Monthly Archives: September 2012

What Is an Ice Dam and How to Prevent It from Happening

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What is an ice dam?

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.

What are the main factors that cause ice dams?

The main reason for having an ice dam problem is non-uniform roof surface temperature. Heat loss from a house, snow-covered roofs and outside temperatures are the perfect storm for ice dams. There are two main reasons that you could end up with an ice dam problem on your roof and they are improper attic insulation and ventilation.

If inadequate insulation is your problem, you need to make sure that it is at least R-30 (R-Value is a measure of insulation’s ability to resist heat traveling through it) attic insulation between the ceiling joists and no un-insulated gaps. Installing additional insulation on the attic floor or having insulation blow in should be top on your priority list. Also, weather-stripping attic stairways or hatchways will increase your insulation.

The value of ventilation will become apparent is there is still heat leakage in your attic after optimal insulation is added. Without adequate ventilation, heat will build up regardless of the amount of insulation. If you use the rule of thumb that you need 1 square foot of venting for every 150 feet of attic area, you will master your ventilation problem. If you live in an older home, it’s unlikely your vents are adequate. If your older home has gable vents, you may be able to replace them with larger ones to solve the problem. One of the best solutions for ventilation is adding vents in your soffits and a ridge vent. If you do this when cold air enters the soffit vents is till rise along the inside of your roof and exit through your ridge vent, it will in turn will cool your roof and remove any moisture at the same time. This will take some carpentry skills, but is not a really tough job unless you have difficulty getting to either the inside or outside of the windows.

Other sources of heat in the attic space include chimneys. Frequent use of wood stoves and fireplaces allow heat to be transferred from the chimney into the attic space. Inadequately insulated or leaky duct work in the attic space will also be a source of heat.

What causes different roof surface temperatures?

Since most ice dams form at the edge of the roof, there is obviously a heat source warming the roof elsewhere. This heat is primarily coming from the house. In rare instances solar heat gain may cause these temperature differences. Heat from your house travels to your roof surface in three ways:

  • Conduction –heat energy traveling through a solid mass
  • Convection –the rising heat above the solid mass
  • Radiation –electromagnetic heat waves

A good example of these three ways is thinking of heating of a cast iron frying pan. The heat moves from the bottom of the pan to the handle by conduction.  If you put your hand above the frying pan, you will feel the heat from it rising and that is heat transfer by convection. Heat is also transferred from the hot pan to your hand by electromagnetic waves and this is heat radiation Another example of heat radiation is when you stand outside on a bright sunny day and you feel the heat from the sun. You need to make sure that heat conduction, convection & radiation are all working properly in order to avoid having an ice dam problem.

Beware of warning signs an ice dam may be imminent?

  • Large icicles hanging from your home or gutters during cold-snaps following snow storms are an indication that internal heat is melting the snow from beneath the roof deck
  • You have water dripping down or ice forming on the exterior surface of your home
  • Ice is developing along the overhangs of your roof or gutters

Lindus Construction/Midwest LeafGuard has trained technicians to help you determine the best insulation for your home whether it is blow-in cellulose, fiberglass or spray foam as well as roof vents. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at to schedule a free in-home estimate.

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.





Luxury Bathrooms

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Give your “throne” and its surroundings some royal treatment with the below luxury bathroom features.

Heated Towel Racks & Drawers-Always have a warm towel handy when you get out of the shower with a heated towel rack.  Contrary to what you may believe, most modern heated towel racks
use little more than the energy required to fuel a light bulb.  Because of this, towel racks can be left on 24/7 without creating a fire hazard.  Towel racks can be used to dry out a humid bathroom.  Want to take it up a notch?  Opt for a heated towel drawer which will allow for storage of bathroom towels, pjs & bathrobes.

Flooring-Never step on a cold floor again with in-floor heating.  In floor heating can be used under tile, ceramic, wood & laminate floors.  Having this feature lowers energy bills because your furnace has to work less to heat areas that in-floor heating is installed.

Lighting-LED lighting is becoming a popular option in bathrooms. You can even find them placed behind vanity mirrors which eliminate shadows.  Lighting can be activated with hand movement in
some cases.  Shower heads and faucets can be installed with color changing LED lights.  Fixtures can also be installed that show red lighting when water is how and blue lighting when water is cold.  LED lights installed in cabinets and drawers make these spaces easier to see and add a stylish touch.  Looking for a unique night light?  Toilets are now available with LED lighting on the bowl or interior.

