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What started as a two person remodeling company 30 years ago has grown into a multi-state construction and home improvement enterprise boasting more than 30 thousand happy customers. Delighting our customers, whether they are building new or remodeling their home with a new gutter system or roofing installation, is easy to do with the great products we offer and our staff of hardworking employees.

Psychology & Scents at Home

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You are 100 times more likely to remember something that you smell over something you see, hear or touch.  That’s probably part of the reason why the American candle industry is able to generate over $2.3 billion in sales annually.  The smells you choose to bring into your home can have an effect on your psyche and every scent brings something a little different to the table.  Here’s what you need to know about your favorite scents.

Vanilla-While the adjective “vanilla” placed in front of any word typically invokes a sense of blandness; the scent of vanilla has a different meaning.  Studies have shown that vanilla invokes feelings of relaxation and can assist in helping you fall asleep.  It is known to increase one’s appetite and can even boost memory.

Lemon-The smell of lemon can improve concentration, attentiveness and alleviate stress.  It promotes feelings of energy.  Being surrounded by the smell of lemon can also alleviate feelings of depression and nervous tension.

Apple- The scent of apple has been linked with the lessening of headache symptoms.  Because headaches are often manifestation of stress, being surrounded by an apple scent can assist in squelching the emotions of anxiety and stress.

Peppermint- If the Energizer Bunny had a scent, it’d be peppermint.  It has a subtle way of increasing one’s motivation and alertness.  Peppermint is a great scent to surround yourself with when you are overexerted and running low on stamina.

Cinnamon- The fragrance of cinnamon can be used to melt away stress and tension.  It can also assist in increasing mental focus, which allows for deeper creativity.  Folklore also suggests cinnamon brings prosperity and great achievements.

Lavender- Remember the scene in the Wizard of Oz where Dorothy, the Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow fall asleep in a field of poppies right outside of Emerald City?  If you’re having issues sleeping, lavender will have the same effect.  Like the smell of apple, lavender fragrance can assist in alleviating headache symptoms.

Coconut- Tropical scents like coconut instantly transform your home into a relaxing oasis with this fragrance.  Coconut is synonymous with comfort, protection and stress relief.

Patchouli-Much like scotch, patchouli is an acquired taste.  However, this earthy/musty aroma does have its benefits.  They include: appetite suppression, stress relief, anxiety tamer and sedative properties.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard are a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at http://lindusconstruction.com.Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.  

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8 Tricks to Less Painless Painting

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A guy by the name of Bill Gates was credited with the following quote: “I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”  Pretty brilliant stuff when you think about it.   While painting will never be anyone’s favorite household chore, there are plenty of tricks to make the project less painful.  Here are our top picks!

Minimize Dripping: Cut a slit in a sour cream or cottage cheese container top and slide it onto a paintbrush handle.  This will allow you to catch drips that would otherwise end up in areas you don’t want them.

Pie Tin Trick: It’s super rare to not have paint dripping down the side of the can, which in turn, can end up creating a mess on your floor.  Dodge this hassle by placing a disposable pie tin underneath the paint can to act as a paint catching coaster.

Eliminate Odors: Amazon.com has over 200 million items for sale.  Of these items, none include paint scented candles.  Shocker, right?  That’s because paint reeks!  Make your paint project less smelly by mixing in a few drops of vanilla extract right into the paint.  This, however, does not mean that you should skip running fans and opening windows to ventilate your home.

Paint Tray Perfection: If you’ve ever tried to clean a paint tray so that it can be reused, you know what a pain it is.  It’s a race against the clock to get the tray cleaned before the paint dries and if you miss any of the paint and reuse the tray, you can end up unintentionally mixing colors.  Avoid all of this by lining your paint tray with aluminum foil which can be peeled off and discarded at the end of the project.

Petroleum Jelly to the Rescue: Painter’s tape works great for blocking off areas that you don’t want painted.  However, sometimes there are very small areas that painter’s tape simply isn’t practical.  Forego painters tape and apply petroleum jelly to the area.  Because of its consistency, paint won’t stick.

Ditch the Drop Cloth: Drop cloths made of canvas gets a little pricey.  Take the cheap route and opt for a shower curtain liner from your area dollar store.

Spray Painting Studio: It’s no secret that spray paint rarely only covers the object it’s intended for.  Skip the discolored grass, walls and siding by placing the object you need spray painted into a cardboard box.  Any excess paint will hit the inside of the box, which can be discarded after your project is complete.

