Hail storms can be a major problem for many homeowners. Even a small amount of hail can do significant damage to your roof, siding, and property. And getting insurance companies to approve repairs can often be a logistical nightmare, meaning that your property stays damaged for far longer than it should. So when it’s time to consider getting new siding for your home, it’s important to also consider its durability, particularly in those areas that are prone to hail storms. Thankfully, fiber cement siding is not only a versatile and attractive option for many homes, it’s also hail resistant.
What Hail Does to Siding
To see why it’s so important to use a durable product like fiber cement siding on your home, you first need to consider what it is that hail does. Oftentimes, during a hail storm, high winds will blow the hail stones directly into your home.
If you have wood siding, this can leave actual dents in the wood, as well scrape or knock off some of the paint, exposing the wood below to moisture, which can mean that it begins to deteriorate more quickly. At the same time, hail storms often bring down tree limbs, which can do additional damage to siding.
Wood siding isn’t the only material that gets affected by hail, either. Aluminum siding can be severely dented by hail stones, and vinyl siding may even crack or break if hit hard enough. Add in the damage done to asphalt roofing shingles, your car, and your lawn furniture, and it’s easy to see why even a short hail storm can produce thousands of dollars of damage in just a short time.
Why Fiber Cement Is Different
With the amount of damage that hailstones can do to so many different products, it can be hard to see why fiber cement is different. The key is in the product’s durability. Fiber cement siding is made up of a mixture of sand, silica, glass, Portland cement, and cellulose fibers. The result is a very rigid, heavy siding that doesn’t dent, chip, or crack even upon impact.
The second benefit that makes fiber cement siding so good at resisting hail damage is in the way that the paint is applied. Special heating techniques help the paint adhere better to the surface of the material, so it’s unlikely to peel, chip, or fade over time the way that wood siding does. So even if hail stones happen to strike the fiber cement, it’s not going to chip or damage the paint.
Finally, fiber cement siding is moisture resistant. This is where the real damage to roofs and siding occurs. When hail stones knock off protective granules from your shingles or paint from your siding, it enables moisture to begin to affect these materials. Over time, while you argue with your insurance company about repairing or replacing the damaged sections, moisture will begin to infiltrate your home. This means that the materials themselves will begin to deteriorate, and the moisture will begin to spread to new areas of your home. This in turn leads to other issues such as black mold, mildew, and structural wood rot, all which add up to significantly higher repair bills.
Fiber cement resists moisture infiltration. So no matter how large a hail stone knocked against your house, you aren’t going to get widespread damage months after the fact. This confines the damage done by the initial hail storm to those areas that are more easily repaired or replaced, saving you thousands of dollars in damages.
Whole House Protection
One of the best things about fiber cement isn’t just its ability to resist damage from things like hail storms; it’s its versatility in covering your home. With fiber cement, you can not only get the look you want for your siding, you can also protect your soffits, fascia, trim, and even your roof. And every piece of fiber cement that you install will have the same durability, long-lasting color application, and attractive appearance. So you can completely cover your home in fiber cement siding, whether you have a contemporary home being clad in panels, or you have a rustic home with lots of architectural detail, and in every case, your home will be completely protected from the damage that hailstones can bring.
Get the Best for Your Home
If you live in an area that is prone to hailstones and hail storms, it’s in your best interests to protect your home. Whether you’re replacing your siding because of previous hail damage, you’re installing new siding for the very first time, or it’s just time for a change, fiber cement siding can get you the combination of looks and durability that you want for your home. So make the right choice and invest in durable, attractive fiber cement for your house.