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Why You Should Avoid Storm Chaser Contractors

14 September 2019

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement questions addressed by calling or texting 651-989-9226.  Here’s most-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 9.14.19.

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.

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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 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.

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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.

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