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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.

What You Need to Know About a Contractor’s License Number

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When interviewing potential contractors for a home renovation, a smart homeowner knows to ask whether or not a contractor is licensed.  Finding out that a contractor is licensed is a good step towards learning more about them, but the discussion should not end there.  Here’s what you need to know!

What a Contractor’s License Means: Contractor licensing laws vary state to state.  In Minnesota companies, not individuals are licensed and each company9 must choose an employee, often an owner, who will serve as the “qualifying person” or license holder.  This individual is the one responsible for taking the mandatory test and completing continuing education requirements.

What a Contractor’s License Does Not Mean: To put things in perspective, just because someone holds a valid driver’s license does not make them a safe
driver.  It simply means that at one point they passed their driver’s test and have not committed enough infractions to have their license revoked.  The same logic applies to a contractor’s license.  It simply notates that someone within the company you are working with has passed the exam and is keeping up with their continuing education credits.  It does not guarantee that the work they will perform is outstanding.  In fact, shoddy work performed by the contractor does not directly result in the loss of their license, as state licensing agencies are not tasked with the responsibility of consumer protection.

Continuing Education Courses: In order to keep their license current, contractors are oftentimes required to attend continuing education courses.  This allows them to stay up to date with new codes, ethical business practices and safety requirements.  These courses benefit consumers through higher quality job performances, fewer customer complaints; less potential for liability and increased job site efficiency.

Contractors License Laws:  Before undertaking a construction project with the help of a contractor, it’s to your benefit to understand what licensing requirements must be met by a contractor, rather than simply taking their word for it.  States like Florida, Kansas, Louisiana and Ohio do not require a state 10license for contractors.  Other states leave issuing of contractor licenses to individual counties and contractors must get a license for each county.  Still others require licenses for only large-scale projects over a certain dollar amount.

How to Verify if a Contractor’s License is Legit:  In most states, a contractor’s license is a unique combo of letters and numbers that are specific to a contractor.  Here’s how to authenticate WI & MN contractor’s license numbers:

MN: https://secure.doli.state.mn.us/lookup2/licensing.aspx

WI: https://app.wi.gov/licensesearch

 

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard is 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.  

Now Through the End of April, Receive 75% off installation labor on LeafGuard Brand Gutters, GAF Asphalt Shingles, Siding & SeasonGuard Windows.  Some Restrictions May Apply.  

 

Picking the Best Kitchen Floor

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A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to participate in a Twitter Chat with the staff of Angie’s List, including founder, Angie’s Hicks.  The objective of the chat was to discuss timely home improvement topics and to address homeowner questions about improving their home.  (To view the chat in its entirety, visit https://storify.com/AngiesList/alhomechat.)  One of the questions we received was “What’s the best kitchen floor material?”  Since Twitter has a limit of 140 characters and the answer to this question definitely needs to take into account items such as personal preference, how you use your kitchen, etc., we thought we’d tackle the issue here.  Here’s what you need to know about the most popular kitchen floor materials on the market.

HARDWOOD

What it is: Hardwood flooring refers to a floor made from trees.

Why you should consider it: Properly cared for hardwood floors have a very long lifespan.  Changing out the color can be done multiple times through sanding and refinishing.  They are tough and can handle heavy objects being dropped on them.  They are a sought after option and having them can increase thewood value of your home.

Drawbacks to going with it: Hardwood floors have a number of enemies that can compromise their integrity.  They include stilettos, pet claws, sunlight and standing water.  Installing hardwood floors is a more complicated process than some other types and oftentimes, it’s best to have a professional put them in for you.  They need to be waxed frequently and can become slippery.

 

CERAMIC TILE

What it is: Ceramic tiles are constructed from clay, sand and water.  These elements are shaped into either squares or rectangles and then baked in a kiln to remove most of their moisture.

Why you should consider it: Ceramic tiles are durable and can withstand abuse from everyday wear & tear, spills and muddy footprints.  It cleans up easily and comes in lots of affordable options that can easily be installed by the homeowner.

Drawbacks to going with it: As ceramic tile floors settle, they can begin to crack.  Because they are so hard, anything that is dropped on them will shatter.  The material in itself is cold, so you’ll most likely want to place a rug over it.  Additionally, if the floor becomes wet, it can become quite slick and the grout will need to be sealed frequently.

