We understand the emotional stress storm damage and home repairs can have on a homeowner’s family.
LifeTime Builders will do the work so you don’t have to.
1. It is important to confirm that the company has a current Minnesota Building Contractors License.
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2. Check that they have current insurance policies for both General Liability and Workers Compensation.
3. Verify that they have been in business for at least 10 years with the same license number.
4. Make sure that they can provide a long list of references of past clients with whom you can call to verify their claims.
LifeTime Builders will assist property owners in identifying wind & hail damage to their homes. Our hail damage inspection services provide property owners with professional advice regarding their hail damage insurance claim.
We have successfully completed thousands of hail and wind damage insurance projects. Typical storm repairs include roof, siding, and gutter repairs.
Our approach to insurance restoration projects is to be our client’s advocate in working with their insurance claims adjusters and performing professional repairs to their property. Our commitment is to our clients – the homeowners.
We are a family-owned commercial and residential building contractor servicing the Twin Cities and surrounding communities. We have over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, and we provide expertise in all phases of roofing, siding, gutter, windows applications being an Owens Corning™ Preferred Contractor.
Homeowners should never make the mistake of believing their home was spared during a severe hail storm.
AVOID STORM CHASERS
It is very important to be alert about “storm chasers.” A storm chaser is a person who follows the areas affected by storms, offering to make repairs at a low cost. Some of these guys don’t live in the Twin Cities area at all and may not be licensed or properly insured to work on your house.
Most of the times, homeowners are frequently surprised to find the “low-cost” contractor disappear once a deposit is in hand or leaves town before the work is finished. If the work is completed, it may look good, but when problems arise down the road, the traveling contractor is nowhere to be found. After a storm, put your trust in the Minnesota roofing contractors you know and can trust.
LifeTime Builders – the contractor Twin Cities area residents can always rely on!
We work with your insurance companies to make sure you are getting the help you deserve.
At LifeTime Builders we follow a proven process to make sure your life isn’t interrupted.
We follow up every project with a 25 point inspection upon the completion of your project.
When damage from hail storms goes unchecked, unfortunate and costly issues will often surface at some point down the road.
Being proactive offers peace of mind that the home’s value is never compromised, and the family’s safety is always guaranteed.
Hailstones can be destructive to homes with damage varying greatly depending on the size and speed at which they fall. Hailstorms can cause dents in aluminum siding, shingles and gutters or even crack vinyl siding, asphalt roofs or wood shakes. The lightweight design of vinyl siding, made to endure extreme winds, generally allows it to withstand severe weather. However, it can crack or chip when large, fast-falling hailstones hit the panels. Even light hailstorms can be damaging, to aluminum siding in particular.
Essentially, anything exposed to the outdoors becomes vulnerable to damage during a storm, but there are a few ways to be prepared for when hail does start to fall.
- Inspect and maintain your roof regularly. Do not neglect minor defects that may make your roof more susceptible to damage.
- Consider an impact-resistant roof, with more durable shingles for protection.
- Maintain trees and shrubbery around your home as hail can cause limbs and even some trees to fall on your vehicle or house.
- Properly maintain your yard by storing decorations and furniture to avoid blowing debris during harsh winds.
How to detect damage
There are ways to assess your home for damages after a hailstorm to determine whether to file a claim. When it is safe to go outside, look for the following indicators that your home may have sustained damage:
- Dented gutters and downspouts.
- Dents, dings, buckling, warping and other signs of impact to siding and windowsills
- Significant or uneven gaps across or between layers of siding.
- Check for leaks in the attic, and water damage on the ceilings.
- Property damage surrounding your house, including your shed, deck, patio cover and vehicles.
Should you suspect damage, contact LifeTime Builders to do the assessment. The inspector will look for impact to roof, roof vents, chimneys, sky lights, siding and outbuildings. The assessment should be able to help you determine whether there is enough damage to make a claim to avoid costly damages.
What does roof wind damage look like?
The force of wind blowing over your roof won’t be uniform. The corners and perimeter edges are more susceptible with the center having less stress, with the wind damage to roof to the center will typically be from flying debris and breaking tree limbs. If you only notice one small corner sticking up it is better to still check it, this is a small start to possibly bigger problems from constant wind exposure. Some of the basics signs of wind damage to roof tops:
- Asphalt/Composition Shingles: broken, curled, damaged, missing granules and shingles.
- Wood Shakes/Shingles: Curling, decay, mold, or splitting.
- Flashing: Bent, curled, loose, or missing.
- Mortar: crumbling and missing.
- Fascia and Soffits: Decayed and water stains.
- Gutters: Bent, clogged, decayed, leaking, loose, missing.
- Chimney: Damaged, missing bricks or flashing, leaning.