Jun 29, 2019

Roofing, Siding, and Window Contractor Selection Tips

Lindus Construction’s COO, Andy Lindus, speaks on how to find the right remodeling contractor for your home’s roofing, siding, or window project.

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When interviewing residential roofing companies, it’s important to select a reputable contractor that specializes in this type of work.  They understand the intricacies of shingles and take special care not to scuff them as temperatures rise.  Reputable roofing contractors also understand that the condition of a home’s attic can also impact the lifespan of a roof.  They’re able to avoid rookie roofing mistakes like allowing bath fans to vent into an attic.  Warm, wet air that’s vented into the attic will create frost.  As soon as the frost melts, the attic’s insulation becomes wet, requiring it to be replaced.  Water stained ceilings and mold growth are also the result of a bath fan venting into an attic.  Attic condensation and mold can also be the result of air infiltration into an attic due to lack of attic air sealing.

spray foam
Spray foam can seal up areas of your attic that are leaking air.

Homeowners should beware of roofing companies that show up at your door unsolicited.  Oftentimes, these companies are storm chasers.  They are often not insured, cut corners on installation, and fail to offer warranties.  If you suspect your home has been damaged by hail, it’s wise to have your insurance adjuster and a trusted storm damage restoration company to your home at the same time so that all parties can agree on the extent of the damage and the best course of action.

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A Reliable Siding Contractor

Another area of the home that’s often damaged by hail is its siding.  Many times, when this happens, it is the homeowners’ first time having to replace their siding and the choices can seem intimidating.  A contractor that can show you digital renderings of what various materials and colors will look like on your home allows you to feel confident about the options you’re selecting.

While many construction companies offer LP® SmartSide®, the material itself can be prefinished with an array of products.  Diamond-Kote™ earns high marks for its beauty, longevity, and durability.  It is resistant to damage by UV rays and does not scratch easily.  Although vinyl siding may be cheaper in the short-term, it has a lower lifespan and offers significantly less curb appeal.

Homeowners should proceed with caution on cement board siding products such as James Hardie®.  The material’s installation instructions have changed significantly over the past 15 years due to moisture issues.  It takes longer to install, requires special tools, and the product’s silica and fly ash are extremely hazardous if inhaled during the cutting process.

 Lindus Construction worker installing siding using Gecko gauge clamps
Gecko gauge clamps allow for a single person to install a length of LP®.

A Trustworthy Window Replacement Contractor

The optimum time to replace a home’s windows is at the same time as the siding.  This equates to savings in labor costs and energy efficiency. Homeowners that have Infinity® from Marvin windows installed through a full frame replacement experience a high satisfaction rate.

Marvin’s patented Ultrex® fiberglass is renowned for its durability.  The windows are manufactured to allow for the expansion and contraction of glass within the frame, alleviating the worry of premature window seal failure.  This is where having a manufacturer familiar with the extreme Midwestern temperature swings is advantageous.

The casement window style proves to be remarkably energy efficient because their crank-out configuration allows for a tight seal with multiple locking points. Casement windows tend to have one of the most favorable air infiltration ratings.

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Twin Cities Custom Home Remodeling Reviews:

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"We live in an old house with old windows, including a large round window on the second floor that was leaking. We searched for 18 months for a company that would replace the round window and had no luck. The response was always that replacing it would be too hard and that they wouldn’t be able to guarantee the work. We were so relieved and happy to finally find Lindus. They replaced the round window and three other problem windows, including an old egress window.  We will definitely use Lindus Construction again for our old house needs."

Sharon L.
Minneapolis, MN
March 20, 2023
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