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Are Your Contractor’s References Legit?

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, “Life’s too short to make all of the mistakes yourself, so learn from those others have made.”  One area this mentality especially holds true is when hiring a contractor.  Any one of us can put on an angelic face for a short period of time. (Ever tried to talk your way out of a speeding ticket?)  But you can’t truly know the type of company you’re working with until you do a little bit of detective work.  The best way to know who you’re signing with is to request references from previous customers.  Mind you, no contractor will willingly provide you anything except glowing reviews.  However, there are a few things you can do to verify that the references they provide you are from legitimate, previous customers and not something they cooked up on to have you sign on the dotted line.

Speed Counts: Every contractor expects to be asked for a list of references.  It shouldn’t take days to produce…unless they’re writing it themselves.  In most cases, they will have them available upon request at your initial meeting.  Exercise extreme caution with anyone that does not.

Type of Reference: While it’s all fine and dandy that the contractor you’re interviewing has installed hundreds of windows since their company’s inception, if they can only provide window references and you’re looking for a gutter installation, it may be best to look elsewhere.  Construction is a very broad field and you’ll have the best results working with someone that regularly performs the type of work you are requesting.  You’ll also likely get better pricing since suppliers often offer volume discounts to contractors they frequently work with.

Age of Reference: It’s nice to hear from customers who just had jobs installed.  They can provide an accurate picture of how your job will go which definitely can offer peace of mind.  It can be tempting to ignore older references due to age.  DON’T!  Homeowners from jobs installed a few years back can shed light on how the installed products are holding up as issues may not be immediately evident.  They can also testify to the company’s responses to any issues that occurred after installation.  We recommend following up with a combination of new installations and older ones to ensure you’re getting the full story.

Type of Relationship: Be sure to confirm the reference actually had work performed by the contactor and isn’t just a friend or family member vouching for them.  Just because someone is a “good guy” doesn’t mean that they’re the right person for the job.

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. 

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Top Things to Do Before You Move Into Your New Home

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Moving into a new house is an exciting adventure!  After you’ve perfected your signature on stacks and stacks of paper and the keys are handed over to you, it’s time to get busy.  Here’s our top list of to do’s before settling in your new digs.

Change the Locks-You never know how many copies of your new keys are floating around the neighborhood from the previous owners’ friends, neighbors or vendors.  Provide yourself with peace of mind and protection.

Painting-It is much easier to paint the interior of a house sans furniture.  A house that you have not yet moved into provides a rare opportunity for the easiest painting you’ll ever have.  Even if you’re okay with wall colors, this can be a great time to repaint the ceilings & closets (which likely have not been touched since the house was built).

Insulation-Brand new homes today are extremely energy efficient.  If the home you are purchasing is not up to date on insulation, utility bills may come in significantly higher than they need to.

Flooring- Such as is the case with painting, new floor installation is much less of a hassle in an empty home than shuffling furniture in between rooms.

Gutters- In most cases, especially here in the Midwest, where precipitation is frequent and generous, not having gutters can damage your home’s siding, landscaping and cause water to drain directly into your basement.  Prevent this by installing them if they do not currently exist.

Swap Outlet Covers-Most homes have their original outlet covers which are oftentimes either stained or mismatched.  Swap these out to give rooms a clean, uniform look.  If you seek a higher end look, go with metal outlet covers.

New Toilet Seat-No explanation needed.  Just do it.

Change HVAC Filters- It’s very unlikely this has been done any time in recent history, so go ahead and replace them so that your furnace and AC have less strain on them.

Verify Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors Work-Just because smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are present, doesn’t mean they actually work.  Take the two seconds to test them so they’re in working order, should they ever be needed.

Bring in Lighting-It’s extremely frustrating to come to yournew home at night to work on some projects prior to moving in and realize that some rooms cannot be worked on because they were only lit up with lamps in the past.  Save yourself this frustration by having portable work lights available for such occasions.

