Oct 27, 2018

Storm Chasing Contractors vs. Reputable Contractors

When storms hit the Twin Cities area and impact your home, how do you know who to trust? In this article, Andy Lindus, COO of Lindus Construction gives insight on storm chasers vs trustworthy home contractors.

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Lindus Construction crew removing old, clogged gutters from a home
Builder grade gutters continuously clog.


While the ramifications of working with storm chasing contractors are not always immediately evident, they are often severe.  In most cases these contractors show up from other areas from the country promising fast and cheap storm damage restoration.

Frequently, permits are not pulled, contractor’s license numbers are bogus, and work is left unfinished.  For us, there’s nothing more frustrating than hearing from homeowners that partnered with a storm chasing contractor that promised and charged them for LeafGuard® Brand Gutter installation only to have a builder grade product installed.

The sickening part is that by the time these situations are noticed, the contractor is several states away and impossible to reach.

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When it comes to home window replacement, we are able to offer several advantages over storm chasing contractors.  First, we have our own custom stain shop which ensures that new window trim is an exact match to the woodwork currently in your home.

We also offer financing and allow homeowners the ability to split up their project into multiple phases.  We work with the industry’s leading window manufacturers and utilize full-frame window replacement techniques.

Each window we install is custom made to the exact size of the rough opening, ensuring a perfect fit every time.  A reputable home improvement company will understand that is a project that includes both siding and windows, the window portion should be completed first.

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Insulation & Air Sealing

Another area where storm chasing contractors fall notoriously short is their ability to propose long-term solutions.  They are often quick to suggest temporary repairs that in the long-term can cause substantial damage to a home.

For example, repeatedly repairing wood siding due to pest infiltration or dry rot isn’t correcting the core issue and can leave a homeowner with pricey and avoidable repair bills down the road.  If you’re noticing air or water infiltration issues, seek out the services of a reputable professional that can utilize diagnostic tools such as blower door, borescope, moisture meters, and infrared imaging.

Partnering with an inexperienced insulation contractor can have frustrating consequences such as minimal results and wasted money.  Correct installation of insulation coupled with proper attic air sealing is a home improvement that offers a significant return on investment.  Not only is a home more energy efficient and comfortable, but heating and cooling costs become more affordable.

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If your home has experienced any recent storm damage, Contact us today to get started on your repairs the right way.

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Storm Damage Restoration Reviews:

"Lindus Construction was quick to respond to our need for repair of our gutters after a hail storm. The crew that showed up was courteous and professional. They completed the work to my complete satisfaction."

Barry S.
Rice Lake, WI
December 4, 2023

"Our roofing project, necessitated by storm damage, was made exceptional thanks to Lindus Construction. Jake's expertise in dealing with the insurance adjuster, Brittney's scheduling, and Nelson's leadership under scorching conditions were remarkable. Notably, our neighbors were so impressed by their work that they've now chosen Lindus Construction for their project too."

Bridget C.
River Falls, WI
October 23, 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

"Everything went well. Your project supervisor, Nelson, was awesome. My new sun tunnel works great. It really lights up the kitchen. Thanks for all your hard work negotiating with my insurance."

Dan H.
Oakdale, MN
July 21, 2023

"We just had Lindus replace our roof due to a hail storm last spring and they did a fantastic job. They showed up on time, were efficient, and did a great job cleaning up when the roof was complete. The crew supervisor, Tucker, had excellent communication and answered any questions we had. We are very pleased with the work that was done and we look forward to using Lindus for future projects!"

Callista R.
Baldwin, WI
June 20, 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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