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Why Is There Always Mold Growing In My Bathroom?

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What is usually a windowless, warm, moist space in your home that tends to have mold or mildew growing in it? That’s right, it’s your bathroom. We want you to know that you are not alone on having a recurring issue with mold and mildew in your bathrooms. What you really need to know is how to clean it properly and how to get it from coming back! The number one reason that mold is found most commonly in your bathroom is that it is the perfect environment for it to grow. The amount of water used in your bathroom from showering and washing your hands, creates wet surfaces that if not completely dried properly will inhibit the growth of mold. Below, we are going to discuss where mold likes to hang out in your bathroom and how to get rid of it.

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Mold in the shower

You often find the most mold in your bathroom in your shower and bathtub area. Did you know that the grime from your body oils and soap scum are a favorite treat for mold to feed on? If you want a non-toxic mold remover product for your shower, combine ½ cups of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide and 1 cup of warm water in spray bottle. Spray it generously on all of your shower surfaces and let it sit for an hour to penetrate. Then scrub it with a stiff bristled brush and hot water. You should only make this concoction when you are ready to use it because hydrogen peroxide loses its potency over time. If you feel the need to use bleach, mix equal parts of bleach and water and do the same process of spraying on the surfaces. Make sure to keep it away from any linen to avoid discoloration and also, turn on the fan to avoid breathing in toxic fumes.

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Mold on objects in your bathroom

Are you one of those shower junkies that has every single body wash, facial cleaner and loofa that comes out at Target? If so, you should know that one of molds favorite places to hang out are on bottles and items that are frequently getting wet in your shower. The more items that you have in your shower just increase the chances of water being trapped in undesired areas creating a mold paradise. Store your items higher up in your shower to avoid being soaked by the water and possibly only bring them in when you shower and remove them after.

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Reduce the humidity

To prevent mold from growing in your bathroom the humidity levels in there should be below 55%. Many households do not have adequate ventilation in their bathrooms with under-performing fans causing the growth of mold. You need to make sure that you turn the bathroom fan on before you get in the shower and keep it on for roughly 10 minutes after to ensure the steam is removed from the air. Best tips to avoid mold coming back in your bathroom

  • Spray your shower area a few times a week with homemade cleaner
  • Run your bathroom fans regularly
  • Shake your curtain when you are done showering to remove access water
  • Hang up your towels to dry evenly

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

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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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Why Bamboo?

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Bamboo is one of the most sustainable resources on the planet and is becoming increasingly popular for flooring and cabinetry in homes. Unlike trees, bamboo is a grass that grows to maturity for harvesting in roughly seven years. Therefore, it is more readily available than hardwood which can take decades to reach its harvesting peak.  Bamboo is known for its durability and sturdiness making, it an ideal medium to use for cabinets and flooring.  Bamboo possesses a natural hue that will warm any area. Its grain is also distinctly linear so it can be installed either vertical or horizontal. Many homeowners are drawn to bamboo for their home improvement projects because it is such a renewable, green, product that will bring quality and beauty to your home. We recently installed bamboo cabinets in our main floor bathroom and to say that we are happy with the look and outcome would be an understatement. Here are some of the features and benefits of using bamboo for your next home improvement project.

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The Finish

Bamboo offers beautiful markings that would be covered up if you applied a darker stain. The natural color of bamboo is so appealing that most people would not even consider staining it. The use of a clear coat will still allow the grain of the distinctively linear markings to show through. Bamboo will vary slightly in color, which some homeowners feel is aesthetically appealing because of its uniqueness.

 

Custom or Ready-to-Assemble?

Bamboo cabinets are available in RTA (ready-to-assemble) units as well as custom-built. If you are a seasoned DIY’er type of homeowner, tackling the RTA option might be right up your alley, but if you want to leave it up to the professionals contact your local contractor to have them custom made for your home.

 

Stability

Bamboo is a great medium to use in a kitchen area because it is dimensionally stable, meaning it doesn’t swell and contract as much as its wood counterpart which can be seen as an advantage where moisture levels are present, such as in your kitchen area from cooking.

