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Deck Staining 101

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Inspect Your Deck

One of the first things you need to do when refinishing your deck is an inspection looking for any loose boards, cracks or structural component problems such as rotting or severely split wood. If you need to replace any of the boards make sure to pick the same type of wood you used to build the deck.

Clean Your Decking Area

Do not skip this step thinking that you are saving time.  The last thing that you want to happen when you are investing time and money into restoring your deck is to inhibit the stainingprocess. Take steps to remove embedded dirt, fungus and stains.  Power washing is a great way to get all of the foreign elements off your deck. Keep in mind that power washing your deck will either quickly deep clean it or quickly ruin your deck. Using a power washer can gouge your wood decking if you are not careful. Be sure to try and use as low a pressure as possible while still being effective. For soft wood like cedar or pine you should be at about 500 to 600 psi and for harder woods you may go higher but not more than 1200-1500 psi. You need your deck to be dry in order to apply the stain correctly so wait about three days for it to completely dry out.

Sanding the Rough Surface

After your deck is dry you might notice wood fibers which could cause splinters. You can easily accomplish sanding your deck by using an orbital sander. Make sure to do your homework on what grit of sandpaper to use. If you are using a fine grit it might restrict the stain from penetrating and soaking into the wood properly.

Choosing the Right Type of Stain 

One of the most important decisions you will make when refinishing your deck is your choice of stain. If you make your decision based on price you might end up being disappointed with the labor you have invested in your project only to find out that your deck will require rework much sooner than anticipated. There are four types of stain out on the market to choose. They are:

  • Clear stain – has the shortest lifespan of the three stain categories and will allow the grain and texture of the wood on your deck to be totally visible. Clear sealers do not have any pigment in them so you will need to add extra protection. Pigment in stain is what protects your deck from UV rays and helps prevent graying. Clear sealers can dissipate in just a few short months causing you to refinish your deck more often.
  • UV Resistant Clear Wood Finish – container UV blocking chemicals that provide protection from the sun and also offers waterproofing capabilities. This is still considered a clear deck stain, but it will last 2-3 times longer than most regular clear stains. A UV resistant clear stain will need to be reapplied to your deck about every 1 to 2 years.
  • Opaque stain – provide very little of the grain and texture of your wood to show through. Using a product such as this has a downside and the stain most likely will peel away. This product would be considered more like paint. The upside is that this type of stain only requires refinishing about every 3 to 4 years.
  • Semi-transparent stain – This type of stain will give a tint to your wood but still allow you to see the natural grain and texture. It is most appealing to people due to the fact that it allows the natural of the beauty of the wood to shine through. Semi-transparent stain has the lowest maintenance of all four types only requiring reapplication every 3 to 5 years. Penofin® Verde staining products are the first of its kind and are 100% sustainable with no heavy metal compounds, odors and is a petroleum free oil finish. This product is most appealing because of its safety for use around children and animals. Verde uses green technology and materials which are made from sustainable plant based ingredients. This product exceeds all air quality standards and meets LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) criteria for Green Building. It will dry to the touch within four hours and the finish provides 99% UV protection to your decking area. Penofin® Verde uses the highest quality Brazilian Rosewood and other natural oils combined with select vegetable ester solvents and VOC pigments which results in a finish that is a durable as it is esthetically appealing. If you are considering refinishing your deck for the summer this would be the product to use. You are going to get the best bang for your buck and also know that you are doing your part in the green movement.

Would you prefer not to tackle staining your deck yourself? We have got you covered and can make that happen! 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.

 

Is Your Roof Past Its Peak?

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It’s imperative to keep your roof in good working condition because it protects your home and its contents from rain, snow and sunlight.  Because your roof is a complex structure exposed 24/7 to nature’s elements, there are a variety of issues that occur with it.  It’s important to address small problems before they lead to larger ones.  Early spring, after the snow is melted off the roof is a great time to access your roof to see if replacement or repair is needed.  Below are details on common roofing issues and what their presence can suggest:

1-Buckling Shingles: This can occur when new shingles are placed on top of old shingles or the roof was not properly installed.  It can also be a sign of poor ventilation.  When the shingles buckle, it means that moisture is underneath them.  This can often signal that a whole new roof is needed.

