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.