Monthly Archives: June 2012

Add Square Footage by Finishing Your Basement!

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Deciding whether or not to finish your basement is an important consideration. Some people view a finished basement as a total necessity and others view it as a major nuisance. Basement remodeling is one of the best kept secrets of space expansion. It is prime remodeling territory from a financial investment as well as improving your quality of living. According to Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report, a basement project typically costs about $64,500 and returns about 70 percent of the original cost. If you own a 2000 square foot home and finish your basement, you may get 1000 square feet of extra space. That’s a 50 percent increase in space. As a result, that extra space increases the market value of your home substantially. Below is why finishing your basement should be top priority on your next to-do list.

Income
Do you need to add more income to your household to add more flexibility in your current lifestyle? Finishing your basement can add to your income. Basement apartments are very popular these days because people are downsizing from their current living spaces. Many basements rent at 75% of the cost of your monthly mortgage, quickly offsetting the upfront cost of finishing the space. Also, finishing your basement offers the best price per square foot of any home remodeling project.

Comfort
Finishing your basement can offer your whole family a more comfortable living space by staying nice and cool in the summer and toasty in the winter. Having a finished basement will offer you a room in your home that is very energy efficient compared to any other room in your home saving on added energy bills that an addition would cost. Unlike your main level living space, your open basement offers you a blank slate in choosing a floor plan that you wish you had on your main levels such an extra bathroom or possibly an added bedroom or two. Many people would agree that they would prefer to spend time in their finished basement than any other room in their home.

Family & Entertaining
If you have your extended family in town a lot or you are the entertainers of your group of friends, finishing your basement will allow your family to have separate living quarters whether they are there for the weekend or the month. Having a space where you and your friends can congregate to watch football on Sundays on your big screen or adding a pool table and a bar to entertain on the weekends is also an added bonus.

Storage
Do you wish you had more storage in your home? If so, finishing your basement to be the creative and organized haven you desire is right at your fingertips. Finishing your basement will provide you more storage and shelving space.

Resale Value
Many consumers in the home buying market will tell you that having a finished basement in a prospective home will make or break their will to purchase it. A lot of people don’t want to finish a basement themselves and want that added living space to already exist in their future home. The benefits from a resale point of view far outweigh the cost associated with completing the job. According to annual surveys by Remodeling Online, homeowners who spend $50,000 on major basement remodeling can expect to add just under $40,000 to their home’s resale value, or recoup 79.3 percent of their investment.

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 for your home improvement needs today!

Summer Home Maintenance Tips

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Every homeowner should perform home maintenance tasks to in order to circumvent costly repairs and maintain the overall aesthetic appeal and value of their home.  Below, we’ve laid out some maintenance plans for the summer months.

Decking-We recommend self-inspecting your deck each year for issues such as: loosenails & screws and wood that is rotted or warping.  Ignoring these issues can compromise the deck’s stability.  Adeck will last longer if it is power washed annually & stained as often as needed.

Roofing-It’s important to inspect your roof every 6 months to insure it’s in good working order.  It’s best to catch potential issues in good weather, rather than in the middle of a thunderstorm when you encounter water leaking into your home.  Warning signs your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan include: curling shingles, loose granules & discoloration.  It’s also a good idea to have a professional come out and inspect your roof after storms with heavy winds, excessive rain or hail.  (Shameless plug—call us at 800-873-1451 to schedule a free, no obligation estimate or visit us at http://www.lindusconstruction.com/MN-Remodeling-Estimates-WI.php if you’ve experienced possible storm damage in your area and would like a professional to inspect it for you.)

Siding-Closely examine your siding to see if any of it has become loosened or has startedto rot.  It’s imperative that damaged siding is addressed as quickly as possible so that moisture does not have the opportunity to set in.  All types of siding can benefit from a spring cleaning.  This can be done by the professionals or by using a long-handled brush dipped in soapy water.  Power washing is not recommended in most cases because it can damage the siding.

Temperature Control- Check for cracks and drafts in windows & doors which not onlyraise the temperature of your home but also your energy bills.

