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How Does a Brick Home Stack Up Against the Rest?

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In the story of The Three Little Pigs, the big bad wolf is easily able to destroy the homes made of straw & sticks but has a little more trouble when it comes to the home made of bricks.  We’re going to assume that since the story took place long ago & far away that the siding options were limited and that’s why brick reigned supreme.  But in today’s world there are a lot of other siding options besides brick. So just how well does brick stack up against other siding options?  Let’s find out!

PROS

Maintenance-Oftentimes, brick wins favor with homeowners because it requires very little maintenance; it does not need to painted or stained and does not rot.

Durability-Because of its makeup, brick will hold up much better than most siding types when it comes to hail, high winds, extreme temperatures and fire.  Some insurance companies offer discounts because of this.

Added Home Value-When compared with other durable siding materials, having a brick home can increase the value of a home.

Timeless Look-Since brick is one of the oldest building materials available, choosing it for a home offers a traditional ambience that will be functional for years to come.

Termite Resistant- In areas where termites are of a concern to homeowners, brick homes often prevail because termites do not disturb this type of home.

 

CONS

Cost-Laying brick is a labor intensive process that requires workers with extensive training.  The brick itself is also a premium building material.  Because of this, brick is one of the most expensive siding materials available.

Repair-In the event that your bricks become damaged, repairs can be costly.  Bricks weather over time and it can be quite difficult to match the coloring of bricks when replacement ones are installed.

Water Absorbency-Brick can absorb moisture and transfer it indoors and causing the paint on your walls to peel and wood molding to shrink.  For this reason, it’s important to keep gutters clog free on brick homes.

Project Timeframe-If you’re considering a new brick home, it’s helpful to know that this type of construction take significantly longer because of the manpower needed.  Brick also needs time to dry at various points during the construction which can also delay a project on a tight deadline.  Unlike other forms of construction, brick cannot be installed at freezing temperatures or the building will not be structurally sound.

Additions-If you foresee adding onto your home, brick isn’t the wisest choice because it adds onto the project cost significantly.  Furthermore, it may prove difficult to match the new brick and mortar with those already there.

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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A Dozen Ways to Tell Your Home Needs New Siding

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Changing your home’s siding is the single biggest impact you can make to the look of your exterior.  It’s a transformation that’s impossible NOT to notice.  But how do you now when this project is needed?  Here’s our list of the most common times siding needs to be updated.

1) Hail Damage-Siding acts as your home’s protective skin.  Hail damage can compromise siding’s protective qualities and is a reason that it’s often necessary to replace siding after a hail storm occurs.

2) Outdated Color-If you’ve ever driven past one of those “We Buy Ugly Houses” billboards and felt personally attacked, it’s a strong indicator that it’s time for new siding.

3) You Want to Live Maintenance Free-It can be bothersome (and expensive!) having to paint and stain your siding repeatedly.  Why not switch to something that requires less attention?

4) Current Siding Has Dry Rot -Dry rot is a fungus that is fed through moisture that causes wood to disintegrate.  In addition to being an eye sore, dry rot makes a home’s siding much weaker than it should be and therefore, unable to properly protect your home from mother nature.

5) Damage by Wildlife- If your home’s siding has been flawed due to insects or woodpeckers that see it as a good place to raise a ruckus, swapping out siding for something less animal friendly (and high maintenance!) is the way to go.

6) You’ve added onto Your Home-This one’s simple.  No explanation needed.

7) You’re paying a Small Fortune for Heating & Cooling- Oftentimes when you hear mention of insulation, your first thought is your home’s attic.  But don’t forget that there’s insulation in your home’s walls.  High heating & cooling costs can signal that your insulation is subpar.  If you’re insulating, changing out siding at the same time can be a natural fit.

8) Siding is Cracked- If siding is cracked, it can allow water to infiltrate the underlayment which can cause a problem over time.  If only a few pieces are cracked, you may be able to replace only them.  However, if most of the house is cracked, replacing all siding is the ideal solution.

9) Siding is Loose- Siding cannot properly protect your home if it is loose.  If this issue is widespread, address as soon as possible with new siding.  If it’s limited to a few small areas, you may be able to get away with addressing only those spots.

10) Peeled Interior Paint & Wallpaper-A sign that siding is allowing moisture in can be peeled interior paint and wallpaper.  Ignoring this problem can lead to widespread interior problems.

