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Five roof challenges to watch for in Minnesota winter

Everyone wants their roof to be in good condition during Minnesota winter. Your home needs to keep you warm as you prepare for the holidays and settle in for the snowy season. So when you’re outside, cast an eye up at your roof. Check to see if you notice any of these roof issues. If you do, take steps to remedy them. You want your home to be beautiful and comfortable for many winters to come.

Potential winter roof challenges

Whether you live in Monticello or Anoka, Minnesota winter could contribute to these situations:

1. Excessive snow pile-up. As you’re standing in your yard, it’s a good idea to take a long roof rake and send that huge pile-up of rooftop snow to the ground.
2. Stubborn ice dams. If roof snow melts, drips to roof outskirts and becomes ice again, you’ve got ice dams to contend with. Ice dams can keep water from travelling down gutters. They force water to find somewhere else to go – somewhere where it could have a negative effect.
3. Dangling icicles. If icicles fall, they can really be harmful. Preventing icicles is another good reason to clean out gutter clogs: You want water to be able to go down the gutter instead of forming icicles.
4. Leaks. Leaks may be harder to see from the ground, but their signs can show up elsewhere. They may especially happen around flashings.
5. Problematic condensation. Your attic should be properly insulated and ventilated. This can help you avoid roof condensation – as well as those ice dams we mentioned above.

Catching roof problems while they are just beginning can save you hassle and expense in the future. And preventing them is even better. Further, be safe. Walking on your roof is not recommended.

Let us know if you have any questions about how to keep your roof in good shape during the winter. We’re a third-generation, family-owned company that has served Minnesotans for decades. We know exactly what it’s like to contend with snow and ice. A trusted local company, it’s important to us that your family is safe and warm year-round.


Three ways Minnesota winter can affect your home exterior

Winter in the Twin Cities means bundling up in a warm coat and planning for the holidays. It also means keeping an eye out for how snow and ice can affect your home exterior. Here are three ways Minnesota winter can leave its mark on your roof, gutters and siding.

When you go outside this winter, see if you notice any of these developments:
1. Wind damage to shingles. Winter winds can definitely be a force. They can cause shingle damage, and that can lead to other issues.
2. Ice dams. Snow on the rooftop is beautiful. But if those white flakes melt and then freeze again on roof outskirts, this can cause ice dams. Ice dams can also be formed if gutters are blocked and water can’t make its way through. When you have ice dams, water can meander under shingles; this can result in roof problems such as leaks. In addition, ice dams can also harm your gutters. If you see an ice dam, try to get rid of it. Then try to clear away snow from your roof. Too much snow piled up on your roof is something to be avoided, anyway.
3. Damage to siding. If a tree limb breaks and strikes your home, it could leave a mark on your siding. Sometimes winter winds will even pick up objects and cause dents.

Winter can be imposing in Minnesota, but there are preventative measures you can take. It’s smart to clean your gutters in the fall, keep excessive snow from piling up on your roof, and keep tree branches trimmed and away from your home. You can also make sure your attic is properly insulated – this can help keep extra heat from travelling to your roof and melting snow.

Further, feel free to talk with our friendly professionals at Minnesota Exteriors. We’ve been helping Minnesota families with their homes for 70 years. Whether you live in St. Michael or Plymouth, we’d be happy to discuss how to take care of your home exterior during winter. We’re a third-generation, family-owned company, and we know what it’s like to prepare for snow. We want to make sure your home is ready for the winter, too.


Four questions to consider when you need new roofing shingles

There comes a point when your home needs new roofing shingles. Perhaps a contractor has told you it’s time, or maybe you’re building a new house. Whatever the case, when you need to choose new shingles, there are several considerations to keep in mind. Here are four questions to think about.

1. What appearance are you seeking? Do you want the look of wood or slate? Is natural wood a must for you? Do you want your roof to have a bold hue or a more neutral tone? Should your shingles be an eye-catching pattern or a more conventional shape?
2. How important is budget? Is staying within a budget and keeping costs down a high priority? Or are you okay with paying more for a premium line?
3. Are you looking for other features as well? Some shingles are made to be extra strong against wind and snow. Some shingles help guard against ultraviolet rays. Others are especially impact-resistant. Are there certain qualities you are seeking?
4. What roofing company should you choose? Roofing is a significant investment, so select your contractor carefully. Find out, do they offer a warranty on installation, in addition to manufacturer warranties? What is their rating on the Better Business Bureau website? How long have they served your area? Feel free to ask questions. A reputable roofer will be happy to answer.

