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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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Revive Your Kitchen! Learn How to Properly Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets!

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Painting your kitchen cabinets may seem like a daunting task, but knowing the steps to mastering your project will take off the pressure and ensure your final product looks like a professional job. Properly cleaning, sanding and priming every inch of your cabinets is necessary for your finish color to stick and we are going to discuss each step below to help make your project as seamless as possible.

Cleaning your cabinets

Cleaning your cabinets is the single most important first step in prepping them for their revival. Think of the years of greasy fingerprints and cooking splatter that leaves a thick coat of grime on your current paint. If you have not heard of TSP, it will soon become your best friend. TSP cleaner, is a cleaning agent, stain remover and a degreaser all in one.

Repair the dents & gouges

Your cabinets can become used and abused after years of cooking and entertaining probably showing signs of wear in the form of dents and gouges. You will want to make sure that you fill these holes before you paint with wood filler you spread into the holes and then wipe away the excess with a damp cloth. You want to slightly overfill with the wood filler so you are able to sand it down to its original thickness.

Roughing up the cabinets

After you have filled your imperfections, it is time to sand down your cabinets to flatten out your wood filler and prep the surface of your cabinets to accept the primer. You want to make sure that the areas you filled are completely dry before you try and sand. If you noticed that your cabinets are flaking off in places it is probably due to the original finish not adhering well to your wood surface. You want to ensure that you sand these areas to the bare wood. Lastly, vacuum the sanding dust from all surfaces and wipe down the cabinets.

Don’t forget the primer

Primer is the undercoat that ensures the best possible results by providing the proper foundation for your finish coat and allows for better adhesion of your paint. It increases the durability and will provide extra protection of your surface. You want to make sure to use a good quality brush that will allow you to apply an even coat.

The finish coat

Oil based paints were traditionally used in painting cabinets, however oil paints can be messy to work with and have toxic fumes. Latex formulas for cabinets called 100% acrylic paint will give you a durable, even finish. The other nice feature of latex paints is that they are low in VOC’s, volatile organic compounds, which lessens the noxious paint smell in your home. Last, but not least, add some new hardware to your cabinets for that finishing touch to give your kitchen a whole new look.

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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Fuming About Your Heating Bill? Prevent Home Leaks This Winter!

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With the frigid temps forecasted for the next week and half, we wanted to give you tips on ways to plug energy-robbing gaps in your home.  Did you know that a typical family spends roughly 1/3 of its annual heating budget on air that leaks out of your home through unintended gaps & cracks?  We want you to enjoy this holiday season instead of piling on the blankets and fuming about your outrageous heating bill. Below are some quick fixes to keep that warm air in.

 

Inspect your dryer vent

During your search and destroy mission, if you have a dryer vent that still resembles the models from the 1940’s, it insulates poorly and can fail to close properly if it is clogged by lint. Even though this is a necessity for drying your clothes when it’s on, it also likes to drain the heat from your home.  Consider switching out your dryer vent to a plastic one that uses a floating shuttle to stop airflow.

Weather-strip doors

Your doors are gigantic holes that are cut into the exterior walls of your home and therefore can become problematic when it comes to air escaping. By purchasing weather-stripping for your doors to improve the seal, you will be saving on your pocketbook.

Your fireplace is a money losing pit

Consider this! If you have an unused fireplace with an open damper, your heating bill can increase as much as 30%…what?! It’s true! Your chimney is designed to carry heat upward and outward of your home.  Stop the loss of air by installing an inflatable draft stopper when you are not enjoying your fireplace.

Your windows

Could you possibly have a window in your home that is open maybe even just a crack? If so, it is just like having that window wide open. Make sure to caulk your windows and put on your storm windows which will give you better insulation. If you have a lot of single pane windows in your home, you would benefit immensely from installing new energy efficient triple pane windows, saving you a lot of money in the long run.

Turn down the heat when you’re at work

Do you have your thermostat set to cooler temps while you are at work during the day? If not, your furnace struggles all day to keep up heating your home when you are not even there. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, put it on your Christmas list and start saving on your heating bill once you have it installed.

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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Unconventional Colors in Your Home-Thinking Outside of the Walls

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Let’s face it-the “b” in beige stands for boring!  And boring is the last thing your abode should be.  (By the way-did you know that different colors evoke different feelings?  It’s true check it out: http://www.lindusconstruction.com/blog/2012/08/pick-your-palate) There are lots of tasteful ways to add splashes of color to your home without being tacky.  Allow us to offer a few suggestions:

Blinds & Window Treatments: Colored blinds & window treatments, or those in bold patterns can transform an average room into a masterpiece.  Opt for something that coordinates with other pieces in the room and that reflects your style.

Doors: It’s not uncommon to see a home’s front door in a bright color.  This trend can be carried over to interior doors which can be painted in bold hues as well (something much less time consuming than painting entire rooms).

Ceilings: The majority of ceilings are white.  Add some pizazz to your home by painting the ceiling a complementary color to the adjoining walls.  Ignoring this advice can leave the room looking incohesive.

Comforter: An incredibly cost effective (and not to mention paint free!) way to change the tone of the bedroom is to swap out your current comforter with something that makes a statement in either bold colors or patterns.

Trim: Whether it is your baseboards, fringing on your couch or edges of your curtains, adding a splash of color adds style and will give your home a custom look.

Fireplace: Does the brick surrounding your fireplace look dated?  Update the color with a few coats of paint and transform the entire look of the room.  (Consult your local home improvement store on the best type of paint to use if the fireplace is still in working order.)