Air Filters- The purpose of an air filter is to keep airborne contaminants out of your home.  The cleaner your air filter is, the less your home’s HVAC system has to work to keep your home cool.  How often you change your air filter depends on the following:

-Pets

-Number of people living in your home

-Type of filter being used

-Level of air pollution & construction around the home

Driveways & Walkways- Small cracks can be remedied by visiting your localhome improvement store and purchasing a product that allows for patching and resealing.  If there are a number of cracks or ones that are significant, we feel it’s best to call a professional so that there’s little to no evidence of the patching.  Looking for a way to ditch the weeds that keep making their way through cracks in the pavement?  While it’s tempting to pull them, doing so does not eliminate the root system and before you know it, the weeds are back.  A solution that eliminates this problem for the rest of the season is boiling a pot of water on the stove and carefully dumping it on them.

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 for your home improvement needs today!

 

 

Perk Up the Outside of Your Home with Paint

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Does your home need a new look? In this economy, homeowners are finding out that there’s nothing quite like painting to refresh your home, at a fraction of the cost of a remodel, produces immediate results. Painting is a major job, but if you are up to the challenge it will be worth your while because painting will provide an update for pennies on the dollar. Whether your motivation is curb appeal or resale value you will not be disappointed on your ROI when it comes to sprucing up the exterior of your home.

You are going to need some specific tools for this DIY job that you can either rent or purchase. If you don’t believe that you will use these tools again in the foreseeable future, make sure to rent them. Here is a list of tools needed to paint the exterior of your home.

Prepping & Painting Tools

  • Paint Scraper – will save you a lot of agony when trying to get off that old paint.
  • Putty Knife – will come in handy when you need to scrape down areas.
  • Wire Brush – works well in hard to scrape areas to loosen up the old paint.
  • Plastic Sheeting – will save you a lot of clean up when it comes to scraped off paint chips.
  • Pole Sander – this will help you sand in those hard to reach places that are higher up.
  • Sandpaper – have plenty of this on hand to access those smaller crevices.
  • Painting Tape – you will want ample amounts especially if you are spraying.
  • Caulk & Caulk Gun – use this to fill any holes or gaps after you are done scraping and sanding before you start the painting process.
  • Pressure Washer – this will save a lot of manual labor when removing the old paint.
  • Extension Ladders or Scaffolding – is a personal preference whether you are going to use ladders or scaffolding. Both of these come in all sizes so make sure to choose the best height for your home.
  • Paint Sprayer, Brushes and Rollers – using a paint sprayer will save you a lot of time and will produce a more consistent look. Brushes and rollers still do the trick and it really depends on how much time you have to complete this project and what method you are most comfortable with.
  • Paint – keep in mind the elements that your new paint will endure such as lots of rain or cold winters. Be sure to spend the extra dollars on the quality of your paint because the last thing you want to do is put in all of this work to only have to re-do the job in a short amount of time.

Now that you have decided to take on this project, you need to have realistic expectations of how long this job will take to complete. Altogether, it can take anywhere from a few days to a week. One of the most important factors after you are done prepping the exterior of your home for painting is paying attention to the temperature. For the best results, paint on days with low humidity and winds. Temperatures between 70 and 85 degrees are ideal for paint to dry in the manner it is supposed to. Follow the shade around your home so that your fresh paint is not exposed to direct sunlight which can cause heat blisters. The second most important part of painting the exterior of your home is what factors and qualities to look for in the type of paint you choose. There are four different terms when it comes to the power of paint you are using and those are hiding power, color retention, chalking resistance and blister resistance. Here is what each of these terms mean when it

Hiding Power –many people believe that dark colors have greater hiding power than lighter colors. The truth is darker colors don’t cover as well as whites and pastels. The reason is the way paints are tinted. Tint bases for darker colors are usually clear and for lighter colors they are usually white that is why lighter colors will cover better.

Color Retention – is premature and/or excessive lightening of the paint color, which often occurs on surfaces with sunny southern exposure. Fading or poor color retention can also be a result of chalking of the coating. Possible causes of color retention are making the mistake of using interior grade paint for an outdoor application, lower quality paint, paint that is vulnerable to UV radiation or you had a type of paint tinted that is not intended for tinting.

