Apr 09, 2022

Facts About Decking & Energy Efficient Home Improvements

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement quandaries addressed by calling or texting 651-461-9226.  Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 4.9.22.

Homeowners opting for composite deck installation have the choice between many types of decks.  A material that wins high marks with deck contractors and homeowners alike is Millboard®.  The decking has a lot of depth, notable textures, and a finish that looks like aged wood.  Deck contractors appreciate how easily it can be installed.  The material is affordable and does not get too hot in the summer months.  Even in frosty, snowy, and rainy conditions, the composite decking surface does not become slippery.  It is an ideal decking material for the dramatic temperature fluctuations that Wisconsin and Minnesota encounter.

Millboard Driftwood

Another aspect of decking that homeowners should carefully consider is the deck footings.  A diamond pier is a reliable choice that will stand the test of time.  A diamond pier is diamond shaped cement pier that has five rods that get jackhammered into the earth.  Helical piers are another excelled selection.  They can be thought of as giant drill bit placed in the earth to support a deck.  They work well for buildings and footings that are close to the water table.

diamond pier

Many homeowners choose to install insulation to improve a home’s energy efficiency.  Home insulation is offered in a variety of types including fiberglass, cellulose, and spray foam.  When compared with fiberglass insulation, cellulose will settle more.  However, when cellulose settles, a crust is created that makes it harder for air to flow through.  In addition, the fire retardant used in cellulose insulation can act as a rodent deterrent.  Just as important as the type of insulation used is an attic’s ventilation and air sealing.  In Wisconsin and Minnesota, homeowners should strive for an attic that is R-60.

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Window replacement is one of the most energy efficient home improvements.  Picture windows rank high in energy efficiency because they cannot be opened or closed.  This reduces the risk of air or water infiltration.  Sliding and casement windows from Infinity® from Marvin also rank high in energy efficiency.  That’s because sliding windows have interlocking panels that provide a seal.  In casement windows, a single sash presses up against the frame when the window is closed.  This allows for maximum levels of energy efficiency.

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Composite Deck Building Reviews:

"Deck replacement with composite materials. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable, on time and communication was good. The deck looks great!"

Marrielle & Fred O.
Shoreview, MN
November 22, 2021

Gutters and deck on our new construction. We love our new deck. The gutters were installed right on time and are performing well. On both jobs the young men were excellent. Very skilled and willing to work with us if we decided to make changes.”

Craig S.
Minnetrista, MN
October 28, 2021

"Roof done with excellent workmanship, great workers, roof and gutters done on time and in a day. We were out of town the day of roof construction but was done as agreed and the neighbors were impressed with the work and completion in a day. New deck is great with steel support system, and AZEK® decking. Country-wide steel shortage caused unplanned delay but not due to Lindus. When the supplies arrived the project started the next day. Well done."

James L.
Bloomington, MN
October 7, 2021

"Very happy with my new steel deck and LeafGuard® Gutters. Installed quickly and professionally. Everything looks great!  I would definitely recommend Lindus Construction."

Joanne S.
Woodbury, MN
October 7, 2021

"Lindus has been my partner for multiple home improvement projects including re-siding with beautiful LP® siding, installing LeafGuard® Gutters, re-roofing and more. Most recently, Tristan and his crew replaced my old wood deck with a beautiful maintenance-free deck. The crew was professional and did beautiful work. I am so pleased. Lindus is my go-to partner for my home's construction needs. Thanks, Lindus, for always living up to my very high expectations!"

Carol B.
Mahtomedi, MN
August 11, 2021

You just finished our porch remodel, Lindus, you guys did a great job.

Crist B.
Chisago City, MN
April 10, 2021
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