Tips For Creating A Beautiful & Energy Efficient Home

Lindus Construction’s COO, Andy Lindus offers advice with increasing energy-efficiency for your Twin Cities home by choosing quality windows, siding, and roofing materials installed by professionals contractors.

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Superior Energy-Efficiency with Infinity® from Marvin Windows

The larger the window is, the more prone they are to failure.  Infinity® from Marvin Windows wins high marks with homeowners and contractors alike because of their desirable solar heat gain ratings in the winter.  This means that the windows can assist in raising the temperature of the room without having to up the thermostat’s settings.

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Another home improvement product that offers Midwestern homeowners the ultimate peace of mind is LP® SmartSide® siding.  The company has manufacturing plants in Two Harbors, MN, and Tomahawk, WI.  The product is offered in a wide variety of colors and profiles to offer a custom look.  To better visualize what various siding combinations could look like, many contractors offer 3D imaging of a customer’s exact home.  LP® SmartSide® product is easy for contractors to install.  It does not require special blades and installers do not have to wear hazmat suits when cutting it.  LP® SmartSide is also resistant to damage from pests such as woodpeckers.

Brown LP SmartSide siding installed by Lindus Construction

Vinyl Siding Installed on Twin Cities Homes

Vinyl siding can be tempting from a cost-savings standpoint.  However, the durability of the material is much less than that of quality siding materials like LP® SmartSide® and steel.  When the sun hits vinyl siding on a continuous basis, waves can form, and seams become evident.  The foam backing on vinyl siding offers very little insulative properties which compromises a home’s energy efficiency.  Warranties offered on vinyl siding may cover the material itself, but not the labor costs for replacement. It is critical that proper installation practices are used when installing vinyl siding to give it the longest possible shelf life.  A common mistake is nailing vinyl siding too tight which does give it the ability to expand and contract throughout the seasons.  If it does not, the siding can bow.

vinyl siding removal by Lindus Construction

Improve Energy-Efficiency With Quality Insulation

Crawlspace encapsulation is a great way to up a home’s energy efficiency.  Floors within the home become warmer and musty smells disappear.  To do this, spray foam insulation is applied to all three walls and sometimes the floor of a crawl space.  Oftentimes, a dehumidification system is utilized as well.

A hot roof is a roof that only has insulation and no ventilation.  Oftentimes this roofing configuration is used Sometimes they are a good fit for a home’s architecture.  Other times, they can be the cause of ice dams and tremendous heat loss.  The biggest factor to consider is the type and quantity of insulation used.  Dense packed cellulose or fiberglass insulation generally perform worse than spray foam insulation.  In addition, some hot roofs can lead to excessive heat in a home during the summer months.

LeafGuard gutters and stucco on Twin Cities home

Save Big with Metal Roofing

An alternative to a hot roof on a story and a half home can be metal roofing, which does not allow ice dams to accumulate.  Englert metal roofing uses Kynar​® resin-based coatings.  They cut down on the metal roofing’s heat signature.  This finish has a high reflectivity and a low emissivity.  This can dramatically lower the temperature of an attic.

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"The new window that was installed in the lower family room is beautiful.  Everything your team did with respect to the install of both windows and patio door has been exemplary.  I could not be happier with the results.  Your team members were respectful, professional, and fun to visit with.  The city inspector has already come and gone and signed off on both permits.  He found everything to be top-notch."

Carolyn K.
Maplewood, MN
March 28, 2024

"We are extremely satisfied with a project Lindus just completed for us. The professionalism, quality of products, workmanship and courteous staff made working with Lindus so easy. We really appreciated TJ and his crew. The follow up to make sure the project was done to our satisfaction was great. We will pass on Lindus recommendations for sure."

Marilyn A.
Oak Park Heights, MN
March 27, 2024

"Lindus just finished up a full exterior remodel for my home. It was a great experience overall from start to finish and I appreciated the quality of workmanship of each of the teams. The materials and quality of work of the Lindus teams are what set them apart from other contractors in the Twin Cities. I would highly recommend Lindus for any of your home remodel or addition needs."

Brock T.
Richfield, MN
March 24, 2024

"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

Lindus installed new LeafGuard® Gutters and put a metal roof on the dormer of my house. The were very professional and friendly. They kept me informed during the process and were great to work with.  I recommend them highly."

Doug K.
Minneapolis, MN
December 20, 2023

Lindus Construction has performed several outside projects on our house in Minnetonka. The first job involved the installation of steel roofing on our home. They did a great job cleaning up the area around the house.  The second project that we had them do was to install a new deck.  Lastly, we had Lindus replace our old vinyl siding.  We had them install LP® SmartSide® in blue.  The bottom line is, they don't take shortcuts and use quality materials.

Brian L.
Minnetonka, MN
December 13, 2023
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