Laundry Detergent Trick: One of the biggest pains with reopening and closing paint cans is the splatter that almost always ensues.  Bypass this by using a funnel.   Pour your paint into an empty, washed out, laundry detergent container.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard are a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at http://lindusconstruction.com.Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.  

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Renovation Mistakes That Will Cost You Big In The Long Run

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We have all been there wanting to take on a DIY home renovation project to save some coin. Below are our top seven things that should not be overlooked.

Inaccurate measurements

Not taking accurate measurements even if it’s by a half inch or less, can be detrimental to your renovation project.  Problems created can include purchasing extra materials and result in a non-dimensional final product.   If you are unsure of your measurements, make sure to consult with a professional to ensure first time quality.

Don’t ever skip the prep work

Doing it the rushed way, instead of the right way, will never pay off in the end. No one likes to spend more time and money on having to fix their project because you skipped the first few steps.

Incorrect tools for the job

It is always best to use the tool that is made to handle the project. Using other tools just to “get by” can cause you to wreck the project you have started, ruin the tool you are using or injure yourself during the process.

Don’t go for cheap windows

A lot of people think that they can save money by skimping on the quality of their windows; wrong! This will only cost you more money in the long run, due to the window failing prematurely and not being energy efficient.

Always do your homework

It’s imperative to the success of the project that you do research on all aspects.  It’s important to know whether or not you can handle what they job entails. This is even true when you are hiring a contractor so that you are aware of the terminology they use and also know what to look for.

Don’t ignore the electrical

Many times, when you start a renovation, you overlook the electrical aspects because it’s hidden and it can be costly. Ensuring that everything is up to code is essential and will provide a safe home.

Neglecting to pull a permit

Don’t forget the permit, ever! This could be one of the costliest mistakes you can make while embarking on a renovation project. If you opt out of getting a permit and your local municipality finds out, they could make you completely undo everything you have done for your renovation project, at your cost.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard are a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.

 

7 Energy Consumption Myths

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Centuries ago, it was believed that if a dog bit a human, you could treat the injury by removing a hair from the dog and holding it against the lesion.  The thought of someone over the age of 5 believing this old wives’ tale these days is quite comical.  However, that doesn’t mean this rumor hasn’t been replaced with seemingly more believable tales.  In the realm of energy efficiency, there are a lot of misconceptions about things you can do to conserve energy.  Allow us to dispel some of the fiction floating around on the internet.

Your Fireplace is a Good Source of Heat: While it’s hard to beat sipping a hot toddy around a crackling fire, doing so will not lower your energy bills.  Every fireplace has a damper that must be opened in order to vent the poisonous gasses that a wood burning fireplace emits.  Having the damper open lets in as much outside air as having a window open does.  This is great for your lungs, but terrible in terms of energy efficiency.  While the room you are in feels nice and toasty, the overall temperature in your home is prone to drop, which for many, means turning up the thermostat.

Plugged in Electronics in Off Mode Don’t Use Power: Wrong!  If something is plugged in, it’s using power, regardless if the on switch is flipped on.  This phenomenon is commonly referred to as “vampire power”.  There is research showing that vampire power is responsible for ¼ of power bills.  Avoid this by unplugging electronics not in use.

Jacking Up Your Thermostat Temperature Heats Your Home Faster: Not so much; once your furnace is running; it is working at its maximum potential.  Cranking the thermostat only makes your furnace run for a greater duration and could even end up making your home excruciatingly hot.

Keeping Vents in Unused Rooms Closed Will Save You Money: Closing off a vent changes how your HVAC system processes air and will most likely result in the system working harder than it should because the balance has been thrown off.

Keeping Electronics on Continuously is Better Than Turning Them On & Off Frequently:  This myth continues today because when the first computers hit the market, a few decades ago, they consumed massive amounts of energy and it was better to keep them running, rather than shut them off after every use.  Today’s electronics are significantly more energy efficient and it’s much more energy efficient to shut them off after each use.

The Use of Fans Can Cool a Hot Room: While fans can be used to cool the skin of an individual in a hot room, running a fan in an unoccupied room will only circulate air, not lower temperature.

An Unheated Garage is the Perfect Spot for a Chest Freezer: This one is easy to believe.  After all, freezers are cold and so are unheated garages.  However, since the temperature of most garages varies wildly season to season, the temperature variation can actually harm your freezer because the motor has to work harder to regulate the temperature.  The ideal placement of a chest freezer is in your home’s lower level because it’s typically the coolest spot in your home.

 

 

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard are a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at http://lindusconstruction.com.Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.  