 

LAMINATE

What it is: Laminate floors are comprised of multiple layers that are merged together to mimic the look of wood or tile.

Why you should consider it: This material is quite durable and can hold up to a pet’s claws, large group gatherings and spills.  Homeowners appreciate that laminateit’s easy to install and cost effective.  Unlike other types of flooring, resealing and waxing are not required.

Drawbacks to going with it: Once laminate starts showing wear and tear, it cannot be refinished.  Instead, it must be replaced completely.

 

 

CONCRETE

What it is: Concrete is composed of cement mixed with aggregates, such as limestone, and water.

Why you should consider it: The components that make up cement flooring are some of the most readily available materials on the planet, making it very environmentally friendly.  Concrete’s lifespan is almost infinite.  It will maintain its color once it has been sealed.  It can be embellished to add interest.  If you live in a hot climate, concrete can be a great choice because of its ability to stay cool.  It holds up well against stains.

Drawbacks to going with it: Concrete is expensive to install, especially if you’re adding a design to it.  Additionally, it may be sealed in order to lock out the water.  Installing it in a cold climate can be undesirable because it will be cold underfoot.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard is 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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Secrets to Maximizing Your Roof’s Life Expectancy

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Many health insurance companies offer wellness incentives to keep their clients healthy like discounted smoking cessation programs, health coaching over the phone and free annual physicals.  That’s because they know that preventative steps are imperative to keeping their clients healthy for as long as possible.  A homeowner can take a page out of this playbook by taking measures to keep their roof in the best possible shape for as long as possible.  Here are top tips to stretch out the longevity of your roof.

Routine Inspections: If you’re able, climb up on your roof once in the spring and once in the fall to remove any debris.  Inspect shingles for cracking, loss of granules, cracking, etc.  If you’re not comfortable getting on the roof, stand on the ground with a pair of to look for these issues.  Should you notice any damage, consult with a reputable roofing contractor who can advise whether a repair or replacement is needed.

Attic Insulation: Adequate attic insulation will stabilize your home’s temperature, saving you on energy costs.  Insulation also acts as a preventative to keepInstalling-Fiberglass-in-an-Attic-Copy1-300x169 water vapor from collecting on the underside of your roof.  If your attic gets too hot, your shingles may fail prematurely.

 

 

 

 

Attic Ventilation: You may not realize it but the health of your roof depends heavily on your attic’s ventilation.  Skimping on attic ventilation can cause your shingles to fail prematurely, ruin your insulation and increase your energy costs.  Another side effect of inadequate ventilation is ice dams.  Ice dams usually occur after a heavy snowfall and several days of freezing temperatures. Warm air inside your home leaks into the attic and will warm the underside of the roof causing snow and ice on the roof to melt. The melted water will drain along the roof, under the snow, until it reaches the cold overhang. The overhang tends to be at the same temperature as the outdoors and the melted water will refreeze and form an ice dam and icicles. The ice dam can cause damage to the roof, which will result in water leaks to the inside. Frequently the result will be a water spot on the ceiling under the roof damage.  It’s also important to note that many roofing manufacturers will not warranty a roof that is not ventilated correctly.

Tree Branches: Keep tree branches trimmed back so they are not in direct contact with your roof, which can scratch your shingles.  Wind can also cause a-300x233branches to fall from the trees damaging, or even puncturing, your shingles.  Too many leaves on your roof can cause blockage in your gutters not allowing for proper drainage.

 

 

 

 

 

A 50 Year Roof?! Yes, you read that correctly!  Asphalt roofing manufacturer, GAF, offers a 50 year, non-prorated warranty on both labor and materials on their roofing.  Make your next roof the last one you ever buy.  Lindus Construction proudly offers GAF roofing and is happy to hold the status of Master Elite roofer, a distinction that only 3% of roofing contractors hold.  Call us today at 800.873.1451 to schedule your free, no-obligation estimate.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard is 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.  

Now Through the End of April, Receive 75% off installation labor on LeafGuard Brand Gutters, GAF Asphalt Shingles, Siding & SeasonGuard Windows.  Some Restrictions May Apply.  