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Cost

Many people think bamboo cabinets are outrageously expensive, but they are relatively similar in price to their solid wood counterparts. The price will obviously vary on the options that you select, as well as the manufacturer of the product and if you DIY or have in done for you. You must keep in mind that the quality you are receiving by installing bamboo cabinets is much higher than standard cabinets.

Lindus Construction / Midwest Leafguard are ready to help with your next cabinet makeover in your home. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 to set up a free no-obligation estimate or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday morning for our home improvement show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.

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Questions to Ask a Contractor’s Reference

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Earlier this month, we discussed the importance of getting references from a contractor and how to determine whether the references were legitimate.  This week, we’d like to continue with that train of thought by offering suggestions on questions to ask someone who has had work performed by the contractor you’re considering hiring so that you’re able to make the most educated decision possible on whether or not the contractor is a good fit for your project.  One of the biggest pointers we can offer is to ask open-ended questions that require an explanation, not just a “yes” or “no” answer.  Here are our top picks for questions:

Can you tell me about the work performed? This allows the reference to tell you about the nature of the work performed.  Ideally, you want to speak with someone who had that same type of job that you’re having done.  Just because a contractor has installed hundreds of roofs since their company’s inception does not mean they are a good fit to remodel your kitchen.

Did you encounter additional costs outside of your original quote and were you okay with how they were handled? Sometimes unexpected costs come up in the middle of your project.  If demolition commences and mold or asbestos are discovered, they will need to be removed; oftentimes this is difficult to anticipate and the homeowner is responsible for the cost.  However, be wary if the homeowner indicates that the contractor came back on numerous occasions to ask for additional funds for items that should have been included in the initial bid, it may indicate that the contractor provided a lowball estimate in order to get the work.

Were you able to communicate effectively with the contractor? In order for a home improvement project to go as smoothly as possible, it’s crucial that the homeowner be kept in the loop on the project’s progress.  It’s also good to know whether the homeowner was able to ask questions and get answers in a timely manner.

Are you happy with the final result and would you hire them again? Don’t neglect to ask this.  While there may have been a few bumps along the way, was the end result something the homeowner was happy with and would they entrust any future work to this contractor?  If the homeowner is in close proximity to you, they may even allow you to view the actual work.

Did the project fall within the allotted timeline?  Why or why not? Certain things can be out of a contractor’s control.  If a homeowner selects a custom made product, such as a light fixture or countertop and the supplier has it on back order, this falls outside of the realm of the contractor’s control.  However, if the project falls behind the allotted time frame due to short workdays on the contractor’s part, this is an entirely different matter.

Was the jobsite kept clean and safe? One man’s jobsite is another man’s home.  In that spirit, it’s important that your home be treated with respect and kept safe and as clean as possible for everyone that lives there.

Were subcontractors used and were you happy with their work? Oftentimes, a contractor will need to bring in a subcontractor, such as a plumber or electrician.  Verify that the homeowner was pleased with their work as well because the contractor does have control over who they hire to complete this type of work.  

What type of warranty were you provided with and have you had to use it?  Contractors should stand behind the work they perform with a warranty.  Find out what type of warranty the reference was provided, if it was in writing and if they have had to use it.  If so, were there any issues getting the contractor to stand behind their work?

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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Bathroom Remodeling for Dummies

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Ha, ha!  You’re reading an article “for dummies”.  (Did we mention that the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem?)  Surely we jest… all kidding aside, unless you work in the construction industry or watch HGTV 24/7, you’re not supposed to be an expert on this topic, as you may only do this a couple times in your entire life.  Since we do it a little more often than that, allow us to offer some helpful advice so that when the time comes for you to update a bathroom, you’ve got some of the basics down.

Plumbing is Expensive to Move: Yes, there are times when it makes sense to change the layout of the plumbing in a bathroom.  However, if given the option not to, don’t.  Doing so can add to both the duration and costs of your project. This is one area where change doesn’t need to be made for the sake of making change.

You are on the Supplier’s Timeframe, Not the Other Way Around: When ordering custom items such as tiles, vanities, light fixtures, bathtubs, etc., the supplier, not the homeowner,  dictates the time frame the items will be available.  To keep your project moving as quickly as possible, select these items at the very start of the project and do not start the demo process until the arrival date (or thereafter) in order to not have a bathroom that’s a construction zone for several weeks.

