Monthly Archives: May 2012

Choosing the Best Color for Your Roof

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Updating your roof is one of the most significant investments you can make as a homeowner.  It’s only natural to give as much consideration to the brand of shingle as you do to the style and color.  After all, your roof’s shelf life can be up to 50 years.  Taking this into consideration, it can be understandable why a homeowner might have anxiety about making this decision.  We’ve compiled some tips on how to make the roofing color selection as stress-free as possible.

1. This is not a decision that should be rushed; it’s okay to take some time to give it serious thought.  Consider if your color choice will be what you want years down the road.

2. Talk with your estimator.  They’ve likely overseen hundreds of roofing jobs and can speak to which colors will best compliment your home’s structure and current siding.  it’s easier to change your roofing than you siding so be sure the shingle color you have chosen does not clash with the siding and trim.

3. Go over all of the options.  Use your home’s architecture as a guide for whether your new shingles should be a singular color or a blend of multiple colors.

4. A lot of roofing manufacturers have software that allows customers the ability to download a photo of their home or select a housing style and drop in different colored siding and roofing options.  Visit http://www.gaf.com/Roofing/Residential/Virtual-Home-Remodeler/Virtual-Home-Remodeler.aspx?CBViewer=8176 to see the different roofing options offered by GAF Roofing.  GAF is North America’s largest manufacturer of asphalt roofing.  Lindus Construction is proud to offer GAF roofing solutions.

5. Examine life-size samples of your top shingle choices.  Holding them up against your current shingles will allow you to see how much the new choices vary from what you currently have.

6. What do other homes in your neighborhood have?  It’s important to be sure that your selections compliment your neighborhood.  A choice that is not complimentary to neighboring homes may make selling your home more difficult down the road.

7. Your Home’s Style-Evaluate your home’s style to decide what are appropriate colors and what are not.   For example, a Spanish style home is going to look out of place with blue shingles.  Home magazines can also be helpful in showcasing different styles of homes and the shingle colors that suit them the best.

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. 

Keeping Your Family Safe from Lead Hazards at Home

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Do you have a home built before 1978 that still has the original windows?  If you answered yes to this question, it’s important to strongly consider replacing your windows ASAP.  Why?  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that the practice of opening & closing windows can agitate the lead based paint surrounding the windows which can cause lead paint particles to be released into the air.

RESULTS OF EXPOSURE:

Lead can have serious consequences for children and pregnant women.  Children can crawl on the floor where the paint particles have settled.  If a child were to touch the area of the floor where the particles settled and then put their hands in their mouth, they could ingest the lead based paint dust.  If this happens, a child can risk memory issues, hearing problems & hyperactivity, among other problems.  If a pregnant woman inhales lead paint particles when a window opens, her baby can have a low birth weight, deliver early or be miscarried.  While children and pregnant women are the most vulnerable groups, the hazards or lead paint can affect the entire population.  Anyone who is exposed to lead paint particles can experience brain & kidney damage, hearing and vision impairment, nerve problems, reproductive issues, etc.  A vital fact is that lead paint particles may not be visible to the naked eye.

A FEW WAYS TO CHECK YOUR HOME FOR LEAD:

-Paint Inspection: Tells you if your home has lead based paint & where it is located.

-Risk Assessment: Lets you know if your home has any lead hazards in the soil, paint or dust.  It also suggests the most effective ways to address any found hazards.

There are state and federal programs in place to ensure that testing is done effectively & correctly.  Call 800-424-LEAD (the National Lead Information Center) to see who the service provider in your area is.  Please know that home kits are not the most effective way to determine if your home has lead hazards.

LEAD REMOVAL:

Lead paint is serious and it’s important for home owners to understand that there is no safe method for do-it-yourself removal.  Traditional methods such as sandpaper, scrapers, heat guns, etc. do notwork because they cause dust.  Lead paint dust can circulate through your home’s vents and can eventually be inhaled.  Utilizing the services of a professional will allow your family to be safe and will ensure that the lead is eradicated from your home.

The EPA requires contractors to be certified before they can perform a remodel, repair or any project that has anything to do with previously applied lead paint.

LINDUS CONSTRUCTION’S APPROACH:

Lindus Construction uses an x-ray device to scan for lead in all homes they are performing work on that were built 1978.  This technique is cleaner, quicker and more accurate than some of the scraping methods that can damage your home.  They are proud to have more employees than any other construction company in the state of WI that are RRP (Renovation, Repair & Painting) certified.

