Monthly Archives: November 2012

Which Window Style Makes Sense in Your Home?

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Filed under Awning, Bay, Bow, Casement, Double Hung, Garden, Sliding, Vinyl Windows, Windows, Wood Windows

Shopping for windows can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to dissecting what type of window makes sense in your home.  Terms like “casement” and “double hung” are all terms we’ve heard but may be unsure of what exactly they mean.  Simplify the shopping process by understanding these terms.  Below, we’ll give you the 411 on major window styles, all available in Lindus Construction’s SeasonGuard window line which is the only windows to receive the Energy Star Award three years in a row.

Awning:

By Definition: Hinged at the top, they open outward and leave a small area beneath both sides of the glass.

Ideal For: Bathrooms & kitchens because they can allow odors to quickly escape.

Perks of SeasonGuard Awning Windows: Awning windows which have one of the industry’s lowest air infiltration rates, because they feature three continuous seals of weather stripping.

Bay:

By Definition: Room with a view?  Likely you’ve got bay windows to thank.  They typically consist of one larger window that does not open and a smaller one on each side that can.    

Ideal For: Living rooms but can be used to showcase a view in dining & bedrooms as well.

Perks of SeasonGuard Bay Windows: An anti-water penetration system helps protect against unwanted water and moisture damage. This system protects your most precious investment—your home.

Bow:

By Definition: Similar to bay windows, bow windows provide a panoramic view.  They have anywhere from 3 to 6 sections divided by wood or laminate.

Ideal For: Living Rooms, Kitchens, Dining Rooms & Bedrooms.

Perks of SeasonGuard Bow Windows: Specifically designed to protect your home from excess moisture and the damage it causes.

Casement:

By Definition: They can be hung in pairs or solo.  Casement windows are operated by cranks that swing them outward and provide great air circulation.

Ideal For: Casement windows are great for bathrooms & kitchens where air sometimes needs to be circulated quickly.  They also work well in attics where window openings may be more difficult to reach.

Perks of SeasonGuard Casement Windows: Utilizing three continuous seals of weather stripping, SeasonGuard casement windows have some of the industry’s lowest air filtration rates.  Plus, they are easily operated and have functional hardware which makes cleaning a breeze.

Double Hung:

By Definition: A double hung window looks like two small windows stacked on top of each other vertically; they are the most popular style in today’s homes.

Ideal For: Bedrooms, bathrooms, sunrooms and utility rooms.

Perks of Double Hung SeasonGuard Windows: Minimal maintenance and easy operation with tilt-in feature.  Recessed pick resistant locks offer the best in security.

Garden:

By Definition: A garden window gets its name because it imitates the symmetry of a greenhouse.  It extends out from the side of your home.

Ideal For: Kitchens & Sunrooms.  They offer you a place to showcase your houseplants or tchotchkes.

Perks of SeasonGuard Garden Windows: The adjustable height glass shelf is standard.  The handle is easy to reach and both trapezoids are fully operational which offers worry-free ventilation.

Sliding:

By Definition: Just as the name implies, a sliding window shifts open along a track.

Ideal For: Living rooms, walk-out basement, bedrooms & above kitchen sinks.

Perks of SeasonGuard Sliding Windows: The signature narrowline window design allows for a maximum glass viewing area. 

 

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.

 

What is Affecting Your Roof’s Performance?

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If you are wondering if your asphalt roof is getting past its peak, it probably is. Asphalt roofs are made to withstand lots of beatings from the weather, but over time the material will succumb to the elements. Below, we are going to identify weather conditions that can adversely affect the lifespan of your asphalt roof causing decay and underperformance. If your roof is suffering from any of these conditions, you should contact your local contractor to get an estimate for a full roof replacement.

Rain: Believe it or not, asphalt shingles are not completely waterproof and they depend on the slope of your roof to shed water effectively. If you live in a climate with even moderate rain, you need to beware of water that might be getting underneath your shingles.  If unnoticed, the water can work its way to the roof deck causing decay and roof structure rotting. Having an excess moisture problem on your roof will encourage mildew to start growing that can spread to other areas of your home such as your walls, ceiling, insulation and electrical systems.

