Monthly Archives: December 2012

Can a Roof Be Installed in the Winter?

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In our industry, the busiest times for roofing installation are first thing in the spring and in the fall.  Those in the spring may have prolonged the project longer than they should have and those in the fall likely are trying to get the project completed before the cold sets in.  While we certainly don’t see an influx of roofing inquiries in the winter, the question has been asked whether roofing can be installed in the winter.  The answer, in one word, is yes.  However, we feel a longer explanation is necessary so that the homeowner understands the ins and outs of installing a roof in the winter.

First Things, First

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.  By no means are we encouraging everyone to get a roof installed year-round in the Midwest.  A new roof in the winter involves some additional challenges.  The temperature needs to be taken into consideration because at extremely cold temperatures, asphalt shingles can become brittle and break.  To avoid this issue, a roofer can keep most bundles of shingles in a warm, dry place and only pull out a few bundles at a time.  Because days are shorter in the winter, roofers have less daylight to get the roof complete.  Installing on a windy winter day can easily rip off newly installed shingles, especially those with self-sealing strips which can be compromised in cold temperatures.  As an extra precaution, hand tabbing (adding quarter size spots of adhesive to the bottom of shingles) is encouraged.  This will keep the shingles in place until warmer temperatures arrive which will help the adhesive work.  It’s also important to keep in mind the safety of the roofers since the roof can be a slippery surface to work on in the winter.  As with any roofing job, it’s important that roofers are tethered to the roof so that if they were to slip, they would be stopped before they went over the edge.

It’s Not All Bad News

On the bright side, there are a few advantages to roofing in the winter, should you find yourself in need.  In the winter, unlike the summer, meteorologists have an easier time forecasting the weather.  This allows roofers to make strategic choices about when to install a roof so that it’s not left open when snow is on the way.  One of the hazards of roofing in the summer is worrying about debris accidentally falling on your landscaping and damaging your plants.  In the winter, there’s less chance for damaging landscaping.  Windows are also closed in the winter which prevents any falling roofing materials from accidentally ending up in your home.

The Bottom Line

While winter isn’t an ideal time to install a roof, with the proper steps taken to ensure the workers’ safety and preservation of the new roofing materials, a roof can successfully be installed in the winter months. 

Lindus Construction offers both asphalt and metal roofing options.  In 2011, they were named the #1 Roofer in the United States by GAF, which is North America’s largest manufacturer of residential and commercial roofing.  Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate today. Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects. 

 

Cabin fever? Tackle a Wintertime Home Improvement Project!

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The reality that winter is setting in this past week due to subzero temperatures does not mean that all of your home improvement projects need to come to a startling halt. Actually, wintertime is ideal for home improvement projects inside your home that you didn’t want to tackle in the summer months when it was too nice to be inside. Below are some ideas of great projects to partake in during the winter months to keep cabin fever at bay and also keep on task with your home improvement projects.

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Remodel your Kitchen, Basement or Bathroom

All three of these remodeling projects could keep you busy all winter and come springtime, when you are too busy for home improvement projects, you could be enjoying your gourmet kitchen with new appliances, flooring countertops and cabinets. Transforming your basement will add extra living or entertaining space that you have always wanted. You could be enjoying that new bar you made during the cold winter months and your bathroom has now been turned into a luxurious spa experience. Since remodeling projects are more time consuming winter is ideal because you are able to work at your own pace if you chose to DIY or you might get a better deal from you contractor due to being slow with work that time of year so it is a win-win for everyone.

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Attic Insulation & New Lighting

Do you remember how hot it is in your attic during the summer? Wouldn’t you rather have to be up there when it is cool in the winter? Adding new insulation to your home will help keep the warm air in during the winter and the cool air in during the summer. Do you wish you had better lighting in your home or need to install new ceiling fans? You will be much more comfortable doing this work in your attic without the excessive heat and you can add recessed lighting throughout your home giving it a new vibe and get those ceiling fans finally installed too!

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Update Your Look with Paint

Painting your home can either be a tedious put-off project to one and really enjoyable for another. No matter what side of the spectrum you are on, completing this type of project is better for the wintertime instead of missing out going to lake with everyone in the summer. Painting rooms in your home not only dramatically affects the overall look, but can make your space look even larger depending on the paint color you choose. If you live in a humid climate, your paint will also dry better in your home during the winter months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Ignore Your Laundry Room Anymore

Your laundry room in your home is one of the most used spaces, yet it is one of the most neglected areas of your home when it comes to home improvement projects. There might be sheetrock that is not installed yet or a missing utility sink you had great intentions of installing 3 years ago. Go and take a look at the state of your laundry area and give it a facelift. Don’t forget about checking your appliances and if you are in the market for an upgrade check out the high energy efficient washers and dryers on the market today that will bring down your energy costs putting more money back in your pockets.

