Secrets About the Most Popular Refrigerator Styles

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The first refrigerators produced for residential use came out in the early 1920’s.  They were approximately $700, which is crazy, considering a new Model T Ford cost $450.  Needless to say, ownership of one was once considered a luxury!  Nowadays, nearly all American homes have one refrigerator, and over 25% have two.  A refrigerator’s lifespan can last up to 17 years, which means the last time you may have bought one, Minnesota was sending a professional wrestler to the governor’s mansion and Ben Affleck & Bruce Willis were hitting the big screen trying to save the planet from a giant asteroid.  It goes without out saying that a lot can change in 17 years.  Here’s what you need to know about the most popular refrigerator styles.

Refrigerator Only

How to Spot One: This model does not contain a freezer.

Perks: Skipping the freezer saves you cash.  Foregoing the freezer also means that you’ve got more room for refrigerated space.  Self-installation is a breeze.

Drawbacks:  It’s very rare that you get away without a freezer in your home, so you’ll most likely need to purchase a chest or standup freezer.

Top Mount Refrigerator

How to Spot One: The freezer is located on top of the refrigerator and is accessed by its own door.  Created in the 1940’s, this style still remains popular today.

Perks: As a rule of thumb, this freezer is one of the most cost effective than other models.  It takes up less real estate in your kitchen than other styles.  Homeowners can easily install this type of refrigerator themselves.

Drawbacks: This type of refrigerator has less storage space.  Some homeowners shy away from them because they do not have a built-in ice and water dispenser in the door.

Side by Side Refrigerator

How to Spot One: The freezer is located on the left side and the refrigerator is located on the right side. 

Perks: You have your choice of a model with or without a water and ice maker located on the door’s exterior.  Homeowners with them like that the freezer and refrigerator are equally as accessible and that the food in each can be easily viewed at the same time.

Drawbacks: Compact models rarely exist.  If you opt for the water & ice maker in the door, additional plumbing will be needed.  This model has less refrigerated space than other types.  Some homeowners shy away from this style because there needs to be space on both sides for each door to open.

Bottom Mount Refrigerator

How to Spot One: The freezer is located on the bottom and is accessible through a separate door.

Perks: This style allows for more refrigerated space than a top mount freezer.  It’s also easier on your back because the refrigerated portion, which is used more often, is at eye level.

Drawbacks: Placing the freezer on the bottom increases the unit’s cost.  If an external water and ice dispenser is on your must have list, you’ll have to select a different style.

French Door Refrigerator

How to Spot One: The refrigerator is housed on the top with split doors and the freezer is located below.

Perks: The interior of this type of refrigerator is spacious.  A unique trait that sets this style apart from others is that you only need to open one half of the refrigerator at a time.  The refrigerator is at eye level which is convenient since that part of the appliance is used much more frequently.

Drawbacks: This type is often the most expensive. Some homeowners complain that the freezer isn’t big enough for a family.  Certain models house the ice maker in the freezer which monopolizes a lot of space.

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Hire a General Contractor or Be Your Own? That is the Question!

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One of the biggest choices you have when undertaking a new construction or large remodeling project is whether or not to act as your own general contractor or render the services of a professional. Many Americans face this decision without knowing the best route to take. We are going to give you some pointers that will help make your decision an easy one!

“I will save so much money being my own general!”

This is a loaded statement all in itself. If you are person who is highly organized, detail-orientated and are able to make clear decisive decisions, being your own general contractor may work out well. You also need to be highly knowledgeable about the materials and labor required, as you will most likely need to contact multiple companies, and the order in which they perform their work is crucial to the success of the project. You also must be available at a moment’s notice and be able to spend a lot of time at the site, which is not always feasible for working homeowners.

While in a perfect world, acting as your own general contractor could save you up to 30%, the ramifications of incorrect decisions that lead to the same work having to be completed twice could cost you even more overall. A more realistic savings approach to being your own general could fall in the 10%-20% if there are no hiccups.

Clear vision of the work to be done and the final product.

If you are planning on being you own general, do your homework by reading trade magazines, going to home shows, driving around neighborhoods getting inspiration and looking at floor plans. Houzz.com is a great place to start a vision board for your project. Another large part of the planning process is finding the right sub-contractors that fit your budget are easy to get along with and are insured. Always keep in mind that the lowest bidder may not be the best fit for your project.

This is where hiring a general plays a huge role in helping understand your vision and knowing the process(s) to make it all happen. They have experience with what works and definitely what doesn’t. They understand building codes, what products would best in certain situations, etc. They will also be able to address any issues that may arise regarding delays; materials and laborers better than you will be able to.

