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Do you need to replace your siding?

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.


What’s the best insulation for your walls?

It’s no secret that Minnesota has some pretty extreme weather at times. Effective insulation can keep your home more comfortable – and help keep your energy bills down, too. But what type of insulation should you get? Here is some information to help you choose the best insulation for your walls.

  • Cellulose: Cellulose insulation used to be made from other materials, but now it contains recycled newspapers. It is chemically treated to help make it less flammable. The chemicals that are used for the treatment can also help discourage mice. People who work with cellulose insulation should take safety precautions such as wearing goggles and a mask.
  • Fiberglass: Fiberglass insulation often comes in rectangular shapes called “batts”. You can also get fiberglass insulation in loose form. Fiberglass insulation creates little fire hazard. However, people who install, move or come into contact with fiberglass insulation need to take safety precautions. They should dress appropriately and wear goggles and a certain kind of respirator.
  • Spray foam: Spray foam insulation can help lessen noise. It is a very strong insulator and can also help reduce moisture. To apply spray foam insulation, an installer sprays a gun that releases two materials at once. When the materials meet, the foam is formed. Spray foam is great at getting into small areas. People who apply spray foam insulation should wear the right protective clothing, eye covering and respirator.

At Minnesota Exteriors, we want to help you keep your family comfortable. We’ll work with you to make your home more energy efficient. When you choose us, you know you’re working with a well-established, trusted company. We’ve helped families and builders put in installation for decades.

Wondering how much new installation would cost? Give us a call; we’ll provide a free estimate at your home. As a family-owned company, we want to help keep your family warm in the winter and cool in the summer.


What to consider when it’s time for new window installation

Maybe you’re building a new home or doing long-awaited remodeling. Or maybe you’re replacing older frames and sashes. Whatever the reason, when it’s time for new window installation, you have choices to make. One question is: What type of frame material should you choose? Here are some factors to keep in mind  – and some materials it’s smart to know about.

Factors to consider

When you choose new window frames, some of the most important qualities to consider are:

  • Maintenance. Find out how easy it will be to clean and maintain your new windows.
  • Strength. Do frames have what it takes to keep your window panes in place?
  • Durability. How will frames hold up against Minnesota sun, snow and rain?
  • Energy efficiency. Will frames help keep summer heat – and winter cold – outside? When your air conditioner or furnace is working hard, will windows help keep the temperature comfortable inside?
  • Appearance. How well will your new windows blend in with the rest of your home? Do they increase your home’s curb appeal? Can they be painted if you want a color change in the future?
  • Value – and price. Consider long-term value – and what will fit in your budget right now.

As you keep these qualities in mind, here are some frame materials to evaluate:

  • Trends come and go, but wood frames are always beautiful.
  • Fiberglass frames may be more expensive than some other materials initially. However, they are low-maintenance and stand up well against extreme temperatures. Ultrex fiberglass windows by Infinity from Marvin replicate the appearance of wood with modern features, low maintenance and long-lasting performance.
  • If you’re looking for energy efficiency, you may want to consider vinyl windows. They are also low maintenance.

When you’re choosing window frames, you deserve to have many options. Minnesota Exteriors offers a huge selection of brands and materials. We’ll work with you to help you find the right fit for your home. Contact us today to learn more.


How to feel better about hail damage repair

When storm damage strikes your home, your instinct may be to choose a repair contractor as quickly as possible. That’s understandable – you want repairs done fast so you can keep your family warm and dry. But make sure to ask potential contractors important questions before hiring them for hail damage repair. You want to make sure your contractor will be trustworthy and provide skilled work.

Here qualities to seek when choosing a contractor:

  • Established history in the area. Find out, how long has a company worked in your area? Do they have a well-developed relationship with your community, or did representatives drive in because a storm hit? Look for a contractor who is local.
  • Proof of insurance. Seeing proof of insurance will help you have peace of mind. A good contractor should be happy to provide this for you.
  • A valid contractor’s license. Asking to see a valid contractor’s license is smart due diligence, as well.
  • Warranties. Ask, is there a warranty on the contractor’s workmanship? And, what manufacturers’ warranties come with the products?
  • Customer references. Find out if your contractor has previous customers who are willing to speak with you about their work.

You deserve to work with a company you can trust. Your contractor should be only a phone call away if your home needs further attention. A repair company should be there to stand behind its work. When repairs are finished, you want to feel secure in the knowledge that they were done right.

Minnesota Exteriors has served Minnesota families for 70 years. We’re a trusted, established, family-owned company. It’s a matter of principle for us to provide quality repairs. We’ll carry out an inspection, talk with you about your options and provide a free, unconditional estimate at your home. We provide a limited lifetime warranty on all workmanship.

We understand how much storm damage can impact your family. We’ll work with you quickly and professionally to get your life back to normal. We’re glad to know you feel more safe and secure in your home.


So you need roof replacement … what are your options?

