Jul 14, 2018

Roofing & Siding Showdown

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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GAF: Our Preferred Asphalt Shingle

When it comes to roof installation, the color of your shingles plays a major factor in your home’s curb appeal.  In addition, color also impacts your home’s energy efficiency.  GAF, North America’s top selling asphalt shingle manufacturer, actually offers Timberline® Cool Series® Shingles that are specifically tailored to lower a home’s cooling costs through light muted tones that absorb less sunlight than darker shades.

For homeowners that don’t want a roof with faded colors, but are looking to lower their cooling costs, a better strategy might be to have a reputable professional evaluate the quality of insulation in your home.  Opting for a metal roof instead of an asphalt one can also contribute to a cooler home.

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LP® SmartSide® vs. James Hardie®

Whether we advise for the installation of a metal or asphalt roof varies by the type of property it’s being installed on.  However, when it comes to home siding, we are in favor of LP® SmartSide® over James Hardie®.

First and foremost, it’s manufactured locally in Two Harbors, MN and Tomahawk, WI.  LP® siding installation does not require any special tools, making it quicker to install.  Its lifespan also trumps that of James Hardie® siding. LP® SmartSide® also outranks James Hardie® in terms of moisture resistance.

When interviewing potential contractors for your siding project, investigate if their installers specialize in siding installation or if they toggle between project types.  More often than not, issues with siding boil down to botched installation techniques.

A Safer Siding Product

Unlike James Hardie® siding, LP® SmartSide® does not require installers to wear respirators to protect them from the silica plumes in the dust that is produced when the siding is cut, which also creates peace of mind for us, as a company.

Many of our installers start their careers with our company and continue to work within our organization for the duration of their careers.  We do everything we can to make sure the products they are working with pose no potential long-term health hazards.

How Safety Drives Our Product Choices

Next year marks our fourth decade in business and we’re proud to say that the first employee we ever hired still works for us.  In fact, many of our employees have spent their entire career with our company.  This makes us seek out products, like LP® SmartSide®, that are safer to use.

We also employ a full-time Safety Manager to make sure employees are utilizing safety harnesses, hearing protection, and are safeguarded during jobs that require the disruption of lead paint.

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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:

"I am happy with Lindus Construction did a great job on my shingles."

Martina H.
Baldwin, WI
August 28, 2023

"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

"The roof installation went very well. The crew was very nice. I am impressed by how fast they were in the heat."

David L.
Baldwin, WI
August 1, 2023

"Very pleased with work completed by Lindus. Lucas was very thorough in pulling together the estimate and siding/roofing work met our expectations. The crews also did a good job cleaning up the work site once their work was done. Would definitely recommend them."

Mary M.
Woodbury, MN
June 25, 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
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