Jun 15, 2019

Fast Facts About Storm Damage Reconstruction

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement questions answered by calling 651-989-9226 or texting 81807.  Here’s the must-know information our Vice President of Sales, Alex Lindus, shared on 6.15.19.

After hail, a homeowner often only has one year to file a claim and two years to work with a storm damage repair company to have work completed on their home.  Failure to have the damage corrected means that an insurance company does not have to pay full replacement value for the impacted areas.  At times, this can mean that a homeowner can receive up to 40% less than if they had worked with a contractor to have repairs done.  The insurance company holds back the depreciation value until the project is completed.  Homeowners that do not fix hail damage, but are paid out on the damage, forfeit the ability to file a second full replacement value claim if their roof or siding is again damaged by hail in the future.

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If a home is damaged by a storm, one of the areas that suffers significant damage if often siding.  If a home has Masonite siding, an alternative material must be selected, as Masonite is no longer manufactured.  Masonite siding is comprised of wood chips that are bonded with resins.  It resembles fiberboard used in builder grade cabinetry.   Two of the most popular maintenance-free siding materials we install are SeasonGuard steel and LP® SmartSide®.  An advantage LP® SmartSide® has over fiber cement is that it does not emit toxins into the air when it is cut.  LP® SmartSide® also does not require special tools in order to cut it.  LP® SmartSide® with Diamond Kote® offers the ultimate peace of mind because it is guaranteed against fading and chipping.  SeaonGuard seamless steel siding is also a popular choice among the homeowners we work with because of their long-lasting finishes.

A storm also allows homeowners to take a hard look at their home and contemplate other upgrades that make sense at the same time, such as insulation.  When insulating your attic, depending on what your soffit situation is, it’s best practice to have an attic chute installed in the air space between your eaves over the top plate and into your attic space.  Installing attic chutes and insulation in this area allows for ample air flow in your attic peak and down through your soffit vents.  Attic chutes used in tandem with a vapor barrier underneath or on top of the ceiling, along with sprayed in or blown-in insulation up to the attic air chutes will create a vented and temperature-controlled attic space, absent of ice dams.

Examining a home’s windows after a storm to see if any are in need of replacement is also wise.  Window styles should be revisited, as oftentimes improvements can be made to allow for additional ventilation or natural light.  Awning windows work well in kitchens because they offer an unobstructed view and can be opened for ventilation purposes.  Our SeasonGuard awning windows are widely popular because their thin frames allow for additional glass exposure which brings in more natural light.  In bathrooms, vinyl windows with security glass tend to more popular than glass block because they offer privacy while still allowing for ventilation.  Without adequate ventilation, bathrooms can become susceptible to mold and allow excess moisture to accumulate in an attic, damaging insulation.

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"Had Lindus re-shingle our roof this summer following a hail storm and while I don't know much about roofing I do know a lot about customer service and they were excellent. Easy to trust a company that is honest and dedicated to their work. I have also referred them to two neighbors who have also used them with equally satisfying results."

Howard J.
White Bear Lake, MN
December 10, 2018

"After having LeafGuard® gutters installed by Lindus a few years ago we suffered hail damage in 2017 and went to Lindus not only for the gutter replacement but also for the re-roof. While re-roofing they identified and replaced several panels of plywood roof sheathing which over time had de-laminated. Beautiful job, thorough clean-up.  Since we went with LeafGuard®, we have not had any problems with leaves, pine needles and "helicopters" which previously filled and clogged our gutters."

Jerry H.
Stillwater, MN
December 8, 2018

"A few years ago we had Lindus install LeafGuard® gutters. We were happy with the crew and product. After the hail storm last summer, we hired Lindus to replace our roof and gutters. As owners of a historic home, we chose the 50 year GAF shingles. Rick Lindus provided project management and worked diligently at all times to make sure we were completely satisfied - and we are!"

Janene D.
New Richmond, WI
November 14, 2018

"Had my roof (shingles, soffit, fascia, and gutters) replaced by Lindus two years ago and am very pleased with the quality of their work. When hail came through a year later I called and they came out and did an inspection to make sure everything was OK."

Clifford L.
Red Wing, MN
August 31, 2018

After the hail storm our home needed a new roof and all new siding, window trim...the whole nine yards.  From the salesperson to the crew that was doing the work, all were all wonderful. Answered every question, got the work done on time ( and looks great) cleaned up after every day and when the job was done you would never know that they were there.  I would highly recommend Lindus Construction! We were very pleased with everyone involved with the company that worked with us.

Jaide S.
Osceola, WI
July 30, 2018

"We asked Lindus to give us an estimate on replacing our skylights. While they were on the roof checking out the skylights, they noticed we had hail damage. Thanks to their thoroughness, we knew to file a claim with our insurance company and they covered the cost of a new roof, skylights and gutters. Lindus was very fast (the roof and windows were done in a day) very clean....we did not find a single nail in our yard...and everyone was so courteous. I would use them again without hesitation!"

Jill F.
Minneapolis, MN
January 7, 2018
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