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Generic Home Improvement Products to Avoid

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If you’ve ever taken the cheap route on garbage bags or diapers, the mess you ended up with probably led you to not repeat that purchase decision.  While generic brands can save your household significant money over the course of a year, there are plenty of times when shelling extra for a national brand pays off in the long run.  Here’s our list of generic home improvement products that will leave you disappointed.

Deck Stain: If you invite your friends over for a “deck staining party” they’re likely to find something else better to do…like clipping their mother-in-law’s toenails.  There’s definitely a reason that composite decking is gaining popularity with homeowners, even though it’s more expensive.  Keep the duration between deck staining to a maximum with a quality, reliable brand.  (We highly recommend Penofin® which is made of Brazilian Rosewood Oils.  It is 100% sustainable, petroleum free oil finish with no heavy metal compounds or odors.)

Paint: If you browse the paint aisle at your local hardware store, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with the options at a wide array of price points.  Want to know a secret?  The cheaper brands cost less because they are thinned down with water.  The result is a paint that takes more coats to cover and chips and fades sooner than better brands.  Unless you’ve got an infinite amount of spare time…don’t!

Carpet: Not all carpet is created equally!  Skimping on quality can leave you with carpet that has ripples, sheds when you vacuum it, stains easily and wears down in high traffic areas.  Because a major expense associated with carpeting is actually installing it, it’s best to go with a reputable brand, from a reliable manufacturer, so that you don’t end up swapping out your carpet sooner than you’d like to because it’s become an eye sore.

Gutters: 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 or 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 fastened into your roof. Putting holes in your roof can cause leaks and may void your roof warranties.  (Shameless plug-opt for LeafGuard Gutters, the only one-piece, seamless 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.)

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard are a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.

Hidden Dangers at Home

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Since 1985, there’s been a group awarding a prize known as the “Darwin Awards.”  The term award is deceiving because the point of an award is to recognize an achievement.  The Darwin Awards are a little bit different because they are awarded to people that caused serious self-inflicted injury or death through stupidity.  A Californian named James Elliot took first prize in 2013.  When his .38 caliber revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach, he peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.  Common sense should have told Mr. Elliot that his tactic would have ended poorly.  Thankfully, most of us have this trait.  However, not every danger is as black and white as the above example.  There are some hazards in your home, for example, that you may not even be aware of.  Allow us to identify them for you.

Mercury: The most common places mercury can be found in the home are compact fluorescent light bulbs, circular thermostats and thermometers.  It’s important to note that mercury containing objects do not pose a threat until they are broken and the mercury escapes.  Inhalation of the vapors emitted by mercury can cause shortness of breath, memory loss, high blood pressure and kidney damage.  Cleanup is best left to professionals because mopping or sweeping mercury up can actually cause the spill to spread.

Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde is used in countless products for the purpose of acting as a bonding agent.  It can also be created as other chemicals break down.  The more formaldehyde that is emitted into the air, the more of a health risk it poses.  Side effects of exposure can include: nausea, headaches, coughing & wheezing, rashes and chest tightness.  Minimize your exposure by choosing real wood furniture and cabinets over builder grade materials, skipping wallpaper and maintaining your chimney so that smoke is directed outdoors. 

Flame Retardants: Flame retardants are often found in carpeting, electronics and furniture.  The purpose of these chemicals is to slow the burn process of these items during a house fire.  The downside to these chemicals is that they have been linked to fertility issues and cancer.  In order to minimize your exposure select furniture that is naturally less flammable such as leather, wool and cotton.

Furnace: As furnaces age, they risk developing cracks in the heat exchanger.  This leads to the possibility of carbon monoxide leaking into your home without being noticed.  Symptoms to be mindful of are incessant headaches, nausea, disorientation and burning of the eyes and nose.  Regularly maintain your furnace and keep a carbon monoxide detector close to it so that you are alerted immediately if this is occurring in your home.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard are a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.

 

The Real Truth About Ice Dams and How to Get rid of Them Forever!

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We get a lot of calls during the winter from people having issues with ice dams that are in dire need of a remedy. A lot of times people think that their ice dams are caused by their gutters, but the real truth, they are not.  Because of where they form, it’s understandable to why one would assume they are evidence of faulty gutters.  Knowledge is power and understanding the real reason why and how ice dam’s form is the first step to banishing them from your home forever. Ice dams compromise the integrity of your home because they can tear off your gutters, loosen your shingles and worst case scenario, cause water to back up and start pouring into your home. The first thing that you need to know is how ice dams occur and are formed.

