Which Exterior Renovations Can Be Done In The Winter And Which Should Wait?

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A common misconception about home window installation is that it cannot be completed in the winter months.  In actuality, during full frame window replacement, the rough opening is exposed to nature’s elements for a limited period of time which allows for this project to take place year-round.  Although it can be tempting to save funds by installing storm windows, they are prone to condensation.  This occurs when the warm internal air of the home meets the cold surface of the energy inefficient storm windows.  Storm windows also prove problematic because they are prone to drafts and seal failure.

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While asphalt shingles can be installed in the winter months, special care must to be take in order to keep installers safe and to ensure that roofing materials are not damaged during installation, as they can easily become brittle.  With regards to price, asphalt roofing tends to be a more cost-effective option than standing seam metal roofing. A major reason for the price difference is that a metal roof takes significantly longer to install, upping labor costs. However, it’s wise for homeowners in story and a half homes that consistently experience ice dams to opt for metal roofing in tandem with spray foam insulation over asphalt shingles.

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Gutter installation is another home improvement project that has the possibility to happen in the winter months.  Rather than temperature, the biggest determinant about whether installation should take place is how much snow and ice is on the roof, as heavy masses of snow and ice can be released during the removal of the old gutters, proving treacherous to installers working on ladders and scaffolding.  This unsafe scenario can be circumvented by steaming portions of the roof.

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"We are part of an HOA. We had Lindus out to replace the windows in our townhome. They did a great job in the pre-sales, helps us select window design, and delivered the windows as ordered. I was very impressed with the installers. they were very professional, friendly, and showed a great deal of care for both our home and for keeping us safe during this time of COVID. Installation was top notch, the interior and exterior match wonderfully. great craftsmanship.  After having the windows for a number of months now, We really appreciate the quality and the noticeable change in heating and cooling."

Dennis A.
Hugo, MN
November 20, 2020

"Lindus staff did high quality work and were highly professional. The roofers were amazingly hard workers. After the project was done, we have had a number of people walking by comment on what a great job Lindus did and how unusual and beautiful the new roof is. A realtor has told us the work done by Lindus will increase the resale value of our house. The project financing we received is an exceptionally good deal.”

David Z.
Minneapolis, MN
October 22, 2020

"The gutter installers were very professional and efficient. Left our yard as clean as it was when they started. New gutters look GREAT!!"

Bob S.
Richfield, MN
September 25, 2020

"Have used the company for both windows and LeafGuard® projects, Great products, sales staff and installers. Highly recommend."

Dennis F.
Eden Prairie, MN
September 11, 2020

"I was very happy with them."

Susan G.
Eagan, MN
June 24, 2020

"It was great. Both guys did a fantastic job and treated my house as their own. Thank you."

Greg L.
Chisago City, MN
May 19, 2020

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