Jun 23, 2018

Roofing & Siding Material Cheat Sheet

Confused about the variety of siding and roofing materials available today? Here’s a cheat sheet from Lindus Construction’s COO Andy Lindus to help you know what’s best for your home.

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The Right Siding Material

The quickest way to change the appearance of your home’s exterior is with siding installation.  While we install many types of seamless siding, the most sought-after material is LP® SmartSide®.  With plants in Two Harbors, MN and Tomahawk, WI, homeowners appreciate that they’re working with a local manufacturer.

To ensure the siding looks its best we have it finished with Diamond Kote® in Wausau, WI.  While other finishes are available, Diamond Kote® comes with a significantly shinier finish.  The material is resistant to scratching and is accompanied with a 35-year, non-prorated finish warranty.

While it has the aesthetics of cedar siding, it’s easier to install because it’s uniformly made.  There’s also no worry of insect infestation that can attract woodpeckers.   Unlike fiber cement products, there’s no need for installers to wear respirators or use expensive specialty blades.

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The Perfect Roofing Material

While our company offers both asphalt and metal roofs, the overwhelming majority of homeowners opt for asphalt roofs.  We rank as only one of 10 roofing contractors in the country to have received the GAF Triple Star President’s Club award.

One of the biggest reasons we decided to partner with this asphalt roofing manufacturer is their commitment to technological advancements, including a 20-year algae warranty.  In addition, they take care to design shingles that come in an array of unique shapes, thicknesses, and colors.  Product lines our client base gravitates to include Grand Sequoia®, Glenwood®, and Grand Canyon®.

Here’s Drone Footage of a Completed Glenwood® Shingle Installation in Afton, MN:

Signs Your Roof Needs to be Replaced

Many times, homeowners are unsure of whether their roof has reached the end of its lifespan.  While there are many signs, one of the easiest to spot is granule loss.

While you may notice a small amount after the installation of a new roof, continuing to see granules in your gutters or landscaping may mean that the roof experienced hail damage.  When hail comes in contact with shingles, it can have a sandblast-like effect on the granules.

Losing a significant portion of your roof’s granules compromises their ability to protect the asphalt within the shingles by deflecting UV rays.  When this happens, it’s only a matter of time before shingles begin to crack and curl.
Failed shingles on an asphalt roof

In order to ensure your roofing contractor is reputable, we suggest verifying their rating with the Better Business Bureau and Angi.  The benefit of conducting research on these websites is that contractors cannot pay their way to a better rating.  Friends and family members also can share their personal experiences with contractors.  We recommend getting three estimates and be sure to ask probing questions to the references your roofer provides.

Contact us today to get started on your home’s next siding or roofing 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 answered by calling or texting 651.461.9226.

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Our GAF Roofing & LP SmartSide® Installation Reviews:

"The teams that installed our siding and replacement gutters did a great job and were hard workers. They completed the job in a timely manner, were respectful to our property, cleaned up well and thoroughly completed all of the requested tasks. Ben West helped solve several unique issues that came up during our siding installation and is an all-around great guy. Our sales guy, Jake Calleja, was always responsive and on top of everything. And, gave great design advice as well! Very happy with the results of this project." 

Nancy M.
Burnsville, MN
August 27, 2023

"The crew was quick and efficient; they did a good job with the clean-up. The roof looks great."

Barb A.
St. Croix Falls, WI
August 24, 2023

"We had a very good experience with Lindus Construction from the very beginning with Lucas Trickle. Lucas explained all the products for the siding and gutters. And he answered any questions that we had. The work was done two months before we expected. The workers worked hard and cleaned up everything before leaving our property. We are very satisfied with the finished product."

Mary D.
St. Paul, MN
June 29, 2023

"I really appreciated all the help from Lindus through this work and the quality of workers that you have on your crews.  I really appreciated the work and cooperation!"

Marsha T.
New Prague, MN
June 7, 2023

"We are very happy with the gutter and roofing project at our home. It took only two days for the complete roofing (with lifetime shingles) and underlayment project!  The next day the gutter crew came out and completed our 163 feet of LeafGuard® Gutters.  Everyone was friendly knew their job! They were a well-oiled machine."

David S.
Stillwater, MN
May 19, 2023

"Thorough, timely, efficient, good communicators. Excellent work, cleaned up well and took care of a few extra details without any hassle."

Carla U.
Minneapolis, MN
May 17, 2023
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