Oct 11, 2020

Expert Advice for Your Next Roofing & Siding Project

Lindus Construction’s COO, Andy Lindus offers advice for your major home improvement projects. Helping you identify storm chasing contractors vs trustworthy roofing contractors, and understanding quality siding materials.

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Identifying Storm Chasers, Hail Damage, and Trustworthy Contractors

More often than not, if a contractor is cold calling a homeowner or showing up at their door, there is a high probability that the individual is a storm chasing contractor.  These types of companies descend upon areas ravaged by hail with lofty promises of exemplary craftsmanship and quick turnaround times.  They frequently fail to deliver on these commitments and homeowners are often left with incomplete projects or with results that do not stand the test of time.  Moreover, the roofing products these companies gravitate towards are builder grade, making them more susceptible to hail damage in the future.  While they may have longer timelines and use more expensive, yet reputable products from major manufacturers like GAF, partnering with a quality roofing contractor often produces the best long-term results.

roof with hail storm damage in need of replacement

It’s important to understand that not all hail roof damage is obvious to the untrained eye.  At times, it can take rainfall to magnify the bruising of the shingles.  Signs that damage has occurred include cracked shingles, roof indentations, and corners of shingles coming off the roof. Reputable contractors offer free roof inspections and can verify whether or not there has been enough hail damage to warrant an insurance claim.

Roof being replaced by Lindus Construction

A telltale sign that the roofing contractor you’ve partnered with is trustworthy is if they’re discussing your roof as an entire system and taking the time to offer details about the type of ice & water shield and underlayment they are using and where it’s being installed.  The caliber and quantity of these components has a deep impact on the longevity of your roof. Tiger Paw™ and Deck-Armor™ from GAF work to reduce interior moisture from being captured in your roofing system.  Quality roofers also take the time to inspect your attic, using diagnostic tools to see if there are deficiencies that could contribute to the premature failure of your roof.

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Siding Installation for Twin Cities Homes

For most homeowners, the installation of new siding is a project they undertake only once or twice in a lifetime.  Working with a trusted contractor allows you to understand the various options available within the marketplace and select an option that can offer peace of mind for years to come.  LP® SmartSide® prefinished in Diamond Kote® and steel siding are resistant to weatherizing and paint fading, making them ideal choices for the Midwestern climate.  In the realm of cost, LP® SmartSide® averages 5-10% more than seamless steel siding.  Because of the minimal difference in price, homeowners tend to use aesthetics as the factor that dictates which material they select.  The contractor you’re working with on your siding project should be able to show you digital renderings of your home with various siding material, profile, and color combinations to allow you to fully explore your options.  After the old siding has been removed, the exterior of the home should be inspected for dry rot and air and water infiltration.  The decision of which underlayment should be used is not one that should be taken lightly, as it can have an impact on the energy efficiency of a home.  For example, Insultex™ House Wrap® has been rated R-6 even though it is only 5 millimeters thick.  It also has a built-in drainage plain, ensuring that if water does get behind the siding, it does not contribute to rot.

Brown LP SmartSide siding installed on Twin Cities home

Contact us today to get started on your next roofing or siding project.

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Our Roof & Siding Installation Reviews:

"We had Lindus bid on our roof replacement and also remove and replace our LeafGuard® Gutters. Communication was great through the entire process, we were provided great information and options. The removal and replacement of the gutters was done right on schedule and completed quickly. Overall just very professional and I would have zero concerns trusting them for any job.

Aaron O.
Shoreview, MN
December 13, 2023

"The teams that installed our siding and replacement gutters did a great job and were hard workers. They completed the job in a timely manner, were respectful to our property, cleaned up well and thoroughly completed all of the requested tasks. Ben West helped solve several unique issues that came up during our siding installation and is an all-around great guy. Our sales guy, Jake Calleja, was always responsive and on top of everything. And, gave great design advice as well! Very happy with the results of this project." 

Nancy M.
Burnsville, MN
August 27, 2023

"The crew was quick and efficient; they did a good job with the clean-up. The roof looks great."

Barb A.
St. Croix Falls, WI
August 24, 2023

"The roof installation went very well. The crew was very nice. I am impressed by how fast they were in the heat."

David L.
Baldwin, WI
August 1, 2023

"We had a very good experience with Lindus Construction from the very beginning with Lucas Trickle. Lucas explained all the products for the siding and gutters. And he answered any questions that we had. The work was done two months before we expected. The workers worked hard and cleaned up everything before leaving our property. We are very satisfied with the finished product."

Mary D.
St. Paul, MN
June 29, 2023

"Very pleased with work completed by Lindus. Lucas was very thorough in pulling together the estimate and siding/roofing work met our expectations. The crews also did a good job cleaning up the work site once their work was done. Would definitely recommend them."

Mary M.
Woodbury, MN
June 25, 2023
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