Shower-Frustrated with having to adjust your shower’s temperature setting every time you get in?  You can now purchase a shower with a built-in computer that can be programmed to the temperature and shower head height preference of every member of your household.  Other programmable settings include pressure, spray and lighting.  Water proof speakers can also be installed in showers.  Tanning and showering at the same time is a possibility with the ProSun SunShower.  Don’t want to target your entire body?  There are settings that allow you to target specific areas.

Toilet-Upscale toilets do so much more than flush.  Toilets are now available that open as you approach and close when you retreat.  Want to listen to your favorite playlist?  No problem, some toilets now come equipped with built-in MP3 players and speakers.  High-tech toilets can measure blood pressure and sugar levels in your urine.  Heated seats aren’t just for cars anymore; you can purchase a toilet with this feature.  Built in deodorizers are also available, as are systems that play nature sounds.

Television-Never miss a moment of the big game with a television in your bathroom.  They can be hung on walls, incorporated into your vanity mirror (allowing television and mirror capabilities at
the same time) or rise up from your countertop.  “Fog free” TV’s which are waterproof and come with a water-free remote.  To see the television from multiple points in the bathroom, a motorized mount can be utilized.

Bathtubs-You can also install a faucet that comes with face recognition.  This means that water turns on automatically to your desired temperature as you approach.  Faucet memories can hold preferences for multiple people.  A touch screen allows you to check your email or surf the web while you bathe.

Scale-Track your weight loss progress with a smart scale that records the date, your weight and BMI and send the info to the internet through your home’s Wi-Fi.  A free iPhone app provides access to the info at your fingertips.

Want to see more bathroom ideas?  Visit Lindus Construction’s “Bathroom Design” Board on Pinterest. 

 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 to schedule a free in-home estimate.

What to Know Regarding Replacement Window Energy Efficiency

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Homeowners, at some point in time, will realize it is time to replace windows in their home. Instead of thinking of it as draining your pocketbook, consider the energy savings that you will receive. If you choose SeasonGuard windows you can save 40%, which is unheard of in the window industry. If you know what to look for when in the market for replacement windows, you can be rest assured you made the best decision possible. We are going to discuss the signs your windows need to be replaced, energy efficient terms and what they mean to you as well as the top 5 things to consider in your purchasing process.

Signs your windows need to be replaced:

  1. You can feel a draft of cold air in the winter coming from the window sash or frame and you feel heat when standing near your windows in the summer.
  2. You see peeling paint around the exterior of your windows, which may be a sign of condensation, mold or rot. Test the wood frames for these issues by lightly pressing the wood with a pointed tool. If the tool is easily pushed into the wood, it may be decaying.
  3. Visible cracking in the window panes or casing.
  4. Condensation on the windows or between the window panes causing seal failure. Condensation can cause mold to grow.
  5. Your window is not functioning properly when opening and closing.

Know the terms for energy efficient windows

Designed to help consumers measure and compare energy performance of different window brands, The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), provides consistent benchmark ratings on performance characteristics of different windows. There are different terms used by the NFRC and we are going to explain those below.


The rate of heat loss is indicated in the terms of U-factor. The lower the U-factor the greater the window’s resistance to heat flow and the better insulating value it has. Average U-factors range from 0.20-1.20. SeasonGuard windows have a U-factor of 0.22.

Visual Transmittance

Commonly referred to as VT, it measures the amount of light that enters through your windows. VT ratings typically range from 0 to 1. The higher the visible light transmittance, the more light that is transmitted through your window. SeasonGuard windows have a VT of 0.42.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, commonly referred to as SHGC, equates to less solar radiation admitted through your window. A lower Solar Heat Gain Coefficient rating means your home will remain cooler during the summer months. More comfort means more money in your wallet for summer fun. SHGC ratings typically range between 0 and 1. SeasonGuard windows have SHGC of 0.22.

Air Leakage Windows are tested for air infiltration to see if they allow air to pass through, and are then assigned a number of 0.3, 0.2 or 0.1. The lower the number, the less drafting you’ll have in your home. The lowest number that the U.S. Department of Energy assigns to air filtration is 0.1. Any window with an air leakage number above 0.3 is considered to have failed the mandated air leakage test. Any number lower than 0.1, not only passes, but exceeds the qualifications that are set by the DOE testing organizations. SeasonGuard windows have an air leakage of 0.1.


