After a damaging storm sweeps through your neighborhood, your first instinct may be to just continue with life as usual. Your days are busy, and contacting an insurance agent may feel like something you can put off for a while. But it’s smart to file an insurance claim promptly. Here’s why you should get the ball rolling on your insurance claim – and some other tips to keep in mind if a storm strikes.
There may be time limits for when you can file an insurance claim. After a storm passes, you may be tempted to just shake it off. However, while you wait to file a claim, the damage to your home could be getting worse … and your time to file an insurance claim could be running short. After a storm damages your home, it’s wise to contact your insurance company promptly. Get the process started. This can help you get your home repaired – and save you significant amounts of money.
Photograph the storm damage. Be able to show someone what happened. And, take good notes about what was affected.
Be safe. As you walk through your property after a storm, keep an eye out for hazards such as glass shards.
Choose a contractor carefully. Watch out for ‘storm chasers”. After a storm strikes, some contractors may drive in from out of town to offer you their help. But after the repairs are done, they may not be as easy to find anymore. Instead, choose a local company with a strong track record of providing quality service in your area. You’ll feel more secure working with a company that has an established history in your community.
No storm? Take pictures anyway. If you have not yet experienced storm damage, why not take some pictures of your home now? Then you can show a comparison if your neighborhood does get hit by a storm in the near future.
Repairs can be expensive and you want your home to be well-maintained. It’s definitely worth your time to contact your insurance company and find a dependable contractor. Contacting your insurance agent soon can help you get the money you’re entitled to. And you’ll feel more secure knowing your home has been thoroughly inspected – and properly repaired.
Minnesota Exteriors is a trustworthy choice to provide your repairs. We’ve been helping Minnesota families since 1947. And we offer a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty on installations. With our skilled crews, you can rest easy knowing we’ll provide quality workmanship for your storm damage repair. Give us a call and tell us about your situation.
Fall in Minnesota means a new school year, fresh routines and getting your yard ready for winter. Fall is also a good time to check on your home siding. The season gives you the opportunity to maintain, repair or replace your siding before cold weather strikes. Here are four guidelines to remember as you take care of your home in the fall.
1. Give your siding a good cleaning. Spring and summer weather is beautiful, but it can leave some of the fun behind on your siding. Depending on what kind of siding you have, take this chance to wash your home exterior. It will be much more pleasant to do so now than in December. 2. Check your siding for cracks or gaps. If water finds its way into cracks in your siding, your home could be affected by mold or even rot. In winter, if water gets into gaps between siding and the walls, this moisture could freeze and make gaps worse. Openings can also allow in not-so-cute critters: rodents or insects. 3. If you have siding damage, fixing it before winter can save energy. Replacing cracked, damaged siding with new, well-installed siding can mean reduced energy costs over the winter. 4. Fall weather can be a welcoming environment for siding work. Fall’s mild temperatures can be a great fit for working with materials such as vinyl.
Fall is a beautiful season of vivid colors and striking changes. It’s also a season of preparation. Taking care of your siding is a smart way to prepare for winter. As winter approaches, you’ll be glad to know your house has been well cared for.
If you think you may need siding repair or replacement, give us a call at Minnesota Exteriors. We’ve received Vinyl Siding Institute Awards, as well as Builders Association of the Twin Cities Trillium Awards. When you call us, you can feel confident you’ll receive knowledgeable advice. We’re happy to help: we’ve served Minnesota families for 70 years, and we want to make sure you’re ready for winter.
Fall in Minnesota means getting your home ready for change. As much as we love warm weather, we know winter will be here in a few short months. Performing maintenance now can help keep your home cozy and comfortable when the snow starts to fly. When you’re getting your home ready for the cold, remember to think about your roof. Here are five ways to get your roof ready for fall … and winter.
Clear your gutters. If your gutters are clogged, stored water can freeze. This can be bad for your gutter system. Accumulated water can also have unwanted effects on your shingles.
