Dec 26, 2020

A Word About Winter Insulation & Window Installation

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.  Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 12.26.20.

Winter brings an array of home ownership challenges.  Ice dams, created from heat loss on your roof trap standing water that will eventually back up into your home’s attic causing mold.  Another problematic issue is the stack effect which happens due to inadequate attic ventilation.  This can be remedied through attic air sealing which will cause your home’s furnace to run less, creating a lower variance in the temperatures in rooms throughout your home.  Attic air sealing also lessens the likelihood of ice dams forming on your roof.  Experienced contractors utilize diagnostic devices, such as blower doors, infrared imaging, and borescopes to understand where a home is losing energy.

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Insulating homes with vaulted ceilings can prove challenging because there rarely is enough space to install the proper amounts of cellulose and fiberglass insulation. To allow for more living space, a hot roof can be installed.  By definition, a hot roof is any roof that does not contain venting.  It’s important to understand that some shingle manufacturer warranties can be voided if a hot roof is installed on a home.  This is because an unvented space can lead to shingles and roofing deteriorating at a faster than normal pace than a vented or conditioned space.  Ice dams, leaking, and inadequate insulation are further disadvantages of a hot roof.  For these reasons, not all municipalities allow for the installation of hot roofs.  A better way to install a story and a half home is to remove all the roof decking, fill up the entire cavity with spray foam insulation, go up the wall with ice and water shield, and then install step flashing.

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If condensation is occurring on your home’s windows during the winter months, it’s wise to verify whether your home humidity levels are too high or if the window has reached the end of its lifespan.  Prior to committing to home window installation, it’s important to understand the full details on the material being used.  Wood, vinyl, and fiberglass windows all experience different expansion and contraction rates.  Places this especially holds true is the Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin because of the extreme temperature ranges the area experiences.  Infinity® from Marvin windows are comprised of Ultrex® fiberglass.  It is specially manufactured to experience lower rates of expansion and contraction, eliminating the worry of seal failure and window frost.  Beware of any windows labeled as builder grade, as they’re often built to minimum building code specifications, with shortened lifespans.

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Lindus Construction Window & Insulation Reviews:

"Arranged to have our installation completed while we were out of town. Our neighbors said the install crew was fast, neat and cleaned up after install."

Mike N.
Richfield, MN
November 20, 2020

"They sprayed foam in my 110-year-old attic to provide a vapor barrier and then added cellulose over the top.  My contacts with them were always professional and courteous.  They cared about keeping me happy.  I didn't hire them because they are a bargain, but because they do quality work!"

Harold F.
Minneapolis, MN
November 6, 2020

"Have used the company for both windows and LeafGuard® projects, Great products, sales staff and installers. Highly recommend."

Dennis F.
Eden Prairie, MN
September 11, 2020

"I had your windows installed in our home last week and they are great. Chris Meyers did a excellent job. He cares about the customers and his work. I told a few people about Lindus and highly recommend their windows and said ask to have Chris Meyers to install them. Nice product, Lindus.  The city inspector was impressed with the quality work and cleanliness by Lindus and gave Lindus more respect than any other company."

Daniel N.
Coon Rapids, MN
August 27, 2020

"A big thank you.  I am so happy to have good insulation in the basement."

Ruth P.
St. Louis Park, MN
May 19, 2020

“Thanks to all involved for a job well done!”

Rich B.
Fridley, MN
April 1, 2020
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