Lindus Construction offers free no-obligation estimates on home remodeling 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. Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects.

 

The Facts About Cedar Shake Roofing

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What is Cedar Shake Roofing?

Cedar shake roofs use wooden shingles that are made from split logs.  The roofs have a distinctive look because the thickness and length of each shingle can vary.  This type of roofing has been in existence in North America since the days of the colonists.

Lifespan:

The average lifespan of a properly cared for cedar shake roof is approximately 7-15 years.  This may sound like a lot until you understand that manufacturers, like GAF, offer non-prorated warranties covering both labor and materials, up to 50 years on metal and asphalt roofs.

I’m Considering Purchasing a Home with Cedar Shakes; What Should I Know?

  • Cedar shakes can be a poor choice in humid climates which can cause the shingles to  age prematurely
  • Because cedar shakes are made out of essentially the same material used in a campfire, your insurance company may charge a premium for this type of roofing since it is not fire retardant.  (Retardant chemicals are available but most need to be reapplied every time it rains.
  • Cedar shakes need to be cleaned every 4 to 5 years to maintain their appearance.  The process often involves pressure washing.  Beware that using to high of a setting on the pressure washer which can damage the roof and cause premature aging.
  • Roof should be inspected annually by a professional for signs of aging wear, insect infiltration, rot, etc.
  • Cedar shake roofs are prone to algae & moss growth which can endanger both your family’s health & safety.  When it rains, moss traps moisture and prevents the cedar shake roof from ever drying out.  As time goes on, this can cause the roof to leak.  In the winter, the roof’s moisture freezes and thaws repeatedly which does nothing except cause damage.

Environmental Impact:

Trees are a renewable resource.  However, cedar does not grow as fast as other types of trees.  Experts estimate that the time it takes for a cedar tree to reach the maturity level needed for cedar shake roofing can be anywhere from 200-400 years.  As cedar becomes more and more rare, the price of this type of roofing will be driven up due to the rules of supply and demand. 

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

Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate today. Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects.

 

2012 Rewind of Lindus Construction

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We have so much to be grateful for this year at Lindus Construction/Midwest LeafGuard. 2012 was a year of growth and professional accomplishments that exceeded our wildest expectations. We have continued to be cautiously optimistic and that has allowed us to continue having employees that are committed in providing our customers with First Time Quality experiences. I have been fortunate enough to be named one of Professional Remodeler’s “40 under 40” and our company was named “2012 Remodeler of the Year”. I wanted to take this time to write about what 2012 has brought us and what we are thankful for.

Professional Remodeler’s 40 under 40 are chosen from nearly 100 applications that are diverse in their professional and personal interests, as well as in their service to professional societies and charitable organizations. I was fortunate enough to be named among these forty people along with a lot of my peers that I look up to. I started working at Lindus Construction, at the age of 12, working my way up to Sales Manager and now Chief Operating Officer.

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My entrepreneurial spirit has always been a leading factor in my professional life since a very young age. I started my first LeafGuard franchise at the age of 19 and installed every job. My mother, Emily, has always encouraged me to market our business to the best of our ability and we have taken our marketing plan to the next level this past year. We have been able to grow our WCCO Home Improvement radio show on 830AM to the top rated show in its Saturday morning timeslot. Another one of our strategies for 2012 was to be an expert in the industry for homeowners. We ramped up our weekly blog posts to two a week ranging from DIY home improvement projects to what to know when hiring a contractor. We are completely transparent when educating homeowners from our experiences and giving them the tools to have the most successful home improvement project.

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We have been given the opportunity to have stable growth due to the industry  leading companies that we work with such as LeafGuard, GAF asphalt roofing, Englert metal roofing and Pella windows just to name a few. Working with these strong brands has given us the confidence to offer lifetime workmanship warranties due to the impeccable performance and durability they offer.

