How to Prepare for Gutter Installation, Spray Foam Insulation & New Windows

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 2.27.21.

Gutter Installation Options & Methods

A common misconception about gutter installation is that an entire home must be completed all at once.  In some instances, homeowners opt to have them installed on the highest points of their home, since those spots are the most dangerous to perform maintenance on.  However, once they see how well their seamless gutters are performing, it’s only a matter of time before they begin gutter replacement on additional areas of their home.  Without free-flowing gutters, home water damage quickly ensues.  For homeowners needing to divert water underneath sidewalks, drain tile systems are available.  Aluminum downspouts can also be outfitted with hinge kickers that can allow them to be folded up to make lawn mowing in these areas easier.  For homeowners wanting to collect rainwater to water their gardens with, rain barrels that collect water from the gutters’ downspouts can be used.

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Spray Foam Insulation Safety & Best Practices

Prior to having spray foam insulation installed in their homes, it’s critical that homeowners understand that they must evacuate their homes for approximately 24 hours.  As the foam cures, fumes are emitted that are harmful if inhaled.  This is a large reason why those that are installing the spray foam insulation are equipped with high-end respirators.  There are temperature restrictions that accompany spray foam insulation installation.  The area it is installed in must be conditioned to a minimum of 40 degrees so that the foam can adhere to the surfaces it needs to.

BONUS: Don’t let the common myths about spray foam insulation misguide you.

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Understanding The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient For Windows

Before installing new windows in your home, it’s wise to understand the basics of solar heat gain ratings.  Window contractors in the Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin often recommend using windows with Low-E  glass.  When the sun is lower on the horizon, the windows can absorb more of the sun’s energy.  In the summer months, as the sun gets higher on the horizon, the windows will reflect the sun’s energy, lessening the level of solar heat gain.

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"They replaced the windows in my house and did a beautiful job! A year later one of the windows had a leak during a rainstorm. They made multiple trips back to my house free of charge to make sure the window was no longer leaking! I couldn’t be happier with their warranty and services!"

Shane J.
Forest Lake, MN
August 31, 2022

"Professional, responsive and on the pricey side. They are expensive but you can feel confident in their product and service."

Paul S.
Golden Valley, MN
June 6, 2022

"I need to tell you how totally pleased we were with Lindus. The whole experience was top shelf!! Several neighbors have already asked about you guys and we’re happy to see endorse your company."

Judy L.
Minnetonka, MN
May 12, 2022

"They were contracted to insulate the garage ceiling which they did in a two-step process with both foam and blown-in insulation. They then returned to put up new gutters facia and soffits in a two day process that was professional, neat , and used materials economically."

Stephen G.
MInneapolis, MN
April 28, 2022

"We have been dealing with Lindus since 1996. We originally did two sides of the house with LeafGuard® Brand Gutters. After some tree damage in 2019, we added another section after repairing the tree damaged part. Due to more and heavier rainfalls lately, we have finally finished the whole house! Lindus has always been great to work with. If I ever have concerns they will come and remedy the problem. I would highly recommend their services and products!"

Steve B.
Bloomington, MN
April 27, 2022

"This was a gutter install. The initial meeting was prompt, professional & very thorough regarding the product, LeafGuard®. The product is a well thought out design with lifetime warranties. I believe it surpasses other designs, though more costly it met my need for quality, maintenance free & the warranties. The actual install was scheduled within a reasonable timeframe with updates via email. The two installers were prompt, notifying me of their arrival. They worked diligently in cold/wet weather to complete the job in one day. This was much appreciated. Lindus Construction was referred to me & I will be referring them to others. Very professional company."

Marilee W.
Prior Lake, MN
April 21, 2022
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