Purchasing new roofing shingles is an important decision. The right roofing company will help you explore your options. They’ll educate you about your choices and pay attention to your priorities.

At Minnesota Exteriors, we’ll work side-by-side with you as you choose new roofing. We’ll provide a friendly, no-pressure consultation. You can browse through many products in our large showroom. And when we install your roofing, you can feel confident you’ll receive high-quality workmanship. We have skilled installation crews, and we offer a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty on installation.

Come visit us in our Osseo showroom or give us a call. We’ll help you find shingles that suit your home well and put your mind at ease.


To take care of your roof, there’s something else you need to look at

Keeping a strong, safe roof over your head is one of life’s most basic needs. You need it to protect you from the elements (which, in Minnesota, are always changing). To take good care of your roof, you need to take care of something less noticeable, too: your gutters. Here are some ways to be smart about your gutter system … and in doing so, help keep your home in good health.

  • Keep those gutters clear. Gutters are a part of your home that usually don’t attract much attention. They may not be as attractive as a windowpane or as eye-catching as brightly colored siding. Yet gutters can have a significant effect on your home. If gutters are full of leaves and other debris, water is forced to find a new destination. Water stranded on your roof could cause rot. Overflowing gutter water can also find its way into your basement, or stay in your gutters and freeze. So it’s important to keep gutters running smoothly. If climbing on a ladder to scoop out gutters doesn’t sound like a good afternoon, call in a professional. It’s worth it to keep your gutters functioning effectively.
  • Make sure your gutter system is properly designed. If gutters aren’t working well even when clean, it could be a question of design or installation. Minnesota Exteriors is a great resource for making sure your gutter system is well-planned. Our technicians take into account several factors, such as roof area and the roof line. We’ve served Minnesotans for 70 years. We want to help you keep your roof and gutters in good repair, season after season.

To take good care of your roof, there are other smart steps to take, too. Keep tree branches away. Remove leaves that have landed on your rooftop. Inspect your roof on a regular basis.

Minnesota Exteriors can help you take care of your roofing. We can also design and install your gutter system. Further, we offer free storm damage inspections. If you need roof work, we can provide skilled crews and quality products. And, we offer a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty. If you have questions about your roof or gutters, give us a call. We’ll help you keep your home in good repair.


How to get your roof ready for fall … and 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Consider cutting some tree branches. When branches get weighed down by snow, you don’t want them to crack and land on your home.
  3. Check your attic for signs of leaks. Do you see mold? Your attic could have a leak – or need more ventilation.
  4. 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 …
  5. 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.


A roofing company where top-notch work is a tradition

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.


Ready for roof replacement? Two brands you should know

When it’s time to replace your roof, it’s smart to evaluate multiple options for roofing shingles. You deserve the color, material and value that best fit your needs. As you look into your options, here are two quality brands to look for.

IKO

IKO began in Canada, and now also has manufacturing plants in the United States and Europe. This company offers designer, architectural and 3-tab shingles, as well as other helpful roofing products. The company keeps a close watch on the materials it uses to make its products.

GAF

A huge company, GAF’s shingles have won numerous awards. The company places a high value on quality. It has been serving customers for well over a century. GAF offers a comprehensive residential roofing system.

Even your roof needs a style

As you evaluate brands, you’ll also need to choose between styles. You can find roofing shingles in a surprising variety of shapes, colors and features. Asphalt shingles are available that look like slate or wood. Shingles may present a range of colors in one roof, or just one shade.

Wondering what a new style or color would look like on your roof? Try our Home Visualizer. With this free online tool, you can upload a photograph of your home and then see how a different product would look on it. Or, you can use a photo from our gallery and try out new colors and styles on the photo.

You’ve got choices

At Minnesota Exteriors, we believe in the Power of Choice. When you work with us, you’ll have a wide range of brands and styles to choose from. We offer multiple brands for each product we sell. You can browse through many products in our large showroom.

A professional from Minnesota Exteriors will be glad to walk you through your options. No matter what brand you choose, we want you to be happy with your roof for years to come.


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.


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 choose between roofing contractors?

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
  • Estimate expenses
  • 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.