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.