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Need an Energy Boost? Feng Shui Your Home!!

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Feng Shui is the Chinese art of placement and spatial arrangement balance in relation to the flow of energy.  It is a science that was developed over 3,000 years ago and reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to increase your health and good fortune. It can be practiced in your “inner” space by things such as massage and yoga or be practiced in your “exterior” space by placement of sofas, pictures, your oven and additions to colors in certain areas of your home. In Feng Shui, chi is the universal energy that permeates everything around us. Picture chi in your home as water and would it flow harmoniously throughout your home or would it encounter a lot of blockage in the form of walls, closets or doors. Below are easy ways to positively affect the influence of energy in your home using Feng Shui.

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Your Kitchen

Feng Shui in your kitchen is one of the most important places to have harmonious balance because we spend a lot of time in there preparing meals, entertaining and nurturing our bodies and souls. One of the first Feng Shui fixes is to clean out the clutter from your fridge to your drawers, cupboard and gadgets. Clutter has a negative effect on our health and energy.  Your stove represents the fire element in Feng Shui, so make sure that you rotate the use of the burners and do not overuse one or two to have balance.  The single most importance of your oven, in relation to Feng Shui, is the positioning of it in your kitchen. You want your oven to reside on the south or southwest area of your kitchen and make sure that you are not cooking with your back to all the action happening. If you are not able to reposition your oven, it is recommended that you add a mirror above your oven so you will then be a part of the energy that is happening in the room.  Feng Shui practices teach that leaking faucets in your kitchen make your wealth potential go right down the drain, for a better lack of words, so make sure to put that on the top of your priority list. Lightening up the room with paint and adding potted plants or a bouquet of flowers will boost your chi in your kitchen area too.

 

Your Bedroom

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Your bedroom area of your home is your inner sanctum where you are most vulnerable in your sleep recharging your chi. You need to feel the most protected in this area of your home and avoid distractions and disturbances. Be aware of where your windows are because chi travels between doors and windows so you want to avoid positioning your bed within the draft of chi. You want to ensure that your bed is positioned so you can see the door from where you sleep. Also, having a supporting wall behind your bed, and balanced night stands on the sides of your bed without sharp angles, will promote good Feng Shui. The best Feng Shui practice in your bedroom is to eliminate electronics…especially the TV. If you have mirrors in your room you want to avoid your image being visible in the mirror while you sleep. The worst area in terms of Feng Shui of a mirror in your bedroom is at the foot of your bed. Last, but not least, you need to eliminate any clutter underneath your bed. Chi needs this space to circulate freely keeping health issues at bay.

 

Your  Living Room

The third most lived in room in your home is the living room. To help the flow of Feng Shui in this area, pay special attention to corners and alcoves, which deaden chi, and lighten them up with lamps. If you have any potted plants with spikey leaves in this room switch them out with rounded leaf plants. Add mirrors in the room, but ensure that their reflection shows something of beauty such as a view out the window, instead of a reflection of the wall. If you think circular, when arranging your furniture, the chi in the room will flow more freely than it would in a boxier space. . If you have a table in your room, place it in the center of the seating area and have it be free of clutter. Do not have any furniture in this room with its back to the entrance which will prohibit positive energy when someone enters.

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.

 

Ways to Void Your Roof Warranty

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Every roofing manufacturer is a little different when it comes to warranties.  Some warranties are prorated while others aren’t.  Some cover labor and materials while others only cover materials.  Certain warranties are transferrable while others only cover the current homeowner and of course, the length of the warranty varies.  Just like the terms mentioned above, each manufacturer has different criteria when it comes to what voids a warranty and what doesn’t so it’s important to understand what’s covered in your roof’s warranty and what actions you can take to not void that warranty.  Below, we’ve outlined some of the more common reasons a roofing warranty claim may be rejected.

Improper VentilationA roof ventilation system works by pulling in outside air from intake vents that are placed on the lower part of the roof.  The air that is taken in is displaced through higher parts of the roof.  The result of inadequate venting is moisture and heat being trapped in your attic.  Additional heat on the bottom side of shingles can cause them to wear prematurely and fade.  It’s important to have proper ventilation which regulates the intake and outtake of air in your attic and keeps your shingles at an ideal temperature.

