Many will remember the storm that hit parts of the St. Louis area on April 28 for its violent winds and large hail. And as a result, some residents continue to deal with the damage it left behind, including the complex issues surrounding insurance and contractors.
Enter Abelard Construction. In business since 2001, the company, owned by Brian Southard and Anthony Delmedico, opened the doors to its second office in St. Louis County in 2003. Since that time, the construction firm has grown tremendously, with offices now in 15 states and almost $30 million in sales last year.
Also in that time, the business has taken care to develop its methods. “When someone is working with our company for something like a new roof, we have everything written up in advance with the insurance company,” Southard says. “So when we arrive at the home, we already have all the numbers put together, which makes the whole process go a lot smoother. We’ve been developing this for about 10 years now.”
Specializing in high-end residential, as well as commercial properties, Abelard concentrates on roofing, siding, gutter and window restoration. The company also works with all the shingle and siding suppliers in town, according to Southard. And the firm handles a good amount of cedar shake and slate-type roofing projects. “We now have a storm-damage division and a fire and water division that also takes care of mold damage,” he says. “For anything that is catastrophe-related, we are a preferred vendor with a lot of insurance companies. All of our employees are taught insurance laws and how to inspect a home, as our real talent lies with our focus on insurance-related business. It’s our goal to help our customers through that process because it can be so confusing.” Southard says that Abelard Construction employees use the same software programs and techniques of analysis and estimating that insurance adjusters use. “We have several former adjusters on staff,” he notes.
With more than 1,000 of its St. Louis customers affected by the April 28 storm, the company has been busy providing inspections for its clients. “When a storm hits, it voids the warranties for previous work,” he explains. “Mother Nature seems to be hitting this area every five years now.” He adds that the April storm could be one of the biggest that’s gone through the St. Louis area in recent memory, and if there’s any doubt about damage, it’s typically best to have the property checked. “It’s always important for people to have their homes inspected, and that’s something we do free-of-charge,” Southard says. “We will come out to see if there is damage, and we will let the homeowner know if they need their insurance company to look at it. We appreciate St. Louis and the long history we have in this market—it’s been such a blessing to us.”