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Storm Chasing Contractors vs. Reputable Contractors

27 October 2018

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 651-989-9226 or texting 81807.  Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 10.27.18.

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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 pricy 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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