Oct 16, 2021

Tips For Replacing Your Roofing, Windows, Or Doors

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 10.16.21.

A question that homeowners often ask about roof replacement is whether the old shingles must be removed. For what it costs to remove the old shingles and for how important the underlayment is to the longevity of the roofing, the removal of the old shingles is recommended.  Without removing the preexisting shingles, there is no way to tell if there is water damage or dry rot under the old shingles.

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Home roof replacement provides the opportunity to decide which roofing material makes the most sense for your project.  When installing a new roof, many homeowners decide to replace cedar shake with more maintenance-free options, including architectural shingles.  This is because cedar shake shingles require a significant amount of maintenance to keep them looking their best.  However, not all architectural shingles are created equal.  Every manufacturer has a heavier duty line of shingles.  It’s important to compare them to each other to make sure you’re getting a quality investment.  The shingles that Lindus Construction installs are accompanied with a 50-year, non-prorated warranty that covers both labor and materials.

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When installing a new roof, the weather should be taken into consideration.  If the plywood gets wet, it is possible that the insulation could have gotten wet.  When the insulation gets wet, it needs to be replaced. Plywood that gets rained on needs time to try before any new materials are installed on the roof.  When at all possible, a roof should be protected with tarping or underlayment before rain hits.

Learn More About Ice & Water Shield: 

While ice and water shield may not be required on all projects, (ex: an unattached, unheated garage) it can still be a wise idea to install it along the sidewall.  If the building is 2×4 construction, there can be heat loss along the sidewall.  This can lead to ice dam formation.  When it comes to the price of ice and water shield, it is wise to make the investment to protect your home, as its cost adds very little to the overall project price.  If the rake, or peak area of the roof is facing the direction that weather comes from, wind-driven rain can cause rot because the plywood was not protected well enough.  An adequate amount of ice and water shield allows heavy rainfall to safely exit the roof without causing rot.

When it comes to window and door replacement, homeowners often want to know if the frame needs to be replaced.  In most cases, it is wise to replace the frame with the door.  That’s because the window or door frame is most often the spot that water or air infiltration is addressed.  This does create a harder installation that includes trim work.  However, the overall result will be better.  There is very little money saved by reusing an old window or door frame.  Two popular entry door materials are wood and fiberglass.  While wood has better curb appeal, it has a lesser R-value.  Fiberglass doors also last longer than wood front doors.  Stainable steel doors are also worth considering.  This is because they can be finished with a woodgrain look.  Steel doors are also heavier than fiberglass doors making them easier to open and close.

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Twin Cities Roof, Window, & Door Replacement Reviews:

"This is our third project with Lindus and they continue to exceed expectations. This time it more windows and exterior doors. Really great job."

Mike N.
Richfield, MN
October 29, 2021

"Yesterday I had the pleasure of getting an estimate from Brandon. Lindus should be very proud to have him as a representative of their company. Brandon was knowledgeable, helpful.....and just a really nice guy!  I've had Lindus install LeafGuard® Gutters, GAF roofing and spray foam insulation in my attic. Always the workmen were professional and the jobs were done to the highest standards.  I highly recommend Lindus to all my friends as I can personally attest to the quality work that I receive."

Susan N.
Minneapolis, MN
September 12, 2021

"Had my roof just assessed for any old or new damage and Charlie gave it to me straight up, that I was all good, with the exception of a few nails up and some black-jack spot filling. Thanks Lindus!"

Pat W.
Eden Prairie, MN
July 26, 2021

"Great work! Lindus' crew installed 4 windows for my townhome. They were hard working, courteous, on time, and cleaned up after they were done. The windows look great, and I am thrilled with the result. I will be using Lindus for future projects!"

Sonja G.
Long Lake, MN
July 23, 2021

"Let everyone know at Lindus what a great operation you all work for.  We could not have picked a better company to do the work on our home.  Everyone we have had contact with has been first class and all are very much appreciated."

Steve & Melinda P.
Burnsville, MN
July 23, 2021

"Thank you for the excellent job by your crew!  We are very pleased with the result and appreciate the quality work they performed!"

Bob & Judy B.
New Brighton, MN
June 10, 2021
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