Financing your project

It’s a foolish decision to only explore your current financial institution for financing your project. It can be in your best interest if you are acting as your own general to take out separate loans for construction and then your final mortgage, allowing your construction loan to be more elastic if you need to take out more money. If you combine your construction loan and mortgage, you are locked into construction costs and if you go over by the normal 10%, you will be going back to the bank asking for another loan.

The bottom line

When deciding whether or not to be your own general remember that there are no guarantees, no matter how careful you think you are being and many things can go wrong from the subs you hired going bankrupt, material prices rising and even adverse weather. Our suggestion would be to hire a reputable general contractor to make sure that your new home improvement or building project goes perfect as planned.

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Signs Your Paint Color is a Fail

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Selecting the color of a room can be an agonizing decision.  After all, painting is a long, smelly, tedious chore.  The idea of selecting a color that forces you to repeat the process sooner than you’d like can be gut wrenching.  Anytime you change the color of a room, you’re impacting its overall appearance and the new look can take some getting used to.  Here are our top ways to tell if the color you painted is truly a flop and not just something that needs a couple days to get used to.

The Color Makes You Look Worse:  It’s imperative to select a color for bedrooms and bathrooms that are complimentary to your skin tone.  This is because these are the rooms that you typically get ready in.  If the color you select presents you in an unflattering way, it may be time to make a change.  The colors that help the most people look their best are those that play off of common skin tones such as peach, beige, tan and pink.

Your Lighting Concept is No Longer Enough: You know you’ve committed a faux pas when the only thing you changed about a room is the wall color and now suddenly, you find yourself needing to turn on lights more often than you used to.  In this case, the sin you’ve committed is painting a room too dark which will also make the space feel more cramped.  Rectify the situation keeping an accent wall of that color and painting the rest of the walls a lighter hue.

You Wear Your Sunglasses at Night: Figuratively, not literally!  However, if your new color has you shutting your blinds and dimming your lights you’ve taken it too far.  Before repainting all together, try a lower wattage lightbulb to see if you can make the problem go away.  However, you can void this lapse in judgment altogether by bringing several of the same paint sample cards home and hanging them on each of the walls in the room to see how you feel being surrounded by this color.  Better yet, buy a miniature sample can of the paint and apply to a small area of the wall to see how it looks and how you feel about it.

The Color Doesn’t Mesh With Your Accessories: It’s in your best interests to think of a room as a cohesive unit made of walls, light fixtures and furniture.  When updating the color of the walls, you’ve got to check and recheck that it will work with the components of the entire room.  Work backwards and make sure that the paint color matches furniture and flooring instead of forcing a color onto a wall that simply isn’t going to work.

The Paint Competes with the Rest of Your Home: Regardless of the size of your home, it’s important that the colors of rooms flow together in a natural way. Ignoring this fact is going to seriously affect the flow of your home and will be a distraction.

 

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Bathroom Sink Material Guide

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2015 is an exciting time to be remodeling your bathroom! Never before have there been so many choices available to homeowners in terms of colors and materials. Regardless if it’s a master or guest bathroom, you’ll need to select a bathroom sink. Not sure which material makes the most sense for your needs? Never fear; we’ve got the answers you need to make the right choice for your home.

Glass: Glass sinks are new to the bathroom sink arena, but are quickly becoming fashionable because they come in a plethora of colors and designs.  Although your first instinct may be to consider a glass sink as weak, they are surprisingly strong. A basin comprised of tempered glass should hold up to regular use, though dropping a heavy or sharp object into it may result in chips or scratches. Homeowners with hard water should know that irreversible damage can be caused by it through etching.

Stainless Steel: Though stainless steel is more common in industrial settings such as restaurants and correctional institutions, it’s still finding its way into residential bathrooms. Positive points about installing a stainless steel sink include they are lightweight, do not rust and are sturdy. A previous complaint about stainless steel was that it’s loud when water is running. This can be overcome by installing a stainless steel sink with hammered embellishments. This type of stainless steel sink will also disguise any scrapes or scratches, another issue that can arise with a stainless steel bathroom sink.

Concrete: Until recently, concrete was reserved for countertops instead of sinks. A reason this material is being sought after for bathroom sinks is because it’s very durable and can be dyed several different colors. Homeowners can appreciate that a concrete sink can come in a variety of sizes and can be used for both the countertop and the sink. It’s worth noting that concrete is not entirely maintenance-free; upon application, it must be sealed and the sealant must be reapplied approximately every 10 years. In the event that the sink becomes damaged, it most often can be repaired with very little effort.

