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Seven smart resolutions for your home exterior

As the end of 2017 draws near, you may be thinking of New Year’s resolutions. As you plan what you’d like to achieve in 2018, remember to think about your home exterior. What maintenance or projects would you like to complete in the new year? Here are seven smart goals for your home.

1. Make sure your attic has effective insulation. This can help prevent ice dams. If you’re not sure how well your attic (or the rest of your home) is insulated …
2. Have an energy audit done. An energy audit can help you discover what you can do to make your home more energy efficient. Then the savings can really add up.
3. Prepare an emergency kit for your home. Hopefully you won’t have to use it, but stored supplies come in very handy if there is a power outage. From Elk River to Eden Prairie, it’s a good idea to pack away some flashlights, blankets, water and non-perishable food. And remember supplies for your pets!
4. Keep your gutters clear and in good repair. Whether or not water can successfully drain away from your home can make a significant difference in your home’s well-being.
5. Clean your siding – and entry doors. Giving your home exterior a good wash can help it look fresh and bright.
6. Have your roof inspected. Winter snow and summer rain can make an impact on shingles. It’s wise to find damage and repair it before it becomes worse.
7. Clean windows and check for leaks or cracks. The world looks so much brighter through clean windows. And keeping windows well-sealed and maintained can help you conserve energy.

Your home is such an important part of your life. So while you’re making goals for the New Year, remember to plan what you’d like to do with your home. Perhaps it’s time for new siding, windows or roofing. Whatever your needs, let us know how we can help. A trusted company, we’ve helped Minnesota families improve their homes for 70 years. We can help you keep your home beautiful and well-maintained in the new year.


Need siding, roofing or windows? What to seek in a showroom

When you’re shopping for home exterior products, the right showroom can make a huge difference. A spacious, well-stocked place to view products can help you understand your options. It can help you feel more comfortable. It can help you choose products you’ll be happy with. Here are four qualities to look for in a siding, roofing and windows showroom.

1. Choice. As you’re choosing where to purchase siding, roofing or windows, make sure you have sufficient choices available to you. Some companies may offer just one brand for a type of product. You should be able to choose from more than this. Making home improvements is a sizable investment. Make sure that you’re able to choose from multiple brands, so you can find the option that’s right for your home.
2. Knowledgeable, friendly staff. As you shop for home exterior products, you deserve to speak with trustworthy professionals. The team members you work with should thoroughly explain your options. They should be courteous and sincere – they should be people you enjoy working with.
3. Quality work. As you browse through the showroom, you should be able to trust that a company will provide skilled installation. Buying a quality product is only the first step: You need to know that a company will install it properly. Ask what warranties you will receive: Look for a warranty on installation, as well as manufacturer warranties. And look for a contractor who has built up trust and a strong reputation in the community. That leads to the fourth quality to seek in a showroom …
4. Longevity. Find out, how long has a company been in business? How long have they served your area? If a company has been in business for decades, that can speak volumes about their experience.

Choosing a home exterior company is an important decision. You deserve to work with an established provider who can offer you many options. You should feel secure that they are trustworthy, and that they will provide skilled work.

When you come see us at Minnesota Exteriors, you will find a spacious, comfortable showroom. We carry multiple high-quality brands, so you can find an option that’s a great fit for your home. Our friendly staff will be happy to chat with you about your choices. And we offer a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty on installations, so you can rest assured that your purchases will be skillfully installed. With an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau website, you can feel secure we’ll provide excellent service.

Whether you’re from Anoka, Monticello or St. Paul, come visit our Osseo showroom. We’ve been in business for 70 years and have built a strong relationship in the community. We’ll help you find the home improvement products you need.


Ready to save money? Consider a home energy audit

Would you like to save money on your energy costs? According to Energy.gov1, you could reduce your energy bill by 5 to 30 percent if you follow the recommendations of a home energy audit. Think how much those savings could add up, year after year. Getting a home energy audit could end up saving you quite a bit of money. And the more you know about home energy audits, the more comfortable you may feel arranging one. Here’s how to get ready for a home energy audit – and what an audit may include.

How to get ready for your home energy audit

Energy.gov provides helpful information about energy audits. The website suggests you do these two things before your audit:
• Gather your energy bills for the past year (or obtain a summary)
• Write down current issues you’re facing with your home

What your auditor may do

Your energy auditor may begin by taking a look at your home exterior, such as to see your windows and wall size. Next, he or she may ask you some questions, to better understand how you use your home. Then, your energy auditor may look for places where your home could be losing energy. Auditors may use advanced technology such as infrared cameras or blower doors.

Go for it – learn how to make your home more energy efficient!

