Nov 20, 2021

Fast Facts About Window & Insulation Installation

Lindus Construction’s COO, Andy Lindus provides tips on tackling common attic issues, choosing quality insulation to be installed in your attic and crawlspace, and windows to increase your home’s energy efficiency.

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Solutions for Common Attic Issues in Twin Cities Homes

Rodent Infestation

A common attic issue is rodent infestation.  To keep rodents from calling your attic home peppermint oil can be used to coat rags.  When placed around the attic, they can act as a deterrent for animals such as mice and raccoons.

Attic Air Sealing

Attic air sealing is another issue that many attics see.  Incorrect ventilation and air movement can lead to an array of problems, including ice dams

Attic Air Chutes

An additional attic issue that homeowners can encounter is missing or incorrectly placed attic air chutes.  For those not familiar, attic air chutes are made from Styrofoam. They go in between the rafters.  Without attic chutes, the attic intake is closed off.  This prevents the roof vents from being able to perform as they should.  Without air coming into the attic, air cannot go out.  Hot spots can form which will cause mold and condensation to form in the attic.

Incorrectly Installed Insulation

When attic insulation is installed incorrectly, thousands of dollars of damage can occur.  Areas often missed during the insulation process include can lights, false kitchen soffits, and the attic access portal.  It is critical that these areas are properly insulated because they tend to leak a lot of air. 

Condensation Build Up

The goal of attic insulation is for the space to be as close in temperature to the outside as it is on the inside. Without this, ice dams and condensation are likely to occur. Condensation eventually turns into water which can eventually turn into mold.

spray foam insulation by Lindus Construction

Choosing the Right Insulation for Your Attic

When comparing cellulose to fiberglass insulation, cellulose is often preferable.  That’s because as cellulose settles, it forms a crust.  This restricts the amount of airflow that occurs.  This makes the amount of consistent, continuous insulation more important than a space’s overall R-value.  The most common way to achieve R-60 in the attic is by putting down an inch and a half of spray foam insulation and then blowing in cellulose over the top.  This can vary by a homeowner’s preferences and also the architecture of the home.

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In addition to attics, a home’s crawlspace can often benefit from new insulation being added. Full encapsulation can lead to a more energy efficient and comfortable home.  It can also remove the musty smell that is often common with crawlspaces.  The best way to do this is to add spray foam insulation to the floor, ceilings, and walls.

Create Energy Efficiency with Quality Window Replacement

When windows underperform in the winter, it can be tempting to blame the glass pack.  However, many times, the actual culprit has to do with the quality of installation, the time it’s been since it was installed, and the quality of window insulation.  Infrared imaging can by a reputable window expert can help make these determinations.

Lindus Construction installing new house windows in Twin Cities

Beware of builder grade windows.  Oftentimes, these windows are built to only meet code. They have a significantly shorter lifespan than better built windows.  The window manufacturer matters less than the window line being used, as most major manufacturers carry a builder grade line of windows.

Other types of windows homeowners should consider adding to their home are skylights and sun tunnels.  They can introduce natural light to areas of the home that would not otherwise receive it.  They can also lower energy bills because a home’s lights do not need to remain in use as long as they normally would.

Contact us today to get started on your next insulation and window replacement project.

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 651-461-9226. 

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Brock T.
Richfield, MN
March 24, 2024

"I was very happy with the free insulation estimate I received from the Lindus rep. He took the time to walk me and my father-in-law through a thermal scan of all the leaky spots in my attic - and basement, bonus! - and was honest and forthright about the work they do and the best and most economical options available to us to improve ambient temperature control in these areas."

Rima F.
Lake Elmo, MN
January 9, 2024

"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

"Jake was very helpful and responsive in getting through this catastrophic event when a huge chunk of ice crashed through our family room ceiling. He was helpful in discussions with insurance company, especially as when they sent out an evaluator he spent less then 20 minutes on the job, then disappeared."

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Stillwater, MN
September 10, 2023
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