Apr 16, 2021

5 Ways to Protect & Prepare Your Home Before A Storm Hits

If you conduct an online search with the term “storm damage” you’ll be met with literally thousands of articles from insurance companies and contractors about how to restore your home after heavy wind and hail.  However, these articles often fail to mention that there are many proactive storm protection measures that homeowners can take to prepare themselves before a storm even hits.  Here are our top five tips on how to protect your home from storm damage, before a storm hits.

Take Photos of the Exterior of Your Home

Before any storm damage takes place, take eight photos of the exterior of your home from all sides.  This proves what was in existence before a storm. Be sure to include items like your grill, patio furniture, and more.  This also allows you to easily identify any changes and desecration that may have occurred.

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Create an Emergency Contact List

Have a list prepared of contractors or repair experts you trust and that are local and reputable.   These experts do the best storm damage restoration work and often book up quickly, especially after a storm.  Beware of any contractor that shows up at your door without being called offering to inspect your roof.  These contractors are storm chasers.  They’re often from several states away.  They rarely complete the work as promised if they complete it all.  In the event there’s a warranty issue in a few years, they’re typically unreachable.

Lock Your Windows & Doors Before a Storm Hits

Locking your doors and windows will help with storm protection as heavy rain and wind can create air and water infiltration.

Clear Out Your Gutters and Downspouts

The amount of water (in a short time) that hits your roof during a spring storm is intense. If gutters and downspouts are clogged, there can be many severe storm damage consequences.  They include landscape erosion, rotted fascia boards, a wet basement, and a cracked foundation.  To avoid these concerns, many homeowners opt for the installation of seamless, clog-free gutters.

Trim Tree Branches Back to Avoid Storm Damage

Tree branches near your home’s roof prove problematic from several standpoints.  During periods of heavy wind, large tree branches can fall on your roof, damaging the shingles or even putting a hole in it.  Branches should never be allowed to touch your roof because they can run on the shingles and the granules to loosen and fall off.  This means that the lifespan of the roof will be dramatically shortened.  Another downside of tree branches close to your roof is that they provide a gateway for animals such as mice, squirrels, and raccoons to get onto your roof and eventually in your attic.

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Salesperson was knowledgeable and helpful with insurance due to hail damage. We had our previous LeafGuard® Gutters over 20 years. Replaced with new LeafGuard® Gutters due to the hail damage. Installation went great. Clean up was good. Highly recommend.

Beth J.
Minnetonka, MN
May 12, 2022

"Installed gutters after a hailstorm. The work was done professionally and looks good."

Michael L.
Eden Prairie, MN
October 25, 2021

“Terrific representative, very thorough and personable.  We know you’re the best in the business.  Chris Ellston is a terrific representative and went way above and beyond for me to help shed light on the true nature of the condition of my roof and I feel really grateful about that.”

Brian E.
Eden Prairie, MN
April 16, 2021

"Lindus Construction recently installed a new roof, replaced my soffits/fascia and installed replacement LeafGuard® Gutters that were damaged by hail this summer. (My original gutters were installed in 1999!) I could not be more pleased with their work, professionalism and meticulous attention to detail on all aspects of the project. Even the flashing on the chimney looks 110% better than what had been previously done and is now caulked as well. I highly recommend Lindus and would definitely hire them in the future should a need arise! You will definitely not be disappointed!

Kimberly S.
Richfield, MN
November 30, 2020

"This year we had storm due to hail and our insurance company allowed us to have Lindus Construction replace our gutters and downspouts. They sent a crew out in a timely manner and swap out the old product. Very pleased with the attention to details and professionalism of Lindus Construction.  As a professional realtor since 1986, I have seen a lot of gutter contractors come and go. I always recommend clients talk with Lindus Construction and see for themselves the great value of the LeafGuard® product."

Greg S.
Lakeville, MN
November 21, 2020

"Our home recently sustained damage from a late summer hailstorm. Dealing with insurance and contractors can be stressful but Lindus made it pain free. They installed today during an unexpectedly heavy fall snowstorm. The guys worked hard and as usual they did an amazing job even in terrible conditions. I would recommend Lindus to anyone and I will be working with them again in the future."

Mauri S.
Bloomington, MN
October 20, 2020
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