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. 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.

Become an Expert When Choosing Your Next Roofing Contractor

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Stability of your potential contracting company
When choosing a contractor to work with for your new roofing project you want to make sure that it is a reputable company. Make sure it is a permanent place of business and when you call you are able to speak with someone rather than leaving a voicemail message as your only option. Any reputable contracting company will come out free of charge to give you an estimate rather than charging an upfront fee. Be sure to ask your family and friends of companies they would recommend and also make sure to do your homework online. There are many websites such as Angie’s List and GuildQuality where you can read online reviews of potential contractors to put on your list. When you have narrowed down your search ask them for a reference list of past customers. If you are working with a professional they will have one readily available and be happy to do so.

Insurance Coverage
You should always ask for a copy of a contractor’s insurance policy; not only to make sure that they do carry insurance, but what kind and how much. There are a lot of contractors that have coverage but it is sometimes not enough to even cover your property. You want to make sure that their insurance not only covers your property, as well as a good amount of worker’s compensation coverage. Be sure to check that the coverage is effective through the duration of your roofing project. The last thing you want when thinking of replacing your new roof is being dragged into litigation involving and uninsured roofing contractor. This does happen if the contractor is not properly insured and you could be liable for any accidents or injuries that occur on your property if you have not done your legwork.

Research their reference list
When asking for a reference list ask for recent customers as well as ones that are a few years older. The reason to ask for ones that are from a few years ago is then you will be able to see how well that contractors work has held up over the years and for their most recent you will get an accurate account of what they liked and disliked because it is fresh in their mind. Here are some basic questions you can ask their references to get quality information to help with your decision making easier.

  • Would you hire the contractor you worked with again?
  • Were you satisfied or dissatisfied with the quality of the work and employees?
  • How did the contractor handle cleanup of the work area each day and at the end of the project?
  • Was the contractor easy to talk to about your ideas or were they only on their agenda?
  • How did the contractor handle any challenges or work modifications happened during your project?
  • Was the job completed on time and did they abide by the estimate they gave you in the beginning?

Check them out on the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
Any respectable and upright roofing contractor will be a member of the BBB. There is a wealth of information and knowledge on contracting companies that you can research on here. You will be able to see if there have been any complaints filed against a particular business as well as how the company you are researching handled a possible mishap. The BBB also has a lot of helpful tips when it comes to hiring a contractor so it is a great resource for factual information.

What brand of roofing material should you use
Most homeowners would like the most inexpensive roofing material, which has the best warranty and requires no maintenance. In a perfect world that would be ideal, but this does not really exist. If your focus is concentrated on the most inexpensive roofing material do not expect for it to last a lifetime. There is a lot to be said about the cost of roofing materials and why consumers choose one over the other, but take our advice that price should be lower on your list than quality and warranty. When it comes to brands of asphalt shingles, being a nationally renowned manufacturer is a very important aspect. Asphalt shingles on the market today are vastly superior than the ones used 30 years ago. Typically most asphalt shingles come with a 25 year warranty, but there are also some now that have 50 year warranties. If you know the brand of shingles a contractor uses do not be afraid to call the manufacturer as well and ask any questions that you may have about the product.

Make sure your contract is in writing not verbal
Replacing your roof is an investment in your home and the future of your property value so you need to be sure and have your contract in writing. You need to have detailed information on your proposal so you are aware of the scope of the project, cost, roofing materials to be used and a timeline of the work to be done. Below are some important factors that you need to make sure are on your contract before you sign anything and if they are not you must insist they be added or chose another contractor.

