Jun 27, 2020

Your Summer Guide to Windows, Roofing, Siding & Decking

A commonly misunderstood term in the home improvement industry is “builder grade”.  Many homeowners wrongfully assume that this designation means a product, such as windows, is exemplary.  In actuality, builder grade materials often barely meet code and have short shelf lives with limited warranties.  Surprisingly enough, most major window manufacturers offer builder grade lines, making it imperative that you do your due diligence on the windows you’re having installed in your home and fully understand the warranties that accompany them.

SeasonGuard double hung window

While windows can be installed year-round, roofing installations often must be paused during the winter months.  Noting this roofing manufacturer, GAF, created the Timberline® HDZ™ shingles.  Not only are these proprietary shingles eye-catching, but they can be installed at lower temperatures than many other shingles due to proprietary manufacturing techniques and how the product is nailed to a roof. Midwesterners also appreciate that GAF has a manufacturing plant in Minneapolis, MN, lowering transportation costs.  Homeowners that have GAF asphalt shingles installed experience the ultimate peace of mind because they are manufactured with a 50-year, non-prorated warranty that covers both labor and materials.

Timberline HZ Weathered Wood

Homeowners in need of new siding are wise to compare materials to determine which is best for their home. Two popular options are LP® SmartSide® and Quality Edge steel siding.  Both manufactured in the Midwest, they complement a wide array of architectural styles.  It’s worth nothing that not all LP® SmartSide® is created equally.  The product that it’s prefinished in is a major determinant in the overall aesthetics. Diamond Kote® utilizes a proprietary paint that’s long-lasting and scratch resistant.  When researching finish warranties for siding, homeowners should be seeking out a minimum of a 35-year warranty.  Homeowners installing steel siding should be aware that it can shift throughout the seasons, creating a loud popping noise, particularly if the material has not been installed properly. The seams in LP® SmartSide® can also expand, so it’s imperative that your contractor is compensating for this during installation.

LP SmartSide

It goes without saying that homes in the Midwest take a beating as the seasons change. For this reason, it’s important to select a reliable decking material.  TimberTech AZEK® wins high marks for durability and aesthetics.  An array of railing systems can be used to complete the deck’s look.  Popular materials include aluminum, wire, and glass.

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"Chris and crew were fantastic. I would highly recommend them. I like my windows."

Susan N.
Baldwin, WI
July 12, 2020

"We had a new deck as well as some new siding installed this summer. The installation was super professional and Thomas, Chad and Joe seemed to enjoy the work and were more than happy to explain the processes of the project. Lindus wants to get it right the first time and uses best quality materials along with the extra brace, the extra screw and extra nice finishing touches. Lindus might be a little more expensive than some contractors but I believe we got what we paid for. I plan to use them in future projects."

Charles H.
Apple Valley, MN
July 10, 2020

"Our experience was GREAT! I couldn’t imagine anything different!  We are extremely happy and satisfied with every stitch of work completed here.  The customer service and workers deserve the highest of ratings! Absolutely! Thank you greatly!"

Janys K.
Bloomington, MN
May 29, 2020

"We are very pleased with the new siding of our home. It turned out as good as we could have hoped for and the workers at our home were very nice and willing to answer any questions we had. Would definitely work with again."

Caleb B.
Oakdale, MN
April 17, 2020

"I had very good experience with Lindus. They showed up when they said they would. The workmen did a great job on installing the siding on my house. While they were doing the job if we had any questions they were happy to answer them. The house looks great and I won't have to worry about the siding on the house for a long time."

John O.
St. Louis Park, MN
February 27, 2020
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