2-Water Spots on Your Ceiling: Discolored spots on your ceilings are caused by leaks in your roof.  The damage doesn’t stop with the unsightly spots.  Left ignored major damage can occur and a homeowner can be forced to also replace their ceilings and/or drywall.

3- Curling Shingles: There are several reasons this can happen.  One is that the roofer disregarded the manufacturer’s nail per shingle recommendations.  If a roof is inadequately insulated, moisture may build up in a home’s attic.  Because it needs to go somewhere, it will slowly become trapped between the underlayment and shingles.  Each shingle has an adhesive strip that connects it to the row below it.  If that strip, called back coating, is not properly attached to the row below it curling can occur.  Weather elements cause your roof to expand and contract.  During this process, the nails holding your shingles down can be forced upwards which can cause shingles to curl.

Curling Shingles

4- Roof Rotting: Roofs begin to rot when the shingles have absorbed moisture all the way to the core.  This is a serious matter and should be addressed as quickly as possible by a roofing professional.

5- Missing Shingles: This problem often occurs in the spring and cast be the result of high winds, ice and snow damage.  Another possibility is that shingles were not installed correctly.  Regardless, it’s important to call a roofing professional to get your roof back to its original condition.  An untrained person trying to do this on their own can incorrectly replace the shingles which can cause your roof to leak.  

6-Missing Granules: When a roof is first replaced, it’s normal to have some granules (small ceramic coated rock specs that cover an asphalt shingle’s surface) dislodged from the shingles.  However, if this continues, your roof’s lifespan will be greatly decreased because the asphalt on your shingle has been exposed to weather elements.  If you are noticing this problem on an older roof, it’s likely that it needs to be replaced. 

7- Blistering: Blisters which look like bubbles just under the surface of your shingle’s granules are caused by moisture trapped in a shingle.  The shingle may not need to be replaced until it breaks open.  Once a shingle breaks open, it may become discolored and water leakage may become as issue.

8- Flashing that is damaged: Roof flashing is a piece of sheet metal placed on the joints in a roof to keep water from seeping into the structure.  It is installed before the shingles.  Flashing that has not been installed correctly or is damaged can cause leaking.  In some cases, flashing is able to be replaced in the damaged area only.

Lindus Construction offers both metal & asphalt roofing systems.  In 2011, they were recognized by GAF (North America’s largest manufacturer of commercial and residential roofing) as the #1 GAF Roofer in the country.  Lindus Construction’s successes of past recognitions include winning all 6 of GAF’s excellence awards in 2011 & 2010.  Only the top 3% of all roofing contractors have qualified as Master Elite™ contractors.  To become a factory-certified GAF Master Elite™ roofing contractor, companies must be fully licensed, adequately insured, have a demonstrated reputation for providing quality roofing services and be committed to on-going professional training.

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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Start on your Deck Project Now So You Can Enjoy It All Summer

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What Style of Decking Fits You Best?

When it comes to decking, you have a larger array than ever before and your options are far more varied than using just plain wood. Here are some options of decking materials to consider.

  • Pressure Treated Lumber – This is the most economical approach; it is the number one decking material sold today and you can pretty much find it anywhere across the US. The drawback to using this material is that it has a tendency to crack, split or warp over time.  It also has the highest maintenance of any decking product because you will need to stain or use a wood preservative every two to three years.
  • Redwood & Cedar – Contain tannins and oils that make them naturally resistant to rotting and decay. You will notice this material is very rich in color and has natural beauty compared to pressure treated lumber. This product is going to cost you about three times more than pressure treated lumber and you will have to treat it every three to four years.
  • Tropical Hardwoods – Are comparable in price to Redwood and Cedar lumber. Tropical hardwoods like Mahogany and Ironwood are extremely hard, resistant to insects and very durable. A downfall of this product is that it can be difficult to drill and cut and they do not accept stain very well. It does however work well with clear wood preservative that you will have to re-apply every three to four years.
  • Composite –Using composite decking, such as the TimberTech brand, will provide you the look and feel of real wood without the maintenance. This is an innovative hidden fastener decking system which is so durable it is fire resistant. This composite decking will provide you many years without the work of painting, staining or sealing while it maintains its color and beauty. TimberTech’s warranty offers 25-years of coverage and can be transferred to a second homeowner, which is a great selling feature.  TimberTech incorporates as many sustainable materials into their products without sacrificing quality and is a proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council. Composite decking additions are estimated to produce roughly 70% ROI when you choose to install this material at your home. You will also have the option of choosing from dozens of deck and rail color combinations or even mix and match to get the perfect look.

