Jan 19, 2019

Answers to Your Frequently Asked Insulation, Door, & Siding Questions

Lindus Construction’s COO Andy Lindus answers Twin Cities Homeowners’ questions about their insulation, doors, and siding.

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The internet is full of stories about storm chasing contractors failing to complete home improvement projects after taking all of a homeowner’s insurance check.  Other stories can be found of rookie roofing or window contractors failing to correctly install a product, leading to its premature failure.  If the contractor is no longer in business, a homeowner can have very little recourse because manufacturer’s warranties stipulate that their products must be installed to their exact specifications in order for premature product failure to be covered.

These are just a handful of reasons why hiring a contractor can be an intimidating process.  To set yourself up with the highest chance of success, view their past projects, read their online reviews, and speak with their past customers.   Be wary of any kitchen or bathroom remodeler without a significant lead time.  This is likely due to the fact that their skills are basic at best.
 Lindus Construction worker cutting siding with a circular saw


While frigid temperatures are an unpleasant fact of Midwestern life, they do present an opportunity for insulation companies in MN to more easily evaluate where homes are using and losing energy.  While a variety of diagnostic tools are available, one of the most effective is infrared imaging.  When the temperature of a home’s interior varies widely from the exterior, infrared imaging can quickly showcase areas where air infiltration is taking place.  A heat map analysis allows a contractor to adequately determine areas where attic air sealing and additional insulation could be used to create a more comfortable home.
Spray foam insulation being applied in a wall cavity

Beware of any contractor that uses building code as the gold standard for home insulation levels.  In reality, building code is the bare minimum level that will pass inspection.  The most successful insulation projects are those completed by a contractor that understands that upgraded levels must be completed in tandem with attic air sealing.  Areas that often benefit from attic air sealing are false soffits, can lights, and bath fan penetrations.  Once these areas are properly sealed, your home’s interior temperature is better regulated, allowing your furnace to run less.

The utilization of spray foam insulation creates the most energy efficient home possible because it’s in a class of its own in terms of completely sealing a home, preventing unnecessary air movement, and creating a more structurally sound home.  Unlike batt insulation, it does not settle over time, creating cold spots and even ice dams.  When spray foam insulation is installed, the home must be evacuated by its occupants so that chemicals in it have time to cure.  While this may give pause to some homeowners, the components of spray foam insulation are much less harmful than the vermiculite and asbestos that was once prevalent in attic insulation.  When disturbed, these chemicals can pose long-term health risks.

Front Door

Another home improvement that can create a more comfortable home is the installation of a new front door.  The material, style, and color choices can seem endless.  However, partnering with a contractor that can assist you with narrowing down your selections to the best fit for your home allows you to have an end result that minimizes air infiltration and adds value to your home.  Homeowners are often pleased to hear that front door replacement consistently ranks as a home improvement with one of the highest return on investment.  In addition, an energy efficient front door can lower your utility bills.

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Cement board siding products such as CertainTeed and James Hardie can prove problematic for an inexperienced siding contractor because of all of the steps necessary to achieve optimum insulation.  Cement board siding products are well documented for their ability to fail when high moisture areas delaminate the boards due to faulty installation.  Seamless steel and LP® siding installation with a Diamond Kote® finish win high marks with the homeowners we work with.  That’s because the materials are manufactured in a way that foregoes the worry of moisture penetration causing premature failure.

 Siding installed on a home by Lindus Construction

Contact us today to get started on your next home improvement 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 answered by calling or texting 651-461-9226.

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"We had sliding glass doors replaced and window removal work done.  The two crews were personable, knowledgeable, efficient and worked really well together - all done in one day. It has left us ready to tackle another project with Lindus in the spring."

Allen & Monica B.
North Oaks, MN
November 3, 2023

"The teams that installed our siding and replacement gutters did a great job and were hard workers. They completed the job in a timely manner, were respectful to our property, cleaned up well and thoroughly completed all of the requested tasks. Ben West helped solve several unique issues that came up during our siding installation and is an all-around great guy. Our sales guy, Jake Calleja, was always responsive and on top of everything. And, gave great design advice as well! Very happy with the results of this project." 

Nancy M.
Burnsville, MN
August 27, 2023

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

Brian B.
Ramsey, MN
August 24, 2023

"Five-star experience for our windows, door and gutter project!"

Allison S.
Falcon Heights, MN
August 9, 2023

"We had a very good experience with Lindus Construction from the very beginning with Lucas Trickle. Lucas explained all the products for the siding and gutters. And he answered any questions that we had. The work was done two months before we expected. The workers worked hard and cleaned up everything before leaving our property. We are very satisfied with the finished product."

Mary D.
St. Paul, MN
June 29, 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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