Granite: Just as granite counters come in countless colors and finishes, so do granite bathroom sinks. Granite is a great material for a bathroom sink because it is highly resistant to cracking and scratching. It hold up well against staining and hot temperatures. A downside is that granite sinks need to be sealed after installation and will require annual sealings in order to keep it looking its best. Frequent cleaning is also necessary and care should be taken to avoid harsh cleaning chemicals and scrub brushes.

Porcelain: If you’re looking for an easy to clean bathroom sink, porcelain is a sure bet. Porcelain sinks also retain their color well and come in lots of shapes, shades and designs. They are a cost-effective option. On the flip side, porcelain sinks can chip or crack if a heavy object falls into the sink.

Enameled Cast Iron: These types of sinks are offered in a wide range of colors, clean up easily and resist chipping. This material can be desirable in a bathroom because it keeps hot water warmer than many other materials and can be a great spot to hand wash & soak delicate articles of clothing. Because this material is heavy, it’s important that the countertop it rests upon can support it. Do know that customized colors and shapes will cost you extra.

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Kitchen Sink Style Guide

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Besides your refrigerator, your kitchen sink gets more use than any other appliances in your kitchen.  Don’t fall into the trap of choosing a sink based solely on style because there are so many other features to consider.  Don’t be overwhelmed with choices; we’ve simplified the features of common sink styles to help you find your perfect match.

Undermount Sink-As the name implies, this type of sink attaches to a countertop’s underside.  A perk of this type of sink is that it’s easy to clean because it sits flush with your countertops.  A potential downside of undermount sinks is that they cannot be used with laminate or tile countertops because they cannot support the sink’s weight.  Undermount sinks are also more expensive to install than drop-in sinks.

Drop-in Sink-This style can also be referred to as self-rimming sinks.  Drop-in sinks are installed in a cut-out within a countertop and the edges are sealed off to prevent leaking and mold formation.  They are appealing because they are easy to install and replace without disturbing your countertop.  Because they’re typically single-piece, molded designs, there is minimal chance of leaking.  Generally speaking, they are the most cost effective option.  Due to the lip around the sink, a drawback to this style is that you can’t easily wipe food debris into the sink.

Farmhouse Sink-Primary characteristics of a farmhouse sink are an exposed front and a rectangular shape.  They are sought after because of their vintage charm.  Unlike other types of sinks that blend into your kitchen’s layout, farmhouse sinks can become a focal point in the room.  By design, farmhouse sinks are installed further forward than other styles.  The advantage to this is that less leaning is required when washing dishes, though because of the depth can lead to more splashing.  Farmhouse sinks are an investment because they are heavy and installation can be tedious.  Most require a specific type of base cabinet.

Corner Sink-This style of sink works well in small kitchen where every inch of space needs to be maximized.  It allows for long, uninterrupted stretches of countertops, which can be beneficial in a tiny kitchen.   On the flip side, corners in kitchens often have minimal natural light which can be irritating when you’re using your sink.  Additionally, corner sinks are often smaller than other types and may not be able to house larger pots and pans.   

Bar Sink- Like corner sinks, bar sinks are an excellent choice for a kitchen where counter space is at a premium.  However, they are unable to accommodate a large volume of dishes.  Bar sinks are usually less than 20 inches wide and work great for food prep or as a supplemental sink by a patio or in a bar.   

 

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Fixes to 9 Common Household Problems

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We have all been there, wondering how to clean or remedy a home issue that seems to never be solved. We have the answer to some of the toughest, most annoying, home issues that you are plagued with today!

Fingerprints on stainless steel appliances

Who doesn’t love stainless steel appliances in their home? But the problem that most consumers have is the issue with streaking and fingerprints. The simplest fix is to put some olive oil on a soft cloth and apply a thin layer to the surface. Voila! No more fingerprints!

Make your granite look shiny

Fill up an 1/8th of a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol, a few drops of Dawn dish soap and your favorite essential oil. Fill the rest to the top with water. Mix it up and spray away on your granite, or any counter-top, to give it a clean shine.

Squeaking wood floors

Sweep talcum powder into the joints of the floorboards to eliminate that rubbing together you hear.

Rust stains in porcelain sinks

Grab your toothpaste and cover the stain. Let it sit for about 10-15 minutes. Rub some baking soda on a soft cloth and work out the stain.

Streak free windows

The number one trick is to use newspapers instead of paper towels. Also using a 50/50 distilled vinegar and water mixture will work even better than Windex.

Have your whole house smelling fresh

Take a few drops of your favorite essential oil and drop it onto your furnace filter.

 Noisy, wobbly ceiling fans

Inspect your fan and tighten any loose screws. Make sure that the blades are aligned and secured with the other blades and if you still have issues, opt for a balancing kit.