Lindus Construction is a full-service remodeling company specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Decking, Home Remodeling & New Construction. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 for a free no obligation estimate or check us out on our new website at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into 830 WCCO every Saturday from 9a-10a with Denny Long & Andy Lindus for our Home Improvement Show.

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Make Your Home an Allergen Free Zone This Fall!

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There’s plenty to love about the return of fall—football, pumpkin spice lattes (well pumpkin flavored ANYTHING) and that extra hour of sleep that’s coming up when Daylight Savings Time arrives in a few weeks.  One of the few downsides to the season is air-borne allergens that have many of us looking like we belong in an antihistamine commercial.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), states that indoor air is five times more polluted than that found outdoors, so any preventative measures taken to keep your home’s air clean is a win.

Dusting- By dusting, you eliminate dust mites which are one of the biggest offenders when it comes to allergen triggers.  Skip the feather duster, which can cause more harm than good, by dispersing the dust particles into the air and use a moistened cloth.  Declutter your home so that dust has fewer places to settle.

Checking Your Shoes at the Door- Tracking your shoes throughout your house brings a little more of the outdoors inside than you should.  Require your family, and guests for that matter, to remove shoes upon entry into your home in order to minimize allergen exposure.

Keep Your Home Mold Free- Having mold in your home can be detrimental to your family’s health.  Any water leaking in from the roof should be addressed ASAP by a professional in order to prevent mold growth.  Gutters that cannot handle large volumes of rain and cause moisture in your basement, which can stimulate mold growth.  Such gutters should be replaced with more substantial ones that can keep your basement dry.

Skip the Synthetic Cleaners- Forego chemical infused cleaners which can irritate allergy sufferers for cleaners such as vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice.

Proper Ventilation- Excess moisture in your home can amplify allergy symptoms.  Fans that divert moisture outdoors should be installed and used in your kitchen and bathroom. 

Change Your Furnace Filter- Every furnace has a filter and periodically it will become clogged from particles floating your home’s air.  Routinely changing the air filter will not only keep your home’s air cleaner, it will also reduce strain on your furnace which can cause it to prematurely end its lifespan.   

Vacuum- Stay on top of dust & pet dander by regularly vacuuming your home, particularly high traffic areas.  The best vacuum for the job is one with a HEPA filter which is engineered to trap even the smallest particles and keep them from being recirculated back into your home’s air supply.

 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. 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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Roofing: Repair vs. Replacement

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Oftentimes when potential clients call Lindus Construction for a roofing estimate, they’ll indicate that they are unsure of whether their roof needs to be repaired or replaced.  We assure them that having a professional provide them with an estimate is the best way to determine the lifespan left on their roof.  Are you questioning whether it’s time to have your roof accessed?  Here are some ways to identify whether a repair or complete replacement is needed.

Leaking-In many cases, a leak can be addressed without having to replace the roof.  Leaking is normally a sign that your roof’s flashing (metal that aids to protect your home from water intrusion where your roof meets a wall in your home) is in need of attention.  It’s important to get a leak examined by a professional as soon as it’s noticed.  Leaks can lead to a shortened roof lifespan and mold.

Curling Shingles-Curling happens on the corners of shingles where they bend upward or underneath themselves.  Some of the reasons shingles curl are improper installation, inadequate attic ventilation or a defective product.  Whatever the reason, an entire roof comprised of curled shingles cannot act as an effective barrier against nature’s elements and the roof should most likely be repaired.

Algae Growth-Algae spores are transported through the air.  When they land on something, such as your roof, they will latch on and start to grow.  In order for your roof to maximize its true life expectancy, it’s important to address the algae before it becomes widespread.  To eradicate your roof of algae growth, you can either have it cleaned (a professional is recommended since algae is slippery and power washing can cause granule loss).  Zinc strips can also be placed on your roof as a way to remove algae.

