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How to find a contractor for your Hail and Storm Damaged property in Atlanta

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Spring time brings tornados, hail, high winds and heavy rain.  It also brings out unscrupulous contractors whose main interest is making a quick buck!  Take a deep breath if you have storm damage.  You do not need to make any quick decisions and DO NOT trust the guy because he seems so nice.  Do your homework, then hire a contractor.  Absolutely, have someone tarp and protect your home if emergency measures are needed, but stop right there.  Calm down, take the time to perform your due diligence, then make a decision.  What if you are reading this after you hired someone?  It may not be too late.  Georgia law provides a three day right of recision period just for this reason (five days for storm damage)  Georgia Residential Roofers Bill.  You can cancel the contract with no penalty.

What should you do for your due diligence?  I will answer that with a question.  What would you do if you were going to hire an employee (for twenty years or more that you could not fire without great expense).  Hmmm… makes you think a little bit doesn’t it.  First, search the GA corporate records to see when they incorporated.  Check their BBB record, online reviews, customer referrals (not 5, 10, or 20, but request list of at least 100 names and you choose who to call), photos of their work, call their supplier (ask them for numbers), and check their affiliations.  The end result is you are verifying the contractors credentials and making sure they are who the salesperson told you they are.

Be sure to visit with your contractor How to get your roofing contractor to bid your job

Be very cautious of hiring an out of state contractor.  Who will take care of warranty issues?  No one.  You are stuck.  They offer to give you a great deal and yes you can save a ton of money upfront – hundreds!  I can’t tell you how many calls we get to repair poor workmanship and I have to tell the owner it is not repairable.  For example, poor roof ventilation will cause premature shingle failure.  The $500 saved, means they will have to spend another $8000 to replace their 10-12 year old roof.  Other times, it is a matter of few hundred dollars to repair the poor work and then the home has a shingle color match issue.

There’s a lot of good roofing contractors, but unfortunately, the bad ones out weight the good by a long shot.  There are 21 GAF Master Elite contractors in Atlanta, and over 600 listed on YP.com.  The vast majority are not accredited with the BBB either.

About us:  Schantz Home Improvement is a residential Atlanta Contractor specializing in Exterior Renovations including Roofing, Siding, Replacement Windows and other needs.

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5 Reasons to choose Schantz to repair Atlanta roof hail damage

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

If your roof in the Atlanta region was damaged by recent hail, here’s 5 reasons to call Schantz Home Improvement.

  1. Whether you need roofing repairs to return to the original condition, or a completely new roof of newer quality, we’ll help you make the decision based on budget, value, insurance recovery and other factors so you can make an informed decision.
  2. A written agreement with clear list of all materials and workmanship is standard. Most contractors give you a one page proposal and since homeowners are usually not roofing experts, they don’t realize what’s omitted or substandard until the project is underway.
  3. Master Elite Roofing Certification. It’s not just a piece of paper. Because of their unique training and factory-certified status, roofs installed by Master Elite™ Contractors are eligible for special warranties — all backed by GAF’s financial clout as North America’s largest roofing manufacturer. After all, a warranty is only as good as the manufacturer that stands behind it. With a GAF roof, you know that you will be covered throughout the warranty period —without fail!
  4. If appropriate, we’ll offer an option to purchase a 50 year warranty for  your roof at a substantial discount- 80% off for installs completed by May 31, 2011.  That’s right, while some contractors charge higher prices after a storm, we’re offering a special deal. Why? We’re not a fly by night operation swooping in and we want your referrals for future business.
  5. A clean work site. We wouldn’t want to live in the middle of an unsafe construction site and know you don’t want to either.  We keep things tidy as your project progresses and when we’re done, our inspection team will make sure your yard is cleaned properly of any debris.
  6. BONUS: We do more than just roofs! Our contracting services include windows, doors, siding, and much more.

About Schantz Home Improvement:  Schantz Home Improvement Company of Atlanta, Ga. provides contracting services for a variety of exterior home projects. Schantz is not a professional sales organization like many contracting companies. We send an experienced estimator to your home that possesses extensive construction knowledge. We feel it is imperative to understand the complete construction of your home in order to evaluate the proper solution for your home improvement project. Merely understanding a window or piece of siding is not sufficient. We will offer you the solution that provides the best VALUE for your situation.

Roof Damage from hail in Atlanta

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

March 2008- This past weekend was one of the most interesting weather weekends the Metro Atlanta area has ever experienced. Friday evening about 10:00 a tornado touched down in downtown Atlanta. Extensive damage was done to the Georgia Dome, the Georgia World Congress Center and various additional buildings throughout the area. Airborne debris and high winds broke windows and lifted the roofs off of several structures. The SEC Basketball Tournament was suspended Friday Night and then relocated to Alexander Memorial Coliseum on the Georgia Tech Campus when it resumed on Saturday.

Starting afternoon severe storms rolled through North Central Georgia. The news broadcasts have shown extensive destruction. What cannot be seen is the damage that hail can cause to a roof. If your home was in one of the area that received hail, you may have damage, some of it hidden.

Schantz Home Improvement deployed a special roofing repair inspection team with specific insurance experience. Whether you need roofing repairs to return to the original condition, or a completely new roof of newer quality, we’ll help you make the decision based on budget, value, insurance recovery and other factors so you can make an informed decision.