A Word About Winter Roofing, Decking & Window Projects

Minnesota winters bring their own set of challenges for home improvements. What exterior home renovations can be done in the winter? What remodeling options help my home deal with the cold, snow, and ice common to the Twin Cities? Read on to learn about the best approach for your roofing, decking, and windows projects this winter.

Winter Roofing Options

Because of our reputation for being leaders in the roofing industry, homeowners often ask our team to weigh in on the pros and cons of a metal roof vs. asphalt shingles in a cold climate.  More often than not, our recommendation is for asphalt roofing.  Not only is it a more cost-effective option, but it is quicker to install.  Offering the utmost in quality, GAF roofing is accompanied with a 50-year, non-prorated warranty that covers labor and materials.

Why You Should Consider a GAF Roofing System:

It’s worth noting that metal roofing can be a better option for story and half homes because of their ability to quickly shed ice and snow, preventing ice dams when used in tandem with proper insulation.

For homeowners installing a metal roof, it’s imperative that they select a gutter system that withstands the copious amounts of snow and ice being shed from the roof in the winter.  LeafGuard® Brand Gutters work better than open style systems because they are designed to discourage anything except liquid water from entering the trough.  When snow does exit the roof, LeafGuard® sheds it, leaving the gutters attached to the home they’re installed on.

metal roof

Winter Deck Installation

Cooler temperatures are also leading forward thinking homeowners to start planning their deck installation.  Before the ground freezes, contractors can install deck footings so that crews can work late into the season.  However, efforts must be paused when temperatures make it impossible to navigate around future expansion and contraction issues.  While there are many footing types available, a popular option is Diamond Pier®.

This unique footing is a concrete block shaped like a diamond.  In the concrete block is a series of tubes.  Four-foot metal posts are installed at various angles with the help of a special jack hammer securing the footings.   Diamond Pier® footings can be installed in a few minutes and have a clean appearance.  While they work well in moist soil, caution should be exercised before using them near waterfront, as shifting may take place during the frost/thaw cycle.

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Winter Window Replacement

Drafty windows become more noticeable as temperatures begin to cool down, causing homeowners to seek out quality solutions.  Seemingly similar looking windows can come in at various price points which can at times prove confusing.  While it may not be the cheapest option, the best long-term approach is full frame window installation over insert windows.  Full frame window replacement allows for the inspection of the rough opening for dry rot and also allows for new insulation around the window to be added.  The most effective type of window insulation is expansion foam because of its ability to prevent water and air infiltration.  Another advantage to full frame window installation is that windows can be custom ordered for the space they’re being installed in, ensuring a perfect fit.

Contact us today to see how Lindus Construction can help you with your winter home remodeling project.

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Home Remodeling and Construction Reviews:

"We have had several projects done by Lindus Construction including siding and a new deck. They were timely in completing the projects, always kept us informed of the status and were always professional. I would highly recommend Lindus Construction for any home project and will use them again in the future."

Liz K.
Maple Grove, MN
December 17, 2023

"We had 20 windows replaced … we went with triple pane windows. Lindus did a great job for us. They were very efficient and cleaned up after the job was finished."

Gary Z.
Mendota Heights, MN
December 14, 2023

"Four years ago Lindus replaced our roof. By far the best installation we have ever had on the house. They have above and beyond professional workmanship. I walk my roof twice a year and no problems at all. I wish I could say that of the previous work done on the roof.  I wholeheartedly recommend them for whatever needs you have around your house."

Bob A.
Somerset, Wi
December 15, 2023

"Our projects were like clockwork. From scheduling to delivery of materials and installation.....It could not have been better."

Ron D.
Glenwood City, WI
June 20, 2023

"It was great. Lindus does quality work and completed the work on time.  Lindus is a very reputable company and we were very pleased with the results."

Eric I.
Cumberland, WI
June 20, 2023

"Thorough, timely, efficient, good communicators. Excellent work, cleaned up well and took care of a few extra details without any hassle."

Carla U.
Minneapolis, MN
May 17, 2023
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