What a Storm Does to Different Siding Materials

Strong winds, wind-blown debris, hail, snow, ice and heavy rains can cause damage to different parts of your home’s exterior, from your roofing system to your home’s vinyl siding and everything in between.

Siding Materials

There are different types of siding material. The way they handle exposure to strong storms varies, as well. Here’s a short discussion of what a strong storm can do to different types of siding.


Vinyl is one of the most common types of siding. It does offer many great benefits. However, it can suffer severe storm damage. It’s common for vinyl siding to develop cracks and splits that run parallel to the board. This is usually found where the valley meets the ridge.

The bottom of a vinyl siding board has no inward flexibility, so it cannot absorb a direct hit well. This often leads to chipping, often in half-circle shapes.

If the wind is particularly strong, your vinyl siding can also suffer holes when hit by flying debris. In some cases, debris can cause a full break. 


Aluminum siding does not usually crack or break like vinyl, but if the wind is strong enough, aluminum can suffer much worse damage, such as getting ripped off your home. Under a hailstorm, aluminum siding can suffer dings and dents. 


Stucco is tough enough if your area only gets light to moderate weather. Under a severe storm, stucco can be seriously damaged. It often develops holes when hit by hail and other wind-driven debris. When stucco is damaged, your home probably has other damaged areas, such as your roof. Make sure to call your roofing and siding contractor after the storm.


Wood is a beautiful material but it’s often not the best option when it comes to siding. It’s softer than other materials and it’s vulnerable to rot and water damage. A moderate storm can do this to wood siding. Strong winds can throw debris at it, causing damage and eventual water penetration.

When subjected to extreme weather, wood often loses its color. You’ll have to repaint or re-stain this material every few years, depending on the weather in your area.


Brick is strong, but the damage often involves trim and other parts connected to it. Brick may also suffer from chips and cracks over time.

A Note on James Hardie® Siding

Strong storms can damage almost all siding materials, but some are stronger and more durable against storms than others. For example, James Hardie fiber cement siding is known for being extremely durable and low-maintenance when compared to others. 

All types of James Hardie siding are primed for painting on the field, but if you choose prefinished siding, you can enjoy the benefits of Hardie’s ColorPlus® Technology, which features several coats of color applied in a controlled factory environment, ensuring superior adhesion that lasts a long time in any weather.

James Hardie also developed the HardieZone® system. By studying the long-term effects of climate on siding products, the company has come up with a system that ensures the availability of the right type of siding in every region. HZ5® siding products are produced for wet and freezing regions, while HZ10® products are suited for hot, sunny and humid areas. 

James Hardie’s siding products are more durable than others. They are impervious to animal attacks and are fire-resistant. They don’t rot or easily suffer storm damage. These fiber cement siding boards are well-worth the investment.

To enjoy the benefits of James Hardie fiber cement siding installation with ColorPlus Technology, get in touch with A1 Siding & Roofing. Call us today at [company_number] or tell us about your project here. We’re ready to help you in Manchester.