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Top Spring Home Improvement Projects

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We keep hearing meteorologists say spring is only 40 days away! It is hard to comprehend this notion for many of us Midwesterners due to the painfully cold and snow heavy winter we have had. With spring just around the corner here is a list of top home improvement projects that you should consider having done as soon as the snow thaws.

Roof replacement or repair

This year’s record cold and snowfall takes a toll on the exterior of your home, especially your roof that could have received damage such as losing shingle granules, moisture seeping in between the cracks and creases or damage from an ice dam problem. You should have a reputable contractor come out and inspect your roof for signs of disintegration and curling or peeling of your shingles. Your roof is one of the first lines of defense when it comes to severe weather and we all know that springtime can bring storms.

Don’t put off getting new rain gutters one more year!

If you don’t have any rain gutters on your home, it is completely defenseless against the raging rainstorms that can occur in the Midwest. If you don’t have gutters at all, you risk rain eroding the soil around you home, which can leak into your basement. If you still have traditional gutters on your home, it is essential to clean out the organic debris that has accumulated in them over the last season to avoid overflowing. If you are ready to experience the modern age of a one-piece seamless gutter system, LeafGuard gutters, are the only gutter system to receive the Good Housekeeping seal of approval. To learn more about the features and benefits of LeafGuard gutters, check out our website at http://lindusconstruction.com/MN-Gutter-Installation-WI.php .

Inspect your deck

Beautiful cedar decks are very popular in the area that we live and are a point of pride for a lot of homeowners. Inspect your deck for any rotting or warped boards. Examine the stain on it to see how it weather the cold winter and if you think your deck is in need of full replacement consider using composite decking. It has taken the deck industry by storm, now surpassing cedar decking installation, and requires minimal maintenance if any at all.

Spruce up your siding

Your siding plays an important role in protecting your home during the harsh winters just like your roof does. If it is time for an update to add more curb appeal, you definitely need to consider installing LP® SmartSide® that will offer your home the warmth and beauty of traditional wood, with the durability and workability of engineered wood. LP® SmartSide® is also backed by an industry leading 5/50 year transferrable limited warranty. The manufacturing of this product is also backed by the green initiative by using the entire log in their manufacturing process and any wood waste is repurposed to help fuel their mills. LP also participates in SFI® certified forest management and fiber sourcing systems to insure that their wood they used comes from well-managed forests. To learn more about LP® SmartSide® go to their website at http://www.lpcorp.com/ .

 

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 Reasons Why Your Roof Could Be Leaking!

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If your roof has started to leak, you should not underestimate the severity of damage it can cause to your home. If you are unsure of the magnitude of a leak in your roof, make sure to call your local professional contractor who will be able to give you a solution to your problem. Here are some reasons that your roof may be leaking into your home.

Flashing

Flashing is the thin metal sheet; strip, angle or fitting that covers a seam or transition point in a roof. Flashing is the most common area of your roof to leak. With the harsh weather in the Midwest, it is easily damaged or corroded over time. The flashing on your home could also be poorly installed or of a lower quality than you thought you were having installed.

Skylight

Having skylights really adds ambiance and natural light to your home, but when not built or installed properly, it can cause more of a headache than bliss. If you have a skylight that is older a problem with a leak is almost inevitable. If you notice that the downhill slope of your skylight is filling with water more easily, you will be dealing with a leak in the near future.

Shingle Damage

Your roof most likely is not top of mind if it’s functioning properly, but you have to remember that your roof will not last forever. How many years has it been since your roof was installed? Roofs that were built 30 years ago were made of much different and less durable materials, than what is used today. Old shingles will start to crack causing your roof to leak.

Chimney

Your chimney creates a huge hold in your roof and it also collects water on the surface, which can trickle down and get into the smallest cracks. The leading cause of chimney leaking is failed flashing. Water can pool at the base of your chimney and having pooling water on your roof is never a good thing.

Plumbing

Common plumbing issues arise when having to drill holes in your roof. Plumbing vent pipes, exhaust flues for appliances, attic vents and ventilation ducts are among the most common necessities that have to exit through your roof. Cracked or worn flashing around these pipes and flues are the most common leak source on your roof when it comes to plumbing.

Lindus Construction offers both asphalt and metal roofing options. In 2011, we 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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Dos & Don’ts of Homeowners Hail Insurance Claims

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Thankfully, most of us don’t often have to deal with filing a homeowner’s insurance claim due to storm damage.  However, the consequence of this is that when the need arises, the learning curve can be steep.  Having been in business for nearly 35 years, we’ve helped countless homeowners with such claims and we’ve seen firsthand the consequences of failing to act appropriately after a hail storm.  Because life’s too short to make all of the mistakes yourself, allow us to share the dos and don’ts of homeowners hail insurance claims.

