Oct 04, 2020

Improvements That Can Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement questions addressed by calling or texting 651-989-9226.  Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 10.3.20.

For homeowners considering new siding, Insultex™ House Wrap® provides an exemplary weatherization membrane that provides a protective layer before the siding is installed.  The way the technology works, no matter how much you compress this product, the cells do not burst.  This allows the material to be R-6, saving homeowners on their energy bills.  It would take approximately 1.5 inches of foam siding underlayment to achieve this R-value.  However, Insultex™ House Wrap® is 5 mm thick, allowing it to be installed faster.

A common complaint townhome owners have is that all too often they can hear the happenings inside their neighbors’ home all too easily.  This is because it’s rare that interior walls are insulated.  This scenario can be corrected with the installation of spray foam insulation, which has substantial soundproofing properties.  It’s worth knowing that spray foam insulation does have temperature restrictions.  If being installed in space that’s colder than 40 degrees, additional steps must be taken to properly condition the space prior to application.  It’s a good sign that you’re working with a reputable attic insulation contractor if they are using diagnostic tools such as blower doors, borescopes, and smoke sticks in order to determine how to create a more energy efficient home.  In some instances, all that’s needed to bring an attic to R-60 is attic air sealing and new insulation.  At other times, the preexisting insulation is in such disrepair that it must be removed.  After that, it is often best practice to put down 2.5 inches of spray foam insulation and then apply cellulose insulation.

Bonus: If you’re serious about reducing the amount of energy your home uses, it might be time to consider a solar roof installation.

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Prior to hiring a roofing contractor, it’s imperative that you do your due diligence so that you end up retaining the services of someone that is licensed, insured, and reputable.  Exercise extreme caution when encountering door knocking contractors.  In many instances they are from several states away, show up after a storm, and are impossible to track down after the work is completed.  Even more alarming is that oftentimes, work is not finished correctly if at all.  Because the intricacies of standing seam metal roofing, the contractor that should take on this type of work should be one that completes it correctly on a frequent basis.

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For example, a roof with a 2/12 pitch is so low in slope that it often benefits from a standing seam metal roof.  However, the slope dictates that a mechanically fastened seam be used in order to prevent water intrusion.  One of the major advantages of a metal roof is that it sheds snow in the winter months, dramatically lowering the probability of ice dams.  Ice and water shield should be used throughout most of the roof.  The fastener system should be completely covered.  In most instances, a shingled metal proves to be a poor choice.  Their price point is more than standing seam metal roofs, ice dams are prevalent, they are tedious to install, and water infiltration is a very real possibility.

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"Thank you for going above and beyond the call of duty to help me out.  Your expertise made all the difference in helping me resolve my house projects!"

Patricia M.
Bloomington, MN
August 19, 2022

“Thank you to the entire team for the outstanding job on the insulation job of my 100-year-old home!  Eric took the time to walk me through the entire process and even came back a second time to sort out venting questions.  Project manager, Randall, made sure the insulation installed met your quality standards.  Every member of your team worked very hard and didn’t end their day until the job was done right.  I look forward to energy savings and no critters in my attic!”

Pat M.
Bloomington, MN
July 26, 2022

"We used Lindus for a rather complicated attic re-insulation project. They are highly competent and do great work!"

Leon P.
White Bear Lake, MN
July 16, 2022

"On two occasions, Randall was at my house involving insulation issues.  He knows the business, is easy to work with, and I think he is a great asset to your company."

Mary W.
Maple Grove, MN
May 2, 2022

"They were contracted to insulate the garage ceiling which they did in a two-step process with both foam and blown-in insulation. They then returned to put up new gutters facia and soffits in a two day process that was professional, neat , and used materials economically."

Stephen G.
MInneapolis, MN
April 28, 2022

"Excellent and efficient work. Thankful that the Lindus crew was accommodating to our needs as homeowners and for their communication throughout."

Bloomington, MN
April 19, 2022
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