Especially in Minnesota, good roofing is a necessity. Roof replacement can help keep you warm and dry, as well as add a distinctive touch to your home.  But how do you know it’s really time for new roof installation? And which roofing option should you pick? Here is some information to help you decide.

Reasons to replace your roof

Here are a few reasons why your roof may need attention:

  • Storm damage. Minnesota definitely gets its share of severe weather. If hail, wind or other acts of nature have damaged your home, call a professional for an inspection. An expert should inspect your roof, chimney and gutters and recommend how to proceed.
  • Shingles are showing their age. If your shingles are cracked or curling, or if spots look worn away, it may be time for work to be done. Moss is also cause for attention.

Roof replacement options

If it’s time for new roofing, you have choices for what material to use. Here are some options to consider:

  • 3-tab shingles. Uniform in size, 3-tab shingles are less expensive than architectural shingles.
  • Architectural shingles. When you use architectural shingles, they’ll have slightly varying widths. This variety produces a pleasant, original appearance. Architectural shingles are thicker and heavier than 3-tab shingles. They also often last longer.
  • Designer asphalt shingles. Designer shingles come in many shapes and colors. You can even find shingles that look like wood, clay or slate.
  • Cedar roofing is unmistakably beautiful. It’s also long-lived and a good insulator.

Roofing comes in a surprising variety of colors and shapes. Installing new roofing can increase the curb appeal of your home, and help you feel more secure. You’ll be able to enjoy your new roof for years to come.

At Minnesota Exteriors, you’ll find plentiful options for roof replacement. We’ll work with you to find the right solutions for your needs. We’re a family-owned company, and we’ve served Minnesota families for 70 years. Give us a call. We’ll be happy to talk with you about your options for roof replacement. And, of course, we’ll provide a free estimate.


Need more space? A home addition may be just what you need

Your family changes over the years, and sometimes your home needs to change, too. You may need more space. But it’s not always feasible to move into a bigger house. In many situations, adding on to your home may be your best option. A home addition can give you more room, without requiring a total move.

Benefits of home additions

Extending your existing home has multiple benefits. You gain space for your family. It may raise the value of your property. And, it can help you stay in a home you love.

Extensions can add a wide variety of new rooms to your home. You might add a new bedroom, den or garage.  You could even make your kitchen larger, to accommodate your family. If your cooking space is cramped, you can gain more counter space and light.

Materials to consider

After you decide what room (or rooms) to add, you’ll need to decide what materials to use. You’ll want to take your climate into account, as well as your personal tastes. You might consider aluminum home siding, due to aluminum’s durability and ability to resist heat. You might also consider vinyl siding. Vinyl siding is durable and may be less expensive. Further, vinyl siding’s color can last for years without needing replacement.

Consider appearances

Another factor to keep in mind is how to help the addition look natural. You want the addition to look it’s been there since your house was built. To help your addition suit your home, look at your current home in detail. What kind of roof does your home have? What type of siding?

There are many questions to consider as you add on to your home. It’s an exciting time, with decisions to make. Feel free to enlist the help of the experts at Minnesota Exteriors. Minnesota Exteriors has served families for over 68 years. We’d love to help you, too.


Bay Windows: Adding a World of Benefits to Your Home

luxurious bay windows

Bay Windows are one of the most striking window types available. The brainchild of a Victorian architect, their tasteful design is still a standard of elegance.  Bay windows tend to be more expensive than most other types of windows. But they make up for it with beauty that can make a regular home more distinctive. Bay windows are an eye-catcher. They add to a home’s outside appearance, and also improve its inside atmosphere; they add a picturesque view and cozy nook to any room.

The most recognizable aspect of bay windows is that they have a main window frame in the middle, with two supplementary windows at an acute angle on either side.

Some of the main benefits of bay windows are:

· Charm

These windows add a touch of grace and old world charm to your home. They add a distinctive touch that makes your home unique and pleasant.

· “Curb Appeal”

Curb appeal is a property’s beauty as viewed from the street. Bay windows can increase a home’s curb appeal. A house with bay windows could have a higher asking price than other properties in the same neighborhood.

· Extra Space

A bay window provides an excellent view and a cozy place to sit. It’s the perfect nook to enjoy a cup of coffee or a good book – or to just look out the window and dream.

· Light

Almost all bay windows are built in three-window clusters. This structure allows light to come in from three directions simultaneously.

· Air

Since most bay windows are basically three windows in one main frame, opening them invites fresh air.  A bay window with a wire mesh screen is the perfect antidote to a stuffy room.

There was a time when bay windows were mostly found in nineteenth-century structures. Now they can be found in many brand new residences. To learn more about bay windows, contact one of the friendly folks at Minnesota Exteriors. We’ll be glad to discuss them with you further.


What You Need to Know About Energy-Efficient Windows

window efficiency through new windows

Installing energy-efficient windows is a significant investment. But in the long term, it can pay for itself. It can also make your home more beautiful and comfortable. Here is what to keep in mind as you consider window replacement.