Top 5 Things to Consider When Purchasing New Replacement Windows

Replacement windows built by today’s standards can pay for themselves by the amount of savings in heating and cooling costs of a home. They also offer a homeowner many different options, such as different types of glass, colors of frames, and many different styles of windows.


1. Insulation

Vinyl windows with frames made of uPVC (unplasticized polyvinyl chloride) extrusions insulated with a polyurethane core are much more energy efficient than wood, multi-chambered hollow vinyl, aluminum, and composite windows. Make sure you look at the R-Factor of both the glass AND frames. Remember, the greater the R-Factor the better insulating value it has. All SeasonGuard Windows are constructed with a polyurethane core. As you can see when comparing SeasonGuard windows the R-factor is unmatched by its counterparts.

Aluminum Windows <0.10

Multi-Chambered PVC Windows 0.75

Wood Windows 1.25

Vinyl Foam-Filled Windows 3.75

SeasonGuard Windows 7.14

2. Corners

If the corners are fusion welded together the corners will never leak, which means neither water nor air will penetrate through the frames of the windows. However, if the corners are either screwed together, mechanically fastened or chemically welded, then they can start to leak over time. All SeasonGuard Windows are completely fusion welded.

3. Energy Efficient Glass

Most windows are available with Low-E Glass, some Low-E coatings are pyrolitic (hard coat), some are sputter coated soft coats and some even contain 2 layers of Low-E coating. SeasonGuard windows incorporate multiple layers of reflective metallic coatings into their panes of glass. It’s one more advantage that SeasonGuard Window Systems has over all our competitors.

4. Energy Star Rated

Products are tested and rated by the NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council), which have certain guidelines windows must pass to be considered energy efficient. Only the best performing windows will have the ENERGY STAR® approval by the U.S. Department of Energy for outstanding energy efficiency, which means utility cost savings for you. The DOE rates products for three different geographical regions in the United States, so many windows may not be ENERGY STAR® approved in all regions of the country. SeasonGuard Windows are ENERGY STAR® approved in all 50 states.


5. Warranty

Window manufacturers offer a wide range of warranties. Some offer the warranty for 5 years, many windows are warrantied for 10 years and others offer a lifetime warranty. SeasonGuard Windows’ warranty is a lifetime, non-prorated, transferable warranty. If any part of your window ever breaks or fails, it’s covered!

Lindus Construction is proud to offer SeasonGuard windows to residents in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. About half of the windows that we replace are only 10 years old or younger. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at to schedule a free in-home estimate. Don’t forget to 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.


Transform Your Home Into a Relaxing Oasis

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Balancing car pools and career instead of dinner reservations & travel plans?  If your next vacation is nowhere in sight, consider taking changes to transform your home into your personal retreat.  It’s something worth considering when you take into account the amount of time you spend there.  While there’s some effort needed to make changes that will transform your home into a relaxing oasis, it’s not as much trouble as you’d think.

BedroomWhat are the top reasons you love visiting a day spa?  Pick your favorite features: smells, sounds, surroundings, etc. and imitate them in this space.  Try incorporating peaceful music, scented candles, essential oils or flowers.  Scents known to promote relaxation include: lavender, chamomile, vanilla, sandalwood & jasmine.  One of the biggest perks of a luxury hotel is cozy bedding, so be sure to incorporate this at home too.  When you do the math, over two days each week are spent in bed so why not splurge?  Painting your walls a cool color (like blues & greens) can also subconsciously suggest relaxation.  Keep your stress levels down by keeping your room clutter-free.  Opt for soft, rather than florescent, lighting from lamps which will create a relaxed setting.

Bathroom  For a spa-like feel, arrange candles of various sizes on a small plate surrounded by smooth pebbles or rocks.  Roll towels rather than fold them for an added touch of class; you can even repurpose a wine rack to be a towel holder. Select a wall color that promotes a soothing atmosphere.  (Need help?  Read our blog about it: Incorporate elements of nature in your décor such as wood, stones, plants & shells.  Bowl shaped sinks add value and a modern touch.  Even if your bathroom is small, it can be opened up with skylights.  Shower heads with multiple settings allow you select the one that best bans stress.

Throughout Your Home-While the bathroom & bedroom are the easiest areas to change, here are a few ideas of other things you can do around your home to create a more relaxing atmosphere:

-Cozy furniture promotes comfort no matter what you’re doing. The same goes for oversized plush pillows that can provide additional seating on the floor.

