Aug 12, 2019

Four Point Post Hailstorm Checklist

The sound of hail pelting on roofs, siding, and gutters has been all too familiar to homeowners living in the Twin Cities and Western Wisconsinlately.  Though the damage takes only a few minutes to take place, the aftermath is long-lasting and oftentimes stressful.  Understanding the proper steps once damage occurs is the first step towards storm damage restoration.  Here are the first four steps you should take.

Start a Storm Damage File: Record when the storm damage occurred and list all the areas that you are noticing damage.  Don’t overlook elements such as air conditioners, fences, and sheds.  It’s helpful to record the size of hail and photograph it next to an object that shows scale, such as a quarter.  Using a binoculars while standing on the ground can allow you to verify the extent of damage on your roof.  An abundance of shingle granules in your gutters or absent shingles are strong indicators that hail damage has occurred.

Triage Severely Damaged Areas: Leaking roofs should have a tarp installed over the problem areas as quickly as possible.  If hail shattered window glass, board up the damaged area until window replacement can take place.  The goal should be to prevent any further damage to your home until a reputable contractor can assist you with restoration.

Have Your Property Inspected by a Trustworthy, Local Contractor: Local, highly rated contractors readily provide free storm damage inspections.  They are experienced and understand the signs of hail damage that an amateur may miss.  If an insurance claim is needed, they can supply you with documentation and even work to meet with you and your insurance adjuster to finalize your claim.  Exercise extreme caution when interacting with storm chasing contractors that show up at your door uninvited.  Oftentimes, they are not insured or licensed.  In many instances, work is completed incorrectly, or not at all.  Refrain from signing their vague contracts and do not allow them to get on your roof, as you may be liable for their injuries in the event of an accident, especially if they lack insurance.

Here’s How a Reputable Contractor Can Help You After a Storm: 

File a Home Insurance Claim: Prior to having work completed by the storm restoration companies you have interviewed, an insurance claim must be filed.  Having a reputable contractor support you during this process is particularly beneficial if the adjuster’s initial offer is not a reflection of all areas of your home that need restoration or fails to recognize premium improvements you have made to your home.  A homeowner has the right to retain the services of an independent adjuster that can submit their analysis to your insurance company with the amount you deserve compensation for.  As a last resort, a homeowner may hire an attorney or file a dispute with the state insurance commissioner’s office.

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Reviews Of Our Storm Damage Repair Company:

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

Michael L.
Eden Prairie, MN
October 25, 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

"Just want to tell you our LeafGuard® gutters are still holding strong.  No problems for five years.  I've been sweeping, vacuuming to clean up seed pods and helicopters, but none in the gutters.  True mess in spring, leaves in fall, rain, snow, wind, or hail.  Runs clean without fail.  Nothing gets in, not even the squirrel's tail."

Darlene B.
Red Wing, MN
June 6, 2020

"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
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