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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.