Now is the Time to Amplify Natural Light: Many bathrooms are in areas of the home that do not have windows which means poor lighting and air circulation.  Remedy this situation by adding a sun tunnel or skylights to your bathroom.  (Ps.- The federal government is currently offering tax credits of up to 30% on skylights. Companies such as VELUX even offer battery powered skylights that have rain sensors that automatically close the unit upon detection of rain.)

Consider a Walk-In Shower: If you’re looking to replace your current shower, a walk-in shower may be worth considering.  Eliminating the step up can make the room appear larger.  It’s also worth considering for homeowners who plan to retire in their current home.

It’s Okay to Wave the White Flag: If any part of the project makes you uncomfortable, there’s nothing wrong with calling a professional.  Yes, it can be an added expense, but then again, so can having your home flood because a water supply line was severed during a project you attempted to do yourself.

Beware of Trends: Ever been in a bathroom that still has an avocado green toilet?  Looks out of place, doesn’t it?  Opt for trendy items that can be swapped out easily such as rugs, shower curtains, toothbrush holders, etc. and keep your toilet and bathtub in traditional hues.

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

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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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Make Your Home an Allergen Free Zone This Fall!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Prepare Your Furnace Now for the Winter Months

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October is now upon us and some of the temperatures this week have been closer to summer weather than fall. Don’t be fooled; fall air will become more of a reality this next week and the time has come to take a look at your home heating system and make sure it is in perfect working order for the winter months ahead.  The best way to stay ahead of the cold weather is by having an annual HVAC system inspection to make sure your unit is running safely and efficiently.  There are many maintenance items that you can do on your own before having to hire a professional and we are discussing those below.

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1. Replacing the air filter

You should replace your furnace air filter monthly during the colder months, if not monthly than at least every three months. Having a dirty air filter in your furnace slows down the flow of air, making your furnace run that much harder. If you have a buildup of dust on your filter it can lead to expensive emergency repairs when ignored.

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2. Clean out your ducts & air vents

You want to ensure that there is no airflow blockage in your ducts and vents. Use and extension hose on your vacuum or shopvac to clear any debris or blockages. Go around your home and make sure all of your vents are free of furniture covering them, boxes, toys etc.  Again, if your furnace is blocked it has to work harder and your warm air will not circulate properly throughout your home.

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3. Clean the furnace burners

During the summer months dust can buildup on your furnace burners so check to insure they are free of debris. Also check for any signs of misalignment of the burners or if they have become rusted.

 

4. Oil up your furnace blower

The motor of your furnace blower plays a large role in how your heating system functions properly. You should make sure that you oil this part once a year, and make not if you hear any unusual noises when you furnace is started up.

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5. Is your thermostat operating properly?

If your thermostat is not functioning properly, it could affect the way your heating system works. You need to turn on your thermostat and evaluate how it responds. If it does not start up immediately, you could have a problem. If you have not upgraded to the modern technology of a programmable thermostat and are still using the manually controlled ones, you should consider an upgrade. If you do upgrade to a programmable one insure you get a “set-back” thermostat that allows you to control the heat by turning it back when you are gone and having it start warming up again before you arrive home. This will also allow you to save money on your energy bill by using less heat when you are away.

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6. Beat the rush and schedule your appointment early!

It happens every year here at our business, in the fall our schedule books up weeks out for install due to the demand and you always get a few people who are shocked we are that busy. Living in the Midwest seasons matter when it comes to the timeliness of having work completed at your home and that is no different for the HVAC companies. If you are like most of us you know that you need to get your furnace cleaned, but keep putting it off because of the nice days that are thrown our way in the fall. Don’t wait! Call now and set up an appointment to beat the rush before you are on a waiting list.

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

 

 

 

 

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The Revolution of Eco-Friendly Paint

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The eco-friendly paint market has grown and evolved and choosing a truly “green” paint product for your next home improvement project can be kind of tricky. Although paint is available in a variety of colors not all “green” paints are created equal. If you had conventional paint next to eco-friendly that were open you would be able to tell very easily which one was “green” or not because conventional paint has the traditional odor most of us are used to when we open the can. Those odors are greenhouse gases and other environmentally harmful chemicals that are released into the air and our atmosphere as the paint is applied. With more environmentally conscious choices we wanted to breakdown you choices.