Consider cutting some tree branches. When branches get weighed down by snow, you don’t want them to crack and land on your home.
Check your attic for signs of leaks. Do you see mold? Your attic could have a leak – or need more ventilation.
Get roof issues fixed before the snow falls. But how do you know your roof needs repairs, or what should be done? Here’s what to do …
Ask a professional to check your roof. It can take experience to spot roofing issues. Ask someone with training – and the proper safety equipment – to give your roof a thorough inspection.
Taking these steps now can help you find and fix small issues before they get worse. It may even help prevent some issues from starting. Checking on your roof will help you feel more prepared as the seasons change. As winter approaches, you’ll feel secure knowing your home is ready for snow.
Our professionals at Minnesota Exteriors are happy to help you get your roof ready for the next season. A third-generation, family-owned company, we know how important it is to keep your home well-maintained. We’ve helped Minnesotans improve their homes since 1947. And we’ve earned an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
After 70 years in business, we’ve seen a lot of winters come and go. Give us a call and schedule a free roof inspection. We’re here to help you in the long-term.
Quality windows have features carefully designed to improve your home. This technology can help you save money on energy costs – and keep your home more comfortable and secure. As you shop for home windows, here are some features you may see.
Double or triple panes. When you look through a window, you’re often looking through more than one pane of glass. As you can guess, double-pane windows have two panes and triple-pane windows have three panes. This is all in the name of energy efficiency.
Argon gas. Sometimes panes of glass will have Argon gas between them.
This makes your window an even better insulator.
Low-E coatings. Low-E refers to low emmisivity. A Low-E coating is a layer over the windowpane. This layer helps return heat where it came from – in other words, it helps indoor heat stay inside and outdoor heat stay outside. And, Low-E coatings can also help reduce UV rays.
Warm-edge spacers. Spacers separate panes on double- or triple-paned windows. Warm-edge spacers cause less of a long-term issue with condensation than older versions did.
Interlock. When sashes and frames interlock, they have a system to fit together especially well.
Extrusions. When you see the term “extrusions” or “extruded”, it means pieces were formed by pushing material through a “die”, a cut-out mold.
Another term you’ll encounter as you shop for windows is: U-factor. U-factor refers to the transfer of heat. It has to do with a window’s ability to insulate. A lower U-factor means better insulation.
Some features may be useful for your family; others may not. We’re here to help you decide which kinds of windows would be helpful for you. Give us a call, schedule an appointment, or visit us in our Osseo showroom. We’ll walk you through your options and help you find the windows that are right for you. A third-generation, family-owned company, we want you to be happy with your choice for the long term.
Snowstorms are not the only type of storm that can leave something behind. Summer and fall storms can bring strong winds, pounding rain and hail. These elements can damage your home. Here are some of the places in your home where warm weather storms may leave their mark. And, here’s what to do about it.
What could be damaged
Shingles. Storms can cause roofing shingles to fall off, get impacted or lose granules. After enough wind, rain and hail. you may even find holes.
Siding. Your siding could be dented, cracked or pulled away.
Soffit and fascia. Soffit (the boards hidden underneath the protruding section of your roof) and fascia (the long narrow board under your roof that is easily visible from the outside) can also be harmed in a storm.
Gutters. Your rain gutters may get dented – sections may even have disappeared.
Windows. During a storm, your windows may suffer cracks, or worse.
What to do after a strong storm
If a powerful storm has struck your neighborhood, it’s smart to ask an experienced professional to check your home for damage. The effects of a storm may not be visible right away, but they can still cause lasting issues. Your home should be thoroughly checked, so you can fix any problems before they get worse.
The next question is, who should you ask to inspect your home? Look for a trusted company with an established history in your area. Watch out for “storm chasers” who drive in from out of town. Storm chasers may appear on your doorstep after a storm strikes, but they may not be so easy to find if you have issues in the future.