Incorrect Installation-Roofing manufacturers have strict regulations regarding their roofs are installed.  This can include things like number of nails per shingle, length of nail, etc.  Because of this, it’s strongly recommended that home owners work with a contractor familiar with the type of roof they are installing.

Hot Roofs-A hot roof is a roof that lacks ventilation because the roof sheathing is coated with spray foam insulation.  Industry studies show that shingle temperature is only raised by a few degrees with a hot roof.  However, these few degrees can lower shingle lifespan by up to 10% and cause shingles to fade.  GAF (North America’s largest manufacturer of residential and commercial roofing) offers a “Golden Pledge” warranty which covers roofing material and labor for 50 years.  This warranty is not pro-rated.  However, those with a hot roof are not eligible for GAF’s highest level of warranty because a hot roof does not have the insulation standards that their asphalt shingles were designed for.  Before moving forward with a hot roof, check with your roofing manufacturer to make sure that doing so will not void your roofing warranty.  Be sure to check with your city to see if they have restrictions on hot roofing before proceeding with your project.

Antennas & Satellite DishesIt’s important to understand that satellite dishes and antennas can affect your roofing warranty.  While the fine print varies between manufacturers, oftentimes you’ll find that a satellite dish or antennae will not completely void the roofing warranty but it may void the portion that covers leaking since drilling holes into a roof make it more susceptible to leaks.

Pressure Washing Moss on a roof can damage it over time because it can trap moisture against the roof’s surface.  This can cause premature wear on the roof because it can lead to increased frost damage which causes cracking to shingle granules.  To eradicate moss, some homeowners choose to pressure wash their roof.  Doing this at a high setting can void the roofing warranty because shingles are not designed to withstand the effects of close range pressure washing and the roofing granules can start to deteriorate or separate from the shingle. Should you find yourself in a situation where moss is growing on your roof, it is recommended that you use metallic zinc strips near your roof’s peak.  This method works because rain water will run off the zinc strips and kill the moss.

Installing the New Roof over the Old Roof Doing this in most cases will void or shorten your warranty.  There are a couple reasons for this.  The first is that a second layer of shingles will expend heat more slowly which will shorten the shingles’ lifespan.  It can also cause the new shingles to fit to the old shingles, causing bulges.  This can cause the roof to wear unevenly.

Why we’re a Fan of the GAF Golden Pledge WarrantyGAF is North America’s largest manufacturer of commercial & residential roofing.  They lead the industry with a 50 year Golden Pledge Warranty that covers both labor and materials.  To ensure that your claim isn’t rejected because of subpar installation, GAF will send a representative to come out and inspect the roof after a GAF certified contractor has installed it, to ensure that the roofing was done correctly.  The warranty can be transferred to a future homeowner at no additional charge.

 

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.

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The Down Low on Hot Roofs

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Traditionally in the Midwest, homes are insulated with fiberglass or cellulose insulation.  However, a newer trend being seen in homes is the use of spray foam insulation.  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.  The term “hot roof” comes in because the spray foam insulation is being affixed directly to the roof sheathing which removes the need for ventilation.

How Do Hot Roofs Differ From Traditional Roofs

Attics typically have an insulated floor and have ventilation.  Air from outside is permitted to come in through the soffits and exit through the top of the roof which creates a cold attic during the winter months.  This method is intended to deter ice dams by keeping the roof cooler. When your attic is filled with spray foam insulation to create a hot roof, your attic’s temperature rises because the thermal envelope is shifted to the underside of your roof because ventilation is not present.

Hot Roofs & Roofing Warranties

Industry studies show that shingle temperature is only raised by a few degrees with a hot roof.  However, these few degrees can lower shingle lifespan by up to 10% and cause shingles to fade.  GAF, North America’s largest manufacturer of residential and commercial roofing, offers a “Golden Pledge” warranty which covers roofing material and labor for 50 years.  This warranty is not pro-rated.  However, those with a hot roof are not eligible for GAF’s highest level of warranty because a hot roof does not have the insulation standards that their asphalt shingles were designed for.  Before moving forward with a hot roof, check with your roofing manufacturer to make sure that doing so will not void your roofing warranty.  Be sure to check with your city to see if they have restrictions on hot roofing before proceeding with your project.

