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How to know which roofing shingles are right for you

New shingles can have a significant effect on your home’s curb appeal. With so many choices out there, how do you know which roofing shingles are the right fit for your home? Here are four ways to feel confident your new roofing shingles will suit your house.

  1. Use a Home Visualizer tool. Tools are available to help you do more than imagine what new shingles would look like on your home. With Minnesota Exteriors’ free online Home Visualizer, you can try out different brands and styles and see what they would look like on your house. You can even save your projects online or print them. Of course, you’ll still want to see samples in person. So …
  2. Visit a large showroom. Shingles can look different on screen than they do in real life. There’s nothing like examining your options in person. Minnesota Exteriors has a large showroom in Osseo to help you do this. While you’re there, you can also …
  3. Have a consultation with a trustworthy professional. There are several factors to take into account when choosing new roofing shingles. Discuss your options with a local provider who cares about helping you. Minnesota Exteriors has served Minnesota families for three generations. We’ll provide a pleasant, no-pressure consultation and share insights we’ve learned from experience.
  4. Choose a home improvement company with a wide selection. Some companies offer only one brand per product. We’re different. We want our customers to have the Power of Choice. It takes more time and effort to offer more brands, but it’s worth it to give our customers more options. We want you to have the product that’s the right fit for your home.

Choosing new roofing shingles is an important decision. We’re happy to walk you through the process. Come see us in Osseo, schedule an appointment, or request a free estimate. We’ll help you make a well-informed choice you can be happy with for years.


Why “roofing company near me” is a smart search

According to Google Trends, an increasingly popular roofing phrase to search for is: roofing company near me. Especially if you have storm damage, this is a wise search to run. Here’s why.

Storm chasers

When a powerful storm strikes, contractors from out of town often drive in to offer their services. They may want to provide help with roofing repair, siding replacement and other repairs. But after the project is over, they may not be as easy to locate. If you need to take advantage of warranties, or if other questions come up, storm chasers can be difficult to find.

Why you should go local

If you think you may have storm damage, it’s a good idea to work with a local company. When you work with a company who has served your city for years, it’s easier to make sure your contractor is an established, qualified professional. You’ll feel more secure knowing you can walk right into a company’s office or showroom.

And how do you know you have storm damage?

If you see any of these signs, you know it’s time to find a skilled, trusted home improvement company:

  • You notice leaks
  • It looks like some granules have fallen off your shingles
  • Your shingles have cracks, glossy areas, dents or discolored spots
  • You can see that your roof has lost some shingles

Keep in mind that the damage may not just be on your roof. Your siding could be cracked or impacted. You’ll want to check your windows and window frames, as well.

It’s smart to take a walk around your yard to look for damage after a storm. However, some storm damage may take a professional to notice. If your neighborhood has been hit by strong winds or hail, find a contractor you can trust to provide a knowledgeable inspection.

Minnesota Exteriors has served Minnesota families for three generations. For 70 years, we’ve provided skilled repairs and improvements. Give us a call or fill out our online form – we’re happy to provide a free inspection of your siding, roofing and windows to look for storm damage. And you know we’ll be available if you have questions in the future.


Time for home window installation? Four brands you should know

When you’re choosing new windows, select a quality product that will last a long time. Buying a reputable brand can help you avoid needing window work again in the near future. When it’s time for home window installation, here are four brands to consider.

Andersen
Andersen is a well-known, trusted brand of windows and doors. Andersen Corporation has won ENERGY STAR® awards relating to energy efficiency. The company has been in business for more than 100 years.

Infinity from Marvin
If you’re looking for strong, low-maintenance window frames, you’ll want to consider Infinity from Marvin. These products are made from Ultrex fiberglass. Ultrex is very tough. Window frames made from Ultrex are so strong that the frames may not have to take up as much space; you could have more windowpane and less frame.

Weather Shield
Weather Shield has been around for more than six decades. The company emphasizes innovation, a wide selection of options, and energy efficiency. It’s a family-owned company with an eye on quality and lasting relationships.

Lindsay Window & Door
Lindsay is another family-owned company. It provides high-quality vinyl windows. Lindsay looks to provide great value for its customers, rather than the cheapest prices.

Some home improvement companies only offer a few brands to choose from – or maybe only one. Minnesota Exteriors is different. We offer our customers a wide array of brands. We’ll help you find the brand, style and material that’s the perfect fit for your needs.