Water spots on your showerhead

Mix 1/3 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of white vinegar in a plastic bag over your sink. Place the bag over your showerhead making sure it is submerged in the solution. Secure it to the showerhead with a rubber band or twist tie and let it soak for 2-3 hours.

Water marks on wood furniture

Use a dry cotton cloth and cover the water mark. Put a medium-hot iron on it for several seconds. If you still see the spot wipe the mark with cloth that is damp with denatured alcohol.

 Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard are a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.

 

Homeowner New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Commit To

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According to a New York Times article, one in three people making a New Year’s Resolution ill break it by the end of January.  That’s pretty pathetic, though understandable, statistic.  After all, change is tough and we often, in a fit of optimism,, and champagne bubbles, bite off more than we can chew on New Year’s Eve with spontaneous commitments to do better without a game plan.  In the spirit of improvements that you can follow through on, offer the following ideas:

Purge Clutter: Chances are you’ve acquired clutter because over the years you’ve accumulated a lot of stuff that you refused to part with because it might come in use “someday”.  We applaud your resourcefulness!  However, it’s a great idea to donate, sell or discard anything in your home that hasn’t been used in the last couple of years that is not an heirloom item.  To make this less overwhelming, pick one day per month and select a single room to focus on.  By the time 2016 hits, your entire home is clutter free!

Save Energy: Cringe less when you open your utility bill by making simple lifestyle changes.  Pledge to turn off the lights when you leave a room.  Utilize the programming abilities of your thermostat and put your television on a sleep timer when you go to bed for the night.  An even better option is getting a home performance test to identify where heat is escaping your home. Even if it’s outside of your budget to do every recommended improvement, you’ll be on the right track by at least knowing what needs to be done and what you need to invest to make this happen.

Check Your Home’s Exterior: As the age old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  Once in the spring and once in the fall, take a look at your home’s exterior.  Are there any cracks in the siding that could pose a long-term problem?  Do you see any shingle granules coming off your roof?  Are any shingles curling?  If you don’t want to get on top of your roof, stand on the ground with a pair of binoculars and focus in on your roof.  What about your gutters?  Are they free of debris?  Set yourself a calendar reminder so that this task does not get overlooked.  If you identify areas of concern, connect with an industry professional who can analyze the severity of the situation.

Make a List: It’s hard to improve your home without a strategic approach.  Get organized with a spreadsheet of every room in your home (don’t forget the exterior too!) and ways you’d like to improve it.  Give yourself deadlines in order to stay accountable.  Know you want to make changes but not sure what they would look like?  Websites like Houzz & Pinterest allow you to collect your ideas and put them in a central place to look at closer when the time for the improvement arrives.

 

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard are a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at http://lindusconstruction.com.Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.  

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Mold Issues In the Winter? Believe It or Not, It’s One of Its Favorite Seasons!

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Most homeowners believe that mold issues are a springtime situation, but in all reality winter is one of the best times of the year for mold to grow. Mold is naturally found all around us, in the air we breathe, outside and inside of our homes. The issue arises when mold begins to reproduce and their spores grow at a rapid rate. Mold can be killed most effectively by hiring a home remediation service that will eliminate it. Here are some pointers for mold prevention at home.

Excessive exposure to mold-contaminated materials can cause adverse health effects including, but not limed to:

  • Throat irritation
  • Respiratory problems (wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness & coughing)
  • Sneezing fits
  • Severe eye irritation including  red, watery itchy eyes
  • Intense nasal and sinus congestions
  • Severe fungal infection

How to keep mold at bay in your home:

  • Air circulation – make sure that the air in your home is being diverted by an exhaust fan when cooking, showering and washing dishes.
  • Clean it up – keep all areas of your home free of piled debris.
  • Wet basements – always replace cracked or defective mortar in your basement and make sure that you have proper outside drainage going away from your home.
  • Your crawlspace – proper ventilation and expelling humid air out of this area will avoid mold growth.
  • Insulate your pipes – make sure that your pipes in your home are properly insulated to avoid a leak that will cause rapid mold growth.
  • Condensation – if you see condensation on your walls, windows or pipes dry out the areas and determine what may be causing it.
  • Seals – check the seals on your doors and windows so they are in good working order.
  • Gutters – make sure that your gutters are always clean and free of debris.
  • Roof – if you have a damaged or leaking roof, get it fixed immediately and tarp or tent it until it can be properly remedied.

 

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard are a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.

 

Prefab Homes vs Traditional Homes

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What’s the Difference?