11) Overly Faded Siding- This is a common indictor that siding is nearing the end of its lifespan.

12) Bubbles in the Siding-The bubbles weren’t in the siding when it was installed and they shouldn’t be there now!  Bubbles are evidence that water has become trapped in the siding and that it can’t properly function to protect your 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. We proudly carry SeasonGuard Steel Siding, James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding, CenterLock Vinyl Siding and many more!! Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free siding in-home estimate!

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Features That Make it More Difficult to Sell Your Home

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In the late ‘90s the Dodge Neon came in a variety of colors.  One of the more, shall we say, noticeable, colors was magenta (a combination of pink & purple).  It was one of those trends you loved or hated.  One of my extended family members, a self-proclaimed “girly girl” couldn’t get the keys to one fast enough.  Flash forward a few years to marriage and three beautiful kids.  She opted to trade the vehicle for something more “family friendly”.  Imagine her (not ours, but her) shock when the dealer docked a significant amount off the trade-in value because of the color, something that she had paid extra to have. Simply put, while the color was something she loved, the general population would see it as way to talk the vehicle’s price down.  The same can hold true for a home.  If the thought of selling your home anytime in the future has ever crossed your mind, even slightly it’s a good idea to make choices that increase, not decrease, the value of your home.  Not sure what we mean?  Here are a few examples.

Cedar Shake Roof: A cedar shake roof definitely sets your home apart from the crowd and not necessarily in a good way.  Cedar shakes require significantly more maintenance than metal or asphalt roofing which can scare off potential buyers.  It’s not uncommon to see an insurance company require a 2% dwelling cost deductible.  (For those who loathed math in school, this means that your deductible for a new roof could be $5,000 on a $250,000 home.)  Insurance companies can command this premium because cedar shake roofs have minimal fire resistance capabilities.

Garage Space: Homes built before dual income homes were the norm oftentimes only having a one car garage or none at all.  Particularly in the Midwest, where snow can fall anywhere between October & May, a garage is seen as a necessity.  Buyers typically want a garage that can house both homeowners’ vehicles.  A property with less than a two car garage may cause a home to sit on the market longer.  Garages located under the house can also be viewed as undesirable.  (Think about the additional work it would take to transport a carload of groceries up a flight of stairs.)  It’s also a common complaint that rooms above the garage are drafty and take more energy to heat.

Flat Roof: While flat roofs are cheaper than pitched ones to install, they are notorious for leaking.  In order to prevent this, they are covered with a waterproof seal that must be inspected and maintained on a regular basis.  These additional steps and the likelihood of water damage may deter perspective homebuyers.

Stucco Siding: Statistically speaking, a stucco home will sit on the market longer than one with a different type of siding.  Because water is stucco’s primary adversary, Midwestern buyers can be more hesitant to purchase this type of home.  Stucco’s lifespan depends on it being installed correctly, something that can be difficult to determine by appearance alone.

Plumbing: Fixtures such as dishwashers, washing machines and showers were once thought to be luxury items.  However, in the 21st century, they’re considered to be staples.  Homes without these items are likely to sit on the market longer and sell for a lower price.

Basement Access: In older homes, basement access may require going through the garage or through a hatch in the floor.  Changing this to more conventional access will appeal to a wider audience.

Wood Siding: Properly maintained wood siding can be a point of pride for a homeowner.  Keeping the siding maintained means intermittent power washing, sealing and staining or painting.  Wood siding can also be harmed by insects and other pests.  All of these things make wood siding something that can be viewed as a liability to future homeowners.

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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The New Era of Pre-finished Siding

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How does the thought of never having to paint your siding again sound? With new technology in the home building product sector, siding is becoming a front runner in the virtually maintenance-free home improvement product category. LP® SmartSide® , the leading manufacturer of engineered wood building materials that perform better and last longer, now offer their product that is pre-finished with Diamond-Kote™. Below we discuss the features and benefits of Diamond-Kote™ pre-finishing and why it is an easy decision for your next home siding project.

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Unmatched Superior Engineering

Diamond-Kote™ uses a one-of-a-kind pain that is specially designed for their advanced application process. They use metal oxide pigments from rocks in nature to give their colors the strong base it needs to make them last. These mineral-based materials they use will keep your siding looking vibrant and protect it from ultraviolet rays that cause ordinary siding to fade.

