Oct 24, 2020

Getting Started on Your Next Roofing & Insulation 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 addressed by calling or texting 651-461-9226.  Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 10.24.20.

An Introduction To GAF Shingles For Roof Replacements

As the days become shorter and the weather turns cooler, roof installation can become more of a challenge.  Ever the innovator, GAF created the Timberline® HDZ™ shingles, which can be installed in temperatures as low as 10°.  It also is accompanied with an industry-first wind warranty with no maximum wind speed limitation, making it a great option for roofing projects.  Even more impressive is that the GAF shingles are accompanied with a 50-year, non-prorated warranty that covers both labor and materials.

Timberline HZ Weathered Wood

Addressing Ventilation & Insulation Installation During Your Roofing Project

When considering a roof installation project, your home’s attic should also be evaluated to ensure that it’s properly insulated and ventilated in order to give your shingles the longest possible lifespan.  It’s imperative that the insulation contractor you partner with can explain their methodologies and their reasoning behind them.  They should be utilizing diagnostic tools such as blower doors, smoke sticks, and infrared imaging.  The results will help create a customized roadmap for your insulation installation project.

Without a home energy audit, simply blowing in insulation into an attic can actually do more harm than good by creating a cold surface.  This leads to condensation and attic mold.  Additionally, there needs to be the correct push to pull ratio between the soffit and roof vents when it comes to insulation replacement.

Prior to having roof vents installed, ask for clarification on the type(s) being suggested. Ridge vents are becoming a popular option because they ensure that the highest point of the roof is where the ventilation is taking place.

How Home Energy Audits Inform Your Insulation Replacement:

Exterior Home Improvement Advice

Gutter Maintenance: Downspouts

Another popular question our team receives this time of the year is whether their gutters’ downspouts should be folded up or left outstretched.  Our best advice is to fold up downspouts or remove them so that they do not become covered in snow and become damaged by being stepped on or run over.

before gutters

Deck Maintenance: Wood Stains

For homeowners still hoping to stain their wooden decks before winter hits, we urge them to seek out oil-based stains by either Penofin® or Sikkens.  While temperature range recommendations vary by manufacturer, it’s best practice to not stain a deck when it is below 40° out.  Once snow does fall on brown-treated decking, special care should be taken to not scratch the deck when clearing it.  Failure to clear snow off the deck leaves it exposed to excess moisture, which can eventually cause damage.  Composite decking can be installed in the winter months, but special consideration needs to be taken due to the material’s ability to expand and contract.

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Our Insulation & Roof Installation Reviews:

"The Lindus people were efficient and quick taking out the old insulation and adding new spray foam and blow-in. All was done within the estimated time frame and the residuals were cleaned up.  A good job was done."

Jan H.
Hammond, WI
December 20, 2022

"Our experience with Lindus was overall very good. In the excellent category I would like to commend Lucas Trickle and especially commend Brittney Mikla. Top-notch people to work with, excellent communicators and they possess the ability to get things done. BRAVO!!"

Jeff P.
Lakeland, MN
October 31, 2022

"Lindus has installed their gutter system and a new roof on our home and both projects went perfectly. They show up when they say they will, pay attention to every little detail, and when they leave, (except for the new roof or gutters) you can’t tell they were there."

Gerald S.
Andover, MN
October 24, 2022

"Thank you for going above and beyond the call of duty to help me out.  Your expertise made all the difference in helping me resolve my house projects!"

Patricia M.
Bloomington, MN
August 19, 2022

"Quality work. Great clean up. Constant updates on progress. Responsive to questions. Great experience from beginning to end."

Andy N.
Oakdale, MN
June 24, 2022

"Had Lindus blow in foam insulation into attic, what a difference it’s made! The house is noticeably warmer in the winter and my furnace is not running nearly as much as before. I know it will also help keep the house cool in the summer heat. They also installed some new windows and exterior trim. Everything turned out really well. Corey Hessler was fantastic in dealing with from start to finish and answered all my questions. Everyone I dealt with from Lindus, especially Corey, were kind and professional. In today’s day and age you get what you pay for. Lindus really delivers!"

Robert M.
Cottage Grove, MN
March 25, 2022
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