Aug 15, 2020

Partnering with a Quality General Contractor After Hail Damage

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 addressed by calling or texting 651-989-9226.  Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 8.15.20.

When it comes to hail damage, Minnesota is #7 on a national list of states that get hit the worst. Last year hail damaged an estimated 323,950 homes in the state.  The homeowners that have the most long-term success with their insurance restoration claim don’t make knee-jerk reactions.  Instead, they take the time to interview reputable industry professionals, rather than sign on with a shady storm chasing contractor that shows up at your door without being called.  With the health concerns associated with COVID-19, it’s wise to forego even speaking with this type of individual, should they show up at your door.  In the current booming home improvement industry, it’s likely a warning sign that a contractor performs subpar work if they have the ability to immediately take on your project after a storm.  Before signing on with a contractor, inquire about their lead times and whether they are guaranteed.  Many building materials have been placed on restriction due to factories being shut down due to the pandemic.  Larger contractors that are well connected have fewer issues with this than smaller contractors.

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Most insurance companies allow two years from the date of the damage occurred to allow homeowners ample time to correctly restore their homes. Right after the wind or hail damage has occurred, it’s wise to take photos of all sides of your house, spotlighting damaged areas. This is particularly beneficial if you had taken photos of your home before any damage had occurred. Quality contractors are willing and able to work with you and your insurance company to submit all necessary documentation to ensure you are fairly compensated for the storm damage.  Beware of any contractor that offers to provide a way for you to forego paying your insurance deductible, as this is fraud.

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Working with a general contractor for your storm restoration project ensures that all damaged areas of your home can be corrected in the correct order.  Quality general contractors can also answer questions about popular building products so that you can make an educated decision.  For example, gutter toppers and LeafGuard® seamless gutters can sound similar in name, but in actuality, they are substantially different.  Mesh covers rarely match the home’s preexisting gutters and do little to prevent clogging.  LeafGuard® is the only patented, one-piece system guaranteed to never clog or the installing contractor cleans them free of charge.  Even more impressive is the fact that LeafGuard® has earned the prestigious Good Housekeeping Seal of approval.

The LeafGuard® Brand gutter system uses .032 gauge aluminum, which is approximately 20% thicker than conventional gutters.

Reliable roofing contractors can also discuss the differences in popular roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles and cedar shakes.  While cedar shakes are stunning, they cost substantially more than asphalt shingles and require routine maintenance to ward off mold and mildew.  Even more frustrating is that cedar shakes have a shorter lifespan to asphalt shingles.  When it’s understood that roofing manufacturer, GAF, offers a 50-year, non-pro-rated warranty on labor and materials, it makes selecting a cedar shake roof an unattractive option.  For homeowners craving the roof of cedar shakes, GAF Glenwood® shingles can be a viable selection.  Their thick, ultra-dimensional design provides the aesthetics of cedar shakes without the costly maintenance.

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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

"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

We had hail damage.  Lindus replaced shingles and installed LeafGuard® Gutters.  We are extremely pleased with all the work.  The roof has a 50 year warranty. Work was completed very quickly and professionally."

Steve B.
Deer Park, WI
January 11, 2018
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