Dec 15, 2021

Planning Spring Home Improvement Projects

Lindus Construction’s COO, Andy Lindus offers advice on planning your spring time home improvement project with insulation, decking, and roofing.

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Increase Your Twin Cities Home’s Energy Efficiency with Quality Insulation

Reputable insulation contractors utilize a variety of methods to verify if a home is losing energy and how.  The first step is checking the entire exterior of the home, basement, and attic.  Drafts are a tell-tale sign that there may be energy loss.  Infrared imaging can give further clarification.  Spray foam insulation is a popular option with homeowners because it increases a home’s overall level of comfort and quickly pays for itself by lowering utility bills.

spray foam insulation installed by Lindus Construction

It’s important to note that attic air sealing should be a part of any insulation project. Without proper attic air sealing, the attic air space is breathing too much and heat from the inside of the house is entering the attic.  Some homeowners try to correct this problem by adding more insulation.  In fact, this creates more problems because an easier condensation point is created.  This is because a colder surface is created on the roof deck.  When the warm air from the house meets the roof deck, condensation can form.  This can lead to attic mold, stained ceilings, and failed insulation.

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Planning Your Spring Decking Project

Many homeowners use the winter months to plan for their spring decking project.  Traditional deck footings that are dug into the ground need to wait until the spring thaw.  However, helical and diamond piers are a bit more forgiving and can be installed later into the season.  Many decking contractors work throughout the winter months because they install their deck footings while weather conditions are still favorable and then work on deck boards and railings at a future date.

winter deck installed on a home in Twin Cities

Protect Your Home with a New Roof Installed by Lindus Construction

Before installing a new roof, it’s wise to understand the pros and cons of popular materials.  Two common roofing types are metal and asphalt shingles.  While it’s hard to object to the beauty of a metal roof, they can prove problematic in the winter months when they shed heavy amounts of snow.  This is particularly concerning in high pedestrian traffic areas.  A common misconception is that metal roofs are louder than asphalt roofs.  This typically only happens in pole barns, not residential roofs with roof sheathing and insulation.  However, asphalt roofs are available in more colors and styles.  Homeowners with homes near large oak trees should consider having zinc strips installed, as they can prevent algae growth on a roof.

north oaks home with gaf glenwood shingles

Another factor to consider when installing a new roof is the warranty that accompanies it.  It is important to know whether your roof has a time of incident warranty or a time of replacement warranty.  A time of incident warranty is better because it covers costs associated with a total loss as if you bought the product today.  A time of replacement warranty takes into consideration how long the roof has been on your home and deducts how much money you receive should you file a warranty claim.  Another piece of fine print to look for is whether a warranty is non-prorated.

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 addressed by calling or texting 651-461-9226. 

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Twin Cities Home Improvement Reviews:

"I am very happy with the roofing and gutter system and it's largely due to your perseverance and communication with me for the project. There are always so many details in this work and I want to convey my appreciation to your management. I know why Lindus is a successful company. It's not just their product but more importantly their people."

Maureen C.
St Paul, MN
April 12, 2024

"Great job on both projects!  I had two decks and four windows replaced. The crews were amazing, answered all my questions, and cleaned up after completion." - Joan S.

Joan S.
Woodbury, MN
April 19, 2024

"Lindus Construction replaced our shingles on Monday. They did a fantastic job. They arrived at 7am and finished by 3pm. They did an amazing job and I would recommend them to anyone.  Just like anything in life. you get what you pay for and we are 100% satisfied."

Pat S.
Plymouth, MN
April 5, 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

"We've had our roof replaced and LeafGuard® Gutters installed by Lindus and were quite happy with their workmanship."

Don N.
MInneapolis, MN
December 17, 2023

"We had Lindus bid on our roof replacement and also remove and replace our LeafGuard® Gutters. Communication was great through the entire process, we were provided great information and options. The removal and replacement of the gutters was done right on schedule and completed quickly. Overall just very professional and I would have zero concerns trusting them for any job.

Aaron O.
Shoreview, MN
December 13, 2023
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