Jun 15, 2019

Fast Facts About Storm Damage Repairs

Lindus Construction’s Vice President of Sales, Alex Lindus, answers common storm damage repair questions for Twin Cities homeowners.

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Filing Storm Damage Insurance Claims

After a hailstorm, homeowners often only have 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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Siding Storm Damage Repairs

If a home is damaged by a storm, one of the areas that suffers significant damage is 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.  SeasonGuard seamless steel siding is also a popular choice among the homeowners we work with because of their long-lasting finishes.

Home with siding installed by Lindus Construction

Updating Insulation

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 be more popular than glass blocks 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.

Contact us today to get started on your home’s storm damage repairs.

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"We had an absolutely amazing experience with Lindus. They were the only company that answered my email for storm-damaged gutters. Their level of customer service is exceptional, reaching 100%. They go beyond the call of duty to ensure the homeowner is completely happy with their craftsmanship. Keep doing what you're doing!"

Eric J.
St Paul, MN
December 14, 2023

"Hail damage required us to replace the metal roof on our house and detached storage building. Ryan, as foreman, was excellent. There is little doubt in my mind that Lindus' highest priority is to have the job done right and their customer to be fully satisfied, and we are. As a result, I would be happy to recommend to others!"

Court S.
Afton, MN
August 7, 2023

"It was good and professional from negotiating with my insurance to the completion of the project. Thanks, Lindus."

Dan H.
Oakdale, MN
July 27, 2023

"They replaced our roof following hail damage last summer. Did a wonderful job! Replaced sheathing in an area around the fireplace chimney where we have had a leak for many years and nobody else has been able to find it. Also replaced our soffits with a continuous vent design which hopefully will lessen our ice dam problems in the future. Excellent workmanship all around!"

Dianne B
Stillwater, MN
July 14, 2023

"Brandon Larson from Lindus came out and inspected my roof only to find it was covered in hail damage and needed to be replaced. He worked directly with my insurance to get it covered 100%.  From a quality perspective, they did a really nice job and did the work quickly to avoid too much disruption to me and my family.  I am pleased with Lindus and would highly recommend them for future projects."

Daniel P.
Menomonie, WI
June 29, 2023

"Gutters replaced due to hail damage. An excellent company. The crew checked all the boxes to guarantee a satisfied customer. I would use this company for any and all services it provides."

Cherryl R.
North St. Paul, MN
April 19, 2023
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