Minnesota Exteriors is a dependable local company you can trust. We’ve served Minnesota families for 70 years. When you work with us, you can feel confident that we’ll be here if you have questions.
Call us today or stop in and see us in Osseo. We’ll be happy to learn about your needs and give your home a thorough free inspection.
When you replace your home siding, you need to decide what’s most important to you. Is strength your top priority for siding? Or are you looking for a certain appearance? Or lower initial cost? If durability is a high priority for you, you may want to consider steel siding. Steel siding can last a remarkably long time. Minnesota Exteriors carries steel siding from EDCO and Rollex, two respected brands.
EDCO was founded in Hopkins, Minnesota, after World War II. Its steel siding comes in lovely hues that stay beautiful. You won’t need to worry about providing much maintenance or painting EDCO steel siding. It comes with a wood-like texture. You can select horizontal siding or a vertical pattern. And, you can choose between rich neutral colors or brighter tones. The company keeps a careful eye on the environment as it creates its products.
Rollex has been producing innovative home products since the mid-twentieth century. The company manufactures its own products in Illinois. Rollex takes care to consider the environment. Rollex steel siding is easy to care for, and it holds up against fading. This siding is available with a wood appearance. You can choose Rollex siding in neutral or more vivid colors.
Rest easy about installation – and selection
Purchasing new siding is a significant investment. Whichever brand you choose, you want to make sure your siding is installed properly. You can rest easy when Minnesota Exteriors installs your siding. In addition to manufacturer warranties, we offer a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty on installation.
As you choose your new siding, you’ll have many options to consider. We’ll walk you through your choices in a friendly, no-pressure consultation. As a third-generation family company, we want to make sure you’re happy with your decision. Come see us in our Osseo showroom or give us a call. You can even schedule an appointment. We’ll be glad to talk with you about your home and help you choose beautiful, long-lasting siding.
When you hire a roofing company, you want to work with people who really care about the work they do for you. At Minnesota Exteriors, improving your home is more than a job for us. When we come to your residence, we’re continuing a tradition begun by people we know. We’re a third-generation, family-owned and operated business. Providing our customers with dedicated service and expert workmanship is a matter of pride for us – and this tradition benefits you.
Minnesota Exteriors has grown from a small family business to a trusted, well-established enterprise. Our company was founded in 1947 by Marty Bennis. Marty and his wife, Zenalou, began the company at a desk in their home. Gradually, they expanded to a larger location in Hamel. They then moved to our current location in Osseo. As the company grew, their family grew, too. Over time, their sons Greg, Tom, Jeff and Dan assumed ownership of the company. The brothers work in sales and estimating. They also serve as members of the Board of Directors.
Minnesota Exteriors provides both old-fashioned values and new technology. Our company has been an innovator in the industry since its beginnings, and it continues this trend today. We offer some of the finest products on the market. Monitoring advancements in siding, roofing and windows is always a priority. Our goal is to provide our customers with the best products available, at the best value. No matter how much times change, we know this will always be the right approach.
Come visit us in Osseo. We’ll be happy to show you around and talk about your needs. Our showroom is one of the biggest of this type in the metro area. You can browse roofing and siding products, as well as windows and doors. We carry multiple brands to give you more options. Let’s talk about how our tradition of quality and service can help you.
The state fair is a major event in Minnesota. Some people even go twice a year. There’s definitely plenty to do – and win. Here are some facts from the state fair website you may not know about the fair.
The Minnesota State Fair first took place in 1859.
Before the fair found its current home, it was held in towns including Red Wing, Owatonna and Rochester – as well as St. Paul and Minneapolis.
The state fair was not held in 1861, 1862, 1893, 1945 or 1946. The reason it was not held in 1946 was because of polio.
Bowl O’ Dough (cookie dough that comes in a choice of four varieties)
Cherry Bombs (battered and deep-fried red licorice)
Deep-Fried Avocados (also battered and deep-fried); and
Memphis Totchos (tater tots with bananas, bacon and peanut sauce).
New things to do or see at the fair include the Great Minnesota Knit Together … and on August 27, there’s a “Dress a Sheep” contest.
And some other news? This year you can win $7,000 to spend on home exterior products at Minnesota Exteriors. Each year, we increase the giveaway to reflect our anniversary. Last year was our sixty-ninth year in business, so the prize was $6,900 to spend with us. This year is our 70th year in business … so you could win $7,000. You could spend the prize on windows, siding, gutters or doors. You could even put it towards roofing. It’s your choice. It’s our opportunity to thank the community for so many years of business!
Come see us at the fair and get entered in the giveaway. Our booth is across from the big slide. So eat some treats, ride some rides, and come visit us. This could be the year you win thousands of dollars to make home improvements. We wish you lots of fun memories at the fair!
When you purchase new home siding, you want your siding to keep your home beautiful for a very long time. That’s why it’s important to choose a quality brand you can trust. Here are three of the brands to consider as you evaluate your home siding options.
1. LP SmartSide
LP SmartSide is engineered wood siding. This brand is built to hold up against harsh weather, termites and impacts. LP SmartSide is available with the texture of cedar – or sometimes with a smooth appearance. Among other advantages, it doesn’t have the knots you may see in traditional wood siding.
ProVia offers a wide variety of home exterior products, including CedarMAX and HeartTech:
CedarMAX by ProVia
CedarMAX is an insulated vinyl siding product that’s highly rated. It has a tough foam backing and strong resistance to impacts. CedarMAX helps your home conserve energy, as well.
HeartTech by ProVia
HeartTech is a vinyl siding product that’s been recognized as a smart purchase. It comes in a wide range of colors, and it’s designed to stand up to the wind and stay beautiful.
3. James Hardie
James Hardie fiber cement siding is another brand to consider. It’s made to help protect your home from moisture damage. It also helps protect your home from fire – and its beauty lasts a long time. James Hardie siding is carefully created to deal with harsh weather.
LP SmartSide, ProVia and James Hardie are three of the trusted brands you’ll find when you visit our Osseo showroom. We carry multiple high-quality brands, to make sure you can find the option that suits your needs.
And after we help you choose the right siding for you, we’ll make sure it’s installed correctly. Our installation crews are skilled and conscientious, and we back up their work with a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty. No matter what brand you choose, we want you to be happy with your siding.
A storm can cause damage to your home – damage that can be either easy to see or barely noticeable at first. Whether this damage is immediately visible or not, it’s wise to check into it. Why is it so important to find and fix storm damage? Here are seven issues storm damage can cause.
Cracked or lost shingles. Storms can cause shingles to lose their granules. Storms can also cause shingles to break.
Leaks and holes. When shingles can no longer do their job, water may be able to enter your home more easily. This water may cause …
Wall discoloration. You want to remember this summer from photographs and stories, not from marks on your walls.
Water buildup. Water is beautiful at the lake. Not in your basement.
Rot and mold. These issues are definitely not pleasant – or very safe.
Gutter damage. After a strong storm, even your gutters may be impacted.
Structural damage. When water finds its way into your home, it can affect your roof and safety.
Rather than wonder if a storm has caused damage, it’s smart to have a professional check your home. You’ll feel more secure knowing an experienced pro has taken a look at your roof, siding and windows. You want to correct any issues before they get worse.
When choosing a home exterior professional, it’s smart to choose a local contractor with an established reputation. Check contractors’ ratings on the Better Business Bureau website. Ask to see their proof of insurance, and contractor’s license. You want to make sure your contractor is qualified and skilled.
Minnesota Exteriors has served Minnesota for 70 years. We have an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau website, and you can feel confident asking us to check your home. Customer references are available on our website. We’re committed to providing quality service you can recommend to your friends and family. Give us a call and schedule a free storm damage inspection. We’ll help you keep your home beautiful and well-maintained.