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Winter Storm Damage Prep for Your Home’s Exterior

Living in Minnesota, you know all too well how fast the winter can roll in. What’s even more unsurprising is how long winter can actually last. With the cold season being so bitter and long, taking necessary precautions when it comes to preparing the exterior of your home is a must.

Here’s what you need to know about exterior winter storm damage prep!

Inspect Your Exterior

The first step in any preparation is an inspection! Taking a look around your property and looking closer at the exterior of your home will help catch any damage that might worsen in the event of a winter storm.

Check your home for any missing or damaged shingles or siding. If you spot this, be sure to replace the missing pieces before winter hits!

Additionally, check for loose granules on your roof or around your property as this is a sign your roof might need repair or replacement before the cold weather hits.

Trim Low Hanging Branches

The branches around your home provide you a decent amount of shade in the summer and protection from the wind chill in the winter. However, low-hanging branches can be a big threat to your home’s exterior. Low hanging branches can accumulate great amounts of snow, causing them to snap under the weight.

Low hanging branches might also snap during a gust of wind turning them into flying debris. So, get those trimmers out and start snipping!

Keep an Eye Out for Ice Dams

Ice dams form when snow and ice form layers on the eaves of your roof. This build-up of snow and ice creates a dam on top of your roof, which can cause damage to your shingles and leak in the interior of your home.

If you notice an ice dam start to form, call on a trusted professional for ice dam removal.

Prevent Pipes From Freezing

In Minnesota, cold snaps can be truly cold. When the weather dips down enough, it could cause your pipes to burst, damaging the interior and exterior of your home.

Some pipes should be okay, as they fall within the home’s insulation, but be sure to insulate your pipes that may be vulnerable to the dropping weather.

Contact Apple Exteriors for Your Winter Home Prep

If you’re in need of exterior maintenance before the winter hits, call on Apple Exteriors. Schedule your free inspection online or give us a call at 651-36-APPLE (651-362-7753) today!

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