  • The scope of work that will be done on your home
  • The type of roofing material that will be used, the manufacturer and your choice of color
  • Agreement of who will be removing your existing roof
  • Whether or not existing flashing on your home needs to be replaced or can be re-used and the type of flashing metal
  • Will there need to be anything done regarding your current ventilation
  • Who will replace or repair any damage to landscaping or the exterior of your home if any occurs during the installation process by accident
  • A timeline of when your project will start and end
  • What type of payment you will be using to pay for your project whether it is a personal check, credit card or even possibly financing through your contractor of choice
  • Detailed warranty on your new shingles and the workmanship of the job
  • Who is responsible for disposal of your old roofing materials
  • Any extra fees and or discounts that will be applied to your contract

Why you should choose Lindus Construction as your roofing contractor
Lindus Construction is a family owned construction company that has been in business for the last 33 years. We offer free no-obligation estimates and you can look us up on Angie’s List, our A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau as well as view our GuildQuality page to read customer reviews. We provide all of our customers with a copy of our insurance policy before we start your scope of work so you are able to see our coverage. We not only will provide you with a reference list, but we have even gone a step farther and will provide you one from the area that you live in. We use the #1 one selling brand of roofing system in North America, GAF. Only the top 3% of all roofing contractors have qualified as Master Elite™ and Lindus Construction is proud to be among them. With a proven reputation for providing quality roofing systems and ongoing professional training, Lindus Construction is one of the most experienced and respected roofing companies serving Minnesota and Wisconsin. If you are worried about the design of asphalt shingle and color to use on your home we have you covered because we offer a home virtual remodeler where we will import a picture of your home into our program so you can see what the finished project will look like before we even start. We provide detailed written contracts to all of our potential clients and will answer any questions that you have before, during or after your project completion that you may have. We strive to keep the lines of communication open with you far after your project is finished to ensure a lifetime of satisfaction.

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. 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 and get your roofing project started today!

Avoid These Home Improvement Mistakes

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Mistakes in any task can be costly; they can be especially destructive when it comes to home improvement. Not only can you end up spending more money, you could damage your home or even put yourself in danger. Here are some of the most common home improvements mistakes and how you can avoid them.

Going with the Lowest Bid: While this idea may seem like best, it may cost you in the long run.  A low bid can mean you are working with an inexperienced contractor who may cut corners. Carefully evaluate the quotes and make sure that you’re comparing apples to apples.  Are both contractors using the same type of materials?  What type of warranty do they offer on their work?  Are they insured?  It’s important to know that if your contractor  is not adequately insured and one of their employees gets hurt while working on your property, you can be held liable for their injuries.  Beware of a contractor that will not freely offer up a copy of their insurance policy upon request.

Taking on a Project Beyond Your Scope of Expertise: In an attempt to save money, do-it-yourselfers believe that watching a YouTube video on how to complete a home improvement makes them an expert.  Certain repairs such as roofing, plumbing or electrical repairs can result in serious injury or death.  Unless you have adequate professional training, leave this to the professionals.

Allowing Inexperienced Family Members to Handle Repairs: While family members may have good intentions by offering to help you out with repairs, unless they have formal training in the project they are helping you with, it may be best to leave the work to the professionals.  Contractors have access to better materials and will warranty their work.  It can be difficult to go back to a well-intentioned family member a year after a window seal fails and ask them to warranty it.

Buying Cheap Materials: While cheap materials may seem like a good way to save money, they will likely cost you more in the long run.  Purchasing a kitchen sink made by a manufacturer you’ve never heard from likely won’t last as long as one installed by a plumber who will stand behind their product and warranty it if something goes wrong after installation.

Trend Following: Know how funny avocado green toilets and shag carpeting seem now?  While they were trendy at the time, they are both expensive things to fix that date a home.  Beware of similar trends today and stick with traditional looks that will have a longer shelf life.  

Neglecting to Get a Permit-While home owners can view permits as a pointless expense, not getting one for a project that requires it and something serious happens, your home owner’s insurance will not cover the accident. 

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. 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.

We Network To Be The Best of the Best…Are You?

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In the competitive world that we live in today, you need to be the best of the best at what you do in order to stay ahead of the curve. Networking with people that are in similar industries will not only help your ROI, but it will give you a zest for what your business is all about. It does sound like an oxy-moron to share some of your best kept marketing and management secrets, but in reality it will help you improve company morale, increase your marketing efforts and give you guidance on how to handle specific situations and hurdles that you may need to overcome.