Blistering Shingles and/or Peeling of Interior or Exterior Paint-Inadequate attic ventilation, excessive temperatures or high humidity are all reasons this can happen.  It’s a signal that a new roof is needed since the current roof will be unable to withstand Mother Nature for much longer.  In this case, a repair just isn’t going to cut it.

Buckling Roof-Explanations for why this may happen vary from underlayment not being laid correctly, new shingles being applied over old ones and roof decking not be installed properly.  Depending on the extent of the buckling, it’s possible for this to be repaired.  However, consult with a professional to determine the underlying cause of the problem. Without a proper diagnosis, this issue will continue to present itself.

Flashing that is Damaged-Flashing is metal that aids to protect your roof from water intrusion where your roof meets a wall. The intention of flashing is to defer the flow of water away from the home, rather than allowing your roofing and underlayment to absorb it which can cause water damage.   Flashing that has been compromised needs to be replaced in order for water to flow away from, instead of into your home.  If the rest of your roof is in good condition, only the flashing needs to be replaced, not the entire roof.

Missing Granules-Asphalt shingles are covered in granules in order to extend the lifespan of the roof.  The granules serve as an additional barrier against nature’s elements.  Over time, you may start to notice granules being displaced into your gutters.  This is a signal that your roof is nearing, or has reached, the end of its lifespan and that a full replacement should be strongly considered.

Water Stained Ceilings-Should you find water stains on your ceiling, it’s an indicator that your roof is either leaking or your home has an issue with condensation.  Causes can include shoddy underlayment or poor ventilation.  Water stains should be evaluated on a case by case basis.  Do note that it is senseless to repaint water stained walls until you can pinpoint the reason for the leak, as the staining will continue to happen.

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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3 Season vs. 4 Season Rooms

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While the most obvious answer to this question would appear to be 1 season-there’s a little bit more to it in that.  In this blog, we’ll clarify the difference between a 3 season & 4 season room so that if you’re in the markets for one you’re able to make an educated decision on what’s best for your home. 

What’s the Difference?

A 3 season room is designed for use in spring, summer and fall but cannot be utilized in the winter due to the fact that it is not connected to your home’s HVAC system which prevents its temperature from being regulated.

4 season rooms have more insulation than 3 season rooms (which in some cases have no insulation).  A 4 season porch must follow the same codes (floor, wall, ceiling, insulation, windows, etc.) as a standard room addition.

Perks

3 Season

  • Keeps pollen, dust, dirt, direct sunlight, rain & mosquitos out of your entertaining space
  • Less costly than a 4 season room since it is not temperature regulated
  • Can be constructed quicker

4 Season

  • A year-round entertaining space
  • Increases your property’s value more than a 3 season room does
  •  4 season rooms are often filled with windows which gives the vibe of being outdoors without having to leave an air conditioned or heated area

Drawbacks

 3 Season

  • Can’t be used year-round
  • Adds less value than a 3 season room

4 Season

  • More expensive
  • Takes longer to construct

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard is a full service local construction company offering LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com or give us a call at 1-800-873-1451 to set up a free no-obligation estimate. Tune into our home improvement show on WCCO radio AM830 every Saturday from 9a-10a with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.

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Top Home Trends for 2013

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Outdoor living areas and screened in porches

Some homeowners have taken outdoor living and relaxing to new heights these days.  A trend that has started to emerge with more force in the last five years is looking outside of the walls of your home for entertaining and peaceful areas that include, but are limited to, comfortable seating areas, fire pits, big screen TVs and better surround sound systems than your living room. The benefits of adding a screened in porch to your outdoor living areas is that you are able to enjoy the smells & sounds of nature without the bugs, adding an extra benefit.

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Double-duty home furnishings

With baby boomers moving into condos and a lot of the American population scaling back and opting for smaller, more efficient spaces, having home furnishings that are multi-purpose are more important than ever. Kitchen islands that fold out into full seating tables, ottomans that can be used for storage as well as extra seating areas for your guests and couches that instantly turn into a bed.