Location, Location, Location! Choosing the Right Site for Your Project

Where you decide to build your deck is one of the most important things to consider. There are a lot of factors that you need to contemplate instead of just choosing somewhere at the rear of your home.  There are no rules that say a deck has to be attached to your home. All of these elements below can affect the design of your deck and help you make a decision where to build it.

  • Evaluate the terrain of your yard – If you are dealing with a fairly level surface your building project will most likely not be that complicated. Uneven terrain, where you might be dealing with more slopes, you will have to consider grading the area or possibly constructing a retaining wall. If you prefer the look of an uneven surface and that it provides more of an aesthetic value you could put large posts down the slopes and build a multilevel deck to accomplish this look.
  • Weather pattern at your site – Assessing how the weather will play a role in entertaining on your beautiful new deck is very important. During your planning process make sure to take note regarding how much sun hits the site. You might decide that an area closer to natural shade, such as trees or shrubs, would be a better fit.
  • Is the area functional for what you intend to use it for?– If you are planning on entertaining a lot on your new deck is it close enough to your home, pool or grilling area. The last thing that you want to do when hosting a party is have to trek a long distance for supplies.
  • What do you see when standing in the area of the site – An eyesore such as a busy road, staring into your neighbor’s home or being blocked from the view you had intended could hinder the use of your deck.
  • What type of soil do you have? – There are limitless types of soil that affect where and how you build your new deck. If your soil has a sandy base it is great for your landscaping endeavors, but building codes may require that you pour concrete footings. Clay based soil can produce more runoff and you will need to put in a drainage system to divert the water away from your deck.

Protection from the elements

Just like we put sunscreen on ourselves you need to shield your deck as well. The sun’s rays can break down the material on your deck which can cause incredible damage. If you chose to work with lumber decking instead of composite, you will need to stain and seal your new deck to avoid rot, which is caused by excessive moisture leading to mold and collapse. Make sure to hose off your deck in the spring and fall. If you live in an area that experiences winter months remove leaves and twigs on your deck as soon as you can to avoid deterioration in any way.

Don’t Forget Your Building Permit

If you are attempting to build a deck as a do-it-yourself project make sure that you read up on the local codes. The last thing that you want to do is have to rip up your beautiful deck you spent all summer building because you did not acquire a permit. Contact your local county or city website to apply for a permit and most of these websites offer the forms online to make this process easier than ever before.

Would you feel better having a professional make your dream deck a reality this spring so you can entertain all summer? We can make that happen! 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.


 

Home Remodeling Projects That Can’t Wait

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It can be tempting to put off home improvement projects because of financial constraints.  However, there are some issues that if not addressed can lead to thousands of dollars in replacement & repair costs. 

Roofing Issues: It’s important to address minor roofing issues before they become significant.  Calling a professional doesn’t mean you have to replace your roof; it simply allows you to make an informed decision.  If you’re noticing leaking, loose shingles discolored spots or bald faced patches connect with a professional ASAP.

Windows & Doors That Produce Drafts:  In addition to making your home less aesthetically appealing, old windows & doors that produce air leaks are a major drain on your energy bills.   A single drafty window can be like having a hole in your wall the size of the brick.  Having multiple windows and doors that produce drafts can quickly affect your pocketbook.    

Runaway Rainwater: A gutter’s purpose is to control the flow of rainwater from your roof to the ground and away from your home.  Not controlling rainwater can damage your home’s exterior, lead to soil erosion and affect the integrity of your home’s landscaping.  An additional benefit of gutters is that they can ward off insects in your basement or crawl spaces.

Insulation: Insulation helps regulate the temperature of your home by controlling the amount of heat lost & gained.  This allows your home to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.  Without insulation, half of the energy used to regulate your home’s temperature is lost.  Upgraded insulation in your home will add to its comfort level while allowing you to save on energy bills. 

Faucets & Toilets That Leak: The longer you allow a leak to continue, the worse the situation is going to be.  Ignoring a leak means you’re allowing money to go down the drain.   Monitor your water bill each month; if you notice a significant jump but haven’t increased the amount of water you’re using, it’s time to a call a professional  because you may have ahidden leak.