 

Home Features on the Endangered Species List

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Home layouts, features and designs are continuously evolving.  New trends coming in signal the death of old ones and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  We’ll let you be the judge of which of these home features you’re sad to go.

Mirrored Walls- Unless, you’re practicing pliés, it’s quite unlikely you’re going to see a mirrored wall in a modern home.  However, when done properly, they can add layering to a room.  Many homeowners simply aren’t willing to try them anymore because of their dated look and the fact that changing out a mirrored wall is a tedious undertaking.

Popcorn Ceilings-Popcorn ceilings reigned supreme from the 1950s through the 1980s.  Some contractors even added extra sparkle by adding ceiling glitter.  However, a quick Google search for “popcorn ceilings” produces pages and pages of ways to remove them from your home.    

Carpeting on the Walls-This trend reached the height of popularity in the 1970s.  In addition to aesthetics, it was sought after because of the warmth and soundproofing qualities it brought to a room. However, nowadays, it’s rare to find a home that’s wall-to-wall carpet, much less one that actually has carpeting on the walls.

Laundry Chute-Transporting laundry from the top floor of your home to the basement laundry room was a breeze with this contraption.  They can still be found in older homes and kits are available to retrofit newer homes.  However, they have fallen out of favor with many homeowners because they can clog, small children can get trapped in them and they can assist a house fire in spreading quicker.

Ceiling Medallions- For decorative purposes only, ceiling medallions were often placed above ornate light fixtures.  They were popular in Colonial & Victorian style homes and were a status symbol for the upper class.  They are an uncommon find in new construction homes, but can beautifully compliment a room when the correct sized medallion is used.

Dumb Waiter-Manual models are moved through a combination of pulleys and tracks to move the dumbwaiters in between stories of a home.  Already existing homes can be retrofit with them and electrical ones are now available.  We just don’t see them ever being as popular as they once were.

Milk & Package Receivers- Long gone are the days of milk being delivered to your front door.  So too, are milk and package receivers.  These cast iron frames and doors were installed in the wall.  The delivery person would drop off items, on the outside wall and when the door was closed, it would lock automatically and was only able to be opened from inside the home.

 

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard is 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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Secrets About the Most Popular Refrigerator Styles

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The first refrigerators produced for residential use came out in the early 1920’s.  They were approximately $700, which is crazy, considering a new Model T Ford cost $450.  Needless to say, ownership of one was once considered a luxury!  Nowadays, nearly all American homes have one refrigerator, and over 25% have two.  A refrigerator’s lifespan can last up to 17 years, which means the last time you may have bought one, Minnesota was sending a professional wrestler to the governor’s mansion and Ben Affleck & Bruce Willis were hitting the big screen trying to save the planet from a giant asteroid.  It goes without out saying that a lot can change in 17 years.  Here’s what you need to know about the most popular refrigerator styles.

Refrigerator Only

How to Spot One: This model does not contain a freezer.

Perks: Skipping the freezer saves you cash.  Foregoing the freezer also means that you’ve got more room for refrigerated space.  Self-installation is a breeze.

Drawbacks:  It’s very rare that you get away without a freezer in your home, so you’ll most likely need to purchase a chest or standup freezer.

Top Mount Refrigerator

How to Spot One: The freezer is located on top of the refrigerator and is accessed by its own door.  Created in the 1940’s, this style still remains popular today.

Perks: As a rule of thumb, this freezer is one of the most cost effective than other models.  It takes up less real estate in your kitchen than other styles.  Homeowners can easily install this type of refrigerator themselves.

Drawbacks: This type of refrigerator has less storage space.  Some homeowners shy away from them because they do not have a built-in ice and water dispenser in the door.

Side by Side Refrigerator

How to Spot One: The freezer is located on the left side and the refrigerator is located on the right side. 

Perks: You have your choice of a model with or without a water and ice maker located on the door’s exterior.  Homeowners with them like that the freezer and refrigerator are equally as accessible and that the food in each can be easily viewed at the same time.

Drawbacks: Compact models rarely exist.  If you opt for the water & ice maker in the door, additional plumbing will be needed.  This model has less refrigerated space than other types.  Some homeowners shy away from this style because there needs to be space on both sides for each door to open.

Bottom Mount Refrigerator

How to Spot One: The freezer is located on the bottom and is accessible through a separate door.

