May 23, 2020

Installing Windows & Decking on a Historic Home

Lindus Construction’s COO, Andy Lindus gives expert advice on installing windows and decking in historic homes.

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Window Installation Tips for Historic Homes

When remodeling a historic home, it can be challenging to integrate new components, such as windows,  that complement the home’s current fixtures and architecture.  However, making conscientious decisions can dramatically increase the home’s resale value.

Many historic homes also benefit from the installation of skylights, which can allow additional natural light and ventilation.  Another optimum solution is the installation of Infinity® from Marvin Windows.  They are maintenance-free, but emulate the aesthetics of wood, with the company’s proprietary EverWood® Engineered Finish, which can be stained to match a home’s pre-existing woodwork.  An added perk of Infinity® replacement windows is that the frame has the same expansion and contraction rates of the glass.

By contrast, many vinyl windows must be reinforced with metal and fiberglass inside the vinyl.  Infinity® windows also offer exemplary ratings for solar heat gain.  Optimum solar heat gain ratings are particularly important in the Midwest because as the sun gets lower in the horizon and sunlight starts to hit your windows, you’ll have solar heat gain in the wintertime.  In the summer, when the sun is a little bit higher up in the sky, the sunlight will be reflected away, preventing your home from getting too hot.

Lindus Construction worker adjusting a newly installed window

Decking Tips for Historic Homes

Many historical homes are also accompanied with wood or treated lumber decks.  While a treated lumber deck offers significant beauty to a home, substantial upkeep must be done in order to keep it looking its best.  It’s worth noting that over time, treated lumber will take on gray tones, which can be warded off with a brightener/conditioner product.

When sealing a treated lumber deck, seek out a product that is made specifically for this deck type.  A drawback of using a sealer is once you begin to use it, frequent applications will be necessary.  This is because treated lumber has a lower penetration rate than wood.  However, like wood, treated lumber decks can rot over time due to neglect.

Contact us today to get started on your next window or decking project.

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"Lindus is great! Their customer service is excellent! The windows fit perfectly in my condo in a building that is over a 100 years old. I am very pleased. You won’t be sorry to use Lindus."

Dyan M.
St. Paul, MN
December 15, 2023

"Lindus Construction replaced our windows about 4 years ago and we just love the windows but more so their attention to details is outstanding. They walked us through the process and kept in touch with us throughout the installation process. They cleaned up after themselves as if they hadn't even been there. They also contacted us after the installation also they would answers questions anytime we called them after the installation promptly."

Bob A.
Somerset, WI
December 15, 2023

"I had 12 windows replaced a few years ago and they are still working great. Service was excellent. The quality is superb. I would not hesitate to use Lindus for more window replacements."

Dagny W.
Minneapolis, MN
December 14, 2023

"I used Lindus to right the wrong of no deck on the back of my house. From working with Dave Anderson on the sales side to Cory Maxon and his build team, every piece of the process was handled with professionalism and care. Cleanest jobsite I've ever seen! I had a great experience working with Lindus!"

Chris B.
Forest Lake, MN
December 12, 2023

"Lindus built a deck beyond my expectations. Dave and Triston were very professional. The upper-story deck they built is amazing and much better than the deck it replaced. I am grateful for their skill and hard work."

Carolyn M.
Apple Valley, MN
July 2, 2023

"We highly recommend Lindus for home improvement projects -- our new deck is beautiful, built with high quality materials and attention to details. The construction crew was experienced and professional."

Cheryl G.
White Bear Lake, MN
July 5, 2023
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