Wind: Many asphalt shingles have a resistance to moderate wind speeds, but depending on the age of your roof, you could start seeing wind damage. High winds can lift the edges of your asphalt shingles causing extensive roof damage.

Snow & Ice: Water in general is a troublemaker for roofs, especially when the temperatures dip below freezing. When snow melts and then refreezes on a roof near the overhang an ice dam can form. The ice dam will block proper drainage of the water runoff into the gutters, causing it to back up under the shingles and seep into the interior of your home.

Condensation: Moisture in a poorly ventilated attic will cause decay and destruction with your roof structure. To keep condensation at bay having proper attic ventilation by adding additional or larger vents making the air temperature in your attic closer to the outside air temperature.

Sun: Steady solar exposure from the sun can cause long term effects and diminish the longevity and integrity of your asphalt roof. Sun related roof damage symptoms include warped, split or decayed shingles. Solar deterioration occurs the fastest on the south and west sides of your roof so these areas will show the damage first.

Leaves & Trees: You want to keep trees at a distance where they are not touching your roof surface. Tree branches will scratch your asphalt shingles. Wind can also cause branches to fall from the tree damaging, or even puncturing, your shingles. If you have a lot of leaves on your roof it can cause it to rot, because of the moisture in the leaves. Also, having too many leaves on your roof will cause blockage in your gutters not allowing for proper drainage. If you have a recurring problem with clogged gutters call 1-800-LEAFGUARD and you will never have to clean your gutters again-guaranteed!

Lindus Construction offers the #1 selling roofing systems in North America, GAF Asphalt Roofing and was recognized in 2011 as the #1GAF roofing contractor in the country. 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.

Rockin’ Christmas Trees

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Many of us celebrate holiday traditions without giving much thought to their origin.  Why is it that every December why we feel the need to chop down a tree, drag it from the furthest point of the woods and strap it to the top of a car that is 2 feet shorter than the tree?  While the internet offers various explanations regarding the Christmas tree’s origination, we know that they’ve been around in the US since the 1700’s.  These days, Christmas trees serve as a focal point in the home during the holidays.  Looking for a way to make this year’s tree the biggest and baddest yet?  Here are some themed Christmas tree ideas to get your wheels turning.

Food Themed:

Candy canes are a natural fit for this type of tree as are mini kitchen utensils and cookie cutters.  Homemade ice cream cone ornaments can be made by wrapping a styrofoam ball in yarn and placing it on top of an ice cream come.  Lighting stands come in lots of designs including those that look like peppermint candies, M&M’s, Lifesavers, gum drops, etc.  For a classic touch string popcorn or cranberries.   Creative tree toppers can include a gingerbread man or candy canes arranged in a star formation.

Ode to the Outdoors:

Avid hunter or fisherman?  Used shotgun shells can be strung together and used in place of tinsel and bobbers & lures can double as ornaments.  A camouflage, hunter green or blaze orange tree skirt finishes off the look nicely.

Colored Christmas Trees:

Some homeowners are turning to colored artificial Christmas trees because if the tree isn’t real, why try and fake it?  Colored trees come in variety of colors including, red, pink, white and blue.  You can also find multi-colored artificial trees.  To decorate, select ornaments with graphic designs and bold colors like purple fuchsia & lime green.  You don’t have to embrace crazy colors in your normal home décor to decorate a vibrantly colored tree.

Traditional:

Go back to the basics with a traditional tree.  String with white lights and follow up with a layer of tinsel.  Traditional ornaments include red & silver bulbs, jingle bells and those made by family members.  Top with a star or an angel.

Patriotic:

 Show your American pride with a patriotic tree.  Lights can be red, white or blue or a combination of all.  (Strings with all 3 colors are easily found around the 4th of July.)  The tree can be decorated with coordinating bulbs or stars in patriotic colors.  Wooden, tin or GI Joe figurines can also be added, as can camouflage ribbons.

Patriotic:
If there’s a Red Rider bb gun under the tree and a leg lamp in the corner, a vintage Christmas tree is in order.  Utilize shiny glass bulbs, wooden figurines, felt & crocheted ornaments.  Use a traditional angel or star tree topper and incorporate an antique tree skirt and stand.