Networking allows you the opportunity to bounce ideas and theories off of your peers increasing your knowledge. It providesyou with ideas to implement in your current business practices. Networking permits you to be authentic, genuine and also provides the ability to build relationships with some the industries finest. The best part about getting involved in activities that offer this is that you are surrounded by a group of like- minded professionals, who are inspired to help you create your ideal business culture.

provides a forum to bring together the best-of-the-best minds in the remodeling industry. These are the entrepreneurs, executives, thought leaders, and the innovators who lead the industry to meet the challenges of success and to withstand the rigors of tough times. PRIME connects you to the people, resources and expertise you need to be successful today and throughout your continued career. Meet with executives who, like you, are successful in the remodeling industry and who desire to take their business to a higher level of excellence.*

We are members of and recently went to Chicago for one of their networking events. It was hosted by their president, Joy Kilgore, who is an absolute pleasure to be around and is an expert in building relationships that result in opportunities for creating advantageous business connections. We were able to rub shoulders with some of the elite in the remodeling industry from Whirlpool Corporation, Cambria, Case, Kohler and many more. Our first day began with an architectural river cruise as an ice breaker for the group. Our next day was plump full with motivational speakers discussing knowing and understanding your clients, developing strong media relationship, identifying gaps and downtime in your business as well as how to build better customer service models. The most motivating factor after a day filled with meetings is that you can hardly sleep at night because you have a pool of amazing ideas that you can’t wait to implement. We would highly recommend looking into joining a networking group in your area of expertise. You will see the benefits of being a part of a group like this unlike any other programs you have been a part of hands down.

 

In our world of economic uncertainty and also being cautiously optimistic for what this next year has in store for us being able to share stories and ideas with your peers is a great way to stay on top of your game. Most networking groups will either have a topic of discussion or break you out into more personalized and specialized groups. Usually there will be a few speakers chosen to give presentations to inspire you as well as open communication brainstorming sessions where you are able to bounce ideas off of one another. If you are in the remodeling industry and would like to join a top-notch networking group visit http://www.executivebusinessapproach.com and sign up to become a member of .

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. 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.

*Content originated from http://www.executivebusinessapproach.com

 

 

 

 

Go Green at Home

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Going “green” doesn’t mean spending extra green.  In most cases, an environmental choice benefits both the planet & your wallet.  Here are some of our recommendations on how you can have a more energy efficient home.

Rain Harvesting: Rain water is a free resource and collection barrels set up at the downspouts of your gutters allow you to save on your water bill.  Uses for the water collected include: watering your garden, washing your car & mopping your floor.  Another great way to conserve water is through a rain water harvesting system.  With this system, rain water is stored in above or below ground tanks.  It can be used for landscape irrigation, water for toilet flushing and indoor fire sprinkler systems.

Click this link to learn more about Englert Rainwater Harvesting systems:http://www.englertinc.com/rainwater-harvesting-systems/custom-rainwater-harvesting.html

Solar Energy: One of the reasons solar power is picking up popularity is because it increases a property’s value.  In a time when the real estate market is soft, solar panels can be a way to add to a home’s resale value.  Own a pool or hot tub?  Decrease the amount of energy it takes to heat it with a solar cover.

Windows & Doors: Windows and doors that allow drafts to come in make your home’s heating & cooling systems work harder than they have to.  Installing energy efficient options will lower your heating & cooling bills.

Insulation: Home insulation and sealing is often the most cost effective way to improve energy efficiency and comfort.  ENERGY STAR estimates that just by properly sealing and insulating your home, you can save up to 20% off your heating and cooling costs.

Furnace Filters: If your heating and cooling system is attempting to send air through clogged filters, it works harder which in turn, costs you more to heat your home.  Changing or cleaning filters monthly – or at least every three months – will make it easier on your heating and cooling system and will even make the air in your home cleaner and healthier. It’s wise to service your system every year to two which can save you as much as 10% off your energy bills.

Thermostat: Programmable thermostats can save up to 10% on heating & cooling costs. 

Lighting: Motion-detector lights can be installed both inside and outside your home to reduce the chances of lighting being left on when there is no need.  The lighting will save you money and energy.

Fans: Fans set to rotate the opposite direction can serve as a heating source during the Ceiling Fan winter months.  The opposite movement helps draw warm air into a room.

Sun Tunnels: Sun Tunnels channel natural light into interior spaces, providing the illumination and health benefits of sunlight but with no energy costs. Sun Tunnels capture sunlight from your rooftop and redirect it down a reflective tube into your home. The tubing fits between rafters and installs easily with no structural modifications. At the ceiling level, an attractive diffuser spreads the light evenly throughout the room.  Installing a sun tunnel in your home will allow you to greatly reduce how often lighting is needed to brighten a room during daytime hours which will save you on energy bills.  They are especially useful in laundry rooms, bathrooms, closets & hallways.