Chalking – is the formation of fine powder on the surface of the paint film during weathering, which can cause color fading. Some degree of chalking is normal, but a cause of why this is happening is lower quality paint and using interior paint again for an outdoor application.

Heat Blistering – is the formation of bubbles resulting from localized loss of adhesion and lifting of the paint film from the underlying surface. Painting in direct sunlight or on a surface that is too warm, especially when applying a darker color, is usually the culprit of this.

There are two types of exterior paint and they are solvent-based (oil or alkyd) or water-based (latex). Oil based paints have mineral spirits for the liquid solvent and dry more slowly than latex, taking about 24 hours to cure. You are able to clean up this type of paint with turpentine or paint thinner. Water-based (latex) paint has water for the liquid. It dries relatively fast, which might not be desirable in hot weather or direct sunlight. You are able to clean up this paint with soap and water.

After you have decided on your paint type you need to choose which type of finish you would like gloss, semi-gloss, flat or satin. Your finish depends on what type of material you are painting.

Gloss – is the toughest. It cleans easily and resists scuffs better. Therefore, it’s a good choice for areas of high traffic or constant use, like door jambs and window casings. For shutters and other trim work, gloss paint provides a sleek, eye-catching look. Gloss paint will, however, show imperfections in the surface more than other sheens.

Semi-gloss – paints are also durable and easy to clean, but have less shine than gloss. They are just as suitable for trim work and casings.

Semi-gloss Satinoffers a good combination of easy-clean and moderate sheen. It’s a good choice for siding that is in good condition. This type of finish is also referred to as eggshell or low luster.

Flat paint – is the best choice for vinyl and aluminum siding that is scratched or dented because it hides imperfections well and spatters less when applied. It’s also easier to touch up.

Caulking is a very important step when it comes to painting the exterior of your home. We would recommend that you use OSI QUAD Color Match formula. It has the widest array of colors, at 3,500 and counting, in the industry because they work directly with the product manufacturers to ensure a perfect color match. OSI QUAD Color Match is an advanced formula sealant designed for superior performance on exterior windows, doors, siding and trim applications. It can be applied to wet or dry surfaces, even at freezing temperatures. Unlike other sealants, it resists dirt & dust collection, yellowing and water washout. OSI QUAD is self-tooling and once cured, it is paintable. Check out their website at www. http://www.osipro.com/.

You are finally ready to start painting the exterior of your home. You will want to start at the top left corner and work your way left to right top to bottom. This is because you read left to right and therefore are more likely to spot any places you may have missed. This is how your minds have been taught to see things and it has been proven to speed up painting. Painters work top to bottom because you will have times when paint will drip down and you’ll need to smooth it out. Once the main part of your home is painted you can start working on the detailed areas such as the trim and shutters. After you have painted the exterior of your home you will know if you would ever DIY again. If you answer is no, call your local contractor and leave it up to the professionals!

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 for your home improvement needs today!

 

2012 Home Improvement Trends

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It’s no secret that more and more homeowners are choosing to stay put and upgrade their home rather than seek out a new one.  While each homeowner is as unique as the circumstances that lead them to call a contractor for assistance, there are some commonalities that stand out.  Below, we invite you to read about them.

Home Upgrades:

Curb Appeal: Home owners are embracing the fact that their home’s exterior is its first impression.  More attention is being paid to things such as siding, roofing, gutters windows & entry doors.

Reallocating Space: Because most home owners are upgrading their homes, rather than selling, there is a greater emphasis on the use of space and transformation of areas that reflect their personal taste & hobbies.  Specialty rooms for crafting, movies, gaming & entertaining are gaining popularity, as the home becomes an expression of what one values.

Embracing Nature:

Paint: According to the Benjamin Moore website, today’s most frequently searched colors are earth tones.  Earth Tone colors come from nature (brown soil, green leaves, blue clouds, etc.)  Earth tones give off a vibe of warmth & stability.  While neutral tones tend to be the most popular selections when it comes to wall colors, homeowners are adding splashes of color with their accessories.

