Expert Advice on Upgrading Your Home’s Exterior

Lindus Construction’s COO, Andy Lindus offers advice to guide Twin City homeowners in picking the best materials for their home exterior remodeling. 

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An Industry Favorite for Roofing Replacement

Timberline® HDZ™ Shingles by North America’s largest manufacturer, GAF, are the talk of the roofing industry.  Not only are these architectural shingles aesthetically pleasing, but they are accompanied with the first of its kind wind warranty, absent of wind speed restrictions.  This type of shingle works particularly well on roofs with steep pitches, that place a substantial amount of pressure on the shingle.  Even more reassuring is the fact that the shingles are offered with a 50-year, non-prorated warranty that covers both labor and materials.  To ward off algae growth, copper is ingrained within the shingles.

Timberline HZ Weathered Wood shingles installed on Twin Cities home

Ever the innovator, GAF also offers Glenwood® Shingles with the highest possible roof fire rating. The ultra-dimensional shingles imitate the aesthetics of cedar shakes without the pricey maintenance.  An advantage of selecting Glenwood® shingles is that they come with StainGuard® Protection which works to ensure that your roof isn’t overtaken with nasty blue-green algae.  Glenwood® are also accompanied with GAF’s 50-year non-prorated warranty that covers both labor and materials.

new shingles installed on home roof

 Must Have Additions to Roofing Replacement

An integral part of a home’s roofing system is attic insulation.  An architectural style that is particularly challenging to insulate and ventilate is story and a half homes.  This makes them highly susceptible to ice dams.  To prevent ice dams, three inches of foam should be applied to provide an adequate thermal break.  After the foam has been installed, a metal roof should be placed, which aids in shedding ice and snow in the winter months.

Regardless of the roofing you select, it’s imperative to select a gutter system that is installed on the home’s fascia board, rather than directly onto the shingles in order to keep the roofing manufacturer’s warranty intact.  LeafGuard® Brand Gutters fulfill this criterion and are accompanied with a transferable no-clog guarantee.  An impressive feature of the patented system is that their downspouts are 12 square inches, which is double the size of ordinary downspouts.  The downspouts that accompany LeafGuard® Brand Gutters are 20% thicker than basic gutter downspouts, making them significantly more durable.

white leafguard gutters installed by lindus construction

Stucco Remediation Before Replacing Siding

Homeowners opting to have new siding installed in place of stucco should be aware of the significant undertaking the process is.  While new siding can be installed over the top of stucco, this process is not recommended, as it does not allow a contractor to address any preexisting water or air infiltration.  The best practice is removing the stucco, get down to the siding sheathing, and build out from there.

Contact us today to get started on your next exterior remodeling project.

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 651-461-9226.

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See Our Customer Reviews About Our Exterior Remodeling:

"Very efficient, kept the area neat. Completed the work in the time estimated. Work looks good. I would hire them again."

Margaret G.
MInneapolis, MN
February 22, 2024

"Had my entire house equipped with new gutters. Tyrell, the foreman, was awesome. He contacted me before they started, went over their plan to ensure it matched my expectations and then got after it. He checked in a couple times to maintain our alignment on the project. When he was done made sure my place was clean and even hauled off old gutters. He’s the kind of guy you’d hire if you could. He’s that good!! Very very happy!!"

Andy B.
Hudson, WI
February 1, 2024

"Finally made the decision to get a covered gutter system and I have no doubt we came to the right place with Lindus. From the estimator to the office staff to the installation crew, work looks great, product used is high quality and the people working at Lindus and the crew, you are professional and skilled. The LeafGuard® looks great and we are confident we made the right decision on this home improvement."

Anne T.
St. Paul, MN
January 9, 2024

"The house looks really good. I am very happy with the windows and I am very happy with the siding. They both look great."

Loren A.
Eagan, MN
January 2, 2024

"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

"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
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