Achieving an Energy Efficient Home Through Roofing, Insulation, & Windows

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 7.18.20.

Excessive heat and humidity can create unfavorable conditions for a roofing project.  Installers can be at risk for heat stroke and dehydration.  In high temperatures, shingles scuff easier.  When granules are lost, the lifespan of the roof is shortened.  With that being said, shingles lay easier in warmer temperatures.  For homeowners looking to reduce temperatures in their home’s attic, GAF manufactures Timberline® Cool Series® shingles.  They are highly reflective and have a 50-year, non-prorated warranty that covers both labor and materials.

GAF Cool Series
GAF Cool Series Shingles

When it comes to story and half homes, opting for metal roofing over asphalt shingles,  lessens the probability of ice dam formation.  Even with correct levels of attic air sealing, the knee walls can prove problematic, as it’s difficult to add ample amounts of insulation into such a confined space.  To completely address this quandary, reputable contractors remove the roof and spray three inches of foam insulation over the top of the roof decking prior to putting on a metal roof.  The result is a more comfortable, energy efficient home.  Homeowners that have this type of project done frequently report lower heating and cooling bills.

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Another home improvement that increases a home’s energy efficiency and lowers your energy bills is full frame window replacement.  This approach provides the installing contractor the opportunity to analyze the window frame for mildew, mold, and dry rot.  Full frame window replacement by a reputable contractor also reduces the likelihood of air and water infiltration.

A final and easy way to improve energy efficiency in your home is by increasing the efficiency of your water heater. Adding an insulation blanket to the water heater can help avoid standby heat loss of 25-45%, according to Mark Soto of Contractor Advisorly. Adding insulation to the hot water pipes can also help reduce the electricity needed by the water heater.

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Lindus Construction Reviews:

"Our house had a split re-roof, part metal and part asphalt and a partial roof extension. Given the fall timing and asphalt (no winter application) and then COVID-19, construction/roofing was not able to start until June. Roofing done in two days and gutters in day and a half. All in all, everything went rather smoothly and results for this old house were exceptional. I would recommend Lindus Construction for all of the above applications - Thanks for a great job!"

Marcus H.
White Bear Lake, MN
July 10, 2020

"Two days of fabulous workers from Lindus!  The work is completed with clean up both days being stellar.  We are thrilled with the work.”  

Rod & Mary K.
Richfield, MN
June 23, 2020

"They are wonderful people. I had my attic and basement insulated. It was all awesome. Thank you!!!"

Nadine P.
Red Wing, MN
May 22, 2020

"Customer service and great products were the reason I chose Lindus!  They proved it today came out fixed the track in the window that I goofed up. And took the time to explain what I did wrong and how to fix if I happen to do it again. Thank you, Sam."

Mike B.
Robbinsdale, MN
February 26, 2020

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

Susan N.
Baldwin, WI
July 12, 2020

"The work completed was good, no problem."

Don Y.
Turtle Lake, WI
July 6, 2020
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