Decking: Homeowners are embracing extending enjoyment of their home to the outdoors by building decks & 3 season porches.

Going Green:

Energy Efficiency: Going green is a trend that’s here to stay!  Homeowners are embracingenergy efficient lighting, appliances, windows and insulation now more than ever.  In addition to helping the planet, environmentally conscious decisions tend to affect one’s bottom line in a positive way.

Viable Building Materials: Homeowners are starting to put more thought behind the types of materials they choose & whether or not old materials will be disposed of in an environmentally responsible way.  According to the National Asphalt Paving Association, asphalt is America’s most recycled material, as 92% of our nation’s roads are made of this material.  Oftentimes, the asphalt used to construct our roads is made from recycled roofing.

Rain Barrels & Water Harvesters:  Besides helping the environment, an obvious reason for harvesting rainwater is to save money.  Water collected from rain barrels can be used to water plants or wash your car.  Some homeowners take rain harvesting a step further and install water harvesting systems which bring collected “gray water” into the home and be used for laundry or toilet water.

Upcycling: Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value. You are able to upcycle all different kinds of items during a home renovation such as wood siding, doors, windows, metal roofing and shutters.  Want to know more?  Read our upcycling blog by clicking here.

Home Furnishings: Homeowners take pride in locally & domestically made goods.  Fleamarkets, thrift stores & consignment shops are also gaining popularity because they make the old new again.

Utilizing Technology

Smart Homes: Homeowners are embracing technology & are willing to budget foritems that make home life easier.  (Think Roomba vacuums, home theatre systems, programmable thermostats, etc.)

Apps: Apps are available that can give you design ideas, assist you with budgeting your construction project & even find out what type of wood something is just by scrolling through a library.  Want to know more?  Read our app recommendations by clicking here.

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 for your home improvement needs today!

Upcycling? Be Creative During Your Home Renovation Project!

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Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value. The term upcycling began to gain traction in the mid 90’s. Upcycling allows you to re-invent and re-use materials in your home that are free and could be frightening in abundance during your remodeling process. Since reducing your carbon footprint and waste production seems to be headline news in today’s world take on one of these inspiring upcycling projects and do your part that will benefit the Earth as well as the character of your home. You are able to upcycle all different kinds of items during your home renovation such as wood siding, doors, windows, metal roofing and shutters just to name a few. By easily stripping, painting or even using as is the upcycled materials you will be able to have a center piece in your home that will be desired by many. Below we will discuss some of the resourceful ways to turn your remodeling project debris into stunning focal points in your home.

Wood Siding & Reclaimed Wood
If you are having your wood siding replaced on your home or tearing down an old barn or shed don’t feel that you need to throw away all of the material that is being taken off. A way to upcycle these products are:

•    Make a headboard

•    Build a bench or table and chairs

•    Use it as flooring that you sand and refinish

•    Frame mirrors or make into a useful chalk board frame

•    Add it to your walls as wainscoting

•    Build an island for your kitchen or bar area

Shutters
When replacing your old shutters be sure to save them. Shutters are very versatile when it comes to upcycling in your home. Trust us; you will not believe the endless possibilities with a product you would normally not think twice about discarding.

•    Doors to an armoire

•    Window treatments inside your home

•    Mail organizer

•    Pantry Doors

•    Garden Bench

•    Ceiling Tiles

•    Shelving with hooks

•    Wall Art

•    Clothing Racks

Windows & Doors
Usually the reason that you replace old windows and doors is because they are no longer energy efficient and usually need a facelift due to age. This is why these two products when you are having them replaced in your home look incredible when upcycled. These two products are much desired in the world of upcycling and here is how you can incorporate them into your current living space.

•    Window planters

•    Greenhouse

•    Laundry hamper

•    Picture frame

•    Display case

•    Flower box

•    Tables

Metal Roofing
Who knew that metal roofing could look so cool in your home! These amazing home design ideas incorporating corrugated metal roofing in your home will knock your socks off.