Do contact both your insurance company and a reputable contractor as soon as possible after the damage occurs.  This holds true especially if a large geographical area was affected as most
contractors and insurance companies operate on a first come, first serve basis.  In the Midwest, where winter affects the ability to safely install a roof, this can mean the difference between getting your roof installed in the fall or the following spring.

Do arrange a time for you, your spouse, a reputable contractor and the insurance adjuster to meet to discuss the claim.  In cases where large geographical areas are affected, some insurance companies bring in adjusters from out of state.  It’s a lot easier for a contractor to voice any concerns with the adjuster’s findings face to face than it is to do so via phone after they’ve returned to their home office in another part of the country.

Do keep a copy of your homeowner’s insurance policy and carefully consider the coverage you need before purchasing.  Should you need to file a claim, have the policy handy so that you understand what you are entitled to in terms of compensation.

Do know that the manufacturer’s warranty on items such as gutters, roofing and siding are typically voided if you experience hail damage and do not have the affected portions of your home repaired or replaced.

Do not sign with the first company that comes knocking at your door offering to assist you.  Once massive damage occurs, storm chasing contractors from all over the country set their GPS systems for the affected area and start going door to door trying to sign as much business as quickly as they can by promising potential customers the world.  Oftentimes, they disappear before work has been finalized or perform subpar work that may not be evident until a couple years down the road when you have no way of contacting them again…if they are even still in business.

Do not accept the insurance adjuster’s initial offer if it does not fully encompass the scope of work that a contractor informed you needs to be performed  or properly compensates for premium
improvements you have made to your home.  If the insurance adjuster’s amounts do not correlate with the improvements that need to be made, you have the right to hire an independent adjuster and submit their findings to your insurance company and ask for a new payout amount.  If these efforts do not produce results, you have the option to hire an attorney or contact your state’s insurance commissioner’s office to file a dispute with them.

Do not feel forced to use a contractor referred to you by the insurance company.  Oftentimes, their motivation is to complete the work as cheaply as possible, slightly the homeowner through subpar materials and shortcuts.  Hiring your own contractor means that their incentive is to satisfy you over your insurance company.

At Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard all of our estimators go through extensive training and possess the knowledge to identify storm damage to your home. We are able to help you work with your insurance company to get you home restored as soon as possible. We are a full service construction companies ready to help you with your storm damage needs. Call us to set up a free no-obligation estimate at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into 830 WCCO radio every Saturday from 9am-10am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.

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Your Attic Ventilation Could Be Ruining Your Home

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The main purposes of attic ventilation are to provide comfort to your home, help protect against damage to materials and the structure of your home and to help reduce energy consumption during all four seasons here in the Midwest. During the warmer months, ventilation helps keep your attic cool and in the winter months, it reduces moisture keeping your attic dry and preventing ice dams. Proper attic ventilation in your home allows the flow of outside air through your attic, protecting your efficiency of the insulation and helps lower the temps in your living space. The U.S. Federal Housing Administration recommends a minimum of at least 1 square foot of attic ventilation for every 300 square feet of attic space. This amount should be divided equally between intake and exhaust ventilation allowing proper air flow.

What Damage Can Happen with Improper Ventilation?

  • Damage to your siding,  interior paint and wallpaper
  • Warping, cracking or breaking down of wood framing
  • Premature aging of your roofing system
  • Roof deck warping & rooting
  • Mildew & mold growth
  • Buckling of shingles and felt

In the winter, when using household appliances such as your shower, bathtub or cooking ranges can contribute to excess moisture build-up which will allow moisture to condense and fall, soaking your insulation putting you at risk for mold. In the winter, ice and snow on your roof will melt and run down the deck to the cooler eaves of your roof. This runoff can re-freeze, creating what is called an ice dam that can force water to back up under your shingles, causing water to leak into your home. If you roof is properly ventilated, it will reduce the amount of melting that occurs, therefore reducing ice dams that could form.

Balanced Systems Will Provide Optimal Air Flow

A properly designed ventilation system requires balance and that balance is achieved in two ways airflow & intake.

  • Airflow capacity must be balanced between intake and exhaust vents. Half of the vent area must be high in the attic, with the other half lower in the attic. Without this balance the area of effective ventilation is limited to the lesser of the two vent areas. If 75% of your venting is high and only 25% low, the ventilation is limited to the air moving through the lower vents.
  • The vents that are placed high must act as exhaust vents, while the low vents act as intake vents. That placement will assure continuous air flow moving the right direction.