Charlie Brown:

Since the mid-1960s, Charlie Brown and his Christmas tree have been a favorite TV special for American families.  Embrace this tradition by making your own Charlie Brown Christmas tree.  Start by picking a tree with several bare branches and limited needles.  Place in the stand so the tree leans to one side (but not so much that it will fall over and injure someone).  Sparsely decorate with ornaments (red bulbs if you want to stay true to the original Charlie Brown Christmas tree which had only a single red bulb.)  Wrap the tree stand in a light blue blanket to get the full effect.

Cabin:

For a more rustic feel, decorate your tree with a cabin theme in mind.  This look can be achieved by using wooden ornaments, pine cones, cinnamon sticks, raffia, and wooden beads.

Memories of Christmas Past:

Start a tradition of picking up ornaments that commemorate life events.  Some couples buy ornaments from every year of their marriage.  Let your children pick out an ornament every year that symbolizes their achievements (think mini pom-poms for making the squad or a mini electric guitar for their first rock concert.)  Picture frame ornaments are also a great way to display memories.

Kids:

Let the kids have their own tree this year!  Fruit Loops can be strung in place of tinsel, as can paper chains or silly string.  Go wild with blinking lights in flashy colors.  Kids can make their own snowflake ornaments.  Slinkys can also add a fun touch.  The tree topper can be a paper angel or a top hat similar to the one used in the Cat in the Hat books.  Allow kids to take ownership of the tree and don’t worry if it’s not something that would make the front cover of Better Homes & Gardens. 

Frosty the Snowman:

The concept behind this tree is to make it look like an actual snowman.  For the “body” use a white tree.  Use black bulbs as Frosty’s buttons and garnish with snowflake ornaments throughout.  Use silver branches attached to the mid-section of the trunk to create arms.  For feet, place black boots at the bottom.  Attach a head (papier mache bought from a craft store or made on your own) to the top of the tree and wrap a scarf around it to mask how it was attached.  Keep the lights to a minimum on this type of tree or it will look too busy.

Jolly Old St. Nick:

Much like the snowman tree above, you can design your entire tree to look like Santa Claus.  Again, this type of themed tree is going to work best when you’re working with a white base.  Start by wrapping the tree in white lights.  To replicate the bottom of Santa’s jacket, wrap the bottom of the Christmas tree in white boas.  For the red, in Santa’s jacket use shear fabric and wrap it around the rest of the tree.  In the middle, wrap a large black belt with a gold buckle.  Sprinkle red ornaments on various spots on the tree.  Black boots can be placed at the base of the tree.

Victorian:

Embellish your tree with elegant hand-blown glass ornaments.  Wrap strands of pearlescent beads around it.  Other items to include can be silver tinsel, ribbons, snowflakes and gold-colored pine cones.  Small candles can be added but we do not recommend that you light them.  Handcrafted ornaments made from gingerbread, paper and lace can also be added.  Complete your Victorian tree

Want to see our Christmas tree picks?  Check out our Pinterest album.  http://pinterest.com/linduscon/rockin-christmas-trees/

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.

Single, Double or Triple Pane?

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Since roughly 90% of a window is glass, your choice of single, double or triple pane can dramatically affect your energy efficiency. Double and triple pane windows trap a layer of still air or gas between the panes which increases insulation. Replacing the windows in your home will help stabilize your home’s climate making air temperature more consistent from different rooms to different levels.

Triple Pane Windows (also known as Triple Glazed Windows)

Triple pane windows will conserve 80-90% more energy than single paned windows. If you live in a cold climate like we do here in the Midwest, you might want to consider triple over double pane windows. Triple pane windows are the most expensive in cost compared to their double and single counterparts, but you will get the utmost comfort. They will greatly reduce condensation, allowing you to maintain a higher indoor relative humidity in cold weather, which is essential to us Midwesterner’s half way through winter. If you can only afford a few triple pane windows, have them installed in the north and east facing rooms in your home so you will get the biggest bang for your buck.