•    Shower area

•    Ceiling tiles

•    Fencing

•    Gardening beds

•    Kitchen backsplash

•    Tree house for the kids

Upcycling movement going on at Lindus Construction

We have a few ladies in our office, Carla Benson, Amy Jilk and Sara Haase, who are starting to become upcycling masters. We have large dumpsters here where our crews come and unload debris materials from the job site. It is not an uncommon sight to see these three out digging for treasure. The ladies are so accustomed at looking for these diamonds in the rough the guys here know to set aside certain items for them such as doors, windows, wood etc. Here are a few pictures of some of their upcycling masterpieces they have created with other people’s trash that has become their own treasure. If you like creative ideas make sure to join Pinterest. If you are already on Pinterest follow us at http://www.pinterest.com/linduscon or Pin our website at www.lindusconstruction.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 for your home improvement needs today!

The Best Apps for Home Maintenance

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Have you heard the phrase, “There’s an app for that”?  We’ve all heard of Angry Birds and who could forget Alec Baldwin being removed from an American Airlines flight for his refusal to stop playing Words with Friends.  On top of the never-ending list of game apps being released each month, there are also a number of apps available that can make life at home easier.  Apps are available that can give you design ideas, assist you with budgeting your construction project & even find out what type of wood something is just by scrolling through a library.  Below, we’ve laid out some of the features of our favorite apps to make life at home easier.

Houzz Inc.

Price: Free

Rating: 5 Stars

Features: Wishing you had a library of design magazines at your fingertips?  This app has over 400,000 photos of rooms categorized by style and city.  Gain inspiration as you browse through the photos.  This app also includes a list of contractors, interior designers, etc.  (Just be sure to double check with your local Better Business Bureau to ensure that the professional you select is reputable.)  See examples, pricing & user ratings of products such as flooring, window treatments, lighting fixtures and furniture.  You have the ability to “like” things and refer back to them in the “my houzz” section.

Our take: App is aesthetically appealing.  Set aside a few hours (or an entire weekend) and enjoy!

Photo Measures

Price: $4.99

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Features: Ever been shopping and fall in love with a piece of furniture or a fixture and wonder if it would fit into the room you’d like to place it?  This app allows you to take photos of rooms in your home and write measurements as they correlate to items in the photo.  It’s also handy for seeing the exact colors in a room.

Our Take: You still need to manually measure everything but this app can be a lifesaver when questioning whether or not to make an impulse purchase.

Wall Painter

Price: $0.99

Rating:  4.5 Stars

Features: This app allows you to determine what the walls would look like in your house if they were painted a different color.  You can pick colors from other images on your camera or samples on the app.

Our Take: Not a bad price at 99 cents.  The paint brush in only 1 size so you may spend some time erasing color in spots it shouldn’t be.  However, if you’re just curious if you can pull off a specific color in a room, it’s a fast & easy way to give you an idea.

 

Moving Van

Price: $1.99

Rating: 3 Stars

Features: App allows you to name each box as you pack and detail the contents of the box with text & photos.  This way, when you’re trying to find something that hasn’t been unpacked after the move, you can do so quickly.

Our Take: There’s nothing worse than needing a specific item and having no idea which box it’s in.  We’ll gladly pay $1.99 to make this problem go away.

I.D. Wood

Price: $4.99

Rating: 3 Stars

Features: 200+ wood sample photos that discuss each type of wood’s common uses, hardness, sustainability, etc.

Our Take: Remember the episode of Home Improvement where Tim & Al play “Name that Wood”?  (Click here for a refresher: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2K6P8DbluQ)  It’s not quite as good as impressive as Al’s ability to smell wood and tell what it is, but it’s a great app for those who are amateurs.  Professional woodworkers might be disappointed with the lack of information on exotic species.

 

Remodeling Magazine Cost vs. Value Report

Price: Free

Rating: 3 Stars

Features: Remodeling magazine gives a brief overview of what the investment is for home improvement projects.  A comparison is made between how your city stacks up against the national average.

