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Getting your home ready for a Minnesota winter storm

From Golden Valley to Anoka, you know the feeling: A winter storm is coming. Maybe people are discussing it around the office, or the kids heard about it at school. However you found out about the storm, you want your home to be ready. Here’s how to prepare your home exterior for a Minnesota winter storm – and what to do if your home does experience winter storm damage.

Prepare in advance

The best way to prepare for winter storms is to start thinking about them early. Keeping your home exterior well-maintained will help you be prepared when snow storms inevitably come along.

As you get ready, it’s a good idea to:

• Trim tree branches that are getting close to your home
• Unclog gutters, and make sure they’re draining water properly
• Get problem shingles fixed: Make sure your roof is in good repair
• Find out if your attic is sufficiently ventilated and insulated, to help prevent ice dams outside
• Check windows and doors for leaks
• Hang thick window curtains for extra insulation
• Make sure you have a shovel ready
• Plan how you’ll deal with ice on your sidewalk and driveway

Those are some ways to get your home exterior ready for winter storms. And after the storm passes, if the ice and winds did leave their mark on your house, here’s how to get started tackling it.

Get damage inspected and addressed

Winter storm damage can include injury to shingles and siding. If you think your home has experienced storm damage, call a professional to provide a storm damage inspection. Choose an established, local professional who has a track record of providing quality service in your area. Watch out for “storm chasers” who may drive in from out of town because they know a storm has hit.

Choosing a company to provide home exterior work is an important decision. If you need repairs, feel free to ask for your contractor for credentials: Choose a company with a valid contractor’s license, and who can provide you with customer references. Ask about warranties, as well: Inquire about both manufacturer warranties and a workmanship warranty. These will help you feel secure that your company will provide you with quality, skilled work.

If you need a contractor, Minnesota Exteriors is a trustworthy choice. We’re an award-winning company that has served local families for 70 years. We’ve earned an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau website, and we offer a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty on installations. We’re happy to help you keep your home secure and comfortable in the Minnesota winter. Give us a call and find out how we can help you.

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.

Eight priorities to weigh when choosing home siding in Minnesota

When you’re choosing a new siding material for your home, you have several excellent options. Vinyl, fiber cement, steel and engineered wood all have strong advantages. To choose a type of siding, you need to weigh your priorities and decide which qualities are the most important for you. Whether you live in Blaine or Big Lake, here are eight priorities to think about when choosing home siding in Minnesota.

Qualities to consider
When you’re deciding which siding material is right for your home, consider these qualities:
1. Energy efficiency. Is saving money on energy costs a top priority? One smart option is insulated vinyl siding.
2. Appearance. Your siding can make a huge difference in your home’s curb appeal. There is a wide range of colors and textures available; browse samples in person to help you make your decision.
3. Durability and strength. If you’re looking for siding that will last a long time, steel may be an option to consider.
4. Ease of maintenance. If you never want to have to paint your siding, steel and vinyl are two good choices.
5. Water resistance. Fiber cement is an option to consider if you especially want your siding to hold up against moisture.
6. Resistance to impact. Engineered wood siding can be a smart choice if impact resistance is a priority for you.
7. Cost. Vinyl siding can be a budget-friendly option.
8. Fire resistance. Fiber cement siding can resist damage in a fire.

As you’re choosing new home siding, there is definitely a variety of factors to consider. Seeing samples in person and chatting with an industry professional can help make your choice much clearer.

To learn more about your siding options, come visit our Osseo showroom. You can view large samples of respected brands such as LP SmartSide, James Hardie, EDCO and ProVia. Take a look at many colors and textures, and see which you would like for your home. And speak with one of our friendly team members. We’ll give you comprehensive information about your siding options, and help you find the home siding that’s right for you. Our company has won awards from the Builders Association of the Twin Cities and the Vinyl Siding Institute. You can trust that we’re a knowledgeable source for home siding.

Six signs of Minnesota winter storm damage

Winter 2017 seems to have already begun in Minnesota. This year, snow was falling before Halloween! You know snowstorms are on their way. And in addition to depositing snow, winter storms can affect your home exterior. When you know what a snow storm can do, it’s easier to find its effects and get them fixed. Below are six possible signs of Minnesota winter storm damage.

What could happen during a winter storm?
Even beyond snowfall, winter storms can bring some other challenges.
1. Strong winds may loosen roof shingles.
2. Strong winds might also pick up rocks or other small items, and throw them against your siding or windows.
3. Snow or ice could sneak inside holes.
4. If large trees are growing close to your home, tree branches could fall on your roof during a storm.
5. Tree branches could also scrape against siding.
6. Ice dams may block water from going down gutters, and force water to go under shingles instead.

What can you do to prepare for winter storms?
There are actions you can take ahead of time to help keep your home more secure during a storm. For example, keep tree branches trimmed and away from your house. Get weaknesses in your roof or siding fixed. And keep gutters clear, so that water and melted snow can drain away instead of freezing and forming ice dams.

And if you do find yourself with winter storm damage?
If a winter storm does leave a mark on your home, take action. When you can, it’s wise to address issues while they are relatively small. That way, you can help keep them from getting worse. Ask a trusted local company to carry out an inspection. Look for a company with an established track record that will provide skilled workmanship.

Minnesota Exteriors has been helping Minnesotans with their homes for seventy years. That’s a lot of winters. We understand exactly what a Minnesota winter can do – and how to fix it. We also offer a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty on installations. When you call us, you can rest assured you will receive quality work and sincere customer service.