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Lighter wall colors

Because of American opting for smaller spaces their creativity must increase as to how and make their space look bigger. Painting light colored walls in your home will give the illusion of your rooms being larger. Adding more natural light with additional windows will also visually increase the size of your living spaces and also serve a double purpose as a vitamin D mood booster.

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Outdoor kitchens

Who says that cooking a meal for your guests means slaving all day in your indoor kitchen? Not anymore! Outdoor kitchen areas have begun to pop up all across the country from 1-story ramblers to multi-million dollar homes. Some outdoor kitchens keep it simple with a nice built in grilling area while others are adding storage, sinks, pizza ovens refrigerators, granite countertops and let’s not forget beer taps. One of the cool new gadgets that the guys must have for their outdoor kitchens is a hybrid grill that permits cooking with gas, wood or charcoal. It’s the trifecta people!

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Home energy conservation

Every dollar counts these days when you are paying on average $4.30 a gallon and experts anticipate that it could rise even higher this summer. Home energy efficiency is a big way that you can put green back pockets by recycling water throughout your home with a rainwater harvester, allowing you to use this for toilets & lawn watering. Investing in new appliances in your home and also taking a look at your furnace and air conditioning units can save you up to 20% a year in energy costs.

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“Green” Building Products

Sustainable products still maintain front and center position when it comes to home remodeling projects. This is especially true when it comes to paints, countertop and flooring. Benjamin Moore has jumped on board with the green movement adding paints that have zero-VOC (volatile organic compounds) and odor free paints to use in your home. Bamboo flooring has also made huge jump in residential flooring options because of its sustainability and fast growing forests.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard is a full service local construction company offering LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com or give us a call at 1-800-873-1451 to set up a free no-obligation estimate. Tune into our home improvement show on WCCO radio AM830 every Saturday from 9a-10a with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.

 

 

The Effects of Hail on Your Home

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A hail storm can have devastating effects on your home.  Each year, the effects of hail damage cost Americans around $1 billion dollars.  Throughout your home’s exterior, hail damage manifests itself in different ways.  Here’s what to look for:

Roofing-When hail hits your roof; it can cause the granules on your shingles to loosen.  One of the main purposes of the granules is to safeguard your roof from the sun & precipitation.  Granule loss will accelerate the deterioration of your roof as it is no longer protected from nature’s elements.  In some cases, this can mean a leaky roof.  A quick way to verify whether your shingles have been damaged is to look at your gutter’s downspouts. If you notice a significant amount of roofing granules collecting, it’s a sign that your roof may have been damaged in a hailstorm.  Your roof vents and flashing will often show indentations if hail has occurred.  Even without seeing this, it is a good idea to work with a reputable professional to evaluate whether your roof has been compromised.  Some effects of hail are not immediately evident; a roof can be weakened by hail, but not fail for a year or two.  Hail can void your roofing manufacturer’s warranty, another reason it’s important to have your roof evaluated if you suspect hail damage.

Siding- Because siding can be fabricated from different materials, the way that hail damages it can vary.  Vinyl siding holds up quite well to denting, however, if hit hard enough its pliability may be compromised and breaks, cracks or holes can occur.  Wood and metal siding can dent from hail; the amount is determined by the size of the hail, angle that it falls at and how fast it is traveling when it makes contact.  The best time to inspect your siding for damage is early in the morning or at dusk.  This will make indentations easier to see.  The winds that often occur during hailstorms can also cause your siding to pull away from your home.

Windows- Hail storms can damage windows.  Signs that your windows have been affected by hail are: a damaged window frame, broken glass, holes and cracks.  Denting of your window sashes, wraps and frames is not always easily detectable.  A trick is to run your hand along these areas to see if you feel any indentations.  However, when in doubt, consult a professional.

Gutters- Gutters are placed close to your roof line and are susceptible to damage.  If you find that you have hail damage on your roof, it’s likely that your gutters were damaged as well, though it may be tricky for you to tell standing on the ground.  Be sure to have them evaluated by a professional who will be able to detect indentations caused by the storm.