Electrical Issues: If the culprit isn’t a light bulb nearing the end of its lifespan, it’s important to connect with a professional.  Flickering lights can imply your current wiring was improperly done or is wearing out in some spots.  Ignoring this issue can lead to a house fire. 

Sump Pump: It’s important to inspect your sump pump regularly to ensure it’s in good working order.  This includes checking the batteries; it’s also a good idea to have a plumbing professional check it on an annual basis.  A sump pump that malfunctions could flood your home and cost you thousands of dollars in damages. 

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.

THEY’RE BACK…Box Elder Bugs and Asian Lady Beetles!

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Box Elder bugs and Asian Lady Beetles have come out of the woodwork this time of year. Due to our warm fall and early spring, this year they are extra active.  Box Elder bugs and Asian Lady Beetles don’t just magically appear in your home – they have to get in somehow. The best way to prevent these bugs from coming onto your property and in your home is to reduce access points that they try and invade.

During the fall, as weather cools, these insects may crawl under your siding or shingles and get into wall voids and attics.  They will figure out a way to shimmy into the smallest cracks and also may enter near your foundation. Box Elders and Asian Lady Beetles are really harmless to your property – they are more of a nuisance than anything. They can stain your curtains and walls if they are in abundant quantities in your home and Asian Lady Beetles also have been known to nibble, nip or pinch humans. The smallest crack in your foundation or the most miniscule gap between your windows and your windowsills can give them access. Take the time to completely seal your home and they won’t be able to get in at all.

Home Invasion Prevention Tips

  • Install tight-fitting door sweeps or thresholds at all exterior entry doors.
  • Replace and repair damaged doors and window screens.
  • Seal cracks around windows, doors, siding, utility pipes, vents, light fixtures and air conditioners. Use weather stripping or a good quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk. Larger gaps can be sealed with spray foam insulation, glass or stainless steel wool.
  • Around garage doors, install a rubber seal rather than vinyl, which seals poorly in cold weather.
  • Install insect screening over attic and exhaust vents to prevent entry.
  • Keep lights off at night near doors that may be opened since these bugs are attracted to lights.
  • Rake leaves and unnecessary weeds and grass adjacent to your home, on decks, patios and in your driveway.

If you are like many of us you already have these insects invading your spaces and there are alternatives to synthetic insecticides you can use to get rid of them. The mixture is either ½ cup laundry detergent or vinegar in one gallon of warm water. Then pour this into a spray bottle. You will want to test your mixture first on an inconspicuous spot before applying it to the entire area. The reason for doing a test patch is because it might stain certain materials such as cedar and other siding. You can then apply this onto the bugs as often as necessary. This mixture will only affect the bugs that are sprayed and not prevent them from returning to the entry site.

Lindus Construction is proud to offer spray foam insulation that will help seal cracks to prevent these nuisances from getting into your home.  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.

 


The Facts on Do-It-Yourself Home Demolition

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If budgets are of a concern during home remodeling projects, a perceived method of saving money can be handling home demolition yourself. We’ve all seen the home improvement shows where a team of professionals demolishes an entire home in the course of a day.  It even looks fun to take your aggressions with a mallet on the cabinetry you’ve loathed for years.  However, there are several reasons why it’s best to leave it to the professionals.

1) Dangers involved- Unknowingly opening up drywall that houses electrical wires or pipes could have disastrous consequences to both you and your home.  Many people don’t realize it, but the dust created from drywall during the demolition process can make your breathing strained or irritate your eyes.  Additionally, inhaling lead paint or insulation dust can cause abnormalities in your respiratory system. 

2) Mistakes that damage your home-Wall removal is something that should be attempted by a professional.  There are some instances when a wall holds up others or contains electrical wiring or piping that services multiple levels of your home.  A professional can assist you with the most logical solution for rerouting wiring or plumbing so that a wall that you wish to have removed can be done so in a safe manner.  An additional benefit of hiring a home improvement contractor is that they are licensed and insured.  This will prevent you from incurring the costs in the unlikely event that damage occurs.  A reputable home improvement contractor has experience addressing most issues that may arise.

3) Time involved-Taking on the task of home demolition by yourself can take days, even weeks.  With the assistance of a home improvement contractor and their team, the process will be much more efficient.  This will allow you to get your entire home restored to livable conditions as quickly as possible.    