Professional Remodeler of the year is one of our greatest accomplishments and we are truly humbled by this honor. What started thirty three years ago, run out of my parent’s home in Woodville, WI has turned into an annual business of $18 million flourishing across the Midwest. Lindus Construction proved its resilience in May of 1995 when we started installing LeafGuard, a one-piece seamless gutter system, geared toward shedding leaves away preventing clogged gutters forever – guaranteed! Our first year installing LeafGuard, in Western Wisconsin and Minnesota, we installed 7,000 feet of gutter. Never in our wildest dreams did we think the next year we would install 70,000 feet and then the next 200,000 feet. On average we are now installing 400,000-500,000 feet of LeafGuard gutters each year. We have been able to expand our LeafGuard franchise opportunities to St. Cloud, Minn., Rochester, Minn., Des Moines, Omaha, Green Bay and most recently Cincinnati that will be opening in January of 2013 and run by Jeff & Jen Anderson of Woodville, WI. Our success of opening these new franchises has come from having each manager become a partial franchise-holder so they have the same desire for success that we do.

Our entrepreneurial spirit and our innovative ownership model that we have created will keep Lindus Construction moving forward for another 33 years to come. We have the most passionate, loyal and hardworking employees that anyone could ever ask for and we applaud our success to them. They are the glue of our foundation and without them we would not be where we are today. We have exciting new plans for 2013 and we appreciate all of our customers that we have been given the opportunity to work with this past year.

Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Andy Lindus

COO Lindus Construction/MidwestLeafGuard

The Biggest Mistakes People Make When Building a Home

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As the adage goes, “Hindsight is always 20/20”. In the construction industry, no more is this true than when it comes to building a home.  Some of the biggest reasons are because it’s something that someone may only do once (if at all) and because of all of the little decisions that go into making the home YOURS.  As a construction company in business since 1979, we’ve learned a thing or two about how to make the experience as positive and stress-free as possible.  Allow us to list off our biggest list of no-no’s when it comes to building a home.

Acting as Your Own General Contractor:

Think of a general contractor as the coach of a team.  Their job is to gather bids, work with any subcontractors and make sure that the work is done correctly, within your budget and on schedule.  A general contractor has connections within the industry and has solid relationships with subcontractors (plumbers, electricians, etc.).  These subcontractors want to perform exceptional work for general contractors because they know that this is how they will stay in business.  Subcontractors are less likely to stay on time and within budget for someone they know they have little chance of ever working with again, such as the homeowner.  While on the front end, hiring a general contractor can seem like an added expense, working with a skilled professional will often keep you on schedule and within budget.

Taking a Laid Back of an Approach:

Your home is one of the biggest investments of your life.  Don’t be passive.  Be present when it comes to making decisions.  Read and understand the contract and have a lawyer review it if necessary.  Ask for copies of the company’s insurance policy because if someone gets hurt on the jobsite and the contractor is not insured, the homeowner can be responsible for the medical bills of the injured.  Once construction has commenced it can be very costly and difficult to make changes to your plans so take time to consider what you want before getting started.

Shoddy House Plans:

 It’s vital that you have a set of plans that clearly detail the layout of your home.  Without this, you cannot get accurate estimates on labor or materials.  Additionally, unclear plans can cost you down the road when a plumber thinks a sink is going in one place and the electrician places lighting in a spot that makes no sense.  This can lead to scheduling conflicts, work that must be redone, etc.  Who pays for this?  YOU.

Cutting Corners on Budget:

 A builder who can build your dream home $30,000 cheaper and 2 months faster than the others you bid out likely has something to hide.  A builder may lowball an offer to get your business and then may tack on expenses as the project goes on.  Even if extra fees aren’t accessed later, it’s likely that a significant difference in pricing also means a significant difference in the quality of materials.  Do you really want to replace your home’s windows in the next 5 years because you took the cheap way out?

Poor Location:

Is it convenient to live near a grocery store, strip mall or 24 hourgas station?  Absolutely!  Have you ever heard of a realtor specifically seeking these locations out for a home buyer?  No!  Why?  While we’re not suggesting your closest neighbor be a half hour away, the most appealing homes to future buyers are not those directly adjacent to areas like this.  Busy streets and stores are not quiet or family friendly.  Consider resale value before settling on a lot because it’s the cheapest around.  Things like slope, water table and terrain also affect how easy it is to construct a home on a piece of land, so be sure to do your homework before buying a lot.    

Building a Home That Doesn’t Make Sense For Your Neighborhood:

Beforeground breaks, take a hard look at homes in the neighborhood and make sure the size of your home is similar to those in the surrounding area.  The smallest and largest home in a neighborhood is often the hardest to sell.  The styling of your home should also be in line with the rest of the neighborhood.  A stucco home is going to stick out like a sore thumb in a neighborhood full of Victorian styled homes.