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Cutting Edge Application Process

Unlike flood coat and field applied applications that are used in other siding products,Diamond-Kote™is applied evenly to all painted surfaces. Robotic sprayers break the down in smaller particles allowing the paint to bond better. Then, the coating is oven cured and cooled for the most durable scratch resistant finish.

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Unheard of 30-year No Fade Warranty

You will always have peace of mind installing LP® SmartSide®with Diamond-Kote™ pre-finishing because it comes with a 30-year no fade warranty, which also includes the first seven years of labor at no cost to the original homeowner. You will never have to worry about repairing or repainting your home because of the strength and confidence in this product. Many pre-finished siding products on the market today don’t warrant against fade, but Diamond-Kote™ backs up their product like no one else in the industry.strenghth

Amazing Strength

Many products will start to blister, peel or flake off over a few years of weathering, but not products pre-finished with Diamond-Kote™, because they will be durable for years to come. Something called the cross hatch tape test is a method to test the strength of the bond between a substrate and coating. When you remove the tape on many other siding products, large pieces of the paint will go with it.  That is not the case with Diamond-Kote™ that provides a 30-year warranty against all of these weathering factors.

 

Virtually Maintenance-Free

This finish resists the buildup of dirt and grime. If cleaning of your siding would become necessary, simply use your garden hose and it will return your siding to the crisp, freshly painted look it will maintain for the next 30 years.

 

Lindus Construction is proud to offer LP® SmartSide® with Diamond-Kote™ finishing. Lindus Construction is a full service construction & remodeling company offering free no-obligation estimates. Give us a call at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into 830AM WCCO for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long and Andy Lindus.

 

 

 

Hail Damage-Separating Fact from Fiction

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Fiction: If I can’t see indentations on my roof, there’s no need to have my roof inspected because clearly there is no damage.

Fact: 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.

Fiction: Foregoing an insurance claim on hail damage means that your rates won’t go up.

Fact: Insurance companies can raise everyone’s rates after a disaster.  The only thing that you are by not failing to file a claim is that you’re helping everyone else pay for their damage without getting the assistance you need.

Fiction: I just had a new roof installed; I don’t have to file an insurance claim because the manufacturer has a 50 year warranty.

Fact: Roofing manufacturers will cover against things they can control, such as manufacturing defects, but they cannot warranty against Mother Nature.

Fiction: If visual damage from hail is not evident, the resale value of my home is unaffected.

Fact: Upon placing your home on the market, a potential buyer will likely utilize the services of a home inspector who will carefully evaluate your property.  It’s highly likely that they will find evidence of the hail damage and you’ll be forced to either replace the roof or dramatically lower the sale price if you wish to keep the sale intact.

Fiction: The hail was small; it couldn’t have caused any damage.

Fact: Hail of all sizes can cause issues.  When in doubt, get an evaluation to ensure that you are covered, if in fact your home has experienced hail damage.

Fiction: I can get a new roof for free if the contractor offers to pay my deductible for free.

Fact: Anyone who offers to do this in the state of Minnesota is breaking the law.

Fiction: I have a year to file a claim after the damage has occurred.

Fact: This varies from company to company.  Some are less and others will go over the year mark, especially if a large geographical area was affected.

Fiction: My neighbors were able to get a hail damage claim approved on their property.  Mine should be a no-brainer.

Fact: Hail damage is sporadic and each property needs to be evaluated individually.  Policies and insurance companies can also vary.

Unsure if the construction company you’re being approached by is reputable or not?  Check out our blog addressing storm chasers: http://www.lindusconstruction.com/blog/2012/07/protect-yourself-from-storm-chasers/.

 

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

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Replacing Your Windows & Siding Simultaneously

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Though the weather may not reflect it, the calendar is saying that spring has sprung!  Earlier this month, we took an entire day to get all of our employees in the same room at same time.  (With 100+of us, this can feel like quite a feat!)  “Aha moments” are always abundant when we get everyone in the same room (though a JibJab video and caffeine can be of great assistance in the morning!)  One of our installers brought up the fact that there are several ways a homeowner benefits from replacing their windows and siding at the same time.  While this concept makes perfect sense in our industry, it’s not something a homeowner may even be aware of as they plan home improvement projects. 