Double Pane Windows (also known as Double Glazed Windows)

Double pane windows will increase your energy efficiency by up to 50% over single paned windows. Double pane windows have all the same benefits as triple pane but can only reach an R-value of roughly 3.5-4.0 whereas triple pane windows can get up to an R-value of 9-10. R-value is the resistantance to heat flow. Double pane windows have significant advantages over single pane windows including better insulation, noise reduction and cleaning. They will also protect the items in your home more from sun damage compared to single pane.

Single Pane Windows (also known as Single Glazed Windows)

The affordability of single paned windows is the best thing this type of window has going for it. Single pane, meaning only one pane of glass, will allow the most daylight in than its double and triple counterparts. If you prefer having as much light as possible in your home, single pane might be right up your alley. Single pane windows have the worst U-factor of any window which means they let out the most heat and are the least energy efficient. Putting storm windows in will help decrease you heat and energy loss if you are unable to upgrade to double or triple. 

Lindus Construction offers our exclusive SeasonGuard window line! 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.

 

Why Are My Windows Sweating?

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Now that cooler temperatures have arrived, some homeowners may be noticing a disconcerting condition where windows begin to sweat.  In order to fix this problem, you must understand that sweating occurs when warm, damp air comes in contact with a cold, smooth surface.  (Condensation, such as this, is the reason that a can of pop sweats when you have it outside on a hot, summer day.)   Your home’s humidity levels should be 30-50% and even lower in the winter months.  If your home’s humidity is higher than this, it will be evident through “sweaty” windows.

How does this humidity get in the air?  Several ways, including:

  • Steaming produced from cooking
  • Gas fireplaces without proper ventilation
  • Improperly vented bathrooms
  • Bathroom doors with too small of a gap, that traps moist air in the room
  • Inadequate dryer vents
  • Carbon monoxide exhaled through one’s normal breathing process

Temporary Fixes:

  • Keep your home between 62 & 68 degrees during the winter.
  • Verify that your dryer vents are adequate for your home
  • Run a dehumidifier
  • Always run an exhaust fan when cooking and showering (especially if your bathroom doesn’t have windows)

A Permanent Solution:

The above ideas may temporarily alleviate the problem, but the only way to be completely done with it is to replace the offending windows because the condensation is evidence they are not providing ample insulation.  Windows best suited to provide insulation and increase your home’s energy efficiency are those that are triple paned.  This means they contain 3 panes of glass that are separated by air spaces.  They’re a great way to save on your energy bills because they have more surface area, which is used to absorb both warmth and cold putting less stress on your home’s furnace and air conditioner.  Vinyl and wood frames will work much better than those made of metal because metal is a conductor which means it will increase the sweating issue since it will transfer the cold air indoors.

Call Lindus Construction today for your free estimate on replacement window installation.  We offer custom solutions for your home and are proud to be the home of SeasonGuard Windows, which are the only window to receive the Energy Star Award three years in a row. 

 

Cold? Maximize Your Home’s Heating Efficiency

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Winter is approaching and it is that time of year your monthly utility expenses will start to creep up, extra layers of clothing will become necessary and chilly rooms in your home might be your reality. If your insulation in your home isn’t up to snuff, you should consider contacting a contractor for an inspection because you will be putting more money back in your pocket instead of just turning up your thermostat. Proper insulation is the key to keeping your heating costs under control.

If you live in an older home that has ‘personality,’ most likely your walls and floors have started to settle and sag over time and many older attics don’t have any sort of insulation at all. The heated air in your home is still forced into areas, such as your un-insulated attic, pushing the hot air right outside. Have you contractor check the R-value in your insulation material, which is the resistance to the flow of heat. The higher the R-value, the better the insulation. Insure that it reflects your region’s climate standards and your existing heating equipment.

Take a look at the doors and windows in your home for gaps. Seal anything that needs attention, otherwise you are just heating the neighborhood. We recommend using Energy Star sealing materials to have the best bet of sealing gaps. The ducts and vents in your home lose about 20% of the heat pushed through them. That is not a direct reflection of your furnace, but rather the leaks and failing seals that exist around them. Turn your furnace on high heat to uncover these issues following the duct work system in your home.