Perks: This style allows for more refrigerated space than a top mount freezer.  It’s also easier on your back because the refrigerated portion, which is used more often, is at eye level.

Drawbacks: Placing the freezer on the bottom increases the unit’s cost.  If an external water and ice dispenser is on your must have list, you’ll have to select a different style.

French Door Refrigerator

How to Spot One: The refrigerator is housed on the top with split doors and the freezer is located below.

Perks: The interior of this type of refrigerator is spacious.  A unique trait that sets this style apart from others is that you only need to open one half of the refrigerator at a time.  The refrigerator is at eye level which is convenient since that part of the appliance is used much more frequently.

Drawbacks: This type is often the most expensive. Some homeowners complain that the freezer isn’t big enough for a family.  Certain models house the ice maker in the freezer which monopolizes a lot of space.

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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Hire a General Contractor or Be Your Own? That is the Question!

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One of the biggest choices you have when undertaking a new construction or large remodeling project is whether or not to act as your own general contractor or render the services of a professional. Many Americans face this decision without knowing the best route to take. We are going to give you some pointers that will help make your decision an easy one!

“I will save so much money being my own general!”

This is a loaded statement all in itself. If you are person who is highly organized, detail-orientated and are able to make clear decisive decisions, being your own general contractor may work out well. You also need to be highly knowledgeable about the materials and labor required, as you will most likely need to contact multiple companies, and the order in which they perform their work is crucial to the success of the project. You also must be available at a moment’s notice and be able to spend a lot of time at the site, which is not always feasible for working homeowners.

While in a perfect world, acting as your own general contractor could save you up to 30%, the ramifications of incorrect decisions that lead to the same work having to be completed twice could cost you even more overall. A more realistic savings approach to being your own general could fall in the 10%-20% if there are no hiccups.

Clear vision of the work to be done and the final product.

If you are planning on being you own general, do your homework by reading trade magazines, going to home shows, driving around neighborhoods getting inspiration and looking at floor plans. Houzz.com is a great place to start a vision board for your project. Another large part of the planning process is finding the right sub-contractors that fit your budget are easy to get along with and are insured. Always keep in mind that the lowest bidder may not be the best fit for your project.

This is where hiring a general plays a huge role in helping understand your vision and knowing the process(s) to make it all happen. They have experience with what works and definitely what doesn’t. They understand building codes, what products would best in certain situations, etc. They will also be able to address any issues that may arise regarding delays; materials and laborers better than you will be able to.

Financing your project

It’s a foolish decision to only explore your current financial institution for financing your project. It can be in your best interest if you are acting as your own general to take out separate loans for construction and then your final mortgage, allowing your construction loan to be more elastic if you need to take out more money. If you combine your construction loan and mortgage, you are locked into construction costs and if you go over by the normal 10%, you will be going back to the bank asking for another loan.

The bottom line

When deciding whether or not to be your own general remember that there are no guarantees, no matter how careful you think you are being and many things can go wrong from the subs you hired going bankrupt, material prices rising and even adverse weather. Our suggestion would be to hire a reputable general contractor to make sure that your new home improvement or building project goes perfect as planned.

Lindus Construction/Midwest LeafGuard is a full-service contractor specializing in Gutters, Roofing, Windows, Siding, New Construction and Remodeling just to name a few. Tune into the Home Improvement Show every Saturday from 9am-10am with Denny Long and Andy Lindus.

 

 

Signs Your Paint Color is a Fail

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Selecting the color of a room can be an agonizing decision.  After all, painting is a long, smelly, tedious chore.  The idea of selecting a color that forces you to repeat the process sooner than you’d like can be gut wrenching.  Anytime you change the color of a room, you’re impacting its overall appearance and the new look can take some getting used to.  Here are our top ways to tell if the color you painted is truly a flop and not just something that needs a couple days to get used to.

The Color Makes You Look Worse:  It’s imperative to select a color for bedrooms and bathrooms that are complimentary to your skin tone.  This is because these are the rooms that you typically get ready in.  If the color you select presents you in an unflattering way, it may be time to make a change.  The colors that help the most people look their best are those that play off of common skin tones such as peach, beige, tan and pink.