Having a Budget without a Buffer:

It’s important to establish a budget when buildinga home.  The budget should include a slush fund that takes into consideration unforeseen circumstances and overages because even with the best intentioned bid, incidentals will likely still come up.

Not Planning Ahead:

Think down the road, ten or twenty years.  Is there a need to addadditional rooms to accommodate for an expanded family or aging parents?  It’s best to accommodate for incidentals when building.  If you plan to retire in your home, you may want to consider the number of stairs, width of doorways, etc.  Your toddlers are going to turn into teenagers, are you okay with their bedroom being in a basement with its own entrance?

Working with the Wrong Builder:

Take some time to evaluate several builders sothat you find someone who is right for you.  Be sure to talk to previous clients.  Find someone you connect with and who can transform your ideas into a reality.  It’s also a good idea to check with websites such as the Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List and GuildQuality to see what others have to say about these businesses.  Ask potential builders to see examples of previous work both in photos and in person.  Don’t forget that you’ll be dealing with the builder for a span of several months.

Some of the best-built homes in western Wisconsin and the Twin Cities Metro area were designed and built by Lindus Construction. The homeowners love their new custom designed homes; everything is completely functional with no wasted space. The construction quality is impeccable and best of all the homes are low maintenance.  Interested in learning more?  Visit us at www.lindusconstruction .com or call 800-873-1451.

 

Grand Openings: Picking the Right Front Door for Your Home

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It’s often been said that the first impression is the most important.  While this holds true in the game of life, this mindset also holds true when it comes to selecting the right front door for your home.  Everyone that enters your home does so through your front door, so it’s important to select one that reflects the style of your home’s interior.  Equally as important as the appearance of the door is the material it is made from.  At a loss of where to start?  Below, we’ll give you the skinny on what’s available in today’s marketplace in terms of materials.

Wood

A Word about Wood: Wood doors convey a sense of timelessness and are an optimum choice for historical homes.

In Favor of: If you desire lots of elegant details, a wood front door is for you; it’s the easiest of the 3 materials to embellish.  An advantage to wood doors is that you can select a custom combination of wood type, stain and decorative glass.  Because wood doors are heavier than other types, they offer a sense of security.

In Opposition of: Wooden doors need to be refinished or repaired intermittently and the damper the climate you live in, the more often this is necessary.  Wood doors can also warp if they are overexposed to moisture and warping can, in turn, cause seal failure.  Wood doors must be painted or stained on all 6 sides.

Fiberglass

A Word about Fiberglass: Fiberglass doors come in an array of sizes and characteristics and their sturdiness offers security.

In Favor of: Fiberglass doors can imitate the look of wood doors while offering additional insulation that comes from an insulated core and weather-stripping.  They can emulate the look of wood and can be painted or stained to match your home’s exterior.  They are incredibly low maintenance and won’t rust, rot or deteriorate; this makes them an excellent choice for extreme climates.

In Opposition of: A fiberglass door of superior quality is a sound investment.  Beware of going with a lower-end model that can crack, shortening the door’s lifespan.

Steel

A Word about Steel: Steel doors are a steel exterior with polyurethane or polystyrene core since a door made of solid steel would likely tear out the hinges.  In addition, a door comprised of metal only would be a strong conductor of cold & heat and wouldn’t function well.

In Favor of: Of the three door types, steel doors offer the highest level of security.  They are resistant to fire, cracking and warping.  They are the most cost efficient and are filled with foam for added insulation.

In Opposition of: Steel doors can dent & chip.  If they are scratched, they begin to rust.  Imperfections cannot be sanded or filled with wood putty.

Lindus Construction offers a wide array of doors.  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.

INSULATION SHOWDOWN-WHICH TYPE MAKES SENSE IN YOUR HOME?

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Recognizing the fact that your home doesn’t stay keep your family warm the way it should is the easy part.  Determining what type of insulation makes sense for your home is a little trickier.  In this blog, we’ll break down the different types of insulation available to you and the must-know facts about them.  But first, some helpful knowledge that applies to all types of insulation.

Why Should I Care About My Home’s Insulation?  A properly insulated home:

  • Is more comfortable
  • Lowers energy bills
  • Provides a healthier home environment
  • Minimizes outside sounds

How Do You Measure the Strength of Insulation?

The unit of measurement for insulation is called the “R-Value”.  The R-value measures how well insulation is able to resist heat going through it.  The bigger the R-value, the better it will insulate your home.  Below, is a map of the United States with  reccomended R-values for various zones, separated by climate.

