Inspecting your siding for damage is a bit easier than inspecting your roof. But, if you don’t know what to look for, you can miss it. Don’t be afraid to call a professional if you need some backup.
With wood siding, it’s important to look for peeling paint first. This will be the most common problem to look for. But even if you don’t see any peeling paint, it’s a good idea to go around to those problem areas where maybe water accumulates near a wall, and push on them with your hand or finger. If it feels spongy or you push right through, there’s mold or rot present. It may also affect your wall sheathing too.
Vinyl siding is mostly affected by damage from hail, golf balls, or heat from grills. Heat can start to deform vinyl siding over time, so that’s something to watch out for as well.
If you find a problem you cannot fix yourself, calling a professional is well worth it.