The next step
After choosing a quality product, make sure your windows are installed correctly. We can help you with that, too. In addition to manufacturer warranties, we offer a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty on installation. When you purchase new windows from us, you can rest assured you’ve made a smart investment.

Call us today or come in for a free consultation. We’ll take the time to get to know you, and help you find the right windows for you.


Who should install your new house siding?

When you purchase home siding, you want it to last many years. So in addition to buying a quality product, make sure it’s installed by knowledgeable professionals. But how can you tell if a company will install your new house siding carefully and correctly? Here are five ways to discern if a company will perform skilled work.

1. Look at their Better Business Bureau Rating. Go to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website. Under “Find”, you can search either by type of business or by a company’s name. Once you click on a business’ name, you’ll see an Overview page. From there, you can go to a tab for Reviews & Complaints. See what other customers say about their experience with a company.
2. See how long they’ve worked in the area. After storms, “storm chasers” may travel to an area that’s been affected by hail. It may seem convenient to have storm chasers perform repairs for you. However, after repairs are complete, it may not be so easy to have these folks come out to your home again or be accountable for their work. Instead, look for an established local company.
3. Ask for customer references. When you hire contractors to perform work on your home, you are putting them in a position of trust. You are asking them to make changes to the place where your family lives. It is perfectly reasonable to ask for customer references. A reputable company should be happy to provide several.
4. Find out about warranties. In addition to the manufacturers’ warranties, look for a warranty on installation. This will help you feel secure that your project will be done right.
5. See if they’ve won awards. Home improvement companies can win awards for their work. If a third party has given a company such an award (or awards!), this is an indication that the company provides top-quality work.

You deserve highly skilled professionals to install your siding and carry out other home improvement projects. It’s definitely worth doing background research to make sure a company has the dedication and expertise you’re seeking.

At Minnesota Exteriors, we go the extra mile to make sure our customers are happy with our work. We’re a trusted, well-established company you can feel good about inviting into your home. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. We’ve served Minnesota families for 70 years, and customer references are available on our website. We offer a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty on installations. We’ve even won Trillium Awards and Vinyl Siding Institute Awards of Distinction. When it’s time for you to replace your siding, give us a call. We’ll give you a free estimate and make sure your project is carried out to your satisfaction.


What should you consider when you need roofing repair?

Roofing repair is a considerable undertaking. It’s a significant financial investment, and the quality of the work can affect your family’s comfort for years to come. The contractors you choose will literally be working on “the roof over your head”. Many roofing companies say they’re the best. What factors should you consider, when deciding which home improvement company should do your roofing repair? Here are some qualities to seek when making your choice.

  1. Trust. It takes skill, planning and a lot of hard work to carry out long-lasting roof repair. You need to be able to trust that the roofing contractor you choose will work with integrity. But how can you tell if a company is trustworthy? Some ideas are: Check the company’s Better Business Bureau rating and reviews. See if the company has won awards. Find out – do others in the community turn to this company when it’s time for high-profile projects?
  2. Longevity. Unfortunately, many roofing companies do not have a very long lifespan. You want to look for a company who has served your area for a considerable amount of time. That way you can feel more secure that if questions arise in the future, the company will be there to stand behind their work.
  3. Choice. Some home improvement companies only offer one brand, or only a few brands. You deserve more choice than this. Look for a company that offers you many options – and will take the time to walk you through your options in an informative, no-pressure consultation. If a company has a large showroom, you’ll be able to see more options in person.
  4. Relationship with distribution company and manufacturers. If a home improvement company has direct access to manufacturers, it may be able to get new products faster – and have more leverage if there are product issues.
  5. Warranties. It’s not enough just to say that a product is high-quality or that an installation is skilled. Seek guarantees to back these claims up.

 You deserve a roofing contractor who sincerely cares about the quality of their work. Minnesota Exteriors is a third-generation, family-owned company. We’ve been helping Minnesotans improve their homes since 1948. Our dedication to service has helped us earn an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau website. We own a distribution company, so we deal directly with manufacturers. Give us a call or drop in to see us at our large showroom. Let us show you how we’ve earned the community’s trust.


How do you know you have hailstorm damage?

The hailstorm that hit the Twin Cities on June 11 caused many families damage to their home. Some of the damage from wind and hail was obvious. But sometimes it’s not as easy to tell if your home needs repairs. There are some signs you may be able to see from your yard – and other signs it may take a professional to find.

