Sep 14, 2019

Why You Should Avoid Storm Chaser Contractors

Hear from Andy Lindus, COO of Lindus Construction, on why it’s important to avoid storm chaser contractors when it comes to repairing your home.

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After catastrophic weather events, it’s common for contractors from other parts of the country to travel to the area to assist with storm damage restoration.  While many use shady business tactics, working with those that have good intentions can still backfire.  For example, building codes and roofing installation techniques can vary greatly by the area of the country you’re in.

Be wary of any contractor that glosses over the details of the products they’re installing on your house, fails to provide local examples of previous projects or references from past customers.  When speaking to past customers, be sure to ask how the contractor navigated any aspects of the project that didn’t originally go flawlessly.  This is a true testament to their integrity.

Here’s What You Need to Know About Hail Storm Roof Replacement: 

The Importance of a Reliable Local Roofer

Partnering with a reputable contractor also allows you to lean on them for their expertise on weighing in on the best products for your project.  They know which manufacturers stand behind their products in the unlikely event they fail prematurely.  They’re on the lookout for issues such as dry rot and can provide long-term solutions.

Trusted hail damage roofing companies are able to share if you should be considering metal or asphalt roofing and are able to show you digital renderings of both options.  Steel roofing installation tends to be more expensive than asphalt roofing.  Leading asphalt shingle manufacturer, GAF, offers a 50-year, non-prorated warranty on both labor and materials.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing tends to have only 30 to 35-year warranties on the finish, though the materials have a lifetime warranty.  Homeowners that opt for metal roofing often choose it for aesthetics more so than the warranty reasons.  There are instances on story and a half homes where the installation of three inches of foam and a metal roofing panel over the top make more sense than asphalt shingles.  This configuration allows snow to easily leave the roof, preventing ice dams.  The downside is that larger snow piles are created, which can prove problematic near sidewalks and driveways.

Metal roof on a home

The Pitfalls of DIY Home Renovations

Some homeowners opt to DIY their home renovations and are often left overwhelmed with the investment of time and skill set that is required.  Not only that, but DIYers can often find themselves in over their head when items such as load bearing walls, plumbing, and electrical come into play.  Shows on cable television networks often make the process look cheap and easy to do.

Rarely, are viewers shown behind the scenes details that allow for work to be completed in a faster than normal manner.  There’s no shame in calling in a professional to help you complete a project in progress; this happens more frequently than homeowners realize and ensures that the job is completed correctly.

Contact us today to get started repairing the storm damage on your home.

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 answered by calling or texting 651.461.9226.

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Storm Damage Repair Reviews:

"We have used Lindus Construction for 3 projects in the past. Two were at our old house which included a new deck and a metal roof. We also had them replaced our hail damaged roof in Blaine and included installation LeafGuard® Gutters. The employees are professional and keep you informed on their progress on the job."

James W.
Blaine, MN
December 14, 2023

"I've worked with Lindus twice, and both times they've been incredible! My list of praise is too long for a short review, but as an example a few years ago they handled my request for a last minute roof shingle color change with ease. More recently they worked closely with insurance on my behalf - how wonderful! I will always hire Lindus for my home improvement needs. A special shout out to Dave Anderson! Thank you!"

Ingrid S.
Golden Valley, MN
December 12, 2023

"They did a great job replacing our gutters that were damaged by hail."

Joan K.
Hudson, WI
August 16, 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
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