Our Take:  Projects are a little vague.  Example: Kitchen area has the following options: major kitchen remodel-mid-range, major kitchen remodel-upscale& minor kitchen remodel mid-range.  The only true way to gauge what it’s going to cost is to call a few professionals and explain your vision to them.  This way you’ll be getting a realistic idea of what YOUR project is going to cost is what you’re after in the first place.  Reputable construction companies are willing to put out no obligation estimates free of charge.

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 for your home improvement needs today!

We Are On Your Side! Understanding What Different Siding Options Are Available

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The exterior of your home is exposed to the elements 24 hours a day 365 days a year so choosing the correct siding to fit your needs is something that deserves research and an educated decision. According to Remodeling Magazine investing in new siding can be an excellent choice in terms of ROI. The cost of siding in terms of resale value recouped is 69% in the Midwest. The type of siding you choose for your home not only will determine the cost associated with it, but also the aesthetic appeal you are striving for. There are many different siding materials on the market today to choose from.  We will discuss wood, fiber cement, vinyl and steel siding informing you on what you can expect regarding durability, maintenance and performance ability.

Wood Siding

Wood siding has been used on homes for hundreds of years. Wood is a natural insulator so it will help to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. A big benefit in using wood siding is that it is a renewable resource unlike many of the other siding options available on the market. This type of siding does require a lot of maintenance to protect it from the elements so painting and staining this product every 4-5 years is essential to avoid rotting, warping, cracking or splitting. The nice thing about wood siding is that if it is properly maintained, it can last up to 30 years. One of the most important things to know if you choose wood siding is to make sure during the installation process that it acclimates on your property, is properly sealed and is thoroughly protected. Multiple choices of wood siding exist and some of the most popular are:

Clapboard – Clapboards are long rectangular boards that are squared off and installed on your home overlapping in a horizontal manner

Shingles & Shakes – Wood shingle siding is very similar to roofing shingles except they are installed on the sides of your home. The shingles are wedge shaped and shakes are basically the same thing except they are thicker.

Wood Composite – Wood composite is a mixture of wood chips, glue and other types of debris that are compressed to make sturdy boards. It tends to be similar to plywood.

 

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is relatively inexpensive, long lasting, durable and easy to maintain. Vinyl siding tends to stand up to the elements and does pretty well in severe weather. The newer versions of vinyl are much stronger than previously produced. It is virtually maintenance free and only requires power washing once or twice a year. With technology increasing in the manufacturing the color is now baked through the vinyl instead of applied onto it. A partial downside to vinyl siding is that it can trap moisture underneath the side panes which cause it to grow mold and mildew. Vinyl siding also helps insulate your home depending on the thickness of what the siding is backed with. We would recommend using CenterLock vinyl siding which provides a low maintenance, cost effective, traditional look to your home. The exclusive double lock design of CenterLock keeps panels flat and tight to the wall, producing a straighter, more even wall surface.

 

Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber Cement Siding is made of a mix of cement, sand and cellulose fibers. It is virtually maintenance free, insect proof and inhibits fungal growth.  Most fiber cement siding comes with a 50 year warranty. The nice thing about Fiber Cement Siding is that it can be made to mimic virtually any other siding material including wood lap boards. Since this product is made of up 90% cement and sand it is inherently resistant to flames. This siding is superior to its counterparts when it comes to standing up to severe weather. Fiber Cement siding does have to be re-painted periodically. We would recommend James Hardie Fiber Cement siding. It is available in 26 colors and a variety of looks and textures.  It is backed by a 50-year transferable warranty against rotting, cracking and delaminating.

 

Steel Siding

Metal is the most durable and strong siding product on the market today. It does not shift overtime or absorb moisture. It is resistant to bumps, dents and dings that any of the other siding products will endure. Since you are dealing with a steel product the possibility of rust is possible, but most unlikely. This would only be caused if your product was installed incorrectly where the edges were not covered. Steel siding is essentially maintenance free by just needing an occasional power wash to rid it of dirt. Since the invention of seamless steel siding, it is hard to compare this amazing product to any other.  We would recommend using SeasonGuard Steel Siding. It will last a lifetime due to being made out of 26 gauge seamless steel and is 20 percent thicker than other seamless siding. It is beautiful, durable and energy efficient. It comes in over 50 different colors with a 35 year non-prorated finish warranty against fading, chipping and cracking.

