Apr 25, 2020

Prepping for Your Next Window Installation or Deck Staining Project

Lindus Construction’s COO, Andy Lindus guides Twin Cities homeowners on how to choose the best windows for their home and how to stain their decks.

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Full Frame vs Insert Windows

Full frame window replacement affords homeowners the ability to evaluate their current window styles and make adjustments that allow more natural light to enter the home.  When comparing full frame window replacement vs insert, it’s critical to know that full frame replacement allows a contractor to address dry rot and make insulation upgrades.

Furthermore, the window is custom manufactured for the specific opening it’s being installed in, allowing them to excel in the realm of energy efficiency.  When comparing window manufacturers and contractors, it’s vital to understand the warranties they offer prior to making a commitment.

Lindus Construction team member installing a window

If new windows are only one component of your home renovation, it can be advantageous to work with a general contractor that can help you navigate the entire process. This is particularly true if you live in a historic home where exact replacement components may not be available, but modern replicas that honor the home’s architecture often are. If a project needs to be done in phases for budgetary reasons, a quality contractor can help you evaluate where your priorities should be.

 New deck on a Twin Cities home

Staining Your Home’s Deck

Many times, wooden decks are attached to historic homes.  To keep them looking their best, routine maintenance is needed.  If you’ve not ever power washed your deck before, start with the lowest setting and increase pressure as needed.  A power washer on too high of a setting can leave permanent indentations in your wooden deck.

It’s best practice to continue with a deck stripper, like Penofin® Pro-Tech, that will remove previously applied stains, sealers, and paints.  After that, a deck cleaner can be used to eradicate stains, sap, and mineral deposits. This step also targets mold and mildew.  Next, a brightener and conditioner, we recommend one from Behr, can be used to open the wood’s pores.  Penofin stain can then be used to complete the project.

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

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 8:30 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement questions answered by calling or texting 651.461.9226.  

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"We have an 80-year-old 2-story colonial. The shaker porch needed some serious help with the railing, floor, and drainage. The result is very nice, providing a good place for morning coffee."

Dale A.
Minneapolis, MN
December 18, 2023

"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

"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

"I just wanted to say how pleased I am with the finished deck projects.  Thomas, Chad and Logan are true craftsmen coming from a retired construction superintendent. They always took time to answer my questions and acted on behalf of Lindus Construction so professional.  It was a pleasure to have been in their company for the week they were here."

Bob W.
Danbury, WI
October 6, 2023

"It was great. Lindus does quality work and completed the work on time.  Lindus is a very reputable company and we were very pleased with the results."

Eric I.
Cumberland, WI
June 20, 2023
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