Advance Aluminum Supply, Inc.

Minneapolis, MN

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

We can do all types of siding including seamess steel siding. Most other companies tend to push vinyl because it is easier to work with. We consider ourselves masters of metal craftsmanship. We also can identify siding that others can not and have sources for obsolete material that is no longer made.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

With 45 years owning businesses either retail or wholesale in the home improvement field, we are considered experts at what we do. We enjoy helping and consulting with homewners and contractors who need help finding products that have been hail damaged. We also like things mechanical and have been repairing and adjusting siding machines and gutter machines when others can't.

Location

Minneapolis, MN 55448

Years in business

32

Number of employees

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

12

Reviews

9 Reviews
  • Mark R. Jul 20, 2016
    Gutter Installation or Replacement
    Verified Review
  • Ruth M. Apr 9, 2016
    I love the windows, patio door, gutters that were installed by Jim. The windows are the easiest to keep clean - just use plain water and wipe dry. They tilt out and no heavy lifting. i noticed that our home was a lot warmer this past winter. I would recommend these windows and doors above any other product out there.
  • Dale K. Mar 7, 2016
    they instaled a new window. the service was good. i would use them again. dale koch cr mn
    Jim M. May 18, 2016

    Hi Dale, It was nice running into you the other day. I'm glad to see that you wanted to give me the highest rating on your review. I'm sorry that you aren't able to update it, but I thank you for letting me know we did a great job.

  • Marcus D. Nov 2, 2015
    Siding Installation, Repair, or Removal
    Verified Review
    Excellent and professional service. Worked with me and the insurance on every detail until it the end. Finished product was excellent and well done. Recommend this company to anyone.
  • Al M. Oct 19, 2015
    Job was done as discribed with superior products , ! the work performed was first rate as well ! I would have advance back in the future... If i do more improvements to my House.
  • Beth M. Jul 17, 2015
    Gutter Installation or Replacement
    Verified Review
    Jim has A LOT of room for improvement when it comes to his service and his communication skills. We struggled to get clear answers from him whenever we had questions. He hired another person to install a gutter on the front of our house. During the install his contractor told me the steel flashing under the shingles had pulled up the shingles when he attached the new gutter. He told me he prefers aluminum for that reason. He said he would come back to fix the shingles the next day after he installed the screen on the new gutter but he never fixed the shingles. The shingles are popped up about 0.5-1.0 inches on the left end of our roof. We brought this to Jim's attention as soon as we noticed it and asked he have it fixed as soon as possible. He continuously avoided to provide us with a date he would have it fixed. We texted him and emailed him (we wanted everything in writing) and he never got back to us. He also kept trying to blame our roof for the issue but the issue did not arise until his install AND his installer told me he caused the shingles to come up. We asked Jim for a refund on the cost of labor so we can have someone fix the problem his install caused. He never responded to that request either. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND you do not use Jim for your projects. And if you do - don't pay him any money until you are sure everything looks good first.
  • Glenn C. Mar 14, 2014
    Over the past 15 years I have had Jim work on many projects on my home, barn and rental property. Each and every time the price has been competitive and the job completed on time. I would highly recommend Jim and his crew on your next project.
  • Bob O. Mar 13, 2014
    Jim is a genuine class act. He is concerned that the work gets done properly & you are satisfied. He is willing to help out with any issues that may come up. Enjoy dealing with him. A new patio door was installed quickly & correctly. An adjustment was required & was handled immediately.
    Jim M. Mar 13, 2014

    Thanks Bob, Ken and I enjoyed working with you also.

  • Keith F. Mar 13, 2014
    I find that Jim is a detail oriented individual that is very detailed in any project he tackles.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Contact them, assess their wants and needs with them, give them a price for doing the work.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Yes, we are required to take 7 hours of continuing education each year to maintain our license, including one hour of energy. We also were required to take lead training and are an EPA lead safe certified firm. We also attend various seminars regarding osha and insulations, ventilation and proper use of weather barriers and keep up with the latest technology on all of our products we offer for sale either wholesale or retail. We are always searching for new or better products that last longer or save energy. We are VSI certified installers.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was stationed overseas with a friend from Minnesota. We were both in the electronics radio relay equipment repair field. When I got back in 1970 that field was not hiring as engineers were taking tech jobs. He had been in the siding install business with his father prior to joining the Air Force and had gone back in the install end. I was in Minnesota visiting from Pennsylvania when he called me up and said his partner didn't show up and he needed help. So I began installing siding and moved here permanently in 1970. I learned quickly and began running a crew in 6 months and training others. We expanded and went from there. In 1985 we started Advance Aluminum Supply Inc and have diversified from just siding, awnings and gutters to roofing, siding including seamless ,windows, awnings, gutters, basement remodlels. We also do siding matches, furnish material to d.i.y. and contractors, sell and service siding and gutter machines.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Siding, roofing, windows, gutters, 3 season rooms and basement remodels. We do siding matching & identification for home owners, contractors and inusurance companies. We do insurance jobs and make sure the customer gets paid for all their legitimate damages not just what an adjuster says is fair.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
We just finished a black soffit and fascia installation. This included removing the old overhang and ventilating the rafters with air chutes installed so air could flow up above the insulation and be expelled by the roof vents. A lot of times owners and installers do not consider the importance of ventilating their attic to stop moisture problems and ice build up, but this aspect is very important in mold prevention due to water damage of the insulation and sheathing. The more insulation you add to an attic, the more ventilation you need. It should be balanced evenly for intake and output from the vents. Most companies won't work with dark colored aluminum especially black as it tends to expand and contract more than lighter colors. We are masters of metal craftsmanship and know how to handle dark colors so there is no warping or buckling of the finished product.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
We are a 8 digit license number BC007983 which the two 00's in front of the number means we have been in business a long time. Newer contactors have an 8 digit number that starts with 200, 000 and higher , no matter how much experience they tell you they have. Check them out with the department of labor and industry, contractor license lookup. We are here today, we were here yesterday and we will be here tomorrow. Compare thicknesses of material,insulation values, above all don't fall for the price drops of 30% to 50 % that some companies try to offer you to close the deal tonight. A legitimate company will not use these tactics. If that was their price, ask them why didn't they give it to you to start with and ask them how many jobs have you ever sold at the higher price?
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Scope of the project, budget, if they have set one.