Different Types of Vents

Ridge Vents – these are the most economical and effective kind of attic vents. They run the entire length of the roof peak and are typically covered with shingles so they blend into the roofline. These types of vents work effectively all year round and ventilate your space evenly providing a large volume of air flow.

Soffit Vents – are most commonly used in tandem with ridge vents. They can be installed above or below your gutter system. These types of vents keep your attic dry in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Gable Vents – are installed on the exterior attic walls providing air circulation during extreme temperatures and humidity. These types of vents are designed to add interesting accents to the exterior of you home. They come in a variety of shapes and are covered with a mesh screen backing that keeps out insects.

Turbine Vents – are wind-driven that are installed along the face of the roof. When the wind blows, the turbine spins and draws air from your attic. These vents can remove large quantities of humid air at a time. These are often used in conjunction with soffit venting systems to allow adequate air circulation.

Lindus Construction is the #1 Master Elite™ GAF roofer in the Midwest, 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.comto 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.

 

Your Roof-Hail Damage vs. Old Shingles

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After a hail storm, homeowners are often curious to see whether their roof has experienced enough damage to be eligible for an insurance claim.  A trained professional is able to analyze whether a deteriorating roof is the result of hail damage or a roof simply nearing the end of its lifespan.  In this blog, we’ll discuss the difference between the two.

HAIL INDICATORS

Bruising: Bruising occurs when a hailstone’s impact disperses the roof’s granules.  Bruising will feel like indentations on your roof’s surface.  They are not always visible but should be addressed upon
discovery, as failure to do so can cause holes to eventually form in your shingles, leaving your roof vulnerable to nature’s elements.

Missing or Loose Granules: This one is tricky because this symptom can also be a sign that your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan.  To verify if this is happening due to hail damage, see whether the displaced granules have now uncovered the roofing underlayment.  If it is faded, it means that the condition is preexisting.  However, if it is not discolored, it is likely that this is a new phenomenon.

Cracking: Large hailstones, hitting your roof at a high enough velocity can cause cracking in circular patterns.  Should you find this on your roof, address as soon as you can, as failure to do so can lead to a leaky roof.

Dented Roof Vents: Should your roof vents have been dented, it’s probable that the roof itself has been damaged by hail.  Contact your insurance company and a local, reputable contractor, who can offer a professional opinion and information on repair and replacement costs.

EXPIRED LIFESPAN INDICATORS

Buckling Shingles: This can occur when new shingles are placed on top of old shingles or the roof was not properly installed. It can also be a sign of poor ventilation. When the shingles buckle, it means that moisture is underneath them. This can often signal that a whole new roof is needed.

Water Spots on Your Ceiling: Discolored spots on your ceilings are caused by leaks in your roof. The damage doesn’t stop with the unsightly spots. Left ignored major damage can occur and
a homeowner can be forced to also replace their ceilings and/or drywall.

Curling Shingles: There are several reasons this can happen. One is that the roofer disregarded the manufacturer’s nail per shingle recommendations. If a roof is inadequately insulated, moisture may build up in a home’s attic. Because it needs to go somewhere, it will slowly become trapped between the underlayment and shingles. Each shingle has an adhesive strip that connects it to the row below it. If that strip, called back coating, is not properly attached to the row below it curling can occur. Weather elements cause your roof to expand and contract. During this process, the nails holding your shingles down can be forced upwards which can cause shingles to curl.

Roof Rotting: Roofs begin to rot when the shingles have absorbed moisture all the way to the core. This is a serious matter and should be addressed as quickly as possible by a roofing professional.

Missing Shingles: This problem often occurs in the spring and cast be the result of high winds, ice and snow damage. Another possibility is that shingles were not installed correctly. Regardless, it’s important to call a roofing professional to get your roof back to its original condition. An untrained person trying to do this on their own can incorrectly replace the shingles which can cause your roof to leak.

Missing Granules: When a roof is first replaced, it’s normal to have some granules (small ceramic coated rock specs that cover an asphalt shingle’s surface) dislodged from the shingles. However, if
this continues, your roof’s lifespan will be greatly decreased because the asphalt on your shingle has been exposed to weather elements. If you are noticing this problem on an older roof, it’s likely that it needs to be replaced.

Blistering: Blisters which look like bubbles just under the surface of your shingle’s granules are caused by moisture trapped in a shingle. The shingle may not need to be replaced until it breaks open. Once a shingle breaks open, it may become discolored and water leakage may become an  issue.

Flashing that is Damaged: Roof flashing is a piece of sheet metal placed on the joints in a roof to keep water from seeping into the structure. It is installed before the shingles. Flashing that has not been installed correctly or is damaged can cause leaking. In some cases, flashing is able to be replaced in the damaged area only.

At Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard all of our estimators go through extensive training and possess the knowledge to identify storm damage to your home. We are able to help you work with your insurance company to get you home restored as soon as possible. We are a full service construction companies ready to help you with your storm damage needs. Call us to set up a free no-obligation estimate at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into 830 WCCO radio every Saturday from 9am-10am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.

 

 

Home Improvements That Attract Generation X Homebuyers

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Every generation has its own set of unique characteristics and values.  Understanding this information can give you a leg up against the competition in a housing market that still favors the buyer.  In a recent blog, we discussed how to position your home to the millennial buyer and this week, we’ll take a look at home improvements that can attract buyers from Generation X.

Who is Generation X? Those born between 1965 & 1977 (currently 48 to 36).

Generation X Key Features:

  • 75% have children and most of those children are currently living at home
  • Most work full-time and are part of a dual income household
  • 82% are currently homeowners

Attracting Generation X Home Buyers:

Move in Ready: Generation X is drawn to something that’s move-in ready, preferring to allocate their precious time to their families and their careers, rather than fixing up a home.

Modern Kitchens: If there’s one improvement you can make for this generation, it’s a high end kitchen with stainless steel and energy efficient appliances, generous counter space and high end countertops.  Generation X sees the kitchen as the nucleus of the home and considers a high end kitchen a point of pride.

Size Matters: This group, in particular, is prone to buying the largest home their money will buy.  Make your home appear larger, and more functional, by staging rooms that can serve multiple purposes (think of a current playroom that can later be converted into a fitness room).  Eat-in kitchens, rather than formal dining rooms appeal to this demographic for this reason.

Fireplaces: In a recent survey performed by marketing company, GFK Roper, Generation X listed fireplaces rounded out the top 3 home amenities that they seek out in a home.  Fireplaces provide warmth and aesthetic appeal.  A fireplace can evoke a feeling of warmth and comfort and for a generation that cherishes family, a room with a fireplace promotes congregating.

Decking: Decking provides a place for a family to enjoy the outdoors together.  Score extra points with Generation X by having a deck that is compromised with low maintenance materials that are surrounded by a pool (another major must for this demographic).

Storage: Having come to age in the days of Madonna & “Materials Girl”, this generation values their possessions.  Whether it’s usable attic space in the home or garage, built-in closet shelving, walk-in closets, not having enough storage can be a factor that allows other homes to get chosen ahead of yours.

Maintenance Free Living: Generation X places a premium on their free time, preferring to spend it with their family, rather than on household chores.  Feeling content with the amount of time they spent on them as a child, they’re attracted to household features such as: composite decking, durable siding and clog-free gutters.

Lindus Construction is a full service construction and remodeling company boasting LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation & decking just to name a few. Give us a call at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out at www.lindusconstruction.com to set up a free no-obligation estimate. Tune into 830 WCCO every Saturday from 9a-10am with Denny Long & Andy Lindus for our Home Improvement Show!

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Hail Resistant Shingles?…You Read This Right! The New Wave of Asphalt Roofing!!

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We often talk a lot about our maintenance free products, but what about products that can protect your home from the elements, such as hail? Hail damage accounts for about one billion dollars in damage in the US each year, so protecting your home from future damage could save you a lot of money and headaches down the road. GAF, the leading manufacturer of asphalt roofing materials in the US, has brought to the table an impact-resistant shingle called Timberline® ArmorShield™, that can offer you potential insurance savings while still providing the beauty Timberline® shingles are known for.

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Why should you have Timberline® ArmorShield™ shingles installed on your home!

You may qualify for insurance savings!

Timberline® ArmorShield™ shingles passes UL 2218 class 4 impact tests. The UL 2218 class 4 impact test started in 1996 which measures the impact resistance of roof coverings. This standard test utilizes a 2 inch steel ball that is dropped from 20 feet above onto the shingle to see whether or not it cracks. This test simulates a hailstorm impacting your roof at speeds of over 70 MPH. A standard shingle being subjected to this same test would show ruptures and cracks visible on the surface immediately from the force of the steel balls. You may qualify for insurance discounts of up to 30% or more. Each shingle is labeled with special information that you can give to your insurance agent to see if you qualify for premium discounts.

Unmatched wind performance

Timberline® ArmorShield™ is applied to your roof with Dura Grip™ Adhesive which seals each individual shingle tightly and reduces the risk of shingles blowing off up to a maximum wind gusts of 130 miles per hour, which meets Class F wind ratings that is the highest rating possible.