Perks of a Hot Roof

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.  A hot roof contains the highest R-Value because there are no chances for air to leak.  If the attic contains ductwork, it won’t need to be insulated because there is no energy loss.  A hot roof prevents energy loss and can lower your utility bills.

Am I Allowed to Have a Hot Roof? 

In the state of MN, the following cities PROHIBIT Hot Roofs:

  • Apple Valley
  • Delano
  • Eagan
  • Eden Prairie
  • Hopkins
  • Lakeville
  • Maple Grove
  • Plymouth
  • Shakopee
  • Saint Louis Park
  • Woodbury

In the state of MN, the following cities MAY Allow Hot Roofs if Certain Criteria is Met:

  • Bloomington
  • Brooklyn Park
  • Chanhassen
  • Coon Rapids
  • Elk River
  • Minneapolis
  • Richfield
  • Roseville
  • Saint Paul

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

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Keep Your Sanity this Winter…Add a Mudroom!

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If you are unfamiliar with the term “mudroom”, it is a room in your home that acts as a portal between the outdoors and indoors. More commonly seen in country homes, they’re becoming more popular in city homes as well. Mudrooms seem like a natural necessity here in the Midwest because of the four seasons especially our wet springs and snowy winters. Mudrooms allow organization of tangible items that we use and wear every day such as shoes, coats, backpacks, sporting equipment soiled or wet clothing preventing dirt from being tracked throughout your home. Mudroom’s also come in handy for homeowners with pets allowing them to wash or dry them off before letting them in your living space.  Since a mudroom bridges the space between outdoors and indoors, if you don’t have one you can easily create one by converting current space or building an addition. Below are ideas to help inspire a mudroom in your home.

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Hardest working room in your home

Your mudroom will be the hardest working room in your home due to the abuse it will endure and will require more durable and easy to clean materials. Applying bead-board or wainscoting will help prevent scratching and denting on your walls while your kids are lugging around their sporting equipment.  Using waterproof paint on your walls and trim will help with rain and snow that will be dripping off coats and boots. Linoleum, tile, concrete or resin flooring will work well tolerating muddy boots and also is less resistant to slipping when wet.

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Convert your closet

Ever thought of converting a closet into a mudroom? By removing the doors, adding cubby areas, hooks for coats on the back wall and adding baskets for storage for each member of your family and voilà! You have an instant mudroom.

 

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Create cubbies for every member of your family

Do you feel like your kids are always missing something whether it is a glove, their soccer shoes or their backpack? Well look no further when you can create everyone in your family their own cubby area to keep all of their prized possessions and necessities in one central area. Not only will you be able to find things easier, but it will also teach everyone where to put things away keeping clutter at a minimum compared to what it used to be. Make it more personal for everyone by adding their name or initials above their cubby area.

 

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Pet washing area

Give your dog some more TLC by making bathing easier on you and them. The new trend popping up in homes is adding a designated pet washing area in their mudroom. Instead of having to lift your dog into the tub you could now have a tiled area that they are able to walk in to clean them.  Pet washing areas also pose as a double purpose for a quick spray down area for the kids too.

Add an addition

Adding a mudroom addition to your home is not going to cost you an arm and a leg because the standard size for them is usually 6’x6’ or 8’x8’. If you are intending to have your washer and dryer apart of your mudroom area you may want to increase the size of you space. If you hire a local contractor, they will be able to let you know if you could knock out walls and use and existing area or if a whole new addition would be necessary.  Either way, adding a mudroom addition will pay for itself containing dirt and used- to-be clutter all in one convenient area.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Should Your Next Roof be Asphalt or Metal?

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Your roof is arguably the most important surface of your home because it is the most exposed area and comes under assault from rain, snow, wind and the sun.  This being said, many homeowners do not think about their roof until there is a leak already happening, a large blizzard coming on the radar or a recent hail storm that has moved through your neighborhood. Many homeowners would say that price and good looks are the two most important things when it comes to the materials used on their roof, but don’t discount the longevity as well. We are going to discuss the pros and cons of asphalt versus metal roofing so you are able to make an educated decision that fits your lifestyle for your next roofing project.