Blinds on your windows can actually help increase the insulation in your home. Shades made from one-piece materials are made to trap energy in. Drawing these types of shades on colder nights will save you as much energy as unfloor insulation and you will definitely notice a difference.

Having an energy audit done by a qualified contractor can identify areas for improvement in your home. Areas that they are able to check more easily than doing it yourself are the walls between your home & garage as well as your attic. Here at Lindus Construction, we have expert home installation technicians that will use our special diagnostic tools to pinpoint all the hidden air leaks in your home and properly seam them for maximum saving and comfort. We offer spray foam, blow-in cellulose & fiberglass insulation to fit the needs of all of our customers.

Lindus Construction offers free no obligation estimates on spray foam, blow-in cellulose & fiberglass insulation. 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.

Let Your Attic Breathe for the Health of Your Home

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Many homeowners overlook their attic space and think its purpose is extra storage or a scary place they don’t want to venture to. In all reality, your attic is a vital part of your home’s blueprint that if neglected can cause increased energy bills, premature shingle decay, poor air quality and damage to your insulation.

In the summer months, when the sun hits the roof of your home, heat penetrates your attic. If you have improper ventilation in your attic, the heat is forced down into your home which causes your appliances such as fans, refrigerators and air conditioners to work harder, increasing your energy efficiency and energy bill.

Having proper ventilation in winter months is just as important due to the moisture that snowfall brings. A family of four you generates two to four gallons of water vapor during your daily activities, which rises in your home to your attic area. This rising vapor condensation can cause your insulation to become damp causing wood rot, mold and mildew to be circulated in your air quality throughout your home.

Inadequate ventilation in your home can also affect the exterior. Areas on your roof can become warmed causing snow melt and the formation of ice dams. Ice dams are when the melted snow on your roof flows down until it hits a colder spot, where it refreezes and causes a back-up of ice on the roof.

Heat build-up and excessive moisture can cause your roof decking and shingles to deteriorate prematurely. Proper ventilation will ensure consistent surface temperatures on your roof eliminating moisture damage to your roof.

You want to achieve a balanced ventilation system in your home where intake ventilation at the eaves is equal to that at or near the attic ridge area. Accomplishing this will help reduce energy costs for your home and decrease the change of damage.

When having ventilation systems installed make sure to check:

  • That the intake vents are not covered with insulation or painted closed
  • That attic insulation baffles are inserted into the soffit of the intake vents
  • That the same exhaust vents are used throughout your attic and roof

Lindus Construction offers free no obligation estimates on spray foam, blow-in cellulose & fiberglass insulation. 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.

Eradicating Unwanted Guests

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Cooler weather is upon us which means a season of unwanted guests.  (No, we’re not talking about a cousin Eddy situation like in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, though if you’ve got success stories, we’re all ears….)  This time of the year, opportunistic wild animals are looking for a cozy hideout and where better than your property?  Learn the dangers of animals in your home and what you can do to prevent and evict them.

Deer:

Rarely what they appear to be in Bambi, deer can damage trees, plants and other vegetation on your property.  To top it off, deer have an amazing vertical and have been known to clear 9 foot fences.  If opening day is too far away, there are a few tactics to get them off of your property.  First, bear in mind that deer are intelligent creatures and your strategy needs to change every few weeks until they are gone because they soon catch on to you.  If you currently have a bird feeder in your yard, remove it because deer see it as an open invitation.  Soap can be strung and hung from trees, as the scent may drive them away.  Electronic deer repellants are available.  Devices are typically motion controlled and either put off noises, flashing lights or a combination of both.  Deer do not eat evergreens or lilacs; use these to line your property if you have a deer problem.

Signs You’ve Been Invaded: Plants with ripped edges, tree trunks with missing bark, and indentations in the ground where a deer has been laying.

Squirrels:

If you’ve seen our ads, you know that squirrels are cute & loveable, oh and did we mention mischievous and highly capable of overstaying their welcome?  Squirrels often access homes through screen less vents & chimneys especially since they are capable of scaling tall buildings with the assistance of trees & telephone poles.  If you find yourself in this conundrum, call a licensed professional who can safely trap and remove the squirrel(s) before they harm your property or your family.