 

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. We proudly carry SeasonGuard Steel Siding, James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding, CenterLock Vinyl Siding and many more!! Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free siding in-home estimate!

 

Fencing 101: A Guide to the Options

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Motives for installing fencing can be anything from keeping your pets & children safe in the backyard, increased privacy or enhanced curb appeal.  There are numerous options when it comes to fencing materials.  Each comes with their own unique features that should be carefully considered prior to installation.  Below we’ll discuss everything you need to know before installing a fence on your property.

LAWS: Local laws outline the maximum heights of fences which can differ from front yard to back yard.  Fencing that outlines the front yard is also banned in some places.  If you are part of a homeowner’s association, you will also need to learn what their regulations are.  When using lumber to construct a fence, some municipalities require the more attractive side of the board face the road.

PROPERTY LINES: While it’s common courtesy to alert the neighbors adjacent to your property that a fence is being put up, it’s also a good idea to confirm that you both have the same understanding of where the property lines are.  This can save the major inconvenience of having to redo an entire fence.

TYPES OF FENCING: Identifying the motivation for putting up a fence will assist you in selecting the most appropriate materials.  4 common fencing categories are:

1. Safety Fence-This type of fence can be used to keep wildlife off your property, enclose swimming areas, or  provide your pet a secure place to play.  Types of materials that can be used include mesh fencing held up by metal posts or galvanized metal mesh.

2. Cosmetic Fence-This is typically the smallest fencing type and can range from 2-4 feet high.  It’s used to add curb appeal and/or identify property lines.  The purpose of this type of fencing is to enhance, not block one’s view.  Lattice or rails with 2 or 3 different posts crossing through are common types of cosmetic fencing.

3. Privacy Fence- Privacy Fences measure 4-6 feet high.  Boards are placed tight up next to one another so that it is difficult to see through the fence.  They can be used to line properties, hide unsightly areas or restrict access to a swimming pool.

4. Security Fence-A security fence is, at minimum, 6 feet.  Its purpose is to protect intruders from entering  your  property.  For added security, spiky tops can be added so that climbers are not able to get over.

FENCING MATERIALS:

Once you have determined the type of fence you’d like to build, it’s time to consider the materials that are available.

1. Chain Link & Wire-This type of fencing is more used on commercial, rather than residential properties.  It is the cheapest form of fencing.  To class it up, fencing can be purchased with a black or green coating which will allow it to blend in more with the surrounding area.

2. Wood-Wood is the most popular type of fencing material.  There are several types of wood to choose. When it comes to fencing, wood falls in a medium price range.  It can be treated so that it stands up to the sun’s rays, insects & water damage.  No treatment is permanent.  Depending on the wood and the treatment you use, you can plan on repeating the process every 2-5 years.

3. Metal- Steel & aluminum are common types of metal fencing.  Metal fences work best when their purpose is cosmetic.  For an added sense of security, spiked tops can be added.  Upkeep on metal fences in minimal because they are produced with paint already on them.  However, if you do see any spots starting to lose paint, it’s important to touch them up to avoid rusting.

 

4. Composite & Vinyl- These materials are made to look like wood when actually they are made out of adurable plastic.  They do not need to be painted because the color is mixed into the materialwhen the fencing is produced.  Composite & vinyl are the most expensive of these 4 options but are appreciated because of their durability, low maintenance & long life span.

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 for your home improvement needs today!

Bring Your Home Up-To-Date Without Weighing Down Your Pockets

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If you are like many of us finding the time and money to modernize your home might be a challenge. Don’t feel like it is a daunting task to update your current living space. A lot of these ideas below could easily be done in a day if not in one weekend. These are simple, less expensive, ideas that will rejuvenate multiple rooms and areas in your home to create the look you desire.