Why it’s a Good Idea

Replacing your siding and windows in tandem allows you to achieve the best possible scenario.  It oftentimes saves you money because caulking and sealing window openings & trim and siding joints will only need to happen once.  This saves you in labor costs by not having this work performed twice.  Because these two projects are so often done concurrently, it’s fairly easy to find a contractor that can perform both tasks which also saves you by not having to hire two separate companies.  Another way you save by replacing siding and windows synchronically is in energy costs.

Protecting Your Home if the Work Must Be Performed Separately

If you’ve already had the siding replaced and are now noticing that your windows aren’t as energy efficient as they once were, there are still ways to protect your siding during the removal of the old windows.  One method is to install window trim around current windows when the new siding is installed.  This prevents the new siding from protruding the nailing fins.  This means that when the old windows are removed only the window trims will need to be removed, leaving the siding undisturbed.  Installing window trims with screws, rather than nails, can also minimize damage during the window removal process.

Tell-tale signs it’s time to replace your windows:

  • You hear your windows rattling when it is windy outside
  • You notice your windows develop an icy or frosty glaze inside the window pane
  • You feel your home becomes drafty with cold air in the winter months and warm air in the summer months
  • You see excessive condensation on your windows or they become fogged
  • You have to prop your windows open because they will not stay open on their own

 

Tell-tale signs it’s time to replace your siding:

  • You are adding on to your home
  • Your current siding looks weathered and constantly needs new paint
  • Existing siding has extensive insect damage or dry rot
  • Current siding has stains or has weathered unevenly
  • Existing siding shows signs of buckling or decay.

 

Looking for a professional to assist you with new windows & siding?   Let the professionals at Lindus Construction help you. 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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Protect Yourself from Storm Chasers

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When major storms leave damage to your home, it can be tempting to work with the first contractor that comes knocking on your door, the company that promises you a new roof by the end of the week, or the lowest bidder.  However, not educating yourself about who you are working with can have serious consequences.  In the construction industry, the term “storm chasers” are those that travel to areas affected by storms and approach those in need of assistance with repairs.  Oftentimes, they require cash up-front in exchange for quick repairs.

Unlike reliable contractors, storm chasers will offer to act as the sole contact with a homeowner’s insurance company.  If a homeowner signs documents authorizing a storm chaser to act as sole contact with an insurance company, their insurance settlement check may be made out to the storm chaser, not the home owner.  If this happens, the homeowner relinquishes the right to withhold payment if work is not completed in the manner that was agreed to.  The storm chaser is then free to use subpar materials & or even leave the job incomplete because they have already received full payment.

Oftentimes, storm chasers do not carry insurance policies, leaving the homeowner at risk.  If a roofer is injured while working on your home and the contractor they are working for does not have insurance, their medical bills may become the responsibility of the home owner.

Another area where storm chasers fall short is warranties.  Most roofing materials have warranties to protect the homeowner.  However, warranties are void if the roofing was installed incorrectly.  If you’re dealing with a storm chaser that has no permanent address, it’s difficult to receive support if the product they installed malfunctions before the end of its intended lifespan.  A local contractor has a reputation to uphold and will likely do everything to rectify the situation if something goes wrong with a product down the road.  Their contracts often offer very specific terms that they are likely to honor.

 

 

10 Signs You May Be Dealing With a Storm Chaser

1)      The company solicits business door to door and shows up right after storm damage has occurred.

2)      They offer you a way to not have to pay your insurance deductible.  (This is insurance fraud.)

3)      Contracts are vague and do not state exact dollar amounts & are encouraged to be signed prior to meeting with your insurance adjuster

4)      They do not provide evidence of having insurance or a construction license number.

5)      You are responsible for obtaining the building permit.

6)      Unmarked vehicles or a vehicle with only a magnet that states the company name.

7)      No local references are available.

8)      Offers a price that seems too good to be true.

9)      Uses a PO box as their address.

10)  Out of area license plates and/or driver’s licenses.

In addition to the harm they can cause a local homeowner, storm chasers can be detrimental to the local economy.  Why?  Storm chasers often cut corners on things like insurance and materials, likely making them the cheapest contractor to work with.  If this happens repeatedly, it can make it difficult for legitimate contractors to have market share, causing them to go out of business.  This, in turn, provides the consumer with fewer places locally when a home repair is needed.