Looking for a professional to assist you in making your home more “green”?   Let the professionals at Lindus Construction help you. 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.

Ideas to Make Your Deck Stand Out of the Crowd

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When pondering the idea of building a deck, there are some factors that you need to consider regarding what you intend it to be used for as well as how it will function. A deck provides an additional open space area for use. It is a great place for entertaining in the warmers months and also serves a purpose of a relaxation area. Below we will discuss ideas to think about when designing your dream deck that will stand out compared to traditional decks.

Size
You don’t want to have the largest deck on your block, but you also don’t want to have the smallest either.  Your deck size should be proportionate to the size of your home. If you have a larger home you can increase the size of your deck. You would not want to put a huge deck on a smaller home. Make sure that the size of your deck will fit your entertaining needs. Visualize the items that you intend to put on your deck such as a patio set; grill, bar etc. because those are going to shrink up the space. Optimizing your space you have on your deck will make your deck seem larger without necessarily increasing the cost to your pocket book.  When visualizing your deck size think of traffic patterns, how you get onto the deck and where you are going to put your stairs. All of these factors will help you decide the perfect and most functional deck size to fit your needs.

Multi-level vs. Ground Level
If you home has a walk out on the second level, building a raised deck to accommodate this is a very common option. Depending on the height of your home building a multi-level deck might be the answer for you.  Be sure when building multi-level decks that the placement of stairs is in the most functional area. The nice thing about multi-level decks is that you can have one large main area which could host your patio set, grill and possibly a fire pit. You could use another one of the levels for a seating area or hot tub space. Keep in mind if you have a hot tub and are planning on putting it on a multi-level deck that they are extremely heavy and you will need to add extra support to that area of the deck.

Ground level decks are very inviting and blend more naturally into you yard space. You will save some dough on not having the cost factors associated with building stairs. Also the risk of injury is greatly decreased since it is level with the ground. If you do not have any stairs on your ground level deck you need to make sure that it is constructed so it is not resting directly on the ground because of shifting. You can have a small area under the deck that you could cover with lattice or even rocks to add a natural landscaping touch. The nice thing about ground level decks is that you are able to use the entire space because you do not have railings getting in the way.  If designed right, your ground level deck can be viewed as a continuation of your home, as it gives the perception of extending your living space. Another nice touch is creating a walkway of unique pavers from your home to your ground level deck which will add more functionality as well as offer another benefit of attraction.

Railing Options
Railings offer safety and support to your deck, but can also be used as a focal point to add style and personality. The type and style of railing you choose can really set it apart from a traditional look.  Instead of using straight wood posts, you can alternate each post using one traditional post and then a carved design post. If you are set on using a wood railing, consider using the posts and balusters in vertical and horizontal position to create a geometric line drawing adding elegance. A hot new trend right now is using metal railings incorporated with your wood deck. Decorative aluminum or steel balusters are a cost effective way to step up the design and overall look of your deck. Another emerging trend is the use of cable railings. It will offer your deck a sleek modern look with having the benefits of being low maintenance and will also preserve your view off of your deck.

Shape
Another way to up the ante regarding the design of your deck is shape. This can drastically increase your home’s exterior appeal. You can build a deck in virtually any shape, but you need to consider the more uncommon your deck shape the more expensive it could be. If you like the idea of going with a different shape than a traditional square or rectangle style try to consider the lines of your home and how that will compliment your vision. If you have a home that is non-traditional with peaks and valleys, you might want to stick with a simple design.  Contemplate the idea of doing a wraparound or L-shaped deck to give your area a stunning look. Shape doesn’t always mean the form of your deck. Take into account changing the angle of your decking boards to add a more intriguing look.

Stain
Forget the old-fashioned colors of stain, you have more of an array to choose from than ever before. We would highly recommend if you have a wood deck to use the brand Penofin. This product is light years ahead of any stain that you have used in the last decade. This stain product is made out of Brazilian Rosewood Oils.  It is 100% sustainable, petroleum free oil finish with no heavy metal compounds or odors. This is an environmentally sound product that is safe for use around children and pets and comes in 18 lustrous colors for use on every type of wood species. To find out more regarding this remarkable product check out their website at www.penofin.com.

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. 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.