Sep 14, 2019

Why You Should Avoid Storm Chaser Contractors

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement questions addressed by calling or texting 651-989-9226.  Here’s most-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 9.14.19.

After catastrophic weather events, it’s common for contractors from other parts of the country to travel to the area to assist with storm damage restoration.  While many use shady business tactics, working with those that have good intentions can still backfire.  For example, building codes and roofing installation techniques can vary greatly by the area of the country you’re in.  Be wary of any contractor that glosses over the details of the products they’re installing on your house, fails to provide local examples of previous projects or references from past customers.  When speaking to past customers, be sure to ask how the contractor navigated any aspects of the project that didn’t originally go flawlessly.  This is a true testament to their integrity.

Here’s What You Need to Know About Hail Storm Roof Replacement: 

Partnering with a reputable contractor also allows you to lean on them for their expertise on weighing in on the best products for your project.  They know which manufacturers stand behind their products in the unlikely event they fail prematurely.  They’re on the lookout for issues such as dry rot and can provide long-term solutions.  Trusted hail damage roofing companies are able to share if you should be considering metal or asphalt roofing and are able to show you digital renderings of both options.  Steel roofing installation tends to be more expensive than asphalt roofing.  Leading asphalt shingle manufacturer, GAF, offers a 50-year, non-prorated warranty on both labor and materials.  Metal roofing tends to have only 30 to 35-year warranties on the finish, though the materials have a lifetime warranty.  Homeowners that opt for metal roofing often choose it for aesthetics more so than the warranty reasons.  There are instances on story and a half homes where the installation of three inches of foam and a metal roofing panel over the top make more sense than asphalt shingles.  This configuration allows snow to easily leave the roof, preventing ice dams.  The downside is that larger snow piles are created, which can prove problematic near sidewalks and driveways.

metal roof

Some homeowners opt to DIY their home renovations and are often left overwhelmed with the investment of time and skill set that is required.  Not only that, but DIYers can often find themselves in over their head when items such as load bearing walls, plumbing, and electrical come into play.  Shows on cable television networks often make the process look cheap and easy to do.  Rarely, are viewers shown behind the scenes details that allow for work to be completed in a faster than normal manner.  There’s no shame in calling in a professional to help you complete a project in progress; this happens more frequently than homeowners realize and ensures that the job is completed correctly.

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Storm Damage Repair Reviews:

"Excellent from start to finish. Just had a new gutter replaced from storm damage. I had them in the mid 90's install the first time. My first call was answered by a real person and I was transferred to another person to help set an appointment for an estimate and they too answered their phone. No messing around with trading voicemail calls. From there on everything was as promised, they showed up for the estimate and I booked the work to be done.  I was contacted as to when they would be here and that the materials would be dropped off a couple days in advance of the work. All happened like clockwork. The work was done on the day promised. Almost impossible to find a contractor that cares like they do. Thank you Lindus for caring."

Daniel S.
St. Paul, MN
September 3, 2019

"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

"We were extremely pleased with the professional and quality service provided by Lindus Construction when they replaced our hail-damaged roof and gutters. We highly recommend them."

Vicki G.
New Richmond, Wi
August 31, 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
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