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Preparing Your Home for Minnesota Snow Storms

When many people think of Minnesota, they picture snow storms and ice. That’s understandable. For part of the year at least, Minnesota can experience significant snowfall. From St. Paul to Albertville, you need a warm jacket and sturdy boots. You also need to get your home ready for when harsh weather hits. Here are some legendary Minnesota storms from the past – and tips on how to prepare your home for future snowfall.

Storms from Minnesota’s history

Check out these facts from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources about Minnesota snow …

Do you remember what you were doing October 31 through November 3, in 1991? This was when the Halloween Blizzard took place. More than 28 inches of snow fell.

And did you know it can still snow, even when it’s almost May? On April 27 – 28 in 1907, 13 inches of snow came down.

A more recent remarkable snowfall occurred on February 20 – 21, 2011. That’s when the Twin Cities received 13.8 inches of snow.

How to prepare for a Minnesota snow storm

All this talk about snow probably makes you want to get your family and home ready. It’s smart to make sure you always have emergency supplies stored, such as food, liquids, flashlights and blankets. You also want to plan ahead regarding your home exterior. For example, make sure your attic has enough insulation and ventilation; this can help you avoid ice dams. Cut tree branches that are getting too close to your house (you don’t want tree branches to break and then land on your roof). Keep gutters free of clogs, as well – you want melting snow to be able to drain properly.

We can help you get your home ready

If you have questions about getting your home exterior ready for snow storms – or if a storm has already hit and left you with damage – feel free to give us a call. Our company has served Minnesotans for 70 years. We’re very familiar with what a Minnesota winter can bring. Whether you need roofing, siding, gutters, windows or insulation, we’re a knowledgeable, trusted source. A third-generation, family-owned company, we want to make sure your family is warm and comfortable for winter, too.

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.

6 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.

Suspect storm damage? Two kinds of checking that need to be done

After a hailstorm hits your neighborhood, it’s smart to have a home exterior company check your home for storm damage. But you should also check the home exterior company, to make sure they’re the qualified, trustworthy provider you’re seeking. Here is what home exterior contractors should check – and what you should check about them.

What contractors should check during a storm damage inspection
Storm damage is often not easy to see right away. But if it’s not fixed, it can lead to further issues. That’s why, if you suspect a storm has impacted your home, it’s wise to ask a contractor to take a look at your home exterior. Here are some of the places a trained professional should look:

• Downspouts
• Chimneys
• Flashing

What you should check about your storm damage contractor
When you allow contractors to check (and possibly repair) your home, you want to make sure they are skilled and conscientious. Here are some questions to ask before someone to works on your home:

• What insurance do you have?
• May I see customer references?
• Can you show me your contractor’s license?
• What warranties will I receive?
• Where are you based? How long have you worked in this area?

After storms, sometimes “storm chasers” drive in from out of town to offer repairs. They may be easy to find at first, but harder to locate if there are problems later. To help make sure you are dealing with a reputable company, ask a few questions. It’s not being nosy or rude. A trustworthy, qualified contractor will understand why you need to ask – and be glad to furnish the answers.

Minnesota Exteriors is happy to provide free storm damage inspections. We’ve served Minnesota customers for 70 years. A third-generation, family-owned company, we take personal pride in delivering excellent service. If you think your home may have suffered storm damage, invite us to take a look. We’ll take great care of your home – and you can be confident we’ll be here if you have any questions.

Four reasons to get hail damage repair now

Summer is turning to fall: Leaves are changing color on the trees, and you’re probably settling in to your autumn lifestyle. It seems like Minnesota’s June hailstorm happened a long time ago. But before you close the door on summer, it’s smart to make sure summer storm damage is found and repaired. Here are four reasons to take care of hail damage repair soon.

1. If left alone, storm damage could get worse. If your shingles have been compromised, water could find its way into your home and cause significant issues.
2. Hailstorm damage may not be clear without a closer look. Sometimes it takes experience and training to notice a storm’s impact on a home. The signs of storm damage may take a professional to find.
3. Fall can be a smart time for repairs. If you have cracks in your home siding, it’s wise to get the issue fixed before winter arrives. For example, you want to make sure your siding is still energy efficient.
4. There may be a time limit for filing an insurance claim. If a hailstorm has damaged your home, you may have a deadline to file a claim. It’s a good idea to check your policy and find out what time limits may apply.