-Don’t overcrowd walls with lots of artwork or photos.  A minimalist approach will make rooms feel larger.  Consider painting an end table or book shelf the same color as the wall it is placed next to which will create the illusion of more space.

-Creative storage-Store mail, magazines, books, etc. in an ottoman or decorative basket to avoid clutter.

Entryway-Add excitement from the moment you walk in the door by decorating with accents you love.  This could be a favorite piece of art, a vase of fresh cut flowers or even a tabletop fountain.

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 to schedule a free in-home estimate.

Why LP SmartSide is Incomparable to Fiber Cement Siding

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Who is Louisiana Pacific also known as LP for short?

Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, LP was established in 1973. LP® SmartSide® is one of the fastest growing brands of exterior siding in America today. The reason they are at the top of their game is because LP bases their values as a company on;

  • Safety
  • Protection of the environment
  • Compliance with all laws and acting ethically and with high integrity in all that we do
  • Providing quality products and service to our customers
  • Respecting people and projecting fairness
  • A commitment to teamwork
  • A commitment to continuous improvement
  • A commitment to our communities

We are going to explain to you below why choosing LP® SmartSide® is the best investment for your siding project because of durability, environmental responsibility and their unmatched warranties.

Why Choosing LP® SmartSide® Over Fiber Cement Siding Is the Right Choice


The 5/50 Warranty

LP® SmartSide® offers a category leading 5/50 warranty. You can’t go wrong with their 5/50 warranty which provides a 5-year, 100% labor and replacement feature as well as a 50-year prorated warranty on the product. Most fiber cement companies have completely different warranties that do not match LP’s category leading warranty.

Product Cost Advantages

LP® SmartSide® lap siding is priced competitively to fiber cement siding. Increased work process efficiencies with installation and less waste on the job is a large part of this. In a test conducted by the National Association of Home Builders showed that SmartSide installs at least 12% faster than fiber cement proving this theory.

33% Less Seams

SmartSide comes in 16’ lengths vs. 12’ that fiber cement comes in resulting in less unsightly seams and joints on your home.

The Most Realistic Texture on the Market

SmartSide provides a more realistic cedar texture than fiber cement. In blind testing conducted with homeowners SmartSide was chosen the most due to the deeper embossed cedar grain pattern compared to other fiber cement products on the market.

American Made and Local

LP is an American based company in Nashville, TN. There are three mills right in our area in Two Harbors, MN, Tomahawk & Hayward, WI. A lot of other fiber cement companies are headquartered in foreign countries such as Japan, France & Mexico.

Installation & Your Safety

Unlike SmartSide, fiber cement products require special safety training, special gear to protect against airborne silica and specific cutting tools. Many fiber cement products contain silica & fly ash which can be a potential health hazard if it becomes airborne. SmartSide does not manufacture their products with these elements and uses zinc borate which does not come with the risk of health hazards.

Long Lasting & Durable

SmartSide is not affected by efflorescence, unlike its fiber cement counterpart, which is due to salts and minerals leaching out of the product while drying. Efflorescence can be very difficult, expensive and time consuming to fix. SmartSide is unmatched in its durability from life’s natural occurrences such as hail, kids & lawnmowers just to name a few. Since 1996 LP has rigorously tested SmartSide in Hilo, Hawaii which has an average annual rainfall of 170 inches and with that amount of rain and temperatures consistently around 75 degrees it is a harsh jungle environment. This backs up why they have installed 3.5 million homes in the last 15 years without one complaint because they care how their product performs.

Being “Green” Is a Top Priority on Their List

LP takes land-use stewardship seriously by representing one of the industry’s highest commitments to sustainable forestry. They ensure and preserve prompt reforestation, soil conservation, water quality and wildlife habitats. They are a part of the SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) which verifies all SmartSide products are manufactured from certified wood. LP’s commitment to sustainability does not stop with the production of their product it extends through their supply chain, with a focus on reducing waste and their carbon footprint wherever they can. LP is currently working with raw material suppliers to develop bio-based resins and waxes intended to reduce their dependency on fossil fuels. They have migrated to EPA Tier3 emissions-compliant vehicles to be more fuel-efficient. They have partnered up with the EPA joining the SmartWay Transport Partnership. SmartWay is a partnership between the EPA and transportation companies promoting fuel efficiency by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Lindus Construction is proud to be a Platinum member of LP’s Build Smart Preferred Remodeler Program. We have gone through extensive training with LP through jobsite audits and LP University to make sure that every job is done to the specifications that the manufacturer entails. We also offer a visual remodeler program that allows you to view LP® SmartSide® on your current home. LP® SmartSide® comes in 100 different profiles so the possibilities are endless!!

