If you live in an area that gets frequent hail, rain, and high winds, you need an exterior that can withstand the stress of the elements. Some finishing materials are less expensive, but they could end up costing you in the long run if they do not hold up in the storm. If you're planning on updating your home or if you are building a new house, consider the best materials for resisting stormy weather. 

Siding Options

Siding can take a beating in a storm. When hail falls during a storm that also has high winds, you'll see hundreds of puncture holes in your vinyl siding, especially as it ages. Does that mean all vinyl siding is a poor choice? Not necessarily. There are also other siding types that can be effective. Consider the following:

Thick, high-quality vinyl. The vinyl panels that are the most common for American homes are not the only option. They don't do as well for storms. But vinyl siding that looks like shakes or that fits into panels might work well and still provide the low-maintenance, low-cost appeal that makes it so popular. 

Stucco. You might think that stucco is just for Southwest-style homes, but stucco can look good on many different home styles. It can't blow away or be punctured by hail. It also doesn't warp or bleach in the sun. Stucco is paintable, so you can change your home color occasionally when you need an update. 

Fiber cement. Fiber cement looks beautiful, but it also is heavy and durable, which helps it to stay put when the wind blows. Fiber cement siding can look like wood siding, and you can also paint it, which makes it appealing for people who want a home with a custom-designed look. 

Steel. Steel siding can be a good option if your storms feature high winds. However, it can dent if the hail is heavy enough. Dents can be fixed, though, and steel is a good sustainable option because the siding can be made from recycled metal. 

Wood. Wood siding can have a long life, but it can still sustain storm damage. The reason why wood can still be a good choice is that pieces of the siding can be individually replaced. If there are dents from hail, they can be sanded out and repainted. Wood can be sealed with weather-resistant paint. The trouble comes from lack of maintenance. A lot of people neglect their wood siding, and then when the storm comes, the siding gets waterlogged or even warped because it has not been sealed or repainted in years. 

Roofing Options

What about roofs? Asphalt shingles are a building standard for a good reason. They are durable in a storm, and it takes a lot of force to rip these shingles off the roof. However, they are not impervious to hail.

The roofs that perform best in hail and wind include metal and rubber shingles. Wood shingles are also good, but hail can split them. Split wood shingles can be individually replaced. When deciding which roof material to get, consider what your insurance company will pay for should a storm cause damage. 

Doors and Windows

Finally, doors and windows can be more weatherproof. You can protect glass with exterior storm windows. If you want another layer of protection, you can install storm shutters that keep branches from hitting and shattering your windows in a storm. Storm doors also provide an extra measure of protection.

Your exterior will always show some wear from years of storms, but the material types matter when it comes to durability. Talk to a roof and siding repair company such as Select Exteriors today about your home exterior choices.