What are the Common Causes of Siding Damage?

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As homeowners, one of the questions we often ponder is, “how do you know when it’s time to change the siding on your house?” The exterior of our homes takes the brunt of all environmental conditions, from heavy rain to hailstorms. In this post, we’ll explore some of the most common causes of siding damage, the impact of insurance claims on siding, and how you can enhance the lifespan of your home’s siding.

Hail and Storm Damage

One of the most apparent causes of siding damage is hail and storm damage. Such damage is typically covered by insurance claims. However, the process isn’t always straightforward. If your home is equipped with 10-year-old siding and it succumbs to a hail storm or similar damage, insurance companies often depreciate the siding’s value. This means they might only cover a fraction of the replacement cost.

Here’s where Energy Pro offers a unique proposition. With their high-volume purchases of vinyl bline, they offer storm and hail damage coverage for your siding purchase. This means that if you engage Energy Pro for your siding installation, they commit to covering the difference between your insurance payout and the complete replacement cost. Essentially, you’re shielded from bearing the brunt of the depreciation applied by insurance companies.

Water Infiltration

Beyond storm-induced damage, water infiltration stands as the most prevalent source of harm to siding. When water finds its way behind the siding, it can cause a multitude of problems, from mold growth to structural damage. Hence, proper protection against this sneaky enemy is crucial.

This brings us to an important point when selecting a siding contractor: their knowledge and technique in wrapping the house. A special house wrap product is designed to shield homes from water infiltration, but its effectiveness is directly proportional to the installation quality. It’s not just about wrapping the house but ensuring that the wrap is installed correctly. Every potential water entry point should be taped, sealed, and caulked. The aim is to create a virtually impenetrable barrier against any moisture.

How to Prevent Damage and Prolong Your Siding’s Lifespan

So, what measures can homeowners take to both prevent and prolong the life of their home’s siding?

Choose Wisely

Engage with a siding contractor who knows their craft inside out. They should be adept at wrapping the house properly and be familiar with the details of ensuring maximum protection against water infiltration.


Regularly inspect your siding for any visible damage or potential weak points. Addressing small issues before they escalate can save a lot of hassle and money in the long run.

Opt for Extra Coverage

If your budget allows, considering add-on coverage like what Energy Pro offers can be a good safety net. With the combination of insurance and additional coverage, you’re better equipped to handle unforeseen damage.


Protecting your home’s siding from common causes of damage ensures not only the longevity of the siding itself but also the overall health and structural integrity of your home. Water infiltration, while seemingly harmless, can lead to significant damage if not addressed promptly. Similarly, while insurance provides some relief against storm-related damages, having comprehensive coverage can make a world of difference.

For any further questions or concerns regarding siding and protection against common damages, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to assist you in making informed decisions about your home’s exterior.

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