Prevent this problem from recurring by closing or restricting any openings on your home’s exterior.  Trim low hanging branches (anything 10 feet or lower) because this is often the area that squirrels nest.  Steer clear of trees with nuts and berries (and bird feeders too) because they all give this pest a reason to stay.  (Shameless plug—gutters filled with leaves, twigs and other debris, provide a “motel” for these rodents.  Install one-piece, seamless, LeafGuard Gutters to keep squirrels out and gutter cleaning at bay.  Visit www.lindusconstruction.com to learn more.)

Signs You’ve Been Invaded: Skip the call to GhostBusters if you’re hearing noises coming from your attic or chimney.  An attic environment is similar to that of a hollowed out tree and the perfect place to raise their young.  Watch for ceilings with chewed holes or stains as they are signs you’ve got company.

Mice:

Blame Walt Disney for giving these vermin a good name.  (BTW-did you know he was actually afraid of mice?).  The Houdini of the animal kingdom, mice can contort their bodies to fit into holes as small as ¼ inch.  If you find that your home is a haven to mice, don’t ignore the issue; a litter of mice can have up to 18 mice and a female can produce several litters in a year.  Prevent mice from entering your home by plugging any interior or exterior holes you find.  Make sure that your home’s exterior doors have no gaps underneath them.  Bait traps with peanut butter and set them in perpendicular pairs with the trigger end closest to the wall.

Signs You’ve Been Invaded: Rodent droppings, nests, torn food containers, shredded debris and scratching noises on your floors or in your walls.

Raccoons:

The Zorro inspired mask that every raccoon has should be a sign that these critters are little rebels.  Like squirrels, if they are able to make their way into your homes, they’re likely to set up shop in your chimney or attic.  Because of the threat of rabies, we recommend that you allow a professional to assist you in the eradication process.  Prevent raccoons with a mesh screen around your chimney.  Secure garbage cans and keep pet food inside your home.

Signs You’ve Been Invaded: Looking for their next meal, raccoons often scour garbage cans.  Mud or scratch marks near vents, downspouts or corners can also be an indicator that there’s an intruder in your midst.  Noises (screaming, chirping or crying) near your fireplace or attic can also be a tip off that you’re not alone.

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.

Fall Home Cleaning Checklist

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Is it that time of year already when we start preparing for hibernation just like the bears? Well it seems to be with the cool crisp mornings and shorter days that are now upon us. Just like spring cleaning, fall cleaning is just as important in preparing your home for the winter months. Below is a fall home chore checklist if you have trouble knowing where to start and what not to forget.

The outside of your home

  • Clean and store away patio furniture, umbrellas, grills & children’s summer toys.
  • Rake your leaves & fertilize your grass.
  • Remove thatch build-up in your yard.
  • Clean out your garden.
  • Give your trees and shrubs a good drink of water.
  • Wash your exterior windows.
  • Touch up paint on trim, railings and decks.
  • Check caulk around windows and doors and re-caulk if needed.
  • Put on storm doors & windows as well as installing weather-stripping on door thresholds.
  • Drain and store your garden hoses and sprinkler systems.
  • Check your gutters and downspouts for clogging and debris. If you never want to clean your gutters again install the LeafGuard gutter system and IceGuard to greatly reduce icicles.
  • Give your outdoor tools a tune up.
  • Clean your chimney.
  • Clean up any dog debris in your yard.

The inside of your home

  • Wash the inside of your windows.
  • Turn your mattress.
  • Clear your carpets.
  • Organize your kitchen cabinets for holiday cooking and entertaining.
  • Clean or replace your humidifier elements.
  • Check your dryer exhaust tube and vent for build-up.
  • Have an inspection on your furnace.
  • Buy water salt for your water softener.
  • Stock up on furnace filters.
  • Drain sediment from your water heater.
  • Check all of your appliances in your home to ensure they are properly working.
  • Stock up wood for the winter.

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.