Call Manor.

After a major hailstorm, Missouri residents should inspect their siding for damage. When you do have hail damage to your siding, it’s important to address it quickly. The professionals at Manor understand that your home’s siding serves a very important purpose, and repairing damaged siding swiftly is critical after a storm. Visit the website to learn more about siding replacement or request a free estimate today

Manor Siding Installation | Choose High-Quality Siding from James Hardie

When choosing siding for your home, you’re likely looking for quality, visual appeal, and a fair price. You can get all of this wrapped into one when you choose Manor Roofing and Restoration siding services. We offer James Hardie siding, the top choice for millions of homes coast to coast. So, why is James Hardie siding such a popular choice?

Why James Hardie Siding?

James Hardie fiber cement siding has unrivaled durability and minimal maintenance while also incorporating the warmth and character of wood into its aesthetic. James Hardie siding products come with a 30-year limited transferable product warranty against chipping, rotting, cracking, and delamination. This is why James Hardie Siding is the top siding material that we recommend to our customers. 


Above all, homeowners need their siding to be durable so that it will last for many years before needing to be replaced. James Hardie siding products are made to withstand the elements like rain, snow, wind, and hail. The fiber cement material is also resistant to common siding issues like termites, rot, mold, and mildew. 

Fire Protection

A house fire is at the top of the list for a homeowner’s worst nightmare. However, those with James Hardie siding can rest easier because it will not ignite when directly exposed to a flame and won’t contribute to fueling a fire. Other common siding materials like wood will simply feed an existing fire and vinyl siding will melt in an instant. Installing a non-combustible siding may also appeal to your insurance company, which could mean you get a discount on your premiums. 

High Return on Investment

The quality of the materials used in your home will affect the resale value. If and when you decide to sell your home someday, having high-quality siding like James Hardie will appeal to potential buyers. A report from Remodeling Magazine indicates around a 68% return on investment for those that install fiber cement siding. 

Curb Appeal

Aside from the reputation of the James Hardie name, this brand of siding increases the curb appeal of your home immensely. The siding can be purchased in various colors, styles, and textures to fit your exact vision for your home’s exterior. So whether you have a ranch, craftsman, colonial or other style home, you will be able to find a siding that fits the architecture and style. It can easily mimic other materials and has nearly unlimited options for color. 

Low Maintenance

Everyone loves the look of wood siding, but no one likes the maintenance involved. James Hardie fiber cement siding needs very little maintenance yet looks as good as real wood. Simply get out the garden hose and a nylon brush to clean your siding once or twice a year to keep it looking as good as new. 

Stands Up To Weather

The weather can be quite unpredictable, especially in Mid-Missouri. The Manor siding pros know all too well how much damage wood and vinyl siding can sustain after a hail storm or high winds that send debris flying through the air. The fiber cement siding from James Hardie is able to resist the damaging impact of hail and projectile debris, unlike wood or vinyl siding, which will end up cracked and full of holes. 

Resistant to Pests

When your home has wood siding, it becomes an invitation for termites, carpenter ants, woodpeckers, and even squirrels. The damage they can do may cost you big. Fiber cement siding is unappealing to these critters, so you won’t have to worry about those sneaky pests wrecking your siding. 

Long Lasting Color

Thanks to James Hardie’s ColorPlus Technology®, you won’t have to worry about fading, cracking, or chipping. This unique finish is applied in a controlled factory environment along with a minimum of two coats of paint and two trips through the curing oven to form an even stronger bond, guaranteeing the color is going to last. This special process makes this siding resistant to the damaging effects of UV rays. 

Call Manor Siding Installation Experts

Manor Roofing & Restoration is partnered with James Hardie Siding through their Associated Contractor Program. James Hardie is the world-leading fiber cement siding and backer board company and that is why Manor trusts their products for our customer’s homes. We can inspect your current siding to determine if you need siding repaired or replaced. If needed, the Manor siding experts can complete new siding installations from start to finish. Reach out today to schedule a free estimate or ask about our financing options.