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Conventional paints

Contain VOC’s which are volatile organic compounds. VOC’s are what help hold the ingredients in a blended state while the paint is liquid, but they escape into the air once it is applied to a surface. Extended expose to VOC’s can lead to respiratory illnesses as well as headaches. After you apply conventional paint to your surfaces it will continue to emit races of VOC’s for more than a year after it is applied.

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Low-VOC Paints

Many paint brands these days are featuring low-VOC. The EPA regulates interior water-based paints to contain up to 250 grams of VOC’s per liter of paint. Some paint brands have VOC’s as low as 50 grams per liter and some are free of VOC’s altogether. You should know that VOC free paint may still contain hazardous air pollutants.

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Certified Green

The next level of going green with paint is certified green which are premium-grade zero-VOC paints that also use VOC-free colorants and toxic biocides. Green Seal, Greenguard and Ecolabel are independent organizations that test paints such as these to ensure they meet the highest standards. These types of paint have certification seals on their labels on the can so they are easily recognizable.

 

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Au Natural Paint

The most eco-friendly paints on the market are natural paints called casein paints made primarily from proteins, lime and non-toxic pigments. These paints are usually in powder form and should be mixed with water. The drawback of this type of paint is it is not as durable as more traditional paint.

What are some eco-friendly paint brands?

  • Eco Spec by Benjamin Moore
  • Harmony by Sherwin Williams
  • Green Planet Paints
  • Yolo Colorhouse
  • Old Fashioned Milk Paint

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.

 

 

Classy Kitchens

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Are you a self-proclaimed foodie who spends more time than you’d ever admit to scouring sites like Pinterest & Houzz ogling photos of luxury kitchens?  You’re not alone!  To feed your addiction, we’ve perused the World Wide Web in search of the most unique and expensive kitchen features available today.  (And if, by chance, you win the lottery and find yourself such a kitchen like this—we’re inviting ourselves over for dinner!)

Turbo Chef Double Oven: This oven makes a convection oven look like a crockpot; the manufacturer’s website claims cooking times of 15 times faster than a conventional oven.  This means that a 12 pound turkey can bake in 42 minutes, as opposed to 4 hours!  The ovens come in fun colors such as orange and green.  Suggested Price: $7,895

Sub-Zero PRO 48 Refrigerator: The PRO 48 is a 48″ side-by-side refrigerator.  It’s comprised of 100% steel and unlike standard refrigerators; it has separate sets of compressors and evaporators for the refrigerator and freezer.  This deters odor transfer and keeps your foods fresher longer.  The refrigerator’s doors close on their own and the interior has LED lighting.  You have your choice between either a solid steel face or glass window.  Suggested Price: $15,970

Skybar Wine Preservation & Serving System: This device allows you to display 3 uncorked bottles of wine that are each chilled to the temperature you desire.  Avoid the hassle of removing each bottle of wine and pouring by simply pressing the button for the wine chamber you wish to drink.  Wines are vacuum sealed and can be stored for up to 10 days.  Suggested Price: $995.99

Miele LaPerla II Diswasher: Much like today’s gaming systems, this dishwasher can be updated by a technician with their laptop computer.  Updates can reflect a new dishwashing detergent or modify the amount of electricity or water the appliance uses.  You can select from 11 different wash cycles that take into account the material of flatware you’re washing.  A sensor inside the dishwasher can tell how dirty your dishes are and adjusts the number of times within a cycle the dishwater is changed.  The Drying Plus feature opens the door automatically at the end of the cycle.  Suggested Price: $2,149

Miele Miele CVA 4066 Espresso Machine: This machine allows you to brew a premium cup of espresso, cappuccino, latte or black coffee.  It comes with a plumbed in water connection and coffee bean grinder.  It prompts you when beans and water are getting low and comes with its own frothing system with integrated milk tank.  Suggested Price: $4061.53

Pink Swarovski Encrusted KitchenAid Mixer: Bejeweled with over 20,000 Swarovski hot pink crystals, this appliance are sure to be a show stopper.  Suggested Price: $1631.02

Considering remodeling your kitchen? We would like to help you with your vision and design! Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate today. Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects.

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