The lifecycle of an ice dam:

  • They begin inside your house when the heated air leaks up into your unheated attic
  • When this warm air leaks into your unheated attic, it creates warm areas on your roof
  • These warm areas cause the snow to melt which moves down the slope of your roof
  • Once it reaches your cold overhangs, it refreezes
  • This process continues which causes the ice to build up along your eaves causing the ice dam
  • The ice dam will eventually cause water to back up under your shingles and into your home

Now that you know how an ice dam is really formed, how do you fix this issue? There are many ways to temporarily fix your issue, but there is only one fix that will eradicate the issue for good.

Temporary Fix:

Heat Tape: Many uninformed homeowners believe that “heat tape” or “heat coil” is the be-all-end-all when it comes to getting rid of ice dam problems. WRONG! They are a Band-Aid solution. Heating cables will not clear your entire eave. You will more than likely still see ice buildup and icicle formations when installing this type of product. Heating cables merely melt the snow.

Break it off: Some novices think that getting on a ladder and chipping away at an ice dam will do the trick. Think again! Not only could you wreck your gutters, you can also damage your roof, voiding its manufacturer’s warranty.

Steaming it off: Steaming takes regular tap water and heats it up to 300 degrees. The steam is forced through a delivery hose and wand where it is focused into a thin, low-pressure column used to cut through ice. Just another Band-Aid fix.

Permanent Fix:

The only true solution to fixing your ice dam problem is to have a home performance test done at your home to see where the air leaks are. This will allow you to know where you are lacking insulation in your home. Adding insulation will create a barrier to prevent heat from escaping from your roof which results in ice dams.

Lindus Construction is proud to now offer Home Performance Testing. Our certified technicians will perform a blower door test and infrared FLIR imaging showing you where all of the heat loss is in your home to fix your ice dam problem – FOREVER!


 

 

6 Reasons Your Energy Costs are Killing You

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When you’re a kid, getting mail can seem like the greatest thing in the world.  Whether it’s a letter from a pen pal, a birthday card with money or Sports Illustrated for Kids, a trip to the mailbox and finding something with your name on it, is a real treat.  Flash forward 30 years and a trip to the mailbox brings invites to overpriced home cleaning supply parties, offers to switch cable providers and the dreaded utility bill.  Many of us cringe as we rip the envelope open thinking “it can’t possibly be higher than last month…” only to find out it is!  Why continue to pay outrageous bills month after month, year after year?  Wouldn’t you rather get to the bottom of the situation and do something about it?  We’re here to clue you in on six reasons your energy bills are higher than they should be.

Inadequate Insulation: To have optimal energy efficiency in your home, you need to be properly insulated from your foundation all the way up to your roof. Sometimes, insulation in your home seems to be an overlooked area until you already have an issue with an ice dam or inconsistent temperatures throughout your home. Insulation is the single most important home improvement project to increase your comfort and save money on your energy bills.  (Shameless plug: Lindus Construction now performs home energy audits complete with blower door testing so that you can identify the problem areas in your home!)

You’re Not Using a Programmable Thermostat: In the winter months, what’s the point of heating a home to a warm temperature when there’s no one there to use it?  With a programmable thermostat, you have the ability to control the temp throughout the day and ensure that the home is heated up to your ideal temperature before you arrive home from work or a weekend getaway.  It’s a simple solution that can make a big difference over time.

Outdated Appliances: As appliances reach the end of their lifespan, you can save beaucoup dollars on your energy bills by replacing them with ENERGY STAR rated appliances, which are certified to use significantly less energy than federal mandates require.  The biggest energy guzzler appliance is typically the refrigerator because it runs continuously.  Some homes have a secondary refrigerator.  There’s nothing wrong with having one if it’s being used for overflow items that don’t fit into your primary fridge, but if it is being minimally used, the damage to your utility bill isn’t worth the convenience of having it.

Unreliable Windows & Doors: As the cooler weather sets in, it’s to your benefit to inspect the outside of your windows & doors for cracking and seal them. The use of weather-stripping and caulk around doors & windows will prevent cold air from entering the home, saving on your energy bills. You can also use shrink wrap around your windows if you do not plan on opening them for the winter. If you have older doors and windows, you can install storm doors & windows which can increase your home’s energy efficiency significantly.  If your home has single pane windows, consider upgrading to double or triple pane windows.  Multiple panes of glass trap a layer of air or gas between the panes increasing the insulating factors allowing less heat to pass through the window. If the space between the panes is filled with argon or krypton gas you will have more insulating power than just air.

Your Furnace Filter: Every furnace has a filter which periodically will become clogged with particles floating in your home’s air.  Routinely changing the air filter will not only keep your home’s air cleaner and reduce the strain on your furnace, it will also lower your energy costs.   