Your Lighting Concept is No Longer Enough: You know you’ve committed a faux pas when the only thing you changed about a room is the wall color and now suddenly, you find yourself needing to turn on lights more often than you used to.  In this case, the sin you’ve committed is painting a room too dark which will also make the space feel more cramped.  Rectify the situation keeping an accent wall of that color and painting the rest of the walls a lighter hue.

You Wear Your Sunglasses at Night: Figuratively, not literally!  However, if your new color has you shutting your blinds and dimming your lights you’ve taken it too far.  Before repainting all together, try a lower wattage lightbulb to see if you can make the problem go away.  However, you can void this lapse in judgment altogether by bringing several of the same paint sample cards home and hanging them on each of the walls in the room to see how you feel being surrounded by this color.  Better yet, buy a miniature sample can of the paint and apply to a small area of the wall to see how it looks and how you feel about it.

The Color Doesn’t Mesh With Your Accessories: It’s in your best interests to think of a room as a cohesive unit made of walls, light fixtures and furniture.  When updating the color of the walls, you’ve got to check and recheck that it will work with the components of the entire room.  Work backwards and make sure that the paint color matches furniture and flooring instead of forcing a color onto a wall that simply isn’t going to work.

The Paint Competes with the Rest of Your Home: Regardless of the size of your home, it’s important that the colors of rooms flow together in a natural way. Ignoring this fact is going to seriously affect the flow of your home and will be a distraction.

 

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.  

Now Through the End of February, Receive 50% off installation labor on LeafGuard Brand Gutters, GAF Asphalt Shingles, Siding & SeasonGuard Windows.  Some Restrictions May Apply.  

 

Bathroom Sink Material Guide

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2015 is an exciting time to be remodeling your bathroom! Never before have there been so many choices available to homeowners in terms of colors and materials. Regardless if it’s a master or guest bathroom, you’ll need to select a bathroom sink. Not sure which material makes the most sense for your needs? Never fear; we’ve got the answers you need to make the right choice for your home.

Glass: Glass sinks are new to the bathroom sink arena, but are quickly becoming fashionable because they come in a plethora of colors and designs.  Although your first instinct may be to consider a glass sink as weak, they are surprisingly strong. A basin comprised of tempered glass should hold up to regular use, though dropping a heavy or sharp object into it may result in chips or scratches. Homeowners with hard water should know that irreversible damage can be caused by it through etching.

Stainless Steel: Though stainless steel is more common in industrial settings such as restaurants and correctional institutions, it’s still finding its way into residential bathrooms. Positive points about installing a stainless steel sink include they are lightweight, do not rust and are sturdy. A previous complaint about stainless steel was that it’s loud when water is running. This can be overcome by installing a stainless steel sink with hammered embellishments. This type of stainless steel sink will also disguise any scrapes or scratches, another issue that can arise with a stainless steel bathroom sink.

Concrete: Until recently, concrete was reserved for countertops instead of sinks. A reason this material is being sought after for bathroom sinks is because it’s very durable and can be dyed several different colors. Homeowners can appreciate that a concrete sink can come in a variety of sizes and can be used for both the countertop and the sink. It’s worth noting that concrete is not entirely maintenance-free; upon application, it must be sealed and the sealant must be reapplied approximately every 10 years. In the event that the sink becomes damaged, it most often can be repaired with very little effort.

Granite: Just as granite counters come in countless colors and finishes, so do granite bathroom sinks. Granite is a great material for a bathroom sink because it is highly resistant to cracking and scratching. It hold up well against staining and hot temperatures. A downside is that granite sinks need to be sealed after installation and will require annual sealings in order to keep it looking its best. Frequent cleaning is also necessary and care should be taken to avoid harsh cleaning chemicals and scrub brushes.

Porcelain: If you’re looking for an easy to clean bathroom sink, porcelain is a sure bet. Porcelain sinks also retain their color well and come in lots of shapes, shades and designs. They are a cost-effective option. On the flip side, porcelain sinks can chip or crack if a heavy object falls into the sink.

Enameled Cast Iron: These types of sinks are offered in a wide range of colors, clean up easily and resist chipping. This material can be desirable in a bathroom because it keeps hot water warmer than many other materials and can be a great spot to hand wash & soak delicate articles of clothing. Because this material is heavy, it’s important that the countertop it rests upon can support it. Do know that customized colors and shapes will cost you extra.