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

Upcycling? Be Creative During Your Home Renovation Project!

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Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value. The term upcycling began to gain traction in the mid 90’s. Upcycling allows you to re-invent and re-use materials in your home that are free and could be frightening in abundance during your remodeling process. Since reducing your carbon footprint and waste production seems to be headline news in today’s world take on one of these inspiring upcycling projects and do your part that will benefit the Earth as well as the character of your home. You are able to upcycle all different kinds of items during your home renovation such as wood siding, doors, windows, metal roofing and shutters just to name a few. By easily stripping, painting or even using as is the upcycled materials you will be able to have a center piece in your home that will be desired by many. Below we will discuss some of the resourceful ways to turn your remodeling project debris into stunning focal points in your home.

Wood Siding & Reclaimed Wood
If you are having your wood siding replaced on your home or tearing down an old barn or shed don’t feel that you need to throw away all of the material that is being taken off. A way to upcycle these products are:

•    Make a headboard

•    Build a bench or table and chairs

•    Use it as flooring that you sand and refinish

•    Frame mirrors or make into a useful chalk board frame

•    Add it to your walls as wainscoting

•    Build an island for your kitchen or bar area

Shutters
When replacing your old shutters be sure to save them. Shutters are very versatile when it comes to upcycling in your home. Trust us; you will not believe the endless possibilities with a product you would normally not think twice about discarding.

•    Doors to an armoire

•    Window treatments inside your home

•    Mail organizer

•    Pantry Doors

•    Garden Bench

•    Ceiling Tiles

•    Shelving with hooks

•    Wall Art

•    Clothing Racks

Windows & Doors
Usually the reason that you replace old windows and doors is because they are no longer energy efficient and usually need a facelift due to age. This is why these two products when you are having them replaced in your home look incredible when upcycled. These two products are much desired in the world of upcycling and here is how you can incorporate them into your current living space.

•    Window planters

•    Greenhouse

•    Laundry hamper

•    Picture frame

•    Display case

•    Flower box

•    Tables

Metal Roofing
Who knew that metal roofing could look so cool in your home! These amazing home design ideas incorporating corrugated metal roofing in your home will knock your socks off.

•    Shower area

•    Ceiling tiles

•    Fencing

•    Gardening beds

•    Kitchen backsplash

•    Tree house for the kids

Upcycling movement going on at Lindus Construction

We have a few ladies in our office, Carla Benson, Amy Jilk and Sara Haase, who are starting to become upcycling masters. We have large dumpsters here where our crews come and unload debris materials from the job site. It is not an uncommon sight to see these three out digging for treasure. The ladies are so accustomed at looking for these diamonds in the rough the guys here know to set aside certain items for them such as doors, windows, wood etc. Here are a few pictures of some of their upcycling masterpieces they have created with other people’s trash that has become their own treasure. If you like creative ideas make sure to join Pinterest. If you are already on Pinterest follow us at http://www.pinterest.com/linduscon or Pin our website at www.lindusconstruction.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 for your home improvement needs today!

We Are On Your Side! Understanding What Different Siding Options Are Available

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The exterior of your home is exposed to the elements 24 hours a day 365 days a year so choosing the correct siding to fit your needs is something that deserves research and an educated decision. According to Remodeling Magazine investing in new siding can be an excellent choice in terms of ROI. The cost of siding in terms of resale value recouped is 69% in the Midwest. The type of siding you choose for your home not only will determine the cost associated with it, but also the aesthetic appeal you are striving for. There are many different siding materials on the market today to choose from.  We will discuss wood, fiber cement, vinyl and steel siding informing you on what you can expect regarding durability, maintenance and performance ability.

Wood Siding

Wood siding has been used on homes for hundreds of years. Wood is a natural insulator so it will help to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. A big benefit in using wood siding is that it is a renewable resource unlike many of the other siding options available on the market. This type of siding does require a lot of maintenance to protect it from the elements so painting and staining this product every 4-5 years is essential to avoid rotting, warping, cracking or splitting. The nice thing about wood siding is that if it is properly maintained, it can last up to 30 years. One of the most important things to know if you choose wood siding is to make sure during the installation process that it acclimates on your property, is properly sealed and is thoroughly protected. Multiple choices of wood siding exist and some of the most popular are:

Clapboard – Clapboards are long rectangular boards that are squared off and installed on your home overlapping in a horizontal manner

Shingles & Shakes – Wood shingle siding is very similar to roofing shingles except they are installed on the sides of your home. The shingles are wedge shaped and shakes are basically the same thing except they are thicker.

