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 9.11.21.
When it comes to decking materials, the choices are limitless. For homeowners wanting real wood, Ipe, a Brazilian hardwood is a popular selection because of its beauty and density. When compared to cedar, Ipe has much more character. When properly maintained with an oil-based stain, such as Penofin, an Ipe deck can last as long as 50 years. Homeowners that want a maintenance-free material are often satisfied with TimberTech® AZEK® decking. Both can be installed with a maintenance-free railing. In terms of cost, Ipe is significantly more expensive than cedar decking.
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Many roofs, especially those in shaded areas, are prone to algae growth on the shingles. When this happens, it can appear shingles are missing granules or that there are black streaks or patches on the roof. Many homeowners falsely assume that this means they must replace their roof. Many times, the roofs can be cleaned to address the problem. When there are spots that are filled with algae and spots that aren’t, the spots that aren’t are often because they are positioned next to a roof vent. Vents have galvanized steel flashing which is accompanied with a zinc coating. When the zinc oxidizes, it prevents algae or mildew from forming.
Homeowners that have GAF asphalt shingles installed by Lindus Construction experience the ultimate peace of mind because they are accompanied with a 50-year, non-prorated warranty that covers both labor and materials. Even more impressive is that GAF offers shingles that are made with StainGuard Plus™ Time-Release Technology which alleviates the worry of algae growth on a roof.
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