Quality vs. Cheap Home Improvements

Lindus Construction’s COO, Andy Lindus offers advice in ways to insure you’re making a wise investment when it comes to your home improvement projects.

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Roof Replacement

The most expensive roofing project is the one you pay for twice. This makes it imperative that you interview multiple contractors and contact homeowners on their reference list.  Rushing this process often leads to hiring a rookie contractor that is prone to installation mistakes and quickly runs out of business.  Beware of storm damage repair companies that go door-to-door.  Often, they apply high pressure sales tactics and cannot be reached after a contract has been signed and payment has been made.  If they do complete the work, it is often subpar.  In some cases, these contractors will fail to properly plug roof penetrations, causing weak spots to implode if they are stepped on.

 roof installation by Lindus Construction

Gutter Installation

Gutter construction is another home improvement where settling on the cheapest product often leaves homeowners feeling disappointed.  While many gutter contraptions claim to be clog-free, very few are.  Filter devices will need to be cleaned to remain free of debris.  A quick online search of gutter topper reviews reveals that prices can be more expensive than LeafGuard® Gutters, which are a gutter and a topper combined in one piece.  LeafGuard® Gutters have a high level of satisfaction with homeowners and have even earned the Good Housekeeping Seal of approval.  The patented, one-piece system is custom fabricated from aluminum and has been verified to handle over 32 inches of rain in an hour.  They are guaranteed never to clog, or the installing contractor will offer a complimentary cleaning. 

newly installed seamless clog-free leafguard gutters

Window Replacement

Homeowners evaluating full frame vs insert window replacement should fully understand what these terms mean prior to making a decision.  Full frame window replacement, while more expensive, allows the window replacement contractor the ability to inspect and address any preexisting air and water infiltration.  An insert window, on the other hand, is the replacement of the window sashes only.  In this process, glass space is lessened, decreasing the amount of natural light found within the home.  Infinity® from Marvin Windows have a particularly high satisfaction rate because of the energy efficient properties. They’re manufactured in Minnesota and are built to withstand our climate’s extreme weather conditions.

windows replaced with infinity casement everwood from Marvin

Siding Installation

It goes without saying that not all siding materials are created equally.  In fact, even the finish used on the siding can have a significant impact on its aesthetics, durability, and longevity.  Homeowners opting for LP® SmartSide® should take a hard look at Diamond Kote® from Wausau Supply.  Those that prefer the look of steel should investigate the finishes offered by Quality Edge.  Both finishes transfer to the next owner of your home, increasing its resale value.

Contact us today to get started on your next home improvement project.

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"Very efficient, kept the area neat. Completed the work in the time estimated. Work looks good. I would hire them again."

Margaret G.
MInneapolis, MN
February 22, 2024

"We are extremely pleased with the work on the windows and the installers. The crew was very professional."

Don T.
Plymouth, MN
February 13, 2024

"Had my entire house equipped with new gutters. Tyrell, the foreman, was awesome. He contacted me before they started, went over their plan to ensure it matched my expectations and then got after it. He checked in a couple times to maintain our alignment on the project. When he was done made sure my place was clean and even hauled off old gutters. He’s the kind of guy you’d hire if you could. He’s that good!! Very very happy!!"

Andy B.
Hudson, WI
February 1, 2024

"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

"Four years ago Lindus replaced our roof. By far the best installation we have ever had on the house. They have above and beyond professional workmanship. I walk my roof twice a year and no problems at all. I wish I could say that of the previous work done on the roof.  I wholeheartedly recommend them for whatever needs you have around your house."

Bob A.
Somerset, Wi
December 15, 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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