Oct 12, 2019

Winter Home Improvement Guide

Lindus Construction’s COO Andy Lindus answers Twin Cities Homeowners’ questions about winter home improvements.

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As the leaves begin to fall and temperatures begin to drop, a high frequency of homeowners begin to ask which improvements can be made year-round.  Contrary to popular belief, roofing can still be completed during the winter months, though extra steps must be taken to ensure that the optimum result is achieved.  This includes hand sealing of shingles at temperatures less than 40° to make sure they adhere properly in the cold temperatures.

Shingles must also be stored in a warm dry place until they are ready to install so that they do not become brittle and break.  Gutters can be installed until the roof ices up, making tear-off of the previous gutters an unsafe endeavor.  Siding can be installed throughout the winter months without issue.  Decking and porches can be installed in the winter if the footings are already in place.

Twin Cities home covered with snow

Winter Window Replacement & Leak Testing

Homeowners looking to create a more energy-efficient home will be pleased to know that windows and insulation can be installed year-round without issue.  Smoke sticks, black lights, digital microscopes,  infrared imaging, and blower doors can be used to determine where a home is leaking air.

Blower doors work by changing the pressure of a home. They work by magnifying any air leaks within the home by 10%-20%. During the test, a home’s furnace must be shut off so that it does not interfere with the diagnosis.  This type of test works best when the outdoor temperature is vastly different than the indoor temperature.  Battery operated smoke sticks use water vapor to provide a visual as to which way the air flowing throughout the home.

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The Stack Effect

Many times, homeowners assume drafts are associated with their windows, when in fact, the stack effect is to blame.  Air being drawn down from the attic through the walls can feel like leaky windows, when it’s really subpar insulation and ventilation to blame.  Attic air sealing is the best way to fix this problem.  In this process, the insulation is pulled away from the edges of the attic, spray foam is applied around the entire edge and then the insulation is put back.  Additional insulation to bring the attic to a R-50 may be needed to help decrease the risks of ice dams.

 Lindus Construction worker installing blown-in insulation in a home

When it comes to replacement window installation, it’s imperative to select a product that matches the climate you live in.  In the Midwest, there are two brands that offer the ultimate peace of mind.  Infinity® from Marvin replacement windows are manufactured with Ultrex® fiberglass, which is lauded for its stability.  Warranty claims for this product are all but unheard of.  SeasonGuard triple pane windows are exclusive to Lindus Construction and are accompanied with a lifetime warranty that even covers glass breakage.

Contact us today to learn how Lindus Construction can make your home more energy efficient.

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 answered by calling or texting 651.461.9226.

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"We had 20 windows replaced … we went with triple pane windows. Lindus did a great job for us. They were very efficient and cleaned up after the job was finished."

Gary Z.
Mendota Heights, MN
December 14, 2023

Have had Lindus Construction out to my house to replace some old windows with SeasonGuard windows, and twice to install insulation in my attic. All three times the Lindus Construction team has been professional, courteous, and their attention to detail is outstanding. Just hired LIndus Construction to install new gutters on the house and I have no doubt that this experience will be as good as my previous experiences. Kudos to the Lindus Construction team!!"

John L.
Brooklyn Park, MN
November 4, 2023

"Randall Bowman and an attic insulation crew attended to my Somerset, WI condo in Oct. 2023.  They were ahead of schedule, very conscientious about not causing any damage or mess in the house. Very conscientious about not blocking traffic for my condo development neighbors. And, they were very efficient-- finishing earlier than they estimated. I would highly recommend Lindus Construction and the two insulation company they contract with."

Deb M.
Somerset, WI
October 12, 2023

"I thought it went very well!  No issues."

Brian B.
Ramsey, MN
August 24, 2023

"Great job! Kept us informed! Also, was very considerate. Made sure everything was cleaned up at the end of the day and took care to always wear masks around us, since my wife is immune compromised."

Dave G.
Maplewood, MN
June 26, 2023

"We had Matt Puhl come out and talk to us about some windows. He was extremely knowledgeable and helpful.  Jake and Jim were the guys that came out and installed all of our windows and did a marvelous job. They were clean, courteous and took a lot of pride in their final product and it showed, so much in fact that I bought the guys lunch! I knew that Lindus was top quality products, what I didn't know was that it was such great service."

Jeremy J.
Hudson, WI
May 18, 2023
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