Dec 15, 2021

Expert Home Improvement Advice

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 12.4.21.

Reputable insulation contractors utilize a variety of methods to verify if a home is losing energy and how.  The first step is checking the entire exterior of the home, basement, and attic.  Drafts are a tell-tale sign that there may be energy loss.  Infrared imaging can give further clarification.  Spray foam insulation is a popular option with homeowners because it increases a home’s overall level of comfort and quickly pays for itself by lowering utility bills.

spray foam insulation

It’s important to note that attic air sealing should be a part of any insulation project. Without proper attic air sealing, the attic air space is breathing too much and heat from the inside of the house is entering the attic.  Some homeowners try to correct this problem by adding more insulation.  In fact, this creates more problems because an easier condensation point is created.  This is because a colder surface is created on the roof deck.  When the warm air from the house meets the roof deck, condensation can form.  This can lead to attic mold, stained ceilings, and failed insulation.

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Many homeowners use the winter months to plan for their spring decking project.  Traditional deck footings that are dug into the ground need to wait until the spring thaw.  However, helical and diamond piers are a bit more forgiving and can be installed later into the season.  Many decking contractors work throughout the winter months because they install their deck footings while weather conditions are still favorable and then work on deck boards and railings at a future date.

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Before installing a new roof, it’s wise to understand the pros and cons of popular materials.  Two common roofing types are metal and asphalt shingles.  While it’s hard to object to the beauty of a metal roof, they can prove problematic in the winter months when they shed heavy amounts of snow.  This is particularly concerning in high pedestrian traffic areas.  A common misconception is that metal roofs are louder than asphalt roofs.  This typically only happens in pole barns, not residential roofs with roof sheathing and insulation.  However, asphalt roofs are available in more colors and styles.  Homeowners with homes near large oak trees should consider having zinc strips installed, as they can prevent algae growth on a roof.

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Another factor to consider when installing a new roof is the warranty that accompanies it.  It is important to know whether your roof has a time of incident warranty or a time of replacement warranty.  A time of incident warranty is better because it covers costs associated with a total loss as if you bought the product today.  A time of replacement warranty takes into consideration how long the roof has been on your home and deducts how much money you receive should you file a warranty claim.  Another piece of fine print to look for is whether a warranty is non-prorated.

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Twin Cities Home Improvement Reviews:

"Recently had Lindus insulate my attic.  From professional sales, to office support, to professional installers and supervision, all education, planning, and installment were accomplished in a timely, clean, and thorough manner. Details like cleanup and ensuring that the access panel were sealed properly are very appreciated. I will definitely recommend Lindus and their professional products and service to anyone."

Donny G.
South St. Paul, MN
November 1, 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

"Only ones I could find to do repair work on roof. Once again, terrific service."

Jerome J.
Eagan, MN
October 29, 2021

"Awesome work! They replaced my shingles in one day and did a fantastic job. Cleaned up after their work too. Great customer service. Professional. Accountable. Efficient."

Patrick & Julie P.
Prior Lake, MN
September 16, 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

"It was great!"

David H.
Maple Grove, MN
July 29, 2021
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