Entryway: Your home’s entryway is the thing guests see when they come into your home.  Opt for something bold in order to make the first impression a great one.

Throw Pillows: We can certainly understand the hesitation in dropping a few months’ salary on an overly trendy couch in an audacious color choice.  However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t elect for some funky throw pillows to give the room some personality.

Rugs: Brightly colored rugs come in lots of different shapes and textures.  Pick something that speaks to you to breathe new life into a tired room.

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.

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Transform Your Garage into the Workshop You Always Wanted

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Today many garages have evolved from more than just a parking place for your car, but a junk pile for your home. Organizing your garage and making it a multi-purpose area seems to be an ongoing trend. What about turning your garage into the workshop you always wanted? Here are the steps needed to make your dreams a reality.

Lighting

Most garages do not have the ample light required for a workshop and are probably very dark. If you will be working with power tools, it is a necessity to ensure proper lighting. Inadequate lighting can hurt the quality of your work. 4-foot instant-on bulb fixtures with reflectors work well in a garage as well as hanging shop lights that can drop down from above your workbench to ample light. Purchasing a portable work light will come in very handy as well.

 

 

 

 

Storing your tools

Now that you can see your surroundings with your increased lighting, where to properly store your tools is the next question. Few things in life are as frustrating as spending an hour looking for the tool you need for a project that is only going to take 10 minutes. Tools are an expensive investment and you want to make sure your investment is organized and is able to be locked up if needed. You should consider a roller cabinet and chest combo that is a minimum of 16 inches deep and 26 inches wide. I would also recommend installing drawer mats to keep your tools from sliding around and banging into one another. For your larger power tools, creating a shelving unit designated for each specific tool is a great way to keep everything ready to use at a moment’s notice.

Flooring

A regular garage floor is not the ideal surface for a workshop because they can become slippery and stain very easily. Upgrading your floor to an epoxy finish or modular tiles will give you the extra grip you are looking for. If your budget does not allow this type of flooring, look for restaurant grade rubber mats that you can put in your most used areas.

 

 

 

Comfort

What man doesn’t like the perfect temperature in his workspace? Most garages are not insulated so taking the extra step to warm in the winter and cool in the summer is a must for your new workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

Entertainment

What workshop would be complete without a mini fridge and some tunes to make your next hobby project as successful as possible? Did you know that you can run your MP3 player or smart phone through DEWALT’s new radios? Make sure to purchase one on your next visit to your home improvement store.

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.

 

 

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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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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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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More than Just Shingles-The Components of an Asphalt Roof

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When researching what you need to know before hiring a professional to assist in a home improvement project, you’ll oftentimes find that it’s recommended that you contact at least 3 companies to give you an estimate.  Price is one of the driving factors many homeowners consider when choosing whom to hire.  It can often be a cause for bewilderment when an estimate for a project such as a roof, varies widely between companies.  Unless you encounter storm damage, it’s unlikely that during your tenure as owner of a home, you’ll replace your roof more than twice.  So it’s no wonder that confusion is likely to arise when bids come in vastly different.  It’s important to take to heart that your roof is more than just shingles.  When installed correctly, your roof is an entire system that has several layers in order to maximize the system’s lifespan and protect your home from Mother Nature.

Here, at Lindus Construction, we have chosen to align ourselves with GAF which is North America’s largest manufacturer of residential and commercial asphalt roofing.  We appreciate the thoughtfulness behind their approach to roofing and the fact that they lead the industry with a 50 year non-prorated warranty on labor & materials. Here are the elements contained in a GAF asphalt roofing system:

Weather Watch Leak Barrier Ice & Water Shield: This is the first thing to be installed.  All leak barriers have a backside that is tacky which helps it adhere to the roof decking.  An advantage of the Weather Watch system is that it contains a special adhesive that allows for one-time repositioning, something not commonly found in other brands.  It aggressively adheres over time.  The advantage of having the adhesive take time to adhere is that if the underside is too sticky from the get-go, air pockets can occur during the application process.  Eventually these air pockets will be punctured which creates an opportunity for a leak.

Tiger Paw Roof Deck Protection: The purpose of this product is to provide a crucial additional layer of protection between your shingles and your roof deck.  It assists in deterring water, ice and snow from penetrating the underside of your shingles which can compromise your roof’s structure and your home’s interior.  Typical “felts” are less thick and are susceptible to tearing while workers are hammering on your roof.  This can cause tears which are prone to leaking.  Tiger Paw Roof Deck Protection will also assist in shingles being laid flat and uniform which will give your roof more aesthetic appeal.

Flashing: Flashing is metal that aids to protect your roof from water intrusion where your roof meets a wall in your home.  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.  There are several different types of flashing including: kickout, valley step, etc.  Failure to utilize the correct amount, placed in the right areas can lead to leaking in your home, mold and a shortened lifespan of your roof.

Venting System: Without adequate ventilation, heat and moisture can build up in your attic which can cause your heating and cooling bills to increase.  Another side effect of inadequate ventilation is ice dams.  Ice dams usually occur after a heavy snowfall and several days of freezing temperatures. Warm air inside your home leaks into the attic and will warm the underside of the roof causing snow and ice on the roof to melt. The melted water will drain along the roof, under the snow, until it reaches the cold overhang. The overhang tends to be at the same temperature as the outdoors and the melted water will refreeze and form an ice dam and icicles. The ice dam can cause damage to the roof, which will result in water leaks to the inside. Frequently the result will be a water spot on the ceiling under the roof damage.  It’s also important to note that many roofing manufacturers will not warranty a roof that is not ventilated correctly.

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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