Unlike a traditional home that is built on your plot of land, a prefab home is built in a factory and transported to the homeowner’s lot in sections.  Do not confuse a prefab home with a trailer.  A
prefab home is placed on a foundation, meaning it can have a basement and a trailer cannot.

Codes

Because prefab homes can be built in one state and sold by a dealer in another, they are regulated by national codes.  When you build a home, you are subject to local ordinances. What does this mean for you?  Local codes take into account things like the need for additional protection for things like tornados and heavy snows.

Speed

Most people think that a traditional home will take longer to build than a pre-fab home.  However, a prefab home is not necessarily finished at a quicker rate because of long factory lead times.  Completion of either type of home is dependent upon a number of factors with the biggest being your builder.  One advantage to a prefab home is that it is built indoors, making its timeline less affected by the weather than a traditional home.  If you’re deciding between a prefab builder and a traditional contractor, be sure to get a definitive answer on the timeline between the start date and move in date.

Design

Prefab homes are built in a factory and come in template designs with the ability for you to select options such as cabinets, flooring and countertops from the company’s catalog.  An advantage to
working with a builder is that your home can come with more customized options especially when it comes to layout and homes with multiple levels.

Placement

If you’re looking at placing your prefab home on a lot that is controlled by a homeowner’s association or developer, you need to check to see whether they have rules against it.  While a HOA may have rules about colors or styles of roofing, siding, gutters, etc. you will likely have fewer hoops to jump through with a conventional home as opposed to a prefab home.

Pricing

One of the largest reasons that a consumer chooses a prefab home over a traditional one is belief that a prefab home costs less money.  The prefab industry is continuously coming out with new innovations which benefit consumers who wish to inject their personal taste into their homes.  Prefab homes come with a different set of expenses that traditional homes don’t have such as delivery, overhead and crane fees.  Because each circumstance is different, we encourage you to get estimates from both traditional contractors and pre-fab companies to make sure you’re comparing apples to apples.  Ask questions if you don’t understand something in the estimate and be sure to ask whether the bid includes everything or if they project additional expenses.

Sustainability

Being cognizant of your carbon footprint, especially on a project this large, is the socially and environmentally responsible thing to do.  While a number of companies, both traditional and
prefab, claim to be environmentally friendly, it’s important to do some homework.  Is the company you’re working with using high quality insulation, windows, roofing and siding?  Spending a little extra upfront can often save you in the future with a longer shelf life and reduced energy costs.  Consider that area companies will use less fuel than those traveling from greater distances and the fuel used to transport something as significant as a home.  Do your homework and select an option that makes the most sense for your situation.

Insurability

It’s short-sighted not to consider the cost of insuring your new home when deciding whether to go with traditional or prefab.  As a general rule, prefab homes have higher insurance premiums.  The reasoning is that prefab homes are likelier to suffer damage from storms, fire and frozen pipes.  As mentioned above, prefab homes are subject to national building codes which are less stringent than local ones.

Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate today. Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects.

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Getting Stuck on Stucco-What You Need to Know

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There are lots of factors that contribute to your home’s curb appeal and one of the most noticeable components is your home’s siding.  One of the more unique ways to side your home is with stucco.  Here’s a crash course on the benefits & drawbacks of using this product on your home’s exterior.

What it is: Stucco is a combination of cement, sand and lime that can be applied to the home’s exterior instead of traditional siding.

Advantages:

Fire Resistant: Stucco is recognized for its fire resistance, something that may result in lowered homeowner’s insurance premiums.

Insulation: Stucco is an effective insulator, helping to keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter, something that will keep your energy bills in check.

Versatility: You have endless choices when it comes to color and pattern.

Longevity: Stucco is renowned for its permanence and when carefully cared for, it can last for years to come.

Disadvantages:

Staining: When compared with other types of siding, stucco is more apt to show water & soil stains.

Installation: The installation of stucco is a strenuous process and the labor portion of the bill will be significant; this is not something that a weekend warrior should attempt.

Vulnerable to Water Damage: In order to keep stucco in the best possible condition, it should be kept moisture free.  It’s crucial that gutters and downspouts are properly placed in order to
ensure that water is diverted away from the home.  Windows & doors must be sealed tightly so that water cannot penetrate the stucco.

Cracking: Just as concrete does, stucco expands and contracts, leading to cracking.  This can be repaired but at an expense to the homeowner.

Lindus Construction is a full service construction and remodeling company boasting LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation & decking just to name a few. Give us a call at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out at www.lindusconstruction.com to set up a free no-obligation estimate. Tune into 830 WCCO every Saturday from 9a-10am with Denny Long & Andy Lindus for our Home Improvement Show!