Wood Composite – Wood composite is a mixture of wood chips, glue and other types of debris that are compressed to make sturdy boards. It tends to be similar to plywood.

 

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is relatively inexpensive, long lasting, durable and easy to maintain. Vinyl siding tends to stand up to the elements and does pretty well in severe weather. The newer versions of vinyl are much stronger than previously produced. It is virtually maintenance free and only requires power washing once or twice a year. With technology increasing in the manufacturing the color is now baked through the vinyl instead of applied onto it. A partial downside to vinyl siding is that it can trap moisture underneath the side panes which cause it to grow mold and mildew. Vinyl siding also helps insulate your home depending on the thickness of what the siding is backed with. We would recommend using CenterLock vinyl siding which provides a low maintenance, cost effective, traditional look to your home. The exclusive double lock design of CenterLock keeps panels flat and tight to the wall, producing a straighter, more even wall surface.

 

Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber Cement Siding is made of a mix of cement, sand and cellulose fibers. It is virtually maintenance free, insect proof and inhibits fungal growth.  Most fiber cement siding comes with a 50 year warranty. The nice thing about Fiber Cement Siding is that it can be made to mimic virtually any other siding material including wood lap boards. Since this product is made of up 90% cement and sand it is inherently resistant to flames. This siding is superior to its counterparts when it comes to standing up to severe weather. Fiber Cement siding does have to be re-painted periodically. We would recommend James Hardie Fiber Cement siding. It is available in 26 colors and a variety of looks and textures.  It is backed by a 50-year transferable warranty against rotting, cracking and delaminating.

 

Steel Siding

Metal is the most durable and strong siding product on the market today. It does not shift overtime or absorb moisture. It is resistant to bumps, dents and dings that any of the other siding products will endure. Since you are dealing with a steel product the possibility of rust is possible, but most unlikely. This would only be caused if your product was installed incorrectly where the edges were not covered. Steel siding is essentially maintenance free by just needing an occasional power wash to rid it of dirt. Since the invention of seamless steel siding, it is hard to compare this amazing product to any other.  We would recommend using SeasonGuard Steel Siding. It will last a lifetime due to being made out of 26 gauge seamless steel and is 20 percent thicker than other seamless siding. It is beautiful, durable and energy efficient. It comes in over 50 different colors with a 35 year non-prorated finish warranty against fading, chipping and cracking.

 

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. We proudly carry SeasonGuard Steel Siding, James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding, CenterLock Vinyl Siding and many more!! Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free siding in-home estimate!

 

Why You Need to Consider Replacing Your Windows

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Installing SeasonGuard windows is one of the best investments a homeowner can make today. New, energy-efficient, windows will add value to your home especially at resale time. And more importantly, we will provide you with professional custom-fit windows that accent your home.

Tell-tale signs it’s time to replace your windows

  • You hear your windows rattling when it is windy outside
  • You notice your windows develop an icy or frosty glaze inside the window pane
  • You feel your home becomes drafty with cold air in the winter months and warm air in the summer months
  • You see excessive condensation on your windows or they become fogged
  • You have to prop your windows open because they will not stay open on their own

Lindus Construction, a local family-owned business for 30 + years, is offering a sensational promotion through the end of February where you can take off $200 per window when you choose SeasonGuard windows to be installed in your home. SeasonGuard windows are manufactured right here in the Midwest exclusively for Lindus Construction. You can be confident you are buying a quality product because SeasonGuard windows are the only windows to receive the Energy Star Award three years in a row.  New windows can dramatically affect the look and beauty of your home and also offer you increased safety to protect the ones who mean the most to you in your life.

Installing SeasonGuard replacement windows in your home today will offer you:

  • Maintenance free, custom-fit windows
  • Reduced heating and cooling costs
  • Federal tax credit for energy-efficient improvements
  • Lifetime warranties on all moving parts, workmanship, glass breakage, seal failure and finish

Make sure to take advantage of our value-added promotion that goes until the end of February by calling 1-800-873-1451 or checking 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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