We would be happy to come in and help you restore your home to its natural beauty. 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. 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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5 Signs it’s Time for a Kitchen Overhaul

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When you want something bad enough, it’s hard for you to be an unbiased judge as to whether or not your want is, in fact, a need.  Here are a few indicators that your kitchen is due for a complete overhaul, not just a fresh coat of paint or granite countertop.

Your Layout is Unnatural- In every kitchen you’ll find a stove, sink and refrigerator.  While designers often have their own opinions on what makes a room aesthetically appealing, most all agree on the kitchen triangle concept.  This approach became widely embraced in the 1940s when kitchens were often tight spaces, overrun by large appliances.  To make the most of a small space, stoves, refrigerators, and sinks were set up in a triangular fashion.  While this is not the only way to set up a kitchen, bear in mind that breathing room between the primary work spaces makes food preparation less of a hassle by keeping traffic in your work spaces to a minimum.  If you’re only stocking the necessities in terms of food, tableware and small kitchen appliances, and you still find yourself using your countertops as a pantry after buying a week’s worth of groceries, chances are you don’t have enough storage and the space you do have is not being put to good use.

Your Home is Going to Market-It’s no secret that a kitchen remodel is one of the home investments that reaps the highest return.  It’s also common knowledge to those buying a home that a kitchen is one of the most expensive areas to renovate.  If your current kitchen looks like something seen on The Brady Bunch, utilize a kitchen remodel to get top dollar for your property.  FYI-a remodel doesn’t have to include over the top features.  Focus on matching appliances, adequate storage space and neutral patterns on countertops and backsplashes.

Appliances made before the World Wide Web was Created-We’ll give you props if you’ve got appliances from the early 1990s that still run.  However, we’re still going to argue that it’s time for them to be upgraded.  The National Association of Home Builders gives a life expectancy guideline for major appliances as follows: dishwasher and microwave, 9 years; garbage disposal, 12 years; refrigerator, 13 years; range, 13-15 years.  In addition to technology and aesthetic advancements, today’s appliances are the most energy efficient they’ve ever been.

You Discourage Guests from Gathering in the Kitchen- Having this happen should be a red flag that you no longer, or may have never considered, the kitchen to be the heart of your home.  Your kitchen should be a point of pride and if that’s not the case, it’s time to start evaluating what features can be added or modified to change your feelings.  Another similar sign it’s time for a change is when you, yourself, no longer wish to spend time preparing or eating in your kitchen.

To Repair Damage- If your kitchen has been damaged by water, fire, etc., it’s well worth looking into redoing the whole room, rather than just minor repairs to get by.  Ignoring or failing to evaluate the full extent of water damage, can lead to the growth of mold which leads to even bigger issues.  If water damage has occurred, at the very least, speak with a professional who can tell you for certain whether or not there are signs of mold growth; home tests are not 100% accurate.

Considering remodeling your kitchen? We would like to help you with your vision and design! 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 World of Whirlpool Appliances

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

Laundry

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

High-Efficiency Front-Load Washer

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

High-Efficiency Front-Load Dryer

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

High-Efficiency Top-Load Washer

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

High-Efficiency Top-Load Dryer

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

Traditional Top-Load Washer

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

Traditional Top-Load Dryer

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

Cooking Appliances

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

Built-in cooking appliances

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

Freestanding cooking appliances

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

Refrigerators

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

French door refrigerators

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

Side-by-side refrigerators

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

Bottom-freezer refrigerators

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

Top-freezer refrigerators

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

Dishwashers

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

Integrated Console Dishwashers

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

Traditional Dishwasher

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

To research more products and reviews of the Whirlpool® brand visit their website at www.whirlpool.com. Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate.

What is Affecting Your Roof’s Performance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lindus Construction offers the #1 selling roofing systems in North America, GAF Asphalt Roofing and was recognized in 2011 as the #1GAF roofing contractor in the country. Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate.