May 02, 2020

A Guide to Your Next Siding & Deck Staining Project

Lindus Construction’s COO, Andy Lindus gives expert tips for replacing your home’s siding and staining your home’s deck.

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The Best Siding for Twin Cities Homes

For many homeowners, new siding installation is an event that only happens once or twice in a lifetime.  This makes it imperative that the product that’s selected is durable and low maintenance.

One material with a high satisfaction rating is LP® SmartSide®.  Many Midwesterners embrace the use of this siding when they learn that it is manufactured in Two Harbors, MN and Tomahawk, WI.  The material is aesthetically pleasing, durable, and holds up well to moisture

The proprietary manufacturing process also ensures that the siding holds up well to extreme temperature swings.  In terms of aesthetics, colors and materials can be mixed and matched to create a custom look.

 LP SmartSide siding installed on a Twin Cities home

The Importance of House Wrap When Replacing Your Siding

When working with a siding contractor, it’s also wise to understand the house wrap that will be used and why.  While it is only 5 mm thick, Insultex™ House Wrap® has been verified to be R-6.  To achieve this in foam house wrap, the thickness would need to be an inch and a half.  The slim profile of Insultex™ House Wrap® acts as a preventative against air and water infiltration.

Lindus Construction Worker Installing House Wrap

Tips for Staining Your Home’s Deck

One task DIY homeowners often find themselves doing this time of the year is deck maintenance.

The first step should be pressure washing.  It’s best practice to start on the lowest setting in order to not harm the wood, which can cause the need for sanding.  Oil-based finishes from manufacturers, such as Sikkens and Penofin®, do not need to be completely removed prior to new stain being applied.

Special care should be taken to make sure the deck is not wet prior to staining.  A brightener conditioner can also be used to open the pores of the wood to allow the oil to fully penetrate it.  This provides maximum protection of the wood and the longest possible lifespan of the stain.

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

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"The house looks really good. I am very happy with the windows and I am very happy with the siding. They both look great."

Loren A.
Eagan, MN
January 2, 2024

"We have had several projects done by Lindus Construction including siding and a new deck. They were timely in completing the projects, always kept us informed of the status and were always professional. I would highly recommend Lindus Construction for any home project and will use them again in the future."

Liz K.
Maple Grove, MN
December 17, 2023

"New windows, doors, and some siding—couldn't be happier with all aspects of the projects. Great installation! I never want to live without new windows and doors ever again."

Charles D.
Maplewood, MN
December 14, 2023

Lindus Construction has performed several outside projects on our house in Minnetonka. The first job involved the installation of steel roofing on our home. They did a great job cleaning up the area around the house.  The second project that we had them do was to install a new deck.  Lastly, we had Lindus replace our old vinyl siding.  We had them install LP® SmartSide® in blue.  The bottom line is, they don't take shortcuts and use quality materials.

Brian L.
Minnetonka, MN
December 13, 2023

"Lindus Construction is a company that provides the best possible workmanship, professionalism and customer service for each and every project. Lindus Construction is a great choice for roofing, siding, windows, doors, decking and LeafGuard® Gutter projects or any combination of those projects. Small jobs such as garden sheds to large homeowner associations with multiple buildings they are able to handle it."

Kelly P.
River Falls, WI
December 4, 2023

"Lindus Construction did two projects for us: a siding project around the garage door and installing new gutters with LeafGuard®. Both teams were very professional and kept me informed on their progress. They were professional, courteous and on time while performing very high quality work. Very pleased with the work and highly recommend Lindus Construction."

Darold J.
Wayzata, MN
October 18, 2023
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