Types of Energy-Efficient Windows

There are certain window designs that are inherently more efficient than others. Here are some common ones.

· Picture Windows

These windows don’t open. That may sound strange, but they work great in some areas. Further, they come in different sizes and shapes, which allows you to get creative with your designs.

· Casement Windows

Casement windows are perfect for windy weather. They are attached to the frame by one or more hinges.

· Double-Hung Windows

This type of window has two sashes sliding vertically up and down in the frame. They can be opened wide, either from the top or the bottom.

· Slider Windows

Slider windows have at least one operating window gliding along the track. They are a modern option that gives a contemporary touch to your home.

· Stationary Windows

These types of windows do not open, but they can be customized in many shapes and angles.

Other Factors to Keep in Mind

Here are some other topics to consider as you look for energy-efficient windows.

· Insulated Glass and Gas-Filled Windows

“Insulated glass” means that the panes of the window are separated by air in the center and edges, providing greater thermal efficiency. Ultimately, a good thermal insulation glass will help you save money with low energy bills.

Gas-filled glass is another modern window technology. It seals gas between the panes of the glass. The gas used is a better insulator than air, increasing the window’s thermal value.

· Low-E Glass

You may have heard about Low-E glass. Low-E stands for low emissivity. This means the glass is coated with clear material acting to cut the transmission of rays that come from outside the house. Low-E glass also improves the thermal efficiency of the window. It helps prevent the damage caused by ultraviolet rays, and cuts glare. If you live in an area with warm weather, low-E windows can make a difference in your air conditioning bill.

· Price

Cost is one of the first factors that will jump out at you. But remember, you are making a long-term investment, so also consider quality and functionality.

· Energy Star Label

If a product has a blue Energy Star label, you can feel confident that it is energy efficient.

There are several factors to consider when looking for energy-efficient windows. Feel free to consult with one of our experts at Minnesota Exteriors. We will be happy to learn about your needs and recommend some good options for you.


Five Reasons to Consider Double Glazed Windows

woman looking outside from behind double glazed windows

Almost all homeowners have single glazed windows in their homes. But with single glazed windows, rooms tend to become hotter during summer months and cooler during winter. This is one reason to consider window replacement. If you want energy efficient windows, consider a double glazed option. Here’s why.

1. You Can Save Money on Energy Bills

Double glazed windows have two panes (or layers) of glass, with a space in between. This reduces the amount of heat entering or exiting. Your house can remain cooler during the summer and warmer during the winter. This can help you save money on energy costs.

2. Your Home Can Have Better Soundproofing

Double glazed windows are thicker and tend to reduce the unwanted noise that enters your home. If your home is near high-traffic roads, noisy neighbors, or an airport, double glazed windows are something to consider. They can help you live in a more peaceful environment.

3. You Can Enjoy Improved Security

When you install double glazed windows, this can improve your home security. These windows are tougher to break completely through, since they have two panes. That’s another way they help you rest a little easier.

4. You Can Reduce Condensation

Condensation can be a serious issue if you live in an older home. Older homes can grow mildew and mold due to condensation. This can rot window frames and affect your family’s health. Double glazed windows can help reduce condensation and excess moisture on window panes.

5. You Can Help Keep Furnishings Bright

We all love sunshine, but when it strikes your furniture day after day, beautiful colors may start to fade. When you have double glazed windows, there are double protective layers, and your home and furnishings are better protected.

To learn more about double glazed windows, contact one of our friendly representatives at Minnesota Exteriors. We can explain how to incorporate energy efficient features in your home.


Top Five Factors Affecting Window Replacement Cost

woman admiring new windows

When it’s time to replace your windows, one of the first questions to pop into your mind is, “How much will window replacement cost?” It’s hard to know for sure until a professional gives an evaluation. But here are five factors that come into play.

· Material

One of the first choices you’ll make as you choose new windows is the material. Fiberglass, vinyl and wood are some of your choices. Each material has its own advantages – and cost. Wood may be one of the more economical options, but this depends on the type of wood you choose.

· Style

There are countless window designs and styles available. Some of your choices include double-hung, casement, awning, and bay or bow windows. Look for an option that suits your home and climate.

· Accessories

Besides choosing a material and style, you can even choose optional features for windows. Accessories such as grilles, artistic glass and special hardware can make your windows more distinctive. However, they can also add to cost. If keeping costs down is a priority for you, opt out of window accessories.

· Window Size

Are you planning to replace a single window, or are you considering replacing every window in your home? Further, how big are the windows? Window size is a key factor in price.

· Installation Cost

Many homeowners would like to install windows on their own, but it is wise to consider bringing in an expert for window replacement. An expert’s help can make installation less stressful. An expert can also make sure windows are installed correctly. Careful installation is a smart investment for the future.

It’s wise to stay within your budget. It’s also wise to choose quality. Get in touch with our experts at Minnesota Exteriors. We can help you make cost-effective window replacement choices that are a sound long-term investment.