4) Unexpected obstacles- Every demolition is sure to have its share of “surprises”.  It is not uncommon to find a floor or roof with multiple layers of covering, particularly in older homes.  Incorrectly addressing these issues can cost you time and money.

5) Purchasing the correct supplies can add up- Professionals who are familiar with demolition have the correct tools for the job.  The added expense of purchasing tools can ultimately take away from your bottom line which was the reason you decided to embark on the process in the first place, right?

6) Inexperience-Home demolition is more than just taking swings with your sledgehammer.  It is a process that requires specific methods to be followed to ensure that the job is done correctly the first time.  Anything else will cost you time and money, or worse damage to your home that cannot be reversed.

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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Support Sustainable Living by Installing Environmentally Friendly Lighting Solutions

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A green home uses less energy, water, and natural resources; creates less waste; and is healthier for the people living inside.” States the U.S. Green Building Council  

Would you like to save on your energy bills and at the same time enjoy abundant daylight that brings out the natural beauty of your home? Natural sunlight is one of the most effective healing agents that exist by increasing the production of endorphins and serotonin in your brain which is a natural mood booster. Installing a Sun Tunnel in your home will allow you to enjoy this natural resource in a sustainable way.

The VELUX Sun Tunnel skylight is optically engineered to capture light through a high impact dome on the roof. The light rays travel through a highly reflective tunnel, transmitting a pure natural light with no color shift. The diffuser assembly at the ceiling distributes natural light evenly into the room while limiting bright spots and glare.

Places in your home you will benefit from installing a Sun Tunnel

  • Closets
  • Hallways
  • Stairways
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Laundry Rooms

VELUX, provided to you by Lindus Construction, have been around for the last 65 years and their company was founded on a vision of daylight, fresh air and increasing your quality of life. VELUX is consistently rated the #1 skylight in the industry by builders, remodelers and architects. Quality is a major priority at VELUX which is represented by an industry first 10-year “No Leak” warranty. Installing an ENERGY STAR® qualified VELUX Sun Tunnel today will decrease your carbon footprint by about 7-15% compared to non-qualified products.

Positive effects a Sun Tunnel will add to your home

  • Reduces energy costs, energy consumption and the demand for unsustainable power
  • Makes your interior spaces appear larger
  • Will increase your homes sales appeal
  • Brings the outdoors in
  • Balances the light in the room, reducing glare and transforming living areas into more open, safer spaces

Lindus Construction is proud to offer VELUX Sun Tunnels and Skylights.  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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Relating to Your Contractor

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When working with a contractor communication is the key to ensure the parties involved are all on the same wavelength in terms of expectations and budget.  Working with a contractor doesn’t need to be a daunting experience.  Here is advice on how to ensure that the experience runs as smoothly as possible: 

Be Specific With Your Work Plan

Prior to seeking out bids, it’s important to have a clear sense of the work that you want to have done.  This will ensure that your estimators represent the same work from each company so you are comparing apples to apples.  Once you select a contractor, reiterate the work that is to be done.  Make sure you are both on the same page in terms of project timeline, budget and work to be done.

 Be Present for the Estimate

It is to your benefit to meet with an estimator to discuss the scope of your project.  During your meeting, you can share your vision, learn more about their company and allow them to address any concerns you have.  Because most contractors supervise multiple jobs, being available to meet with them, rather than playing phone tag will ensure a more efficient experience.  A meeting will also allow them to take measurements and ask questions prior to providing you with a bid.  Be mindful that a bid can take anywhere from a day to a few weeks, depending on the scope of your project.  Putting together a bid requires a contractor to contact their vendors to determine cost of materials and estimate the time needed to complete a project.

Inform Contractors Who Submitted Bids of Your Choice

Yes, this means telling those that you didn’t go with. No one likes being told no, but not receiving an answer is worse than getting told no.  While they’ll ultimately figure out that you have chosen someone else after not hearing back from you in a few weeks, they will be more likely to submit bids for future projects if you show that you respect their time.

Honor Contract Terms

Just as you expect a contractor to adhere to quotes and project timeline, it’s important that you supply payment on the date(s) promised.  It goes without saying that if your employer was lax with your pay date, you would become frustrated.  The same concept applies to your contractor.

