Kevin Erdmann – President
I started in this business at a young age, my uncle was a builder and at the age of 14 I would help him on Saturdays cleaning up, nailing off decks and whatever else he needed help with. In High school I took a class called Building Trades that we actually went out and built a house. I enjoyed this class and because of my past experiences I was one of the leaders in the class. After graduating high school in 1976 I got offered a job with a roofing company.
This was mostly new construction where I got to know several other tradesmen. In 1979 one of the siders I got to know asked if I would be interested in learning more about that trade, so I began to install siding. In 1980 I was promoted to superintendent at that company. In 1982 the company was sold and went through a lot of changes and most of the management left early that year so I decided to try going into my own business.
The business has gone through a lot of changes since I started it. We were originally a small company with myself and 2 employees and we primarily did 1 project at a time. We did building as well as roofing, siding and windows. I have since split the business into 2 companies and Erdmann Exterior Designs LTD now has 4 siding crews, 2 roofing crews, and a 3 man window crew.
We have become one of the larger James Hardie Preferred Contractors in the State Of Illinois. I attend several seminars a year and have become RRP certified, certified in ventilation, and in mold response and removal, We work with James Hardie on many of the new materials they are proposing, I am a State of Illinois licensed roofing contractor, licensed in most of the northwest suburbs with the villages, and licensed general contractor. We as a company attend several seminars a year with James Hardie, CertainTeed shingles, Azek decking and Trim, Velux skylights, Fypon, Tyvek, Air Vent, and OSI to keep up with their latest products.