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The Components That Make Up An Energy Efficient Home

Lindus Construction’s COO Andy Lindus guides Twin Cities homeowners into the components that make up an energy-efficient home.

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When a homeowner contacts us for a free estimate, it is our goal to partner with them to create the most comfortable and energy efficient home possible.  Our approach is a unified one, treating the home as a complete system.  A compartmentalized approach often leads to wasted money.  For example, failure to consider an attic’s insulation, ventilation, and air sealing during a roof replacement project can  prematurely age your roof.

Energy-Efficient Roofing

In addition, a home’s energy efficiency is often compromised. Reliable residential roofing companies offer free estimates and will help you understand if the discoloration you’re seeing on your roof is due to granule loss or mold and algae growth.  Streaks found near galvanized roof pipes are often a result of zinc oxidation, which encourages algae growth.

To combat this issue, GAF roofing manufactures their Timberline Ultra HD® Shingles with StainGuard Plus™ Time-Release technology.  The 25-year warranty against blue-green algae roof discoloration offers homeowners the ultimate peace of mind.

Timberline Ultra HD® Shingles with StainGuard Plus™

Blower Door Testing

Be wary of any contractor that fails to perform diagnostic testing or fails to review your basement when suggesting insulation.  A blower door is a forceful fan that’s attached to the frame of your front door.  The fan is designed to withdraw air from your home, lowering the interior pressure.  This permits exterior air pressure to flow through cracks and crevices within your home.  A smoke pencil is then used to identify areas of energy inefficiency.

Oftentimes the best spot to begin with the smoke pencil is in the basement. This is because the rim (area of the home that sits on the foundation) is notorious for leaking air and introducing condensation when warm air comes in contact with a cool surface.  Spray foaming this area with closed cell spray foam insulation is often advantageous.  In terms of crawlspaces, it’s wise to spray foam the ceiling, walls, and dirt.  This approach encapsulates the entire area and creates a more energy efficient home.

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Energy-Efficient Windows

A common myth about home window replacement is that the new window must be the same style as the one it is taking the place of.  Many times homeowners utilizing full frame window replacement opt to replace their sliding windows with a style that has better air infiltration ratings, like double hung windows.

Another common misnomer about window replacements is that it’s a faux pas to install multiple brands of windows within the home.  Reputable contractors can custom stain windows to match a home’s pre-existing woodwork.

Lastly, home window replacement can be done in phases over the span of a few years to accommodate a homeowner’s budget.

Contact us today to learn how Lindus Construction can make your home more energy efficient.

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 answered by calling or texting 651.461.9226.

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"I have used Lindus Construction for many home improvements over the years—LeafGuard® Gutters, SeasonGuard windows, doors, a new deck, and garage insulation. They have always been very professional, treating both me and my home with great respect. As a single female homeowner, I never, ever felt like they were taking advantage of me! Everyone, from the scheduler to the salesperson, to the installers, and even their own inspector, Josh. Lindus is the best!"

Ginnee B.
Prior Lake, MN
December 22, 2023

"I did two big projects in 2023 with Lindus. First was removing and replacing attic insulation plus creating proper ventilation. Second was replacing roof and adding LeafGuard®. Did everything go perfectly? No but that is where a company shows its merits. All issues were resolved! I even received a check for unused supplies. I highly recommend Lindus. They are not the cheapest. You get what you pay for."

Jill D.
St. Paul, MN
December 14, 2023

"Randall Bowman and an attic insulation crew attended to my Somerset, WI condo in Oct. 2023.  They were ahead of schedule, very conscientious about not causing any damage or mess in the house. Very conscientious about not blocking traffic for my condo development neighbors. And, they were very efficient-- finishing earlier than they estimated. I would highly recommend Lindus Construction and the two insulation company they contract with."

Deb M.
Somerset, WI
October 12, 2023

"Great job! Kept us informed! Also, was very considerate. Made sure everything was cleaned up at the end of the day and took care to always wear masks around us, since my wife is immune compromised."

Dave G.
Maplewood, MN
June 26, 2023

"Everything was done as it was explained."

Jill D.
St. Paul, MN
June 20, 2023

"Everything went fine.  No problems."

Chip A.
Woodbury, MN
June 20, 2023
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