Prepping For Your Roofing, Front Door, Or Porch 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 quandaries addressed by calling or texting 651-461-9226.  Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus shared on 4.3.21.  

When faced with roof replacement, one of the first questions homeowners have is how much the project will cost.  The answer to this isn’t as straightforward as one might imagine.  First, asphalt shingle style and color need to be considered.  Your home’s insulation and ventilation also need to be evaluated to see if upgrades are needed.  Without this, the lifespan of your roof may be lessened.  Many times, seamless gutters also need to be added and soffit and fascia needs repair.  This is why it’s wise to get estimates from reputable roofers to understand what your best option is and make an informed decision.

GAF Woodland® shingles in Tuscan Sunset

Roof Replacement Considerations

A reputable roofer can also help you understand the differences between asphalt shingles and metal roofing.  Quality metal roofs are accompanied with a lifetime warranty on the material and a finish warranty that spans 25 to 35 years.  If shingles are properly selected, such as those from GAF asphalt roofing, they can be accompanied with 50-year, non-prorated warranties that cover both labor and materials. Timberline® UHD with Dual Shadow Line proves to be a popular choice because its thickness enhances curb appeal.  Timberline® ArmorShield™ II Shingles combine the aesthetics of Timberline® shingles but are accompanied but are UL 2218 Class 4-rated, meaning they are designed to better withstand the impact of hail damage.  For homeowners looking to imitate the appearance of cedar shakes without the maintenance, GAF Glenwood® shingles are a popular selection.  These asphalt shingles are also impact rated for extreme weather, which should be of vital importance to homeowners in the Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin, where hail is prevalent.

See a Completed GAF Glenwood® Asphalt Shingle Roof:

Why Roofing & Insulation Installation Should Be Addressed Simultaneously

Homes that suffer from chronic ice dams frequently have attics that are tricky to insulate. They often benefit from the installation of a metal roof because the snow and ice do not accumulate on them.  The dirty secret about ice dams is that once they hit a home’s insulation, ice dams become more prevalent because the integrity of insulation has been compromised, allowing for attic frost formation to happen easier.  It’s worth noting that a metal roof is more labor intensive to install, but the price of asphalt shingles is more than most metal roofing products.

metal roof

Selecting The Right Front Door Installation

Prior to having a new front door installed, it’s imperative that you understand the popular materials that are available.  ProVia manufactures many different styles of front doors to fit any home’s architecture.  Both fiberglass and steel entry doors are available.  Regardless of the material, homeowners should strive for a multi-point locking system that can provide top-tier energy efficiency and security. Front doors aren’t used as often as other doors around a home.  As homes experience expansion and contraction throughout the seasons, a multi-point locking system will ensure that the door does not get out of adjustment.  It also provides optimum air infiltration ratings because the seal pulls the front exterior door tightly against the home.

ProVia Storm Door

Deciding On A Three Or Four-Season Porch Installation

Homeowners that are considering the installation of a three-season porch should also price it against the building of a four-season porch, which can be used year-round. The cost of exterior home  to retrofit a three-season porch can be two to three times as much than if a four-season porch has been initially built.

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Lindus Construction's Exterior Home Improvement Reviews:

"Lindus Construction added a landing and steps to our 2nd floor exterior deck. They completed sooner than promised and did an outstanding job. The materials used are top notch, the construction was done with very good quality, and they look beautiful while being very sturdy. Everything was to code and the post construction inspection found no problems. I'm glad I chose them!"

Mark M.
Brooklyn Park, MN
October 3, 2022

"Everything was great."

David B.
Turtle Lake, WI
June 18, 2022

"They created a back door and stairs...5 stars!"

Heather R.
Minneapolis, MN
July 23, 2022

"Lindus was great to work with. We couldn’t be happier with our new deck."

Todd M.
Woodbury, MN
May 5, 2022

"The roof looks beautiful!! The framing and the tiles are great and the gable vents look great too. I also *really* appreciate the clean up your folks did. Not all roofers are as tidy and this was VERY much appreciated."

Becca N.
Minneapolis, MN
May 3, 2022

"We've had 6 projects with Lindus (exterior doors, storm doors, bow, garden, casement, double hung windows and LeafGuard® Gutters). Each project was done very well and looks great. Our utility bills have been reduced and our house feels more comfortable."

Mike N.
Richfield, MN
February 2, 2023
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