Oct 17, 2020

Getting Started on Your Next Decking or Insulation Project

Lindus Construction’s COO, Andy Lindus offers advice surrounding proper ventilation, insulation standards, and maintaining your deck for lasting quality.

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Proper Bathroom Ventilation

Bath fans play a key role in removing excess moisture from a home.  It is imperative that fans be vented through the roof or through the side of the home.  In the event that a bath fan is vented into the attic, condensation is likely to form which can quickly lead to ruined insulation and mold. Many models, such as those made by Panasonic, are extremely quiet and it can be easy for homeowners to not even realize they’ve left the fan on for an extended period of time. Bath fans should be cleaned periodically over time, as dust can cause them to be knocked out of balance, causing them to be louder than normal.

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Open Cell vs Closed Cell Insulation

For homeowners in need of new spray foam insulation, it’s important to understand that there is a difference between open cell and closed cell.  Closed cell is denser, has a higher expansion rate, and has a lower moisture permeability.  Open cell foam insulation does a better job at sound reduction than closed cell.  To achieve optimum R-value in an attic, it’s wise to spray 1.5-2.5 inches of closed cell spray foam insulation, followed by blown-in cellulose insulation. Prior to hiring an insulation contractor, get thorough details on why they are recommending the upgrades.  Reputable insulation contractors utilize an array of diagnostic tools like blower doors, borescopes, and infrared imaging that allow them to better understand energy deficiencies that can lead to the formation of costly and devastating ice dams.

wood deck and gutters installed on Twin Cities home
Gutters to protect the wooden deck were a must for these homeowners.

Deck Maintenance

While wooden decks are a thing of beauty, they require routine maintenance to keep them looking their best.  Sealing prevents sunlight and water from causing the deck to dry out and crack.  While oil-based stains will darken a deck, they are preferable over clear sealers which have a shorter lifespan.  Exotic woods have lessened in popularity now that so many composite materials imitate their aesthetics.  In addition, composite materials tend to last longer, while requiring substantially less maintenance.

Contact us today to get started on your next decking or insulation projects.

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 651-989-9226. 

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Our Insulation & Decking Reviews:

"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

"I used Lindus to right the wrong of no deck on the back of my house. From working with Dave Anderson on the sales side to Cory Maxon and his build team, every piece of the process was handled with professionalism and care. Cleanest jobsite I've ever seen! I had a great experience working with Lindus!"

Chris B.
Forest Lake, MN
December 12, 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

"I just wanted to say how pleased I am with the finished deck projects.  Thomas, Chad and Logan are true craftsmen coming from a retired construction superintendent. They always took time to answer my questions and acted on behalf of Lindus Construction so professional.  It was a pleasure to have been in their company for the week they were here."

Bob W.
Danbury, WI
October 6, 2023

"I thought it went very well!  No issues."

Brian B.
Ramsey, MN
August 24, 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
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