If you’re not sure if your home has storm damage, ask a trustworthy contractor to inspect your home. Minnesota Exteriors provides free storm damage inspections. We’re a third-generation, family-owned company, and providing quality service to our community is important to us. We’ve earned an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau website. We’ve worked with Minnesota families for 70 years, so we know what it takes to find and repair storm damage. When you invite us to your home, you can feel confident you’ll receive courteous, knowledgeable service.

Stop in and see us in Osseo or give us a call. We’ll be happy to assist you. You’ll feel peace of mind knowing your home has been professionally checked for storm damage.

Don’t Wait to File an Insurance Claim After a Storm

After a damaging storm sweeps through your neighborhood, your first instinct may be to just continue with life as usual. Your days are busy, and contacting an insurance agent may feel like something you can put off for a while. But it’s smart to file an insurance claim promptly. Here’s why you should get the ball rolling on your insurance claim – and some other tips to keep in mind if a storm strikes.

  • There may be time limits for when you can file an insurance claim. After a storm passes, you may be tempted to just shake it off. However, while you wait to file a claim, the damage to your home could be getting worse … and your time to file an insurance claim could be running short. After a storm damages your home, it’s wise to contact your insurance company promptly. Get the process started. This can help you get your home repaired – and save you significant amounts of money.
  • Photograph the storm damage. Be able to show someone what happened. And, take good notes about what was affected.
  • Be safe. As you walk through your property after a storm, keep an eye out for hazards such as glass shards.  
  • Choose a contractor carefully. Watch out for ‘storm chasers”. After a storm strikes, some contractors may drive in from out of town to offer you their help. But after the repairs are done, they may not be as easy to find anymore. Instead, choose a local company with a strong track record of providing quality service in your area. You’ll feel more secure working with a company that has an established history in your community.
  • No storm? Take pictures anyway. If you have not yet experienced storm damage, why not take some pictures of your home now? Then you can show a comparison if your neighborhood does get hit by a storm in the near future.

Repairs can be expensive and you want your home to be well-maintained. It’s definitely worth your time to contact your insurance company and find a dependable contractor. Contacting your insurance agent soon can help you get the money you’re entitled to. And you’ll feel more secure knowing your home has been thoroughly inspected – and properly repaired.

Minnesota Exteriors is a trustworthy choice to provide your repairs. We’ve been helping Minnesota families since 1947. And we offer a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty on installations. With our skilled crews, you can rest easy knowing we’ll provide quality workmanship for your storm damage repair. Give us a call and tell us about your situation.

What parts of your home could be affected by storm damage?

Snowstorms are not the only type of storm that can leave something behind. Summer and fall storms can bring strong winds, pounding rain and hail. These elements can damage your home. Here are some of the places in your home where warm weather storms may leave their mark. And, here’s what to do about it.

What could be damaged

  • Shingles. Storms can cause roofing shingles to fall off, get impacted or lose granules. After enough wind, rain and hail. you may even find holes.
  • Siding. Your siding could be dented, cracked or pulled away.
  • Soffit and fascia. Soffit (the boards hidden underneath the protruding section of your roof) and fascia (the long narrow board under your roof that is easily visible from the outside) can also be harmed in a storm.
  • Gutters. Your rain gutters may get dented – sections may even have disappeared.
  • Windows. During a storm, your windows may suffer cracks, or worse.

What to do after a strong storm

If a powerful storm has struck your neighborhood, it’s smart to ask an experienced professional to check your home for damage. The effects of a storm may not be visible right away, but they can still cause lasting issues. Your home should be thoroughly checked, so you can fix any problems before they get worse.

The next question is, who should you ask to inspect your home? Look for a trusted company with an established history in your area. Watch out for “storm chasers” who drive in from out of town. Storm chasers may appear on your doorstep after a storm strikes, but they may not be so easy to find if you have issues in the future.

Minnesota Exteriors is a dependable local company you can trust. We’ve served Minnesota families for 70 years. When you work with us, you can feel confident that we’ll be here if you have questions.

Call us today or stop in and see us in Osseo. We’ll be happy to learn about your needs and give your home a thorough free inspection.

Why is Storm Damage Repair so Important?

A storm can cause damage to your home – damage that can be either easy to see or barely noticeable at first. Whether this damage is immediately visible or not, it’s wise to check into it. Why is it so important to find and fix storm damage? Here are seven issues storm damage can cause.

