Feb 22, 2020

Fast Facts About Insulation & Siding Projects

Lindus Construction’s COO, Andy Lindus gives expert advice on why your attic insulation should be inspected before installing a new roof and which siding lasts the longest.

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Why Inspect Your Insulation Before Installing a New Roof

The architectural style of a story and a half home can make it tricky to insulate, making them prone to heat loss and ice dams.  Below is an example of what this can look like. 

At the peak and edge of the roof, there is noticeable amounts of snow.  However, in the middle section of the roof, there’s a difference of about three inches of snow because there is not much space to add the amount of insulation needed.

In this scenario, one of the most cost effective insulation methods can be installing three inches of foam insulation down the entire slope and then installing a metal roof which will shed snow and prevent ice dam growth.

 Ice dam on a home’s roof

An optimum time to have your attic insulation professionally evaluated is when you are replacing your roof.  This is because not all attic spaces are easily accessible with the roof intact.

Particularly in spaces with vaulted ceilings, contractors should be pulling up plywood to verify if the insulation has settled.  At times, it simply needs to be densely packed again.  In other instances, the roof deck should be removed, and spray foam insulation should be applied.  If needed more can be added through the home’s fascia boards.

Insulation being installed during roof replacement

Choosing the Perfect Siding for Your Home

Homeowners considering the installation of new siding are wise to consider steel or LP® SmartSide® because of their longevity and durability over vinyl siding.  These characteristics are particularly important in the Midwestern climate where substantial temperature swings are rampant.

When higher end, foam backed vinyl insulation is compared with steel or LP® SmartSide®, the price difference is minimal.  LP® SmartSide comes in an array of profiles.  When prefinished in Diamond Kote®, the siding is accompanied with a 35-year warranty.

In terms of house siding color combinations, the choices are endless.  Digital renderings of your home with various siding options included allow homeowners to visualize what their selections could look like on their actual home.

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Homeowners with a laundry list of home improvement projects can quickly become overwhelmed and be at a loss of how to get started.  While it can seem like a smart idea to retain the services of companies that limit themselves to the installation of a single product, such as windows or siding, this approach can have significant drawbacks when compared to working with a general contractor.

Contact us today to get started on your next insulation or siding project.

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"I can’t rave enough about the customer service! I expressed my curiosity of an estimate.  Dylan made the process very explainable and broke it down to me in levels of importance first and what we need to do in the future.  I am looking forward to doing my home improvement w/ a business that understands my needs and is willing to work with me.  Thanks Lindus Construction!"  

Jess H.
Woodville, WI
January 23, 2020

"Lindus was not the cheapest bidder. But they were upfront about what needed to be done. They showed up when they said they would. They responded to emails and voicemails. They fixed problems and drove the project home. Was really grateful for the honesty, the integrity, and the attention to detail."

Patrick M.
St. Paul, MN
February 7, 2020

"My house was done (with insulation) this fall what a warmer difference it has made.  Thanks so much!!!!"

Sandy M.
Minneapolis, MN
January 19, 2020

"They did great.  We’ve already used them for a second project."

Ryan C.
St. Paul, Mn
August 20, 2019

"I highly recommend Lindus Construction. They provide knowledgeable assessment with options for our consideration. All personnel develop a positive working relationship that goes above and beyond the requirements. Their honesty, communication, expertise, and hard work is exceptional. We have had both LeafGuard® and attic insulation successfully completed by Lindus. We are looking forward to our next project."

Marilyn L.
River Falls, WI
August 23, 2019

"Animals (bats and squirrels) caused a lot of damage in our attic. All the insulation had to be removed and replaced as well as vents repaired. They told us when they would do it and how long it would take and it was done on time. They did not make a mess and all the workers were very courteous and listened to our concerns. We would do work with Lindus again. They want to do things right!"

Don W.
Plymouth, MN
April 26, 2019
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