We hope you have an enjoyable winter, but if a winter storm does affect your home, give us a call. We have the experience to take care of your storm damage. Whether you live in Anoka or Wayzata, we want you to feel secure and happy in your home – no matter what the season.

Five signs your Minnesota windows need a checkup

Your home looks especially beautiful during the winter. White flakes decorate the trees, and your house seems warm and cozy. But in the winter, window issues can be particularly problematic. Inefficient windows can increase your energy bill – and allow chilly breezes inside. And other window issues could be happening, as well. Here are five signs your Minnesota windows may need some attention.

1. It’s tough to get them closed – or open. If you find yourself tugging just to shut your windows, your windows may need some help. They could need cleaning. Some small parts may need replacing. Or, if you have wood window frames and the weather is humid, the frames may have swollen up.
2. Curtains are blowing in the wind. If the wind huffs and puffs outside, do your drapes inside move around? That’s a sign your windows have some leaks.
3. You can feel the cold air even behind thick walls. Drafts are some of the clearest signs of issues. Sometimes it’s a matter of fixing the weatherstripping. Or sometimes, the window panes may be inefficient.
4. You can see issues from outside, too. If you safely can, check out your windows from the great outdoors. Inspect where your window frames meet the outside walls. Do you see openings? You likely have some leaks.
5. Water is leaking inside. Water inside your home is never a fun sight to see. It could be due to a number of issues.

Whether you live in Becker or Brooklyn Park, you want your windows to be performing well. This is especially the case in winter. Give us a call if you have questions about your windows – or if it may be time for some new ones.

At Minnesota Exteriors, we have the experience to address your questions and help you find the solutions you need. We’ve been in business for 70 years, and we carry respected brands such as Weather Shield, Infinity from Marvin, Lindsay and Andersen. A trusted company, our priority is to help you keep your home cozy and comfortable, season after season.

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.

What kind of home siding should you choose in Minnesota?

Particularly at this time of year, Minnesotans are keenly aware of our state’s changing temperatures. It seems like just yesterday we were sitting by the lake, enjoying the sunshine – but soon we’ll be watching snow float down and surround our homes. So when it’s time to update your home exterior, what kind of siding is a good choice in Minnesota? The answer is, several kinds of siding can provide real benefits. Here are four kinds of siding that can help your home stay beautiful and well-protected in the Minnesota winter – and summer.

• Vinyl siding. ProVia offers CedarMAX insulated vinyl siding. CedarMAX can help your home stay warmer and cozier in December. Energy-efficient CedarMAX can help keep your energy bills more manageable, too.
• Fiber cement siding. James Hardie offers different lines for two different areas of the country, to help customers deal with their particular climate. James Hardie siding can handle moisture, and it’s also made to face harsh temperatures.
• Engineered wood siding. LP SmartSide is made to stand up against powerful winds. It’s also designed to keep out the rain. It can proudly face Minnesota’s July sunshine and January chill.
• Steel siding. If you’re looking for siding that can last a long time and not need much maintenance, steel siding is definitely an option to consider. Rollex and EDCO are two quality brands to seek.

Home siding is a long-term investment. You want your siding to stand up against Minnesota weather year after year, as well as look lovely on your home. It’s worth taking the time to research your options. Come visit our showroom in Osseo: You can view samples in person, and chat with our knowledgeable team members. We’ll talk with you about your home, and show you siding ideas that can help keep your home comfortable and beautiful. Whether you live in New Hope or Hopkins, we’ll help you find siding that’s a great fit for your home.

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.

3 Ways 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.

What to look for when you’re buying windows in Minnesota

Minnesota weather definitely takes some preparation. Whether you live in Blaine, Fridley or Plymouth, it’s smart to plan ahead for our cold winters and scorching summers. One of the ways you can prepare for Minnesota’s range of seasons is to purchase the right windows for your home. Windows can help keep extreme weather outside. They can also help you enjoy a crisp breeze on a fall day. Here are three qualities to look for as you’re choosing home windows in Minnesota.

1. Energy efficiency. No doubt about it, one of Minnesota’s defining characteristics is extreme weather. Choosing energy-efficient windows can help you keep your home more comfortable in winter and summer. Energy-efficient windows can also help keep your heating and cooling costs more reasonable. Seek features such as double or triple panes, and Low-E coatings.
2. A style that suits your needs. If you love to welcome a breeze in your home, think about how you want to be able to open your windows. If you would like a window to open out on one side, consider casement windows. If you prefer sashes that you can open on both the top and bottom, look at double-hung windows. Another choice is sliding windows: They are a great way to let in lots of fresh air. We need to enjoy pleasant temperatures while we have them!
3. Skilled installation. Choosing your new windows is the first step. Then, it’s important to make sure they’re installed correctly. Take the time to research your home exterior company. Check their Better Business Bureau rating. And find out what kind of warranties they offer: In addition to manufacturer warranties, look for a warranty on installation. You want to make sure that if there are any issues with your windows’ installation, your home exterior company will make it right.

At Minnesota Exteriors, we’ll help you find energy-efficient windows that suit your lifestyle. We carry respected brands such as Weather Shield, Andersen, Lindsay, and Infinity from Marvin. And our skilled installation crews will make sure your windows are installed properly. We offer a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty on installations, so you can rest secure we’ll stand behind our work. A third-generation, family-owned company, we’ve seen plenty of Minnesota winters. We want to make sure your family is cozy and comfortable, too.