Your Chimney Damper is Open: The purpose of a chimney damper is to prevent your home’s heat from filtering out through the chimney when the fireplace is not in use.  Closing the damper after using the fireplace is a must or the temperature of your home can quickly lower and your furnace will need to work double time in order to get your home back to a comfortable temperature.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard are a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.

 

Trending in 2015

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Don’t hate us for pointing it out, there are only ten weekends left in 2014.  That’s right ten.  And while we consider it in poor taste to make New Year’s resolutions before Thanksgiving (more pie please!) it’s not too soon for us to share what our remodeling team projects to be the biggest home décor trends to watch out for next year.

Color: With the economy looking less fragile than it has in recent memory, homeowners are becoming bolder with the color choices of their walls.  Popular shades include vibrant yellows, greens  and
blues.  Color, as opposed to accessories, is taking center stages in rooms.  Don’t write white off yet; it’s still being sought out for trim and cabinetry in order to play off the bold colors.

Tile: When it comes to bathroom & kitchen tile, bigger is better!  Not only is it more modern, but it also has the ability to make a small space appear larger.

Elaborate Bathrooms: Bathrooms in 2015 will become more embellished.  Bathtubs with shower surrounds will be installed less and less and oversized showers and free standing bathtubs will take over.  High end tile options are also to be expected.

Countertops: Granite countertops are so last season.  We’re noticing an uptick in homeowners opting for high end quartz countertops from companies such as Cambria®.  Cambria® countertops do not need repeated sealing and reconditioning like marble & granite counter tops and can be cleaned with warm water and mild soap, making your kitchen a space you’re not afraid to actually cook in.  (PS- Cambria® is a Twin Cities family owned company…even more reason to love them!)

Tech Savvy Homes: A recent survey found that more people would rather lose their wallet than their smartphone.  Therefore, it shouldn’t be a surprise that more and more homeowners are looking to their cell phone to run their homes.  Requests for appliances, garage doors, thermostats, light fixtures, security fixtures and stereo systems that can be operated from a smartphone have become commonplace.

Finishes: We’re obsessed with satin nickel and bronze finishes when it comes to light fixtures and hardware.

3 & 4 Season Porches: These spaces are excellent places to relax and entertain guests.  We’re finding that more and more homeowners are seeking them out.

Clean LinesIn everything from light fixtures to cabinets clean lines are taking over!

 

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Are You a Good Candidate for a Vaulted Ceiling?

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Vaulted ceilings are hardly a new concept.  In fact, they were around a few hundred years before Michelangelo got his hands dirty painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  Their popularity continues
today because of their ability to enlarge a room and allow in natural light.  There are always two sides to every story and vaulted ceilings are no different.  Here’s what you need to know before investing in a home with vaulted ceilings.

In Favor Of

Natural Light: In the home, natural light makes everything look better, plain and simple!  It’s also great for enhancing your mood and energy.  Homes with vaulted ceilings have an abundance of
natural light.

Elegance: Since they are typically found in more upscale homes, vaulted ceilings are perceived to provide a space with an upscale vibe.  Additionally, if you’ve got a million dollar view, the extra window space afforded by vaulted ceilings can allow you to showcase that beauty.

Embellishment Potential: With the additional space provided by a vaulted ceiling, you’ve got the ability to spruce up the “fifth wall” of a room with enlarged light fixtures, skylights and exposed beams.

Expansion of Space: Just as wearing vertical stripes can make someone appear taller and leaner, vaulted ceilings can create the illusion of a larger room.

Reasons to Shy Away

Upkeep: Tasks such as dusting, painting, installing a ceiling fan and changing a light bulb require a ladder with a vaulted ceiling.

Energy Efficiency: Due to their design, vaulted ceilings have minimal room left over for insulation.  This makes these types of insulation projects more complicated and expensive.  Failure to install installation can increase energy costs and make the room overly hot in the summer and chilly in the winter.  In colder climates, improper insulation also puts your home at risk for ice dams.

Acoustics: Vaulted ceilings expand the size of the room and are known for causing sound waves to bounce intermittently.  Depending on ceiling height, results can include echoes or difficulty hearing conversations and television or stereo volume.

Expense of Building: Rooms with a vaulted ceiling cost more to build than a room with a lower ceiling with the same square footage because the room requires additional paint and drywall.  A vaulted ceiling does not automatically guarantee a higher appraisal because you do not have more useable square footage than an identical home with lower ceilings.

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