1. Turn your kitchen into an entertaining haven– the kitchen for many families is the heart of the home where your children and friends congregate for dinner, entertaining and casual discussion. Since you spend a lot of time in and around this space, why not add some inexpensive upgrades to make it look more contemporary? A few inexpensive ways to make your kitchen more present-day are:

  • Change out the hardware on your kitchen sink area
  • Purchase new hardware for your cabinets
  • Swap out old light fixtures and also add accent lighting above or under cabinets
  • Refinish or paint the fronts of your cabinets and drawers
  • Even better, remove your cabinet doors to showcase your beautiful dishware
  • Purchase an island on wheels that you are able to use for storage and another cooking area

2. Give your appliances a facelift – When you look around your kitchen area do you see outdated or mismatched appliances ranging from white, cream or black? Consider updating these appliances to not only be more energy efficient, but it will also give your kitchen a more polished look. If purchasing new appliances is not in the budget research panels for your current appliances that you can switch out to match the rest. Also,  appliance paint can do wonders on a tight budget.

3. Revitalize your bathroom – the bathroom is the second most vital area of your home behind your kitchen. Think of how much time you spend in there getting ready or taking a nice relaxing bath. Some simple inexpensive ways to make your bathroom area more tranquil are as simple as purchasing a new toilet or toilet seat and swapping out your outdated sink. If you have old laminate flooring that does not accent your bathroom consider looking into the newer, easy to install vinyl flooring. If you have not checked out vinyl flooring in years it is time to make a trip to the home improvement store or contact your local contractor because your options now range from patterns that look like stone, cement, wood and many other materials instead of the speckled dotted vinyl you are probably used to. The best thing about vinyl flooring is that if your bathroom floor is in reasonable shape you can simple lay down your new product right over your existing floor without having to rip up your current floor covering. If you have tiles in your tub or shower look into cleaning the grout lines or even re-grouting the area with a different color of grout can increase the beauty of your washing area.

4. Refresh your home with paint – When is the last time you bought a gallon of paint and painted a room to update it? Painting is the single most efficient way to update large spaces in your home. Using more neutral colors of paint in your home will not only make your rooms look larger, but it will also take it from 1970 to 2012 in a hurry. If you are plagued with floor to ceiling paneling in your home, paint it. Most people do not consider painting paneling and believe they have to remove it from their home and sheetrock, but paneling paints surprisingly well if you use a primer. If you have smaller rooms to work with, paint three walls one color and the fourth as an accent color. Another hot new trend is using painting tape to make lines and designs on your wall to give the walls more depth and almost a three dimensional look.

5. Make your home more organized – if you have children and feel like you are constantly picking up after them, consider making modern storage spaces. You can recycle and old dresser that is taking up space by removing the drawers and adding canvas crates. Make wood boxes that you stack in unconventional ways to make your storage area more of a piece of art. If you have open staircases fill that area up with canvas crates and now that area that wasn’t functional before has a purpose.

6. Rent a power cleaner – if you have carpet in your home, an easy way to bring zest back to it is having it cleaned. You do not have to hire a carpet cleaning company to have this done; you can rent a carpet cleaner/shampooer at a local grocery or home improvement store. If your carpet is or stained, a good cleaning will dramatically change the aesthetic value of your living space.

7. Swap out your lights switches and plugins – Who thought that updating your switches and plugins would make a difference, but it truly does. You will be able to add consistency in color as well as be able to enhance the mood lighting in your home. Consider purchasing dimmer switches that will allow you to go from daytime to evening setting an ambiance for entertaining or relaxation.

8.Special financing – if you feel that your larger home improvement projects have been put off too long because of not having the money upfront talk to your local contractor because most of them offer financing options. We, at Lindus Construction, offer financing options to fit your needs. We have a minimum of 3 months and maximum of 12 months no interest no payments, also low interest rates with low monthly payments that you are able to spread over a longer period of time and also the financial institutions that we work with can work directly with our customers to develop a financing solution for almost any situation.

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 for your home improvement needs today!