The Problem with Hiring Storm Chasers

The Problem with Hiring Storm Chasers

What are storm chasers?

Storm chasers are most likely out of state and from states that have high occurrences of high intensity storms.  Once these companies gain momentum, they will send out representatives through satellite offices and send their salesmen to infiltrate neighborhoods with assurance that the insurance will cover the costs.  Many storm chasers will intrigue the customer with the false promise that they will even cover the homeowner’s deductibles.

How to Make a Successful Contractor Selection

We have found 7 steps that will assure the homeowner to have a positive experience with contractor selection and allow the process to be less stressful.  In the Illinois northwest Chicagoland suburb market, we find that many contractors are only interested in providing homeowners with the lowest quality products to assure you that you’re getting the lowest possible price.  When the homeowner has a heightened level of knowledge for selecting a contractor, this exposes these low priced, underqualified companies.  Although it can be tempting to go with the cheapest offer, home projects are investments and these low prices point to poor workmanship.  At Krumwiede roofing we pride ourselves on educating the homemowner and creating a positive long lasting relationship, as well as the highest quality of work.  Below are seven key questions to have prepared for before meeting and researching your next contractor:

1. What is the full name and address of the company?

Don’t be fooled by the fancy trucks and smooth talking contractors.  Some of these contractors hide behind “a facade”, and operate out of their home.  This is important because it shows their lack of professionality and that their work is sub-contracted out.  This is an obvious red flag, as we know all homeowners want to work with a professional, truthful, James Hardie fiber cement or a CertainTeed Shingle Master Select contractor. 


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2. Does the company carry insurance and is the coverage adequate?

If the contractor doesn’t provide adequate or any insurance, the liability is now on the homeowner.  For example, many contractors who can offer you the cheapest price are operating without insurance.  This is very common in Barrington, Palatine, Schaumburg and Arlington Heights.  Krumwiede provides our insurance on every single proposal given to homeowners and is also available on our website.  All our workers are covered and we are proud to offer this security to each and every Krumwiede customer.  

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3. Is the company a licensed contractor?

In the state of Illinois, Roofing and Remodeling companies don’t need a license to assume their validity as a company.  A roofing license is required, however, to pull any permits from municipal building departments.  Many small companies use this to their advantage by hiring sub-contractors to pull the permits using their (the workers) license.  Unforunately, this law is poorly enforced and should be a priority to the homeowner to be assured their next contractor is licensed.  If you’re a roofing contractor, you AND your workers should both be licensed.  Krumwiede Roofing & Exteriors does not sub-contract their work and have all in-house employees. On top of being licensed, our employees are trained and certified by each product manufacturer that requires training.  

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4. How long has the contractor been in business?

This is an obvious trait of a company, as their success and quality of work determine their longevity.  In this business, 96% of contractors fail within the first 5 years. A professional contractor will gladly provide references and want you to speak with their past customers.  It is so important to hire a well established contractor, to follow up and stand behind their work for years to come.  

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5. What is the Contractor’s track record for handling complaints?

Be forewarned that many quality contractors, in business for a long period of time, and with thousands of completed projects, such as Krumwiede, are exposed to disputes. The question is not if they have had disputes, but what was done about the dispute after it occured.  Although many qualified contractors have experienced minor hiccups in Barrington, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, Schaumburg and Arlington Heights, it is not about ignoring these disputes but handling them with professionality and dilligence to upkeep their good standing with customers. Automatically reject any contractor who says they never had a complaint. 

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6. What is the company’s workmanship warranty?

The workmanship warranty is extrememly important when selecting a qualified contractor.  Workmanship warranties provide peace of mind to the homewoner from any installation errors within a given period of time.  Keep in mind that different trades follow different workmanship warranties.  For example, commercial roofing has a 2 year warranty and residential can reach up to 25+ years.  Warranties should be detailed and explained in writing before a sale is made. Automatically reject any contractor with an unbelievable warranty.  The warranty is just a sales tool to that contractor and you don’t know what other “bill of goods” you have been sold.

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7. Additional specific questions for projects: 

 Compliance with Local Ordinances, Product Selection, Manufacturer Warranty Specifications, Clean Up, Payment Term and Preliminary Inspection


Krumwiede Roofing & Exteriors is proud to service the Chicagoland area and Palatine, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Hoffman Estates and many other suburbs.  We strive for our customers to have the best experience and assure they’re respected throughout the entire process! Call us today for your next gutter, siding, roofing, window or exterior job. (630) 595-8020


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The Importance of Proper Gutter Installation

Most competitors in the exterior business use a gutter of .027 thickness, unlike Krumwiede who refuses to install anything under .032.  The reason this thickness is vital in our service areas of Arlington Heights, Palatine, Barrington, Hoffman Estates and other Northwest Suburbs in the Chicagoland area, is because of our harsh and extreme climates throughout the year.  The climate and weather can easily damage gutters with thickness .027 because of its thin quality and inability to combat ice dams in the gutter.