The 3 Main Types of Insulation:

Spray Foam:

The Material: Just as the name implies, this type of insulation comes in spray cans. It’s a combination of resin and chemicals such as polyurethane & isocyanides.  As the insulation is sprayed, it expands and fills up the entire area it is being applied to.

Perks:This type of insulation dries quickly and can be trimmed to expand past the boundaries you have set for the project. It fills entire areas that might be missed with other insulation alternatives.  Spray foam insulation also increases your home’s resale value.  Because spray foam does not absorb moisture, mold cannot grow on it.

Consider This: While spray foam is the most popular type of insulation being used today, there are a few factors you should consider.  The investment for this type of insulation is the most significant and it may take 2-4 years before your energy savings have paid for the project.  It is highly recommended that you hire a trained professional.  Because of the nature of the material being used, the installation process is messier and lengthier.

Cellulose:

The Material: Cellulose is mainly comprised of recycled newsprint.  It is treated to combat against fire, insects and mold.

Perks: Cellulose tends to be cheaper than fiberglass insulation and like, spray foam; it can be applied with a sprayer which allows it to get in areas that fiberglass insulation cannot. Cellulose insulation is also quite fire-resistant.  It is made of sustainable materials; it’s often considered a “green” form of insulation.

Consider this: Cellulose can settle over time which can decrease its R-value even further away from that of spray foam.  It’s also highly recommended that this type of insulation be installed by a professional.  The installation process can also produce dust particles which can cause irritation during the installation process.

Fiberglass:

The Material: Fiberglass insulation is a man-made fiber comprised from a variety of materials including sand and reused glass.

Perks: Fiberglass insulation is designed to fit in standard spots between wall studs.  It is made of recycled materials and therefore, environmentally friendly.  It is also typically the least chemically treated form of insulation.

Consider this: Because fiberglass contains small glass particles, direct contact with the skin can cause itching and rashes.  Inhalation of these fibers can lead to difficulty breathing.  Fiberglass insulation can be tricky to fit in non-standard spaces.  The build-up of moisture between fiberglass and the building’s exterior cannot evaporate which can cause mold & mildew.  Pinching or smashing of fiberglass insulation during the installation process can decrease its R-value.

 

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.

 

The World of Whirlpool Appliances

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The Whirlpool® brand commitment to quality can be seen in their home appliances that lead the industry in innovation and design. Whirlpool® products will help save time, manage space and produce results with less effort. Whirlpool appliances do things the way you do them. Your intuition for how to get things done is something Whirlpool® values so much they have put it into their appliances—making guesswork a thing of the past. Every machine is designed to help you manage your home precisely the way you want—easier, faster and smarter. Below we are going to discuss different product lines that the Whirlpool® brand offers to make your next home appliance purchase with confidence and ease.

Laundry

When it comes to fabric care, Whirlpool brand offers three primary configurations of washers and matching dryers that can help make caring for your clothes easier, more efficient and less costly. Below are the features and benefits of each.

High-Efficiency Front-Load Washer

  • ENERGY STAR® qualified to save you water, energy and money.
  • NSF Certified Sanitize Cycle removes 99.9% of household bacteria in the washer.
  • Safely clean delicate fabrics that you may otherwise have to dry-clean.
  • Bulky items cycle provides excellent cleaning for larger items like comforters, down jackets or pillows with ease.

High-Efficiency Front-Load Dryer

  • SilentSteel™ dryer drum runs quieter, even when you load clothing with buttons and zippers.
  • Advanced moisture sensing prevents over drying and saves you time and energy.
  • Large capacity lets you dry large, bulky loads, even comforters.
  • Advanced features let you steam away wrinkles and odors.

High-Efficiency Top-Load Washer

  • Clean care cycle washes like warm water in an eco-efficient cold water cycle.
  • Quiet spin technology provides superior vibration control.
  • Designed without a center agitator to provide gentle wash action that helps keep your clothes looking newer longer.

High-Efficiency Top-Load Dryer

  • Offer the same large capacity as front-load washers.
  • Complete with the Advanced Moisture Sensing which ends the drying cycle when everything is perfectly dry, saving time and energy.
  • High-efficiency dryers save time & energy by sensing air temperature and moisture levels.

Traditional Top-Load Washer

  • Care Control temperature management system washes better and more efficiently.
  • An outstanding value for great performance and simple operation.
  • Allow you to select the best cycle and setting for every load.

Traditional Top-Load Dryer

  • Offers great drying performance and simple operation.
  • Feature adjustable temperature settings and multiple cycle options.
  • Easy to find the best settings for your load size and fabric needs.

