Summer in Minnesota can bring blue skies, inviting lakes and sometimes, intense storms. These storms can leave their mark on your home. It’s smart to know ahead of time what storm damage may include, so you can be on the lookout. Here’s what can happen in a storm – and how to look for the right contractor if you do need storm damage repair.
Hail is one of the elements that could damage your home during a storm. Hail may impact the exterior of your home. It may also break windows or dent your home’s siding. Your roof could be impacted. Roofing shingles may lose granules, get holes or fall off … and roof damage could cause leaks.
A hail storm may cause issues that are not visible right away. Sometimes the layer under shingles has been harmed. So if hail has paid you a visit, it’s a good idea to have a professional take a look at your home. Seasoned roofing experts may notice damage that’s behind the scenes.
Strong winds can do everything from join forces with a thunderstorm to move down or in a straight line. Wind can affect your roof. Wind may even remove siding or carry other objects. It can dislocate trees and branches.
Hopefully your area will have a peaceful summer. But if it turns out you need storm damage repair, look for a qualified local contractor. Ask how long they’ve worked in the area. Make sure they’re not a “storm chaser” who drove in from another location. Ask to see their contractor’s license, and find out if they’re insured.
Minnesota Exteriors has served Minnesota families for over 70 years. We provide a limited lifetime warranty on all workmanship in addition to the manufacturer’s warranties on materials. We carefully screen any potential contractors, including checking for their rating and complaint history on the Better Business Bureau’s website. An A+ rating, like the one we have, is the best possible rating. If you need storm repair, give us a call. We’ll provide quality service you can trust.
If your roof needs work, you want the repairs done before winter returns. Snow will fly again before you know it. But there are many roofing contractors out there – which one should you hire? Here is some insight into what roofing contractors do – and how to choose the right one.
Here are some of the tasks your roofer may need to do:
Examine roof damage
Decide the amount of supplies
Study and follow plans
Remove older tiles or shingles
Apply tar paper
Put in insulation
Nail or staple the replacement roofing
Trim or seal the new roofing
And, roofers may need to carry supplies up ladders and work on an inclined roof. It’s a tough job. Make sure your roofing contractor has the skills, sound work practices and integrity you need. You don’t want to have to deal with issues later. Here are some questions you can ask a roofing contractor, to help you decide if you should hire them:
1. Are you local? How long have you worked in the area – how long will you stay?
2. Do you have customer references I can contact?
3. What warranties will I receive?
4. May I see your proof of insurance?
5. May I see your contractor’s license?
A reputable roofing contractor should be glad to answer these questions and show you their credentials. They’ll understand why you need to conduct your due diligence. They’ll be pleased to show you they’re highly qualified.
When you work with Minnesota Exteriors, you can feel secure that you are working with a well-established, trusted roofing contractor. We perform quality work, and we’ve been helping Minnesotans with their homes since 1947. We can provide a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty on installations. You can even read customer references on our website. We’ll be here if you have any questions. Tell us how we can help.
New siding can give your home a facelift. It can also help prevent unwanted moisture from seeping into your home. But when is it time for new siding? Here’s how you can tell you need siding replacement – and some ideas for what to choose.
Signs you need new siding
Holes. If you see holes in your home siding, that’s a real eye-opener. These holes may be caused by insects. And holes can help water enter your house.
Bubbling and mold are signs that moisture may be getting through your siding. If your siding has bubbles or mildew, it’s time to take a closer look.
Cracks. If only a small siding section is cracked, you may just need a few panels. But if the issue is widespread, you may have to consider a larger siding replacement.
Warp. Warped siding could mean something unpleasant is going on under the surface – such as rot.
If you notice any of these issues in your siding, it’s a good idea to talk to a professional to explore your options. When you’re ready for new siding, here are some options to consider:
Engineered wood siding. LP SmartSide siding looks like natural wood. It’s durable, beautiful and can be painted to your liking.
Fiber cement siding. James Hardie fiber cement siding comes in many textures and styles – and it’s been carefully developed to handle tough weather.
Steel siding. Steel siding is strong and durable. It’s available in a variety of colors and with a wood grain pattern.
Vinyl siding. Looking for low-maintenance siding? Consider vinyl: It doesn’t need painting. ProVia makes several types of vinyl siding suitable for any budget. ProVia’s CedarMAX insulated vinyl siding is strong, lovely to look at, and energy efficient.
Replacing your siding can make your home more beautiful and well-protected. And there are so many appealing complementary options to choose from, including faux stone. To find out more, call Minnesota Exteriors. We’re a family-owned company, and we’ve been serving our neighbors since 1947. We carry quality brands like LP SmartSide, James Hardie, and ProVia. We’ll help you pick the option that’s right for you – and we’ll be here to stand behind our work.