From Blaine to Wayzata, there may be inefficiencies in your home that are just quietly costing you money. Or you may already suspect where your home is leaking energy, but you want to know for sure. Why not take a proactive step and have an energy auditor take a look? You could learn what steps to take to make your house more efficient.

If you have questions about how to get an energy audit, or what to do with the results, give us a call at Minnesota Exteriors. We’ve helped Minnesotans with their homes since 1947. We know how important it is to keep the cold outside. We’ll be happy to refer you to a reliable source for an energy audit. You may find out just what you need to make your house warmer and cozier.

1. Energy.gov. U.S. Department of Energy, energy.gov/energysaver/professional-home-energy-audits. Accessed November 2017.


How to help gutters run smoothly – and how to tell if they need work

Gutters may not be the first thing to jump out at you when you’re looking at your home. Yet gutters play a very important role in keeping your Minnesota home in good condition. If gutters aren’t functioning well, ice dams can form on your roof’s outskirts and water can end up under your shingles. (Not to mention water leaking into your basement if gutters aren’t working properly.) So how can you help keep your gutters running smoothly? And what signs of trouble should you look for? Here are some tips on how to keep your gutter system in tip-top shape.

How to keep gutters working effectively

• Make sure your gutters aren’t blocked. All those fall leaves that looked so beautiful on the trees can plug up your gutters. If gutters are plugged, water can’t run throughout like it needs to. This could contribute to ice dams. It’s smart to clean out those leaves and keep your gutters clear.

Signs of gutter issues

• Water has left its mark. Take a look not just at your gutters themselves, but also the area around them. Do you see discoloration or other unpleasantness on your siding? Could it be from water going where it’s not supposed to? This damage could be a sign of gutter issues.
• You’re gaining an unwanted outdoor pool. Standing water caused by downspouts could be an indication that your gutter system needs work. You don’t want this water to freeze and get icy. Further, make sure downspouts are taking water far enough away from your foundation.
• Your gutters are loose or misshapen. If your gutters are starting to sag or veer away from your house, it could be from snow accumulating inside them. Or, the small parts that attach gutters to your house could need attention.

A well-designed gutter system plays an integral role in your home’s health. It’s worth taking the time to make sure your gutters are draining water properly. If you
have any questions about your gutter system, feel free to give us a call at Minnesota Exteriors. We understand the factors that go into designing an effective gutter system, and we’re experienced at putting in seamless aluminum gutters. A third-generation, family-owned company, it’s important to us to provide excellent
service. We enjoy helping clients from Minneapolis, St. Paul, Osseo and beyond. Let us know how we can help you.


Two vital elements for any roofing, siding or windows project

Whether you’re replacing your roof, installing siding or buying windows, you need two things: quality products and skilled installation. But what can you do to find well-built products that suit your needs? And how can you feel confident that these products will be installed properly? Here are some tips to help make your home exterior project a success.

How to select the right product
These two guidelines can help you find a product you’ll be happy with:
• Choose a respected brand. You want the product you choose to be well-designed and constructed. It should be made from quality materials that can handle extreme weather. Look for an established brand that’s earned the respect of industry professionals.
• Make sure you have plenty of choices. Some companies may only offer one brand. You deserve more choices than this. Make sure you have the opportunity to choose from several brands and styles. You need the product that’s right for your home.

… And how to get it expertly installed
Buying a quality product is the first step. Then the people who install it need to have the right knowledge and follow-through.
• Seek warranties. In addition to manufacturer warranties, look for a warranty on installation: A workmanship warranty can help you feel secure that your product will be installed properly.
• Look for a company that has longevity. If a company has served your area for decades, that says a lot about their skill and dedication.
• Check out reviews and ratings. The Better Business Bureau website is a great place to learn more about a company. You can read what other customers have to say about a company’s work.

Choosing a home exterior company is an important decision. You deserve well-made products that will last for years. You also deserve to work with people who are experienced and conscientious.

At Minnesota Exteriors, we provide you with both parts of the home improvement equation: trustworthy products and skilled installation. We offer many well-known brands, as well as a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty. Whether you live in Edina or Blaine, come and see us. We want your home improvement project to be a lasting investment you’ll be happy about for years.


Finding a home exterior company you can trust

Trust is important in any business dealing, but it’s especially important when you choose a home exterior company. The quality of home exterior contractors’ work can affect your family’s comfort and your home’s energy efficiency. And, home improvement projects are a substantial financial investment. You need to be able to trust that a company will treat you fairly and provide high-quality work. How can you tell if you can trust a home exterior company? And what should you be able to trust that they will do? Here are some qualities to seek … and what you can expect a trustworthy company to do.

