Spring Home Improvement Guide

Lindus Construction’s COO, Andy Lindus guides Twin Cities homeowners through what they need to know about spring home improvement projects.

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For homeowners looking to improve the overall comfort and energy efficiency of their home, a heat map analysis performed by a reputable contractor can prove beneficial.  With the assistance of diagnostic tools such as smoke sticks, borescopes, blower doors, infrared imaging, or a heat map analysis can show where a home is losing energy.  Once this has been determined, the contractor can provide customized, long-term solutions that may include insulation, ventilation, and attic air sealing.

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For homeowners pondering a new maintenance-free deck, TimberTech® AZEK proves to be an optimum choice.  While it can be tempting to reuse deck framing and reface your decking, the preexisting framing is usually inadequate.

When using composite decking, it’s best practice to do one foot on center.  While composite decking is stronger than wood, it is more prone to expansion and contraction.  Being able to fasten the deck every foot vs. 16 inches or two feet is a solution that offers better peace of mind.

Composite deck on a brick home


When deciding about replacing the windows in your home, it’s wise to investigate the glass being used in them.  Cardinal Glass wins favor with contractors and homeowners alike because it utilizes a stainless-steel spacer. This type of glass is utilized in both double pane Infinity° from Marvin® and triple pane SeasonGuard windows.

When the internal temperature of these brands of windows are tested, the Infinity® from Marvin windows test warmer than the triple pane.  This occurs because Infinity® from Marvin windows have a wider glass pack.  Infinity® from Marvin windows also have lower condensation rates than other windows in their category.

Picture windows in a modern home

When interviewing potential window contractors, verify that their quote is for full frame window replacement.  This method allows them to fully inspect the rough opening for mold, mildew, and dry rot.

An advantage full frame window replacement has over insert windows is that the new windows are manufactured for the opening they are being installed in.  Quality window installers can also identify which windows are in the most urgent need of replacement and which can wait until the next phase of your project.

Another advantage to working with a seasoned pro is that they suggest a reliable window, like Infinity® from Marvin, that utilizes EverWood® Engineered Finish that can be stained to match a home’s pre-existing woodwork.  EverWood® also wins high marks for its close imitation of wood without the maintenance.


One of the most frequent inquiries roof installers receive is whether a hot roof or a vented roof is better.  The answer to this completely depends on the home.  The term “hot roof” describes any attic space that is unvented.

In this configuration, the attic is filled with insulationVaulted ceilings, often found in great rooms, typically have a hot roof, which acts as a preventative against ice dams.  To create a hot roof, a roof deck is often removed so that spray foam insulation can be applied to the entire cavity.

Another approach can be applying three inches of spray foam insulation before installing a metal roof over the top.    

Spray foam insulation being installed during a roof replacement by a Lindus Construction team member

If your roofing contractor is suggesting a vented roof, ask them to explain the type(s) of vents they are suggesting and why.  In some scenarios, multiple types of roof vents can work against each other, causing mold and dry rot to occur within a home.  Ventilation needs to have the proper 60/40 pull from the soffit or fascia vent area up through the roof.

Many homeowners opting for a new roof also choose to include VELUX sun tunnels as part of their project.

GAF asphalt shingle roof on a home

When considering shingles for your roof, GAF’s Timberline® HDZ™ is worth a hard look.  New to the market, Timberline® HDZ™ shingles are the first shingles in the marketplace offered with an unlimited wind warranty.

This is primarily due to the nailing pattern being used on the shingles in tandem with the manufacturing process.  Timberline® HDZ™ works exceptionally well on steeper roofs where gravity can work against shingles.  Even more impressive is the fact that shingle glue can activate at temperatures as low as 20°, which allows them to be installed throughout most of the winter months.

Contact us today to get started on your next home improvement project.

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 8:30 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement questions answered by calling or texting 651.461.9226.

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Lindus Construction Reviews:

"Totally satisfied with the job done."

Lyle B.
Hammond, WI
March 25, 2024

"Over the past 18 years and 4 separate major home improvement projects, Lindus Construction has exceeded every one of our family’s expectations on each of these projects. Whenever anyone invests in home improvement, the homeowner’s concerns ultimately center on several critical factors: the ultimate quality of the final product, ease of working with the firm, honest communication and relationships, craftsmanship of the employees, timeliness, service after the sale, and of course, a manageable investment cost. We are proud to say that the Lindus team has been an outstanding partner in improving our house’s function, appearance, and market value."

Jim G.
Chanhassen, MN
February 8, 2024

"Had my entire house equipped with new gutters. Tyrell, the foreman, was awesome. He contacted me before they started, went over their plan to ensure it matched my expectations and then got after it. He checked in a couple times to maintain our alignment on the project. When he was done made sure my place was clean and even hauled off old gutters. He’s the kind of guy you’d hire if you could. He’s that good!! Very very happy!!"

Andy B.
Hudson, WI
February 1, 2024

"Finally made the decision to get a covered gutter system and I have no doubt we came to the right place with Lindus. From the estimator to the office staff to the installation crew, work looks great, product used is high quality and the people working at Lindus and the crew, you are professional and skilled. The LeafGuard® looks great and we are confident we made the right decision on this home improvement."

Anne T.
St. Paul, MN
January 9, 2024

"It was an all day job that was done to perfection. My new exterior door is beautiful and the storm door is top-notch. The job turned out better than I imagined. Wow! The workers were courteous, cleaned up well, and ensured I knew the mechanics of my new doors. Would highly recommend Lindus to anyone."

Debbie L.
St. Paul, MN
January 4, 2024

"Crew was the best! Big thanks to Jake."

Crystal G.
New Richmond, WI
January 2, 2024
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