Cooking Appliances

Whirlpool brand offers two different types of cooking appliances that can add style to your kitchen, save you time and help get great-tasting meals on the table. Both offer innovative technology that senses what’s happening during the cooking or self-cleaning process, and adapts to give you the consistent results you expect. Your choice between the two appliance types will depend on whether you want your cooking appliances built into your kitchen cabinetry or if you prefer to slide them into the designated appliance cutout spaces in your kitchen.

Built-in cooking appliances

  • Built in to your kitchen cabinets to give you a premium, custom look.
  • Built-in ovens come in single and double oven configurations, as well as oven/upper microwave combinations.
  • The AccuBake® temperature management monitors oven temperature and the cooking elements to deliver consistent results every time.
  • TimeSavor™ Ultra True Convection roasts up to 30% faster.
  • Built-in gas, coil, ceramic and induction electric cooktops offer added flexibility with Power™ burners for high-output heat and precision AccuSimmer® burners for delicate foods.
  • Cooking package options include accompanying freestanding microwave hood combinations or separate ventilation hoods.

Freestanding cooking appliances

  • Enjoy a range with a full induction cooktop and Boost element that can boil water up to 52% faster.
  • AquaLift™ self-clean technology cleans your oven in only 50 minutes with less heat, no odor and less time.
  • Freestanding ranges provide delicious results and added cooking flexibility, with a single oven or a versatile double oven range.
  • TimeSavor™ Plus Convection roasts up to 30% faster.

Refrigerators

Whirlpool brand offers four different types of refrigerators that can bring style, energy efficiency and the latest innovations to your kitchen. Below you will learn more about how their intuitive features help keep the refrigerator’s temperature at an optimum level.

French door refrigerators

  • Access all of your fresh food easily, especially wide items including party trays and platters.
  • MicroEdge™ shelves offer 25% more usable shelf space* while keeping spills under control.
  • AccuFresh™ dual cooling system ensures food stays fresh and tastes great.
  • Bottom freezer organizes food with sliding bins.

Side-by-side refrigerators

  • More door bin space makes it easier to organize and access different-sized items.
  • Temperature management system to automatically adjust cooling and return existing food to the desired temperature.
  • Narrower doors make food items easier to access in tight kitchen spaces.
  • Many models are ENERGY STAR® qualified to save you energy and money.

Bottom-freezer refrigerators

  • Full-width storage is perfect for wide or bulky items.
  • A great option if fresh food items are used more frequently.
  • Reversible Door Swing allows door swing to be changed to accommodate user preference.
  • ENERGY STAR® qualified to save you energy and money.

Top-freezer refrigerators

  • Provides the Whirlpool brand style at an affordable price.
  • A great option to keep your frozen food at eye level.
  • Adjustable door bins and specialty shelves provide customizable storage when and where you need it.
  • Many models are ENERGY STAR® qualified to save you energy and money.

Dishwashers

The Whirlpool brand offers two different types of dishwashers that can add style to your kitchen and help make cleanup quick and easy. Both are energy-efficient, and provide timesaving features and options. Your choice between the two dishwasher styles will depend largely on the control and styling you prefer. No other dishwasher brand has had fewer repairs than Whirlpool brand dishwashers for 15 years, according to a leading consumer magazine. The Whirlpool brands innovative features, such as the Sensor cycle, sense and adapt to the needs of each load while using just the right amount of time, energy and water.

Integrated Console Dishwashers

  • Fully integrated electronic controls are hidden away to provide a sleek exterior while preventing unwanted cycle changes or accidental operation.
  • Sensor Cycle cleans tough soils 35% better while using just the right amount of time, energy and water.
  • AnyWare™ Plus silverware basket fits more and can be placed in more spaces in the dishwasher.
  • Overnight cycle quietly soaks dishes before cleaning tough soils with a Heavy Wash cycle.
  • ENERGY STAR® qualification helps you save water and energy.

Traditional Dishwasher

  • Care Control temperature management system washes better and more efficiently.
  • ENERGY STAR® qualification helps you save water and energy.
  • PowerScour™ and Triple Filtration™ options help clean every load effectively and efficiently.
  • Each model’s Tall Tub design features an additional 3” of interior space compared to standard tub models, making room for extra-large items in the lower rack and plates or sports bottles in the upper rack.
  • Adjustable Upper Rack provides greater flexibility to fit tall or odd-shaped items, like bowls, pots and pitchers in either rack.

To research more products and reviews of the Whirlpool® brand visit their website at www.whirlpool.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.