Safer & protects against stains

Timberline® ArmorShield™ has a Class A fire rating, which is the highest rating possible, and also has StainGuard® which will protect the beauty of your roof from unsightly blue-green algae.

Peace of mind

Timberline® ArmorShield™ provides Lifetime limited transferable warranty with Smart Choice® Protection (non-prorated material and installation coverage) for the first ten years.

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Beautiful Colors

Timberline® ArmorShield™ comes in four unique colors barkwood, charcoal, slate and weathered wood.

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Advanced protection

Timberline® ArmorShield™ provides your home superior protection with Deck-Armor™ that allows moisture to escape from your attic while protecting against wind-driven rain. WeatherBlocker™ and ProStart™ will help save time and eliminate waste during your install process and ShingleMatch™ is a premium roof paint that allows you to hide any unsightly roofing accessories making them blend in with the color of your roof.

Lindus Construction offers Timberline® ArmorShield™. 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.

 

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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FAQ’s About Algae Growth on Your Roof

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Algae spores are transported through the air.  When they land on a surface, such as your roof, they cling to it and commerce growth.  Oftentimes algae & moss are not evident on your roof until it starts to decay.  In order for your roof to last as long as possible, it’s vital that you address the algae growth as soon as you’re able to prevent it from spreading.

What Does it Look Like? Algae on your roof can have a black tint; causing your roof to be stained or streaked.  It can also look like green and white splotches.  When you have a “stained” look on your shingles, it means that the algae is decaying and has nearly completed its lifecycle.

Why Should I Care? Besides the obvious eyesore that algae & moss can create, ignoring the problem can cause algae & moss to spread.  The growth of algae & moss on your shingles can shorten the lifespan of your roof because it compromises the integrity of your shingles.

Do I Need a New Roof? Oftentimes the algae can be removed or cleaned and a new roof is not needed.  However, waiting too long to address the issue can cause a new roof to become a necessity.

With all of the Technology Today, Aren’t There Shingles Available That Reject the Growth of Algae? Excellent question!  If you’re in the market for a new roof, companies like GAF offer shingles with copper embedded into the shingle’s granules which prevent the growth of the algae.  GAF backs up this claim with on algae warranty on these type of shingles.

What are Methods that Can Be Used to Clean Algae off My Roof? There are a few methods that can be utilized to eradicate algae from your roof.  They are:

1) Power Washing: While power washing can likely remove the algae off your roof, there’s also a strong chance that the power washing will also damage the granules on your shingles which will drastically lower your roof’s lifespan.  This method is NOT recommended especially since it can void some manufacturers’ roof warranties.

2) Soap & water with a scrub brush: Having a professional do this is really the way to go since they are accustomed to walking on roofs (though safety harnesses should still be used.)  Algae makes a
roof slippery and so does the soap & water mixture.  Bleach can also be mixed in with water to create a cleaning solution.  However, bleach can damage your landscaping so consider this when opting for this method.

Once My Roof is Algae Free, is There Anything I Can Do to deter its Return? Your best options are zinc or copper strips that are installed under the rows of shingles closest to your roof’s peak.  As it rains, the rain transports the metal molecules down the sides of your roof which will kill, though not remove, preexisting algae.

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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My Roof’s Shingles are Curling-What’s Up With That?

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You’ve likely figured it out…curling shingles on your roof aren’t a good thing.  If this is occurring at your home, you’re probably wondering why it’s happening.  Allow us to explain likely reasons:

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

2) Improper Installation: Roofing manufacturers have strict regulations regarding how their roofs are installed. This can include things like number of nails per shingle, length of nail, etc.  Because of this, it’s strongly recommended that home owners work with a contractor familiar with the type of roof they are installing.  Failure to adhere to these specifications can cause your shingles to curl, not to mention, and void your warranty.  Installing shingles in the winter when they may have been stored at improper temperatures or installing them when they are wet, can also lead to curling.

3) Defective Products: As was the case in the CertainTeed Organic Shingle class action lawsuit, there are times when shingles can curl simply due to the fact that there carelessly manufactured.

4) Installing New Shingles over Old Ones: There’s several reasons (some of them legal) as to why installing a 2nd layer of shingles over a first layer.  Regardless of the statues in your area, it is improbable that the new shingles will line up with the existing ones. This will prevent the new shingles from sealing properly and as a result, they may come off during high winds easier than they normally would.  If they do not come off in high winds, the likelihood that they will still curl is high.

5) Shingle Has Reached the End of Its Lifecycle: While lifespans vary by material and roofing manufacturer, all shingles are similar in the fact that once they begin to curl, it’s time to start exploring new roofing options.

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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