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Asphalt Roofing

For roughly the past 100 years, asphalt shingles have been the preferred roofing material in North America.  The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturer’s Association states that 4 out of 5 homes are roofed with asphalt shingles today and 12.5 billion square feet of asphalt shingles are manufactured every year.

Pros

  • Proven reputation over the last 100 year of residential roofing
  • Economically priced compared to other roofing materials
  • Ease of installation, repairs & low maintenance
  • Many different styles from cost-conscious to designer to choose from
  • Great warranties ranging up to 50 years
  • Manufactured to resist external fire and flammability as well as wind resistance

Cons

  • Sometimes the colors and styles that tend to be selected can be dull and repetitive
  • Asphalt shingles do not hold up well to hail and can be vulnerable to moss, mildew & algae
  • If you do not have a well-ventilated attic your roof can suffer and your warranty could be at risk
  • Asphalt shingles are not properly recycled sometimes resulting in 8% of total builder waste per the EPA

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Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is dated back in use as far as 970 B.C. when copper was used. Metal roofs are made of 60%-65% recycled materials according to the Energy Commission. Unlike its asphalt counterpart, metal roofing is 100% recyclable when being removed making it the greenest roofing material on the market. Choosing to install a metal roof can save a homeowner up to 40% annually in energy costs.

Pros

  • Lightest roofing material to install on your roof
  • A roofing material that will last a lifetime
  • Highest roofing material warranty in the business
  • Amazing extreme weather performance  from leaks, wind and fire resistance
  • Environmentally friendly due to its high recycled content
  • It will not rot, crack, warp, curl, split, flake, peel, burn or break like its asphalt counterpart.
  • Insurance companies tend to give discounts due to their fire and hail resistance

Cons

  • Biggest drawback is the cost compared to asphalt roofing
  • Can have a harsh look in a residential area because of its history being used on agricultural buildings
  • They will expand and contract more than an asphalt roof
  • Has the possibility of rusting in certain climates with salt spray, extreme heat and heavy precipitation
  • Some builders will use low-grade metal which is thinner and less durable jeopardizing its longevity

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.  We also offer Englert Metal roofing which offer the widest range of metal roofing solutions in the industry. 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.

 

 

Pros & Cons of Flat Roofing

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A flat roof, just as the name suggests, is laid horizontally though it may contain a minor incline.  Synthetic rubber & asphalt are the two most common flat roofing materials.  When determining whether your next roof should be rubber, it’s important to consider the benefits and disadvantages.  In this blog, we’ll tackle this issue so that you can make a more educated decision.

MAINTENANCE- Flat roofs need to be monitored more than a pitched because there is no way for water to naturally filter away.  This causes standing water, debris and clogged drainage systems which can cause big trouble for the roof’s lifespan.

Our Vote: CON

PRICE-Flat roofs are easier to install because they lack pitch.  This makes it easier for installers to navigate the roof during the installation process which makes it go by quicker.  It is cheaper to insure a company installing flat roofs than one installing pitched roofs because a flat roof is harder to fall off of.  Flat roofs also lack the rafters and engineered trusses that pitched roofs require, making them less costly because they need fewer materials.

Our Vote: PRO

LIFESPAN-Because of the beating flat roofs take because they do not naturally drain, their life expectancy can be as short as 10 years.  Even if you don’t plan on owning the structure for 10 years, a flat roof can also affect your ability to sell the property because the next owner will likely be aware of the roof’s shortened lifespan.  By contrast, an asphalt or metal pitched roof can have non-prorated warranties on labor and materials that last up to 50 years.

Our Vote: CON

INSURANCE-Flat roofs are more prone to leaking.  Insurance companies take this into account and often raise rates accordingly.  On the other hand, metal roofs can actually lower your insurance premiums because they are more resistant to fire and hail.  Because of how metal roofs are engineered, they actually discourage the build up of snow on their roofs.

Our Vote: CON

HEAT ABSORBTION- A flat roof is designed to absorb heat.  Because it lacks pitch, the entire roof is exposed to the sun all day long.  While this sounds appealing for Midwest winters, you mustremember that in the winter the sun is at lowest point so the heating capabilities can be minimal compared to the upped energy bills you’ll experience in the summer months when your home’s air conditioner has to work harder to keep your home cool.

Our Vote: CON

USEABLE SPACE- Have you ever been in a home where the upstairs rooms have walls with extreme angles?  Having a flat roof eliminates this issue and can allow for more space.  Walls with pitched roofs, especially those with extreme pitches, can eliminate the amount of livable space.  Additionally, flat roofs can allow for entertaining space with a rooftop deck or patio.

Our Vote: PRO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lindus Construction offers free no-obligation estimates on home roofing 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.

 

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What is Your Average Cost Recouped on Your Remodeling Project?

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Every year, Remodeling Magazine publishes their Cost vs. Value report giving you accurate information on what the national average is, for the area you live in, regarding increase in value for your home remodeling projects. More and more people these days are remodeling their current homes either by choice or by circumstance. Homeowners that are stuck in the housing conundrum of being unable to sell and move because they owe far more than their home is worth is resulting in investments of new flooring, windows, and remodeling projects while they are waiting for home sales to rebound or are making their home more comfortable to live there longer.

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The remodeling business has increased in the last few years due to the amount of foreclosures and short sales that are happening freeing up more money for homeowners to spend on home improvement projects.  Financial analysts have high hopes for the home remodeling industry in 2013 according to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal. They are predicting as high as a double digit growth in residential home improvement projects for the first half of 2013. The average ROI for most large improvement projects is roughly 50% of the cost which is hard to beat when you think of a lot of your other purchases that you make in your life.

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It is not only the economy that has caused home remodeling trends to increase, but also the first wave of baby boomers hitting their golden years and families are opting for creative ways for home health care solutions. In-law apartments, also commonly called mother-in-law suites, gave a big increase to home additions and basement makeovers this past year. The National Association of Home Builders recently surveyed builders and 62% said they were currently working on a home project related to age modification.

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Below are the reported numbers for this last year regarding how much value you could anticipate recouping on home remodeling projects. These numbers reflect the Minneapolis, MN area. To check out the whole report or other locations across the country go to: http://www.remodeling.hw.net/2011/costvsvalue/national.aspx .

2011-2012 Cost vs. Value Report

Project Average Job Cost Average Resale Value % of Cost Recouped
Basement   Remodel $63,228 $33,238 52.6%
Bathroom   Remodel $16,470 $8,092 49.1%
Deck   Addition (composite) $15,386 $8,498 55.2%
Deck   Addition (wood) $9,774 $5,814 59.5%
Family   Room Addition $82,931 $41,884 50.5%
Garage   Addition $58,052 $26,804 46.2%
Major   Kitchen Remodel $57,300 $31,543 55%
Roofing   Replacement $20,894 $8,937 42.8%
Siding   Replacement (vinyl) $11,608 $6,850 59%
Window   Replacement (vinyl) $11,366 $6,353 55.9%

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.

Building a Home? A Word about Builder Grade Materials.

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Anyone who’s built a home or considered building a home has likely heard the term “builder grade” materials.  But when there are so many details to consider, a potential home builder may not look as deeply into understanding what these materials are and how they can affect your home down the road.

What’s In a Name?

To many, the term “builder grade” implies something with enough quality that a builder would use it.  The name is a bit misleading since builders are technically using them but by no means arebuilder grade materials the crème de la crème.  In most cases, builder grade materials are just of average quality and are pre-built and mass-produced.

Grading

In the construction industry, the quality hierarchy for materials is as follows:

Ultimate Custom Grade

                   I

      Custom Grade

                   I

      Quality Grade

I

       Builder Grade

 

Buyer Beware

While builder grade products vary from contractor to contractor, it’s important to understand the consequences of opting for builder grade products, which are often only short-term solutions.

 

Builder Grade Windows

Windows can dramatically affect the look and beauty of your home by adding light and providing a feeling of spaciousness.  Choosing quality windows in your home can reduce heating and cooling costs because your furnace and air conditioner have to work less to heat or cool outside air that’s getting into your house.  Builder grade windows meet the bare minimum requirements and may not be multi-chambered for insulation purposes, allowing for drafts.  Mass production also means that builder windows are less likely to come in odd sizes.  In the event that you fill an odd sized window hole with a builder grade window, you may end up with gaps that will allow outside air to escape into your home.