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 to schedule a free in-home estimate.

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Stylish & Pet Friendly? Here’s How….

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According to the American Pet Products Manufacturer’s Association, approximately 63% of American households have a pet.  Most of these pets reside indoors leaving their owners contemplating the best way to have a pet-friendly home while still maintaining a sense of style.  Below, we’ve put together some ideas of how to make your home a point of pride while minimizing the effects that a pet can have on your furniture, flooring, walls, etc.

Flooring-Most dogs & cats are prone to some shedding so it’s important to pick flooring that is easy to clean.  We recommend shying away from carpeting in heavy pet traffic areas because carpeting is harder to maintain that ceramic tiles or laminate flooring.  Beware of wood flooring which can scratch though this can be minimized by keeping your pet’s claws trimmed.  When it comes to cleaning your flooring, avoid harsh chemicals because your pet can absorb the cleaning substance through their paws (not to mention if they lick any spots that are not dried completely).  For a pet & environmentally friendly solution, you can use a solution of vinegar & water to clean most types of flooring.  For surfaces that can be vacuumed, do so at least once per week and more when your pet is shedding.

Paint Colors & Accents- For rooms pets spend a lot of time in, it can be a good idea to choose a color palate that closely resembles their fur color.  Why?  It will help mask the effects of shedding in between house cleanings.  Colored walls, rather than white ones, are preferential because they will mask discoloration better.  When it comes to choosing the type of paint, a satin finish is ideal.  Why?  Drooling pets and those who shake off their fur after being in the rain or tub can stain flat paint but the satin finish will allow for an easier clean-up.

Plants-Houseplants improve your home’s air quality and allow you to breath with more ease.  With that being said, take care to keep plants out of your pet’s reach.  Some of the deadliest plants for pets include: Hyacinth, Coleus and Holly.

Give Your Pet Their Own Space- Consider your pet’s needs when determining your home’s layout.  If your pet is going to be spending a lot of times outdoors, make sure that there is a convenient place for them to be cleaned up prior to entering the rest of your house.  Think of this space as a mud room for pets.  Providing your dog or cat with their own bed or kennel will decrease the likelihood of them wanting to crawl on furniture.

Eliminate Boredom-In most instances, pets that chew or scratch furniture do so because they are bored.  Eliminate this boredom by having toys readily available for your pet to play with.  To discourage cats from scratching furniture, apply tin foil or duct tape around problem areas until the habit is kicked.  Cat trees and scratching posts can also be a welcome distraction.  Walks and a trip to the dog park are also good ways to blow off some steam.

Pet Food-Not keen on having your pet’s food bowl out at all times?  Some cabinet makers now make dog food drawers for bottom cabinets that can be pulled out at feeding time and closed in between meals.  The treats you give your pet can also have an impact on condition of your home.  While raw hides may be Fido’s first choice, did you know that they can wreak havoc on your floors and furniture because of the nitrates they contain which cause stains.  Kongs (a highly durable rubber toy which treats can be placed in) are a cleaner and more fun alternative.

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 to schedule a free in-home estimate.

Wood vs. Laminate Flooring

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A lot of homeowners are turning away from carpeting to wood and laminate flooring because they are easier to clean and hypoallergenic.  Before deciding whether you wish to go with laminate or
hardwood floors, it’s important to consider the pros and cons of each.  This will allow you to make a decision that best suits your family and lifestyle.   so that you can make the decision that best suits your family and your lifestyle.

Hardwood Floors-made from harvested trees.


  • Timeless look
  • Ages well and can even look better with age
  • Comes in lots of different patterns, colors and wood grains
  • Adds value to your home
  • Long lasting
  • Can be refinished multiple times to look new


  • Significant investment compared to laminate floors
  • Wood is a natural material and does not have a consistent look throughout
  • Needs to be installed by a professional
  • Needs occasional waxing and polishing
  • Can change looks over time due to sun exposure
  • More prone to scratching, especially if you have pets

Laminate Floors-introduced to the US in 1982 and are made of several materials bonded together through high pressure.


  • Easy to install
  • Consistent look throughout because the “pattern” is actually a high definition image printed on the material
  • More affordable than hard woods
  • Does not fade from sun exposure
  • Does not expand or contract like hardwood does making it useable in spaces that hardwood would not be able to be used.


  • Scratches cannot be buffed out; instead the entire plank must be removed.
  • Water damage can cause the planks to rise and may cause them to be replaced.  Multiple rows can sometimes need to be pulled out if one plank needs to be replaced.
  • Can be noisy so it’s important to have a layer of acoustic underlay so that it doesn’t sound hollow when you walk on it.
  • Slippery
  • Lower resale value than hardwood floors

In the end, it’s imperative that you consider your pocketbook and your long-term requirements before committing to one of these flooring options.  Don’t be afraid to take some time and evaluate your needs before making a decision.

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 to schedule a free in-home estimate.

Mosquitoes Are Using Your Clogged Gutters as a Vacation Home

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Mosquitoes love gutters clogged with water, wet leaves and other debris. In fact, a significant percentage of mosquitoes in your neighborhood are bred right at home, in your own wet gutters. From a health standpoint, clogged gutters are a haven for mosquitoes that will breed freely in a clustered moist environment. Let’s not forget the constant distraction of outdoor life around your home. Mosquitos live where they breed. Experts say all it takes is one tablespoon of standing water to breed hundreds of mosquitos.  Many people think that clogged gutters are a spring and fall phenomenon, but mosquito breeding season is long and can extend because of early spring and late winter.

Mosquitoes are commonly known to carry West Nile Virus which is on the rise. West Nile Virus (WNV) usually has the highest risk from mid-summer through early autumn. About 1 out of every 150 people bitten by infected mosquitos will develop central nervous system disease and approximately 10% of people with severe forms of WNV will form an infection and die. Fortunately most healthy individuals infected develop West Nile Fever, which is a less severe form and are able to fight off the virus.

Clogged gutters are not only unsightly, but also a danger to the integrity of your home and health. Here are some threats they present:

  • Increased mosquito population increasing your health risk for West Nile Virus
  • Increased mosquito populations also increase your dog’s chance of contracting heartworm since they carry this too
  • Damage to your soffit & fascia
  • Ground erosion
  • Cracks in the foundation and basement flooding


Why choose LeafGuard Gutters to protect your home & health?

Rain gutters are meant to capture the water from your roof and carry it safely into a downspout – away from your soffit, fascia and foundation, where it can cause damage. But ordinary gutters also capture leaves, twigs and other organic debris that can cause them to clog during rainstorms. LeafGuard’s patented design allows rainwater to travel down and around its curved hood and into the gutter, while deflecting leaves and debris. LeafGuard Gutters are guaranteed not to clog for as long as you own your home, or the installing dealer will clean your gutters for free. LeafGuard Gutters are custom fit, durable, and made in a wide variety of colors. Their attractive design blends in perfectly with every style home. With LeafGuard’s unique gutter protection system, you can forget about water damage, surface erosion, and climbing ladders. That’s why we say: With LeafGuard Brand Gutters – Get It and Forget It!

Well-informed homeowners have been choosing LeafGuard seamless gutters for almost 20 years to safeguard their homes and here is why!

  • LeafGuard´s patented one-piece seamless design allows rainwater to cling to the hood and fall into the gutter, while leaves and other debris fall to the ground.
  • LeafGuard gutters not only looks better, but also functions better than add-on      gutter covers, gutter hoods, and screens.
  • LeafGuard’s one-piece hood and gutter are formed from a seamless piece of aluminum eliminating problems with gutter attachments and color matching.
  • LeafGuard is not screwed or nailed into your roof causing damage and warranty violations associated with two-piece gutter systems.
  • LeafGuard brand gutters are securely fastened to your fascia board with hidden, non-corrosive, internal hangers.
  • LeafGuard is made from aluminum that is 20% heavier than standard aluminum gutters.
  • The LeafGuard gutter system features larger downspouts that are also 30%      thicker than standard aluminum gutters.
  • LeafGuard´s exclusive ScratchGuard® paint finish, won´t chip, peel or crack, and comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.*

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard is a proud dealer of LeafGuard brand gutter systems and would like to come out to your home and give you a free no-obligation estimate on the best seamless gutter system on the market. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at Make sure to 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.