Allow Your Contractor to Do the Job You Contracted Them to Do

If you’ve verified your contractor’s credentials and references and have them under contract, you have done your homework to ensure that they will finish the job to your specifications. 

If you’ve been pleased with your contractor’s work, it’s important not to micromanage their project.  Doing so can cause unneeded stress for both parties.  By all means, supply your opinion when asked and don’t be afraid to ask for project updates.

 Once the Job is Finished

If you love the work that’s been performed, share the positive feedback with your contractor, friends, family and neighbors.  Word of mouth is the strongest form of advertising for contractors.  There are also several online platforms for you to share your experiences with your contractor including Angie’s List, Google Reviews, Kudzu, Facebook, Twitter and GuildQuality. 

Insulating Your Home Will Insulate Your Pockets

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Does the thought of eliminating drafts and keeping your house nice and toasty in the winter and comfortably cool in the summer sound appealing to you? How about increasing the value in your home? There are many benefits to adding or replacing insulation in your home. Having either one of these home upgrades can significantly lower your utility bills by up to 20% reported by ENERGY STAR. Below we will discuss where in your home you will benefit from adding or replacing insulation. The possibility of needing to replace or add insulation increases with the age of your home. Start with these areas to improve your energy efficiency and reduce your carbon footprint.

Attic

The attic is one of the easiest and most important areas to insulate. Insulating the attic gives the rising heat in your home a barrier to fight through instead of free access to the outside. Insulating your attic will improve  comfort by bringing ceiling temperature closer to room temperature therefore having more of an even distribution throughout your home.

 

Basement/Crawlspace

In the past, insulating basements and crawlspaces was often overlooked as a means of improving your home’s energy efficiency. Concrete basements and crawlspaces in many older homes are inadequately insulated by today’s standards and possibly not insulated at all depending on the age of the home.  If you have a basement or crawlspace  the underneath of your floor should be insulated to keep any cold air, moisture or dirt from coming up through your floorboards.

 

Walls

The walls of your home need insulation inside of them to prevent outside elements from sneaking into your home. An advantage of having insulated walls is that it will minimize noise transfer from room to room as well as moderate temperature changes throughout the house.

 

Hire a professional to get the job done

Proper installation is essential for insulation to perform properly. Professional insulation contractors, such as Lindus Construction, have access to a wide variety of training. We are familiar with regulations and local codes offering you guidance about the type and amount of insulation to be used. Some areas critical to installation techniques are air infiltration, ventilation, recessed lighting and water pipes.

Lindus Construction offers spray foam, blow-in cellulose and fiberglass insulation installation. Our trained technicians can help you determine the best insulation for your home. We always install according to manufacturer’s specifications paying extra attention to gaps, voids, compression and wind intrusion.

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.

 

Home Improvement Projects that Pay Off

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Most homeowners have a wish list of improvements they’d like to see done to their home.  Deciding which project is a priority often comes down to the highest return on investment.  Having this information will allow you to determine which project(s) should be a priority.

 Improvements with the Highest Return on Investment (80% or more)*:

  • Siding
  • Windows
  • Decking
  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom

 Improvements with the Lowest Return on Investment (60% or less)*:

  • Swimming Pool
  • Sunroom
  • Master Suite
  • Garage Addition
  • Home Office

 Planning on selling?

Realtors, contractors and architects agree that replacing a leaky roof is imperative when putting a home on the market.  As a homeowner, you need to see the value in replacing your roof as opposed to updating interior paint colors which the next home owner will likely change anyway.  Even though a novice may have a tough time telling when a roof should be replaced, their home inspector won’t. 

Curb appeal counts.  If a potential buyer drives past your home and doesn’t like what they see on the outside, it’s unlikely they’re going to ask their realtor for a showing of the inside.  An attractive deck that shows an inviting outdoor entertaining space can entice potential buyers to see what the rest of your home has in store for them. 

What Every Home Owner Should Keep in Mind:

Bottom line, all homeowners should keep home maintenance a top priority; it’s much more cost effective to be proactive and replace deteriorated fixtures as needed rather than having multiple home improvement projects on your hands at the same time. 

*Source: www.angieslist.com

To ask questions regarding your home improvement projects, tune into WCCO 830 AM on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus.  If you would like help with any of your home improvement needs, contact the professionals at Lindus construction by calling 1-800-873-1451 or by visiting http:///www.lindusconstruction.com.