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Nov 30, 2019
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Our Guide to Winter Insulation & Roofing Projects

Lindus Construction’s COO, Andy Lindus, shares his insight into winter insulation & roofing projects.

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Roofing & Ice Dams

Homeowners concerned about ice dams are wise to seek the services of a reputable insulation contractor that can perform diagnostic testing to identify deficiencies within a home’s insulation, ventilation, and attic air sealing.  While raking a roof a foot above a home’s interior walls can provide relief, it is not a permanent solution.  The tools quality insulation professionals utilize often vary by the time of the year.

In the summer months, the use of a blower door is beneficial.  A blower door looks like a screen door with a built-in fan.  This tool allows a contractor to change the pressure within a house and magnify home energy efficiency issues. Blower door testing works well during seasons where there is minimal difference between the home’s interior temperature and the outdoor one.  However, in the winter months, a blower door test often isn’t needed because of the dramatic temperature difference between indoors and outdoors.

In the winter months, infrared imaging can easily identify the notable temperature differences throughout a home.  Smoke sticks to highlight drafty areas of the home work particularly well in the winter because air pressure differences between indoors and outdoors are more prevalent.

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Home Insulation Tips

Many homeowners are surprised to learn that even homes less than 20 years old can benefit from attic air sealing and additional insulation.  This is due to the fact that insulation can shift and building codes meet the bare minimum requirements and is often not best practice.  Fortunately, insulation professionals can work year-round to create more comfortable homes.

Although spray foam insulation has temperature stipulations, contractors can bring in space heaters to bring the attic to the necessary temperature.  Without this, the foam may not correctly adhere to the wood.  Homeowners having spray foam insulation installed must evacuate their homes for 24 hours.  This is because there is a curing process associated with spray foam insulation and during that time, spray foam insulates potent odors that are harmful if inhaled.

Lindus Construction worker installing spray foam insulation in an attic

Unlike insulation, asphalt roof installation should take into consideration exterior air temperatures.  It’s best practice to wait until spring.  However, in emergency situations, new asphalt roofing can be installed in the winter with the proper precautionary measures taken.  One example is the hand sealing of shingles so that they adhere to the roof and lie flat.  Shingles must also be warmed to the temperature stipulated by the manufacturer for the warranty to remain intact.  This can be done by stacking shingles in an ice shack with air space in between them with a contractor grade heater running in the ice shack.  Without this, shingles may not lay as flat as they should, and nail gun blow-outs increase.  Experienced roofing contractors also understand that nail guns must be set properly for winter roof installation.

Unlike insulation, asphalt roof installation should take into consideration exterior air temperatures.  It’s best practice to wait until spring.  However, in emergency situations, new asphalt roofing can be installed in the winter with the proper precautionary measures taken.

One example is the hand sealing of shingles so that they adhere to the roof and lie flat.  Shingles must also be warmed to the temperature stipulated by the manufacturer for the warranty to remain intact.  This can be done by stacking shingles in an ice shack with air space in between them with a contractor grade heater running in the ice shack.  Without this, shingles may not lay as flat as they should, and nail gun blow-outs increase.  Experienced roofing contractors also understand that nail guns must be set properly for winter roof installation.

Contact us today to get started on your home’s roofing or insulation project.

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"We got a quote from Doug for some soffit & fascia. Gabe came out with his crew and did an excellent job. I'd like to pay my compliments to how his crew worked and to Doug for the estimate. It was really beneficial for the insulation of our house."

Bud J.
Edina, MN
January 19, 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

"Lindus Construction did a great job of removing old insulation in our attic and then sprayed foam insulation to seal the air leaks in both our attic and basement. They then installed new insulation to meet current building codes and corrected venting issues. Randall kept me updated me updated at each step of project which I appreciated. The Lindus team was very courteous and did great job of keeping our house clean during this time."

Ken M.
Cottage Grove, MN
November 22, 2023

"Randall Bowman and an attic insulation crew attended to my Somerset, WI condo in Oct. 2023.  They were ahead of schedule, very conscientious about not causing any damage or mess in the house. Very conscientious about not blocking traffic for my condo development neighbors. And, they were very efficient-- finishing earlier than they estimated. I would highly recommend Lindus Construction and the two insulation company they contract with."

Deb M.
Somerset, WI
October 12, 2023

"Fourth project with Lindus. Brandon Larson analyzed issues that occurred last winter.  He came up with a plan to prevent them from happening again."

Jane S.
Solon Springs, WI
August 7, 2023
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