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Another aspect of our gutter installation that sets us apart is the mechanisms in which we hang them to your fascia boards and eaves. All, if not most of our competitiors install their gutters using framing nails which is an improper practice because nails can rust and also expand and contract with the elements.  Once this happens, the gutters are pulled away from the fascia boards and their original, functioning position.  Krumwiede uses Raytec Hangtite Gutter Hangers and are fastned using barn screws which furthers and strengthens the sealing process to weather the elements of our changing Chicagoland climate.  We use this process exclusively in our service area of Barrington, Arlington Heights, Palatine, Hoffman Estates and other Northwest Suburbs in the Chicagoland area.


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The very most important aspect of our entire gutter process are the installers behind our great products.  Our gutters installers are in-house workers, who are trained and are continually learning about how to serve the homeowner in the best way, even after their 30 years of experience!


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Get a Closer Look at Home Exterior Details

Some houses on the block are head turners. You know the ones you can’t keep your eyes off of—they just speak to you. We compiled a few of our favorite Midwest-style homes with James Hardie® siding and trim that just seem to make us stare a little longer than we should. 

We get that even though color is critical, there’s more to siding and trim than just the hue. There’s also the texture, width and style. And when you’re admiring a house from the curb, it can be tricky to take in all of these details without staring for a little too long. 

That’s why we zoomed in for you—here’s a from-the-curb view and a closer peak at the details that take a close-up eye to examine. 

View from the curb

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This suburban beauty may induce stares. When taking in this home clad in Evening Blue HardiePlank® lap siding, paired with a tin roof, crisp Arctic White HardieTrim® boards and impressive landscaping, you may have to remind yourself to blink. Both bold hues are part of the ColorPlus® Technology palette, so the siding and trim will stay vibrant longer with less maintenance compared to field-applied paint. 

View from up close

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When you get the vantage point of a few feet away, the details are illuminated. From this perspective, you can see that the HardiePlank lap siding in the home’s gables are a thinner width than the siding below it. The HardieTrim boards highlight the home’s architectural elements and make the blue siding color look vivid. 

View from the curb

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From afar, this 1920’s bungalow stands out in HardiePlank lap siding in Iron Gray with HardieTrim boards in Arctic White. The updated gray hue makes this older quaint home feel updated. 

View from up close

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Up close, you can really see the smooth texture of the HardiePlank lap siding. The crisp white trim around the windows draws attention to them, and we love the modern style address numbers, which adds character. 

Whether you’re checking out James Hardie siding and trim from far away or up close, there are benefits no matter the vantage point: 

  • Products that are specifically engineered to help withstand damage from moisture and rot.
  • Unique fiber cement product formulation designed to perform in extreme heat and cold, as well as resist the impact of hail and windblown debris.
  • Also available with ColorPlus® Technology finish, which is engineered to help resist damaging UV rays, so your color can stay vibrant longer with less maintenance than field applied paint.

Clean and Classic in ColorPlus® Arctic White

If you’re looking for a classic color that is sure to never go out of style, look no further. Timeless white is an exterior home color that has been used for centuries, and after all these years, it still resonates. 

And you can feel secure knowing that your siding color is fade resistant. With James Hardie’s ColorPlus® Technology, you’ll get gorgeous color that lasts longer with less maintenance than field applied paints.  

We decided to take a closer look at homes that are not only clad in James Hardie® siding in Arctic White but also trimmed in Arctic White, for the look of a full-on blizzard and with the warmth of hug. 

Traditionally Timeless

This two-story traditional home is clad in HardiePlank® lap siding and HardieTrim® boards, both in Arctic White, for a bright and clean look.

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Classic Cottage

This traditional cottage is clad in Artisan® siding in Arctic White with HardieTrim boards in Arctic White, with black shutters and a matching roof.

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Gray Area

This close-up image shows off the home’s details. The exterior is clad in Arctic White Artisan siding and HardieTrim boards, but the homeowners added touches of gray for color. The oversized gray front door matches the gray stone porch floor, and if you look closely, you’ll notice the light gray hue on the porch’s ceiling.

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If a classic white isn’t your color, fret not. James Hardie’s color experts created a curated color palette that complements each hue in the collection with colors they know look great on exterior siding. This means you don’t have to sift through a large stack of paint swatches when selecting the perfect color, or a trim hue that complements it. Instead, you can trust James Hardie’s collection of siding and trim colors. 

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Very smooth process throughout the entire project, from sales, to finished product. Professional beyond the usual experience of this type. Considering the installation and product quality, pricing is fair. A solid company.
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Job was done very professionally and accurate. All reps from Krumwiede were courteous & professional. Thanks so much and will contact Krumwiede for future projects!
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