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.  

Kitchen Sink Style Guide

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Besides your refrigerator, your kitchen sink gets more use than any other appliances in your kitchen.  Don’t fall into the trap of choosing a sink based solely on style because there are so many other features to consider.  Don’t be overwhelmed with choices; we’ve simplified the features of common sink styles to help you find your perfect match.

Undermount Sink-As the name implies, this type of sink attaches to a countertop’s underside.  A perk of this type of sink is that it’s easy to clean because it sits flush with your countertops.  A potential downside of undermount sinks is that they cannot be used with laminate or tile countertops because they cannot support the sink’s weight.  Undermount sinks are also more expensive to install than drop-in sinks.

Drop-in Sink-This style can also be referred to as self-rimming sinks.  Drop-in sinks are installed in a cut-out within a countertop and the edges are sealed off to prevent leaking and mold formation.  They are appealing because they are easy to install and replace without disturbing your countertop.  Because they’re typically single-piece, molded designs, there is minimal chance of leaking.  Generally speaking, they are the most cost effective option.  Due to the lip around the sink, a drawback to this style is that you can’t easily wipe food debris into the sink.

Farmhouse Sink-Primary characteristics of a farmhouse sink are an exposed front and a rectangular shape.  They are sought after because of their vintage charm.  Unlike other types of sinks that blend into your kitchen’s layout, farmhouse sinks can become a focal point in the room.  By design, farmhouse sinks are installed further forward than other styles.  The advantage to this is that less leaning is required when washing dishes, though because of the depth can lead to more splashing.  Farmhouse sinks are an investment because they are heavy and installation can be tedious.  Most require a specific type of base cabinet.

Corner Sink-This style of sink works well in small kitchen where every inch of space needs to be maximized.  It allows for long, uninterrupted stretches of countertops, which can be beneficial in a tiny kitchen.   On the flip side, corners in kitchens often have minimal natural light which can be irritating when you’re using your sink.  Additionally, corner sinks are often smaller than other types and may not be able to house larger pots and pans.   

Bar Sink- Like corner sinks, bar sinks are an excellent choice for a kitchen where counter space is at a premium.  However, they are unable to accommodate a large volume of dishes.  Bar sinks are usually less than 20 inches wide and work great for food prep or as a supplemental sink by a patio or in a bar.   

 

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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Fixes to 9 Common Household Problems

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We have all been there, wondering how to clean or remedy a home issue that seems to never be solved. We have the answer to some of the toughest, most annoying, home issues that you are plagued with today!

Fingerprints on stainless steel appliances

Who doesn’t love stainless steel appliances in their home? But the problem that most consumers have is the issue with streaking and fingerprints. The simplest fix is to put some olive oil on a soft cloth and apply a thin layer to the surface. Voila! No more fingerprints!

Make your granite look shiny

Fill up an 1/8th of a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol, a few drops of Dawn dish soap and your favorite essential oil. Fill the rest to the top with water. Mix it up and spray away on your granite, or any counter-top, to give it a clean shine.

Squeaking wood floors

Sweep talcum powder into the joints of the floorboards to eliminate that rubbing together you hear.

Rust stains in porcelain sinks

Grab your toothpaste and cover the stain. Let it sit for about 10-15 minutes. Rub some baking soda on a soft cloth and work out the stain.

Streak free windows

The number one trick is to use newspapers instead of paper towels. Also using a 50/50 distilled vinegar and water mixture will work even better than Windex.

Have your whole house smelling fresh

Take a few drops of your favorite essential oil and drop it onto your furnace filter.

 Noisy, wobbly ceiling fans

Inspect your fan and tighten any loose screws. Make sure that the blades are aligned and secured with the other blades and if you still have issues, opt for a balancing kit.

Water spots on your showerhead

Mix 1/3 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of white vinegar in a plastic bag over your sink. Place the bag over your showerhead making sure it is submerged in the solution. Secure it to the showerhead with a rubber band or twist tie and let it soak for 2-3 hours.

Water marks on wood furniture

Use a dry cotton cloth and cover the water mark. Put a medium-hot iron on it for several seconds. If you still see the spot wipe the mark with cloth that is damp with denatured alcohol.

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