Here are some signs you can look for, to help you see if your home has hailstorm damage:

  • Scarred siding
  • Chipped window frames
  • Dings on gutters

These are signs that may be easily visible. But for a thorough inspection, a skilled professional should inspect your home – including taking a look at your roof. He or she needs to look for damage such as missing granules on shingles. This is not a task for everyone. It takes training and special safety precautions. But it’s important. What seems like a small imperfection in your shingles could result in a leak in the future.

When you’re choosing someone to conduct a storm damage inspection on your home, make sure to choose a local, well-established company. “Storm chasers” from other areas may offer to provide storm damage repair, but they may not be easy to find later if you have questions. Choose a company with a long track record in your area, so you can feel secure that they will be there to stand behind their work.

If you suspect you may have hail damage, a professional from Minnesota Exteriors will be happy to come out and inspect your roof and siding. We’ve served Minnesota families for 70 years, so we’re well-acquainted with what Minnesota weather can bring. We’re a family-owned business and we take pride in providing quality service you can recommend to your family and friends. Call us today to arrange a free inspection. You’ll feel better knowing your home has been thoroughly checked.


What are the advantages of spray foam insulation?

When you hear “insulation”, what comes to mind? A solid pink or white material in rectangular shapes? A product made of recycled newspaper? Traditional insulation has its advantages. But another type of insulation has also gained attention: spray foam insulation. Here are some reasons why you may want to consider spray foam insulation for your home.

Four advantages to know

  • Spray foam insulation is great at filling in gaps and reducing air leaks.
  • When spray foam insulation fills in gaps, this can also help lessen moisture (and therefore help curtail mold).
  • Cutting down on air leaks can also help cut down energy costs.
  • Such efficient insulation can also help reduce noise – especially if you choose open-cell spray foam insulation.

Two main kinds of spray foam insulation

Spray foam insulation can either be closed-cell or open-cell. With the closed-cell variety, cells are very close together. The closed-cell type also contains a gas to help it get bigger and insulate. Closed-cell spray foam insulation is stronger than open-cell. It can also help make walls or ceilings stronger. However, closed-cell generally costs more.

Open-cell spray foam insulation, on the other hand, has air and broken cells. It’s less dense. As we mentioned above, open-cell is a good choice if you would like to reduce noise. If you use open-cell spray foam insulation, you may need a deeper layer than if you use closed-cell.

Efficient insulation is so important for your home. It can help reduce heating bills in winter and air conditioning costs in the summer. It can even have further benefits, such as helping lessen noise. If you have any questions about what kind of insulation would be best for your unique situation, contact our team at Minnesota Exteriors. We’ll take the time to learn about your needs. We’ll help you evaluate the options, and we’ll guide you through the next steps. We’re a family-owned company that’s been serving Minnesota families for 70 years. Let us know how we can help.


What are the best windows for your house?

Whether you’re choosing replacement windows or building a new home, a certain question is bound to come up: What are the best windows for your house? The answer depends on your unique needs. Here are some of your options for window styles. Which styles sound good to you?

  • Picture windows bring in sunlight and beauty, but cannot be opened.
  • Bay windows are when smaller windows are put together to form a geometric shape that juts outward, somewhat like a half oval. They make a great space for window seats.
  • Sliding or gliding windows open easily to the left or right.
  • Single-hung windows have one sash you can push upward or downward. They have another sash that stays still.
  • Double-hung windows give you two sashes to move up or down.
  • Casement windows are attached to the frame on one side, and can open out on the other. You use a crank to open them.
  • Awning windows are attached to the frame on the top, and can be pushed out on the bottom.

As you decide which window style to choose, consider … what would be the most comfortable way to open a window in that location? And, what about cost or energy concerns? How will you clean the windows? Appearance is also a factor. Beautiful windows can add to a home’s curb appeal.

Home windows are a long-term investment. You should be able to choose from a wide variety of options. Some companies only sell a few brands. But at Minnesota Exteriors, we give you the power of choice.

When you visit our showroom, you’ll be able to choose from many high-quality brands such as Lindsay, Infinity from Marvin, Andersen and Weather Shield. We offer an array of window styles. Tell us about your home and interests. Our experts will take the time to learn about your lifestyle and priorities. We’ll help you pick the right model for you.