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Gutter Maintenance 101

Bi-annual gutter maintenance can prevent serious damage to your home. However, sometimes full replacements can’t be avoided. Call on the professionals at Midwest Exteriors to educate you on proper gutter maintenance.

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When Does Your Roof Need to be Replaced?

When is it time for a roof replacement? It can be difficult to determine exactly when you need to invest in a new roof. While roofing contractors can give you quotes at any time, you also need to decide when the repair costs have become so extensive that a roof replacement is preferable. Here's are a few questions you can ask to make the decision.

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Three Roofing Damage Signs to Look For After a Severe Storm Rolls Through Your Area

The sky has cleared, you hear the birds in the trees again—the first summer storm of the season has finally abated. Now it’s time to go assess the damage, because that damage, if you live in Minnesota, could be nothing to sneeze at! State Farm, a well-known insurance provider, paid out its third-highest dollar amount in home and auto hail damage claims to the state of Minnesota in 2020—$259.2 million. This amount ranked only behind those of Texas and Illinois, respectively.

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What Happens During a Roof Replacement?

Having the roof replaced on your home is certainly a big job! Though skilled roofing contractors can complete the job in twenty-four hours or fewer, generally speaking, you still might feel a little nervous about the extent of what will go on up there in that length of time. All those nails, the amount of banging and clanging, the hustle and bustle of workers—it all can make a person a bit anxious if they don’t know what’s going on!

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Should I Replace My Gutters?

Gutters: they’re more important to our home’s wellbeing than the average person might think! From directing rainwater away from your foundation to stopping standing water from collecting on your roof, these little tube-shaped structures do a lot to keep your home’s exterior in tip-top shape. If you notice cracks, dings, or dents in your gutters—or even pieces missing—you definitely should be concerned! While it’s not an absolute emergency, you need to get professional gutter installers to your property ASAP to fix things up. Aside from leaving your home vulnerable to moisture damage, broken gutters can be quite the eyesore.

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How Ailing Gutters Lead to a Flooded Basement—and What to Do About it

Gutter installations are workhorses when properly maintained, but when left to languish, they can do some serious damage to your home.

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Preparing for Summer Storm Season: Three Roofing Facets That Need to Be in Order

Though we’re now knees-deep in the slosh-pit that is a Minnesotan spring, summer is right around the corner—and with that transition comes the potential for storms. High winds, tornadoes, torrential rain, you name it and your home’s exterior will need to stand strong against it.

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Do my Gutters Need Repair or a Cleaning?

When your gutters begin to leak, it can be tempting to call the first gutter installation pro you can think of—and if that’d make you feel more comfortable with what could be a dire situation, then go ahead. More power to you! However, the reality is that not all instances of gutter malfunction require outright repair; some, for instance, just require that excess debris be removed from the system so that it can function at its best.

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How to Stay Safe While Cleaning Your Gutters

It’s a chore on every Minnesotan’s spring cleaning list: clean up the gutters. Whether you’ve got the seamless variety or traditional, scooping all that gunk out is paramount to maintaining the health of your system—and that of your entire home, as well. Indeed, dirty gutters lead to clogs which, as we covered in our condo contractor blog, can do damage right down to your foundation.

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Four Ways to Make Your Roofing System More Environmentally Friendly

Going green is all the rage these days and for good reason. Not only does it do the planet a favor, but it also saves you money on your energy bills! And when it comes to making your home more eco-conscious, your roofing is an excellent place to start.

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