How can you tell if a home exterior contractor is trustworthy?
It’s worth doing some research before you choose a home exterior company. Ask these questions about a contractor before you make a commitment:

Has a company built up a relationship with the community? Have they won awards or been chosen for television shows or charity events?
How long have they served your geographic area? Have they worked in your town for years? Or, did they drive in because a storm hit?
Are they licensed and insured? You can ask to see a contractor’s license. Find out about their insurance, as well.
What do other customers say? Check reviews, the Better Business Bureau website, and customer references.
Do they stand behind their work? Do they offer a warranty on installation, as well as product warranties?

What should you be able to trust that a contractor will do?
When you work with a home exterior contractor, you should be able to trust that they will:

• Explain your options thoroughly and honestly
• Be knowledgeable about products and services
• Be friendly and pleasant to deal with
• Respect your budget
• Keep you informed about your project
• Offer high-quality products
• Provide efficient, skilled installation
• Clean up their work area carefully
• Follow up with you if you have any questions

At Minnesota Exteriors, it’s important to us to be a company you can trust. We’re a third-generation, family-owned company. Providing excellent service is something we take personally. During 70 years of business, we’ve built up a strong relationship with the Twin Cities community. We’ve won awards and appeared on television shows. We’ve posted customer references on our website. We also offer a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty on installations. When you come to Minnesota Exteriors, you can trust that you will receive skilled workmanship, quality products and conscientious customer service.


A wise question to ask your home exterior company

All home exterior companies are not the same. And whether you’re replacing your roof, getting new siding, or installing windows, your home improvement projects are sizable investments. It’s smart to do some background research before choosing a company to work on your home. Consider looking up contractors on the Better Business Bureau website. Ask contractors for customer references. And ask, what relationship does a company have with product manufacturers?

Asking about a company’s relationship with manufacturers may not be the first question to come to mind. But it can tell you a lot about a company. The way a contractor deals with manufacturers can impact you, both now and in the future.

Minnesota Exteriors has its own distribution company, North Country Distributors, Inc. Through this distribution company, we work closely with manufacturers. This relationship benefits our customers. Here are five advantages this relationship can provide:

  1. Keeping costs down. Having our own distribution company helps us avoid “middlemen”. And that helps our customers save money.
  2. Access to new products. Manufacturers may let us see newly introduced products relatively quickly. They realize we can give them helpful feedback.
  3. Viewing large samples. Our warehouse occupies 100,000 square feet – that’s enough space to store a lot of product. We’d be happy to give you a tour. Come see what many products look like full-size: That way, you don’t have to base your decision on what a miniature version looks like.
  4. Clout with manufacturers. If a product has a manufacturing issue or product defect, we have clout with the manufacturer to help make things right.
  5. Saved time. Another advantage of having an in-house distribution center is that it can allow for faster turn-around times on your project if we stock the material.

As you choose a home exterior company, there are a variety of factors to consider. As you do your research, find out how a potential contractor works with manufacturers – a close relationship can give you advantages that benefit you in the long run.

To find out more, come visit us in Osseo or give us a call. A third-generation, family-owned company, MEI is deeply invested in providing quality products and workmanship. We have the resources to help your project run successfully.


Fast facts about the state fair – including a $7,000 giveaway!

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.
  • This year’s new foods at the fair include:
    • 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!


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.


What to Know About Sashes and Frames

Are you considering window replacement? Find out what to look for and how windows are made. Window replacement should be a one-time investment, so quality materials are very important – especially in cold climates such as Minnesota. Here is some information to help you.

Sashes and Frames

The frame is the external area of the window which is tied to the opening of the wall, while the sash is the movable panel. The frame holds the sash, and glazing fits into the sash. A window can become a source of heat loss if not constructed properly. So, make sure to choose a knowledgeable provider.

Materials

Here are some different materials from which sashes and frames are made.

· Wood

Wood frames and sashes are an ideal choice for homeowners who seek natural beauty and durability. Further, wood frames and sashes are good insulators. They add structural strength and value to the window. However, they require protection from certain elements to prevent damage. In order to prevent rotting, you need to regularly maintain the wood.

· Aluminum

Aluminum frames and sashes are quite strong, durable and light. Further, this type of frame also resists warping. However, they are not great at keeping heat inside your home. To help with heat loss, make sure there is a break (with a different material) in between the interior and exterior panes.

· Fiberglass

This is one of the newest materials for window replacement. Fiberglass is a durable and very strong material that does not require a lot of maintenance. Sometimes, the frames have a core filled with foam for greater thermal performance.

· Combination

Combination frames are when the frames and sashes are formed with two or more materials mentioned above. They combine the best features of the materials in order to create the best finished product.

For more information about window replacement, please contact our experts at Minnesota Exteriors. They’re happy to help you figure out the best options for your home.