Jun 27, 2020

Your Summer Guide to Windows, Roofing, Siding & Decking

Lindus Construction’s COO, Andy Lindus offers advice in taking advantage of the warm-weather days by pursuing an exterior renovation project, starting with tips on recommended materials.

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The Problem With Builder Grade Windows

A commonly misunderstood term in the home improvement industry is “builder grade”.  Many homeowners wrongfully assume that this designation means a product, such as windows, is exemplary.  In actuality, builder grade materials often barely meet code and have short shelf lives with limited warranties.  Surprisingly enough, most major window manufacturers offer builder grade lines, making it imperative that you do your due diligence on the windows you’re having installed in your home and fully understand the warranties that accompany them.

new SeasonGuard double hung window installed by Lindus Construction

American Made and High Quality Roofing Shingles

While windows can be installed year-round, roofing installations often must be paused during the winter months.  Noting this roofing manufacturer, GAF, created the Timberline® HDZ™ shingles.  Not only are these proprietary shingles eye-catching, but they can be installed at lower temperatures than many other shingles due to proprietary manufacturing techniques and how the product is nailed to a roof. Midwesterners also appreciate that GAF has a manufacturing plant in Minneapolis, MN, lowering transportation costs.  Homeowners that have GAF asphalt shingles installed experience the ultimate peace of mind because they are manufactured with a 50-year, non-prorated warranty that covers both labor and materials.

Timberline HZ Weathered Wood shingles installed on Twin Cities home

Understanding Your Siding Replacement Options

Homeowners in need of new siding are wise to compare materials to determine which is best for their home. Two popular options are LP® SmartSide® and Quality Edge steel siding.  Both manufactured in the Midwest, they complement a wide array of architectural styles.  It’s worth noting that not all LP® SmartSide® is created equally.  The product that it’s prefinished in is a major determinant in the overall aesthetics. Diamond Kote® utilizes a proprietary paint that’s long-lasting and scratch resistant.  

When researching finish warranties for siding, homeowners should be seeking out a minimum of a 35-year warranty.  Homeowners installing steel siding should be aware that it can shift throughout the seasons, creating a loud popping noise, particularly if the material has not been installed properly. The seams in LP® SmartSide® can also expand, so it’s imperative that your contractor is compensating for this during installation.

LP SmartSide siding installed on Twin Cities home

Decking That Withstands the Weather

It goes without saying that homes in the Midwest take a beating as the seasons change. For this reason, it’s important to select a reliable decking material.  TimberTech AZEK® wins high marks for durability and aesthetics.  An array of railing systems can be used to complete the deck’s look.  Popular materials include aluminum, wire, and glass.

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

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"We are extremely pleased with the work on the windows and the installers. The crew was very professional."

Don T.
Plymouth, MN
February 13, 2024

"We have an 80-year-old 2-story colonial. The shaker porch needed some serious help with the railing, floor, and drainage. The result is very nice, providing a good place for morning coffee."

Dale A.
Minneapolis, MN
December 18, 2023

"I used Lindus to right the wrong of no deck on the back of my house. From working with Dave Anderson on the sales side to Cory Maxon and his build team, every piece of the process was handled with professionalism and care. Cleanest jobsite I've ever seen! I had a great experience working with Lindus!"

Chris B.
Forest Lake, MN
December 12, 2023

"Lindus Construction did two projects for us: a siding project around the garage door and installing new gutters with LeafGuard®. Both teams were very professional and kept me informed on their progress. They were professional, courteous and on time while performing very high quality work. Very pleased with the work and highly recommend Lindus Construction."

Darold J.
Wayzata, MN
October 18, 2023

"From sales to customer service phone calls to installation, we had a pretty great experience with Lindus.  Gabe and his crew worked a siding project for us and we couldn't be happier with their work.  They were professional and cleaned up after themselves.  We look forward to not only finishing the siding with Lindus but also working with them on future projects."

Amy J.
Carver, MN
October 1, 2023

"The teams that installed our siding and replacement gutters did a great job and were hard workers. They completed the job in a timely manner, were respectful to our property, cleaned up well and thoroughly completed all of the requested tasks. Ben West helped solve several unique issues that came up during our siding installation and is an all-around great guy. Our sales guy, Jake Calleja, was always responsive and on top of everything. And, gave great design advice as well! Very happy with the results of this project." 

Nancy M.
Burnsville, MN
August 27, 2023
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