Feb 26, 2022

Twin Cities Home Improvement Advice

Lindus Construction’s COO, Andy Lindus offers tips on choosing windows, doors and roofing that will increase your home’s energy efficiency. As well as sustainable siding and decking materials that will withstand Twin Cities weather conditions.

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Upgrade Your Home’s Energy Efficiency with New Windows

Before having new windows installed in your home, it’s important to understand the solar heat gain coefficient.  This term refers to the amount of the sun’s energy that converts into heat as it flows through a home’s windows.  In Minnesota, it’s wise to have Infinity® from Marvin Windows installed.

The lower the sun is on the horizon in the winter months, the more solar heat gain a space experiences, particularly in southern-facing exposures.  This allows a room to be warmer in the winter months than what the thermostat is set at.  In the summer months, when the sun is higher on the horizon, the windows will reflect the heat, keeping a room from getting too hot.  It’s important to know that humidity levels should be in the appropriate winter ranges in order to prevent frost and condensation from forming on windows.

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The style of window or door installed on a home can have a deep impact on its energy efficiency.  For example, swinging doors tend to have lower air and water infiltration rates than sliding glass doors.  When it comes to windows, casement windows are the most energy efficient operable window available.  Picture windows, which do not open and close, are even more energy efficient than casement windows.  This is because of the lack of moving parts.           
Infinity Picture Windows installed in Twin Cities home

Stop Heat Loss with Roof Replacement

A home’s roof is an area where heat loss is prevalent.  This is why most roofing warranties are accompanied by a ventilation clause that stipulates the amount of ventilation needed for an attic.  When shingles are subject to excessive levels of heat, their lifespan can be lessened.  Homeowners should beware of any roofing contractor that’s not inspecting a home’s attic.  That’s because its condition is a critical component to the health of a roof.

Glenwood shingle roofing installed on Stillwater home

Choose Siding Materials Made for Your Twin Cities Home

The siding material a homeowner selects should take into consideration where in the country a home is located.  In the Twin Cities area, LP® SmartSide® wins high marks with homeowners and contractors.  The material is designed with water management in mind.  Special tools and hazmat suits are not required to work with the material.  The material is made locally in Two Harbors, MN and Tomahawk, WI.  LP® SmartSide® is offered in a variety of colors and styles to allow homeowners to custom-design their curb appeal.

LP SmartSide siding installed on Twin Cities home

Enjoy Outdoor Living Spaces with Composite Decking

Another building material that is gaining popularity in the Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin is Millboard® decking.  This composite material does not get overly hot and is not slippery.  Aesthetically, it’s as eye-catching as any decking on the market.  In terms of cost, it is comparable to the other major brands.

Millboard Enhanced Grain composite decking

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

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement questions addressed by calling or texting 651-989-9226. 

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Twin Cities Home Improvement Reviews:

"I just hired Lindus Construction to repair my roof. Their rep, Dylan, was very thorough, respectful and walked me through the entire project.  Keep up the good work!"

Denise L.
New Hope, MN
June 7, 2024

"This company is great. I have had siding, windows and LeafGuard® Gutters in the past. Just had the roof replaced. Great customer service. Would highly recommend."

Dennis J.
Prior Lake, MN
May 21, 2024

"It went well. Everyone was polite, capable, and effective. Questions were answered, and minor adjustments were made, at my request, quickly. All in all, very good experience working with Lindus."

Daniel T.
St Paul, MN
April 25, 2024

"I am very happy with the roofing and gutter system and it's largely due to your perseverance and communication with me for the project. There are always so many details in this work and I want to convey my appreciation to your management. I know why Lindus is a successful company. It's not just their product but more importantly their people."

Maureen C.
St Paul, MN
April 12, 2024

"Lindus Construction replaced our shingles on Monday. They did a fantastic job. They arrived at 7am and finished by 3pm. They did an amazing job and I would recommend them to anyone.  Just like anything in life. you get what you pay for and we are 100% satisfied."

Pat S.
Plymouth, MN
April 5, 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
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