Builder Grade Entry Doors

Like quality windows, a well-made entry door will protect your home from nature’s elements.  Opt for a high quality door that is insulated rather than a hollow one that provides less protection and can be easily damaged.

Builder Grade Gutters

All gutters are created equal right?  WRONG!  Cheaply made gutters are susceptible to clogs which can cause water to spill over your gutter and pool on the ground below. This can result in damage to your shrubs; lead to surface erosion; and seep into your foundation causing cracks and basement flooding.

Water can also spill behind the gutter causing damage to the wood of your soffit and fascia.

If you have add-on toppers, helmets or hoods that are attached to your roof and hang over your gutters, they are usually held in place by screws and nails hammered into your roof. Putting holes in your roof can cause leaks and may void your roof warrantees.

Don’t underestimate the danger of clogs attracting pests. Some critters are attracted to the acorns and seeds that can collect in your gutters. Insects, mold and bacteria can grow in standing water.

Shameless plug: Opt for LeafGuard Gutters, the only system to earn the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. They keep leaves and debris out of your gutters preventing water damage from clogs and you will never have to get on a ladder again. They come with a LIFETIME guarantee, unlike any other gutter system on the market.

Builder Grade Vinyl Siding

Oftentimes, builder grade vinyl siding is less thick and dependable than higher grades.  Lower quality siding can fall victim to nature’s elements, cracking & fading with sun exposure and denting easier during storms.  A major expense of any siding job is the actual installation, so do yourself a favor and opt for a higher grade product which will last longer.

Builder Grade Roofing

It’s important to not lower your standards with a builder grade material because while it make seem sensible at the time, you’ll likely end up with the cost of replacing a malfunctioning roof sooner than you would like.   Companies such as GAF (North America’s largest manufacturer of residential and commercial roofing materials) offer warranties that last up to 50 years.  It’s worth noting that these warranties cover both labor and materials and are non-prorated.  This makes it one of the best warranties in the industry.

Our Two Cents

We feel it’s important to be respectful of your budget when building a home; however that does not mean you should have to settle for subpar materials.  Talk to your contractor about the materials they’re using and the warranties that come with them to avoid any ugly “surprises” a few years down the road because the last thing you want to be doing in five years is replacing all of the windows in your home.

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.

Why Hiring a Contractor in the Winter Could Save You Money!

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1. Decreased time for an estimate & installation

During the summer, contractors are booked with home improvement projects, but during the winter months, contractor’s schedules are a lot less full due to the lack of exterior work. You will benefit from this because your wait time for an estimate and installation of your project will be pretty much non-existent.

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2. Availability of your contractor

Your contractor will have more time during the winter to work with you on your project plan and design. They will also have more time to go over small details that might not have been able to happen during the busy summer months.

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3. Wintertime incentive

Since most contractors are very slow in the winter months, you might be able to take advantage of a monthly incentive that would not be available in the spring or summer time because of an increased work load. If your contractor did not offer you an incentive during your estimate process, it does not hurt to ask if they are willing to give you a deal because of your wintertime project. If they are not in the position to give you an incentive, they may have financing options available.

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4. Avoiding springtime price increases

Typically price increases in the remodeling industry happen in the springtime because that is when the manufacturers notify their buyers. Price increases on things such as lumber, windows and cabinets typically go up this time of year. Sometimes manufacturers will give special offers during the winter months to decrease their inventory on hand and in turn some contractors will be able to pass on these saving to you. Close-out specials on remodeling products are popular during the winter months too because it is considered the “off –season” for materials in areas that truly experience winter.

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5. Vacationing down south? Have your project done while you are gone!

If you are lucky enough to leave the frozen tundra during the cold winter months for some place warmer such as Florida or Arizona, plan ahead of time and set up to have the work done while you are gone. You will be able to come back to the Midwest in the spring having all of the work you wanted done completed. Worried about having someone in your home while you are gone? Have a family member check in on the project and inform your neighbors of what will be taking place while you are gone.

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.