Our Guide to Home Exterior Remodeling

If your home needs a new roof or replacement windows, Lindus Construction’s COO, Andy Lindus has the expert tips that you need to know.

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Signs You Need New Gutters

A wet basement after a heavy rain can be a strong indicator that your home is in need of leafless gutters.  Gutters should be properly sized and kept clog-free to ensure that water is properly diverted away from your foundation.

Another warning your gutters or drain tile need addressing is if you notice your home’s sump pump running frequently.  Addressing this issue also means that your sump pump can have a longer lifespan because it is running less.

 Lindus Construction worker installing gutters

Signs Your Windows Need to be Replaced

When it comes to home window replacement, there are some telltale signs that new windows are a necessity.  These can include dry rot around the window frame, fog between the glass, and noticeable drafts.  It is worth noting that many homeowners opt to complete home window replacement in phases, rather than replacing all of the windows in the house at once.

Windows in a Twin Cities home installed by Lindus Construction

Symptoms of Insulation Problems

When homeowners of older homes hear their siding making a popping noise on frigid days, they rarely think to investigate their home’s insulation.  However, popping noises can signal that the insulation may need attention.  As temperatures drop, contraction within the siding occurs, causing pressure to build up.

Eventually, the pressure releases, creating a popping sound.  Colder temperatures can create substantial heat loss in an attic.  If the hot air from the interior of the home meets cold surfaces within the attic, condensation can take place, leading to wet insulation.

 Spray foam insulation being installed in an attic by Lindus Construction

Partnering with a reputable contractor that utilizes diagnostic testing tools such as infrared imaging and blower doors can allow you to pinpoint home energy deficiencies and create a plan that addresses them.  Beware of any contractor that does not complete an attic inspection or does not discuss whether attic air sealing is needed in addition to insulation.  Failure to address attic air flow promotes energy loss and condensation issues.

Signs Your Siding Needs to be Replaced

As temperatures begin to warm up, many homeowners are seeing areas on the exterior of their home that they have not set eyes on all winter.  If your home’s siding has become discolored, warped, or cracked, it may be time for an upgrade.  Maintenance-free options, such as LP® SmartSide®, are becoming increasingly popular.

The product’s composition allows it to better withstand substantial rainfalls and high levels of humidity.  LP® SmartSide® also better withstands hail and scratching than other siding products. Midwesterners appreciate that the product is manufactured in Two Harbors, Minnesota and Tomahawk, Wisconsin. Unlike wood siding, LP® SmartSide® is susceptible to woodpecker damage.

Ultimate curb appeal is achieved when the LP® SmartSide® is prefinished in Diamond Kote® which is offered in an array of custom colors.  Even more impressive is the 35-year, non-prorated warranty on the paint finish, making it the last siding you will likely ever buy.

LP SmartSide siding installed on a Twin Cities home by Lindus Construction

Roof Replacement Tips

One of the biggest roofing mistakes a homeowner can make is not taking the time to evaluate the warranties that come with various types of roofing material.  Renowned asphalt shingle manufacturer, GAF offers a 50-year, non-prorated warranty that covers both labor and materials.

Even more impressive, is that this warranty extends to the next owner of the home.  Having a non-prorated warranty ensures that homeowners do not incur out of pocket expenses due to material and labor costs rising since the time of the installation.  Metal roofing is accompanied with a 35-year, non-prorated product warranty.

Equally as important is verifying whether the roofing contractor offers a lifetime workmanship guarantee that protects the homeowner in the event of any premature product failure due to shoddy installation.

Contact us today to get started on your next home improvement project.

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"Had my entire house equipped with new gutters. Tyrell, the foreman, was awesome. He contacted me before they started, went over their plan to ensure it matched my expectations and then got after it. He checked in a couple times to maintain our alignment on the project. When he was done made sure my place was clean and even hauled off old gutters. He’s the kind of guy you’d hire if you could. He’s that good!! Very very happy!!"

Andy B.
Hudson, WI
February 1, 2024

"The installation went great! The install took around 3 hours and all of the old gutters were removed and hauled away. The installers did a great job!"

James P.
Brooklyn Park, MN
January 26, 2024

"Lindus did a great job with our gutter installation. Once scheduled, they came on time and did quality work. The worksite was cleaned after the work was completed."

Mark S.
Minneapolis, MN
January 13, 2024

"Super job done by Jake and Drew.  Clean-up was excellent!!"

Gina M.
St. Paul, MN
January 11, 2024

"Finally made the decision to get a covered gutter system and I have no doubt we came to the right place with Lindus. From the estimator to the office staff to the installation crew, work looks great, product used is high quality and the people working at Lindus and the crew, you are professional and skilled. The LeafGuard® looks great and we are confident we made the right decision on this home improvement."

Anne T.
St. Paul, MN
January 9, 2024

"Crew was the best! Big thanks to Jake."

Crystal G.
New Richmond, WI
January 2, 2024
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