  1. Cracked or lost shingles. Storms can cause shingles to lose their granules. Storms can also cause shingles to break.
  2. Leaks and holes. When shingles can no longer do their job, water may be able to enter your home more easily. This water may cause …
  3. Wall discoloration. You want to remember this summer from photographs and stories, not from marks on your walls.
  4. Water buildup. Water is beautiful at the lake. Not in your basement.
  5. Rot and mold. These issues are definitely not pleasant – or very safe.
  6. Gutter damage. After a strong storm, even your gutters may be impacted.
  7. Structural damage. When water finds its way into your home, it can affect your roof and safety.

Rather than wonder if a storm has caused damage, it’s smart to have a professional check your home. You’ll feel more secure knowing an experienced pro has taken a look at your roof, siding and windows. You want to correct any issues before they get worse.

When choosing a home exterior professional, it’s smart to choose a local contractor with an established reputation. Check contractors’ ratings on the Better Business Bureau website. Ask to see their proof of insurance, and contractor’s license. You want to make sure your contractor is qualified and skilled.

Minnesota Exteriors has served Minnesota for 70 years. We have an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau website, and you can feel confident asking us to check your home. Customer references are available on our website. We’re committed to providing quality service you can recommend to your friends and family. Give us a call and schedule a free storm damage inspection. We’ll help you keep your home beautiful and well-maintained.

Why “roofing company near me” is a smart search

According to Google Trends, an increasingly popular roofing phrase to search for is: roofing company near me. Especially if you have storm damage, this is a wise search to run. Here’s why.

Storm chasers

When a powerful storm strikes, contractors from out of town often drive in to offer their services. They may want to provide help with roofing repair, siding replacement and other repairs. But after the project is over, they may not be as easy to locate. If you need to take advantage of warranties, or if other questions come up, storm chasers can be difficult to find.

Why you should go local

If you think you may have storm damage, it’s a good idea to work with a local company. When you work with a company who has served your city for years, it’s easier to make sure your contractor is an established, qualified professional. You’ll feel more secure knowing you can walk right into a company’s office or showroom.

And how do you know you have storm damage?

If you see any of these signs, you know it’s time to find a skilled, trusted home improvement company:

  • You notice leaks
  • It looks like some granules have fallen off your shingles
  • Your shingles have cracks, glossy areas, dents or discolored spots
  • You can see that your roof has lost some shingles

Keep in mind that the damage may not just be on your roof. Your siding could be cracked or impacted. You’ll want to check your windows and window frames, as well.

It’s smart to take a walk around your yard to look for damage after a storm. However, some storm damage may take a professional to notice. If your neighborhood has been hit by strong winds or hail, find a contractor you can trust to provide a knowledgeable inspection.

Minnesota Exteriors has served Minnesota families for three generations. For 70 years, we’ve provided skilled repairs and improvements. Give us a call or fill out our online form – we’re happy to provide a free inspection of your siding, roofing and windows to look for storm damage. And you know we’ll be available if you have questions in the future.

How do you know you have hailstorm damage?

The hailstorm that hit the Twin Cities on June 11 caused many families damage to their home. Some of the damage from wind and hail was obvious. But sometimes it’s not as easy to tell if your home needs repairs. There are some signs you may be able to see from your yard – and other signs it may take a professional to find.

Here are some signs you can look for, to help you see if your home has hailstorm damage:

  • Scarred siding
  • Chipped window frames
  • Dings on gutters

These are signs that may be easily visible. But for a thorough inspection, a skilled professional should inspect your home – including taking a look at your roof. He or she needs to look for damage such as missing granules on shingles. This is not a task for everyone. It takes training and special safety precautions. But it’s important. What seems like a small imperfection in your shingles could result in a leak in the future.

When you’re choosing someone to conduct a storm damage inspection on your home, make sure to choose a local, well-established company. “Storm chasers” from other areas may offer to provide storm damage repair, but they may not be easy to find later if you have questions. Choose a company with a long track record in your area, so you can feel secure that they will be there to stand behind their work.

If you suspect you may have hail damage, a professional from Minnesota Exteriors will be happy to come out and inspect your roof and siding. We’ve served Minnesota families for 70 years, so we’re well-acquainted with what Minnesota weather can bring. We’re a family-owned business and we take pride in providing quality service you can recommend to your family and friends. Call us today to arrange a free inspection. You’ll feel better knowing your home has been thoroughly checked.