How Hail Can Ruin Your Roof and Your Home


The June 11 hailstorm that swept across the Twin Cities, dropping temperatures 15 degrees in two hours, brought “hail in sheets,” according to the Star Tribune, and “hail so thick that it resembled several inches of snow.” What did it do to Minneapolis homeowners’ roofs? Twin Cities roofers can answer that: it wreaked havoc with our area’s roofs, and kept those Twin Cities roofers busy for many weeks. Continue reading “How Hail Can Ruin Your Roof and Your Home”

How to Shop Small and Make a BIG Impact

Shop locally and make a big impact

Shopping small is a trend that’s gaining traction in communities all across the country. The term “shopping small” simply means that you choose to support local businesses rather than larger outfits that are based outside the community you live in. Here’s how you’ll make a big impact by choosing locally-based enterprises like Midwest Roofing, Siding & Windows, your home improvement contractors with 40+ years of history serving the Twin Cities.

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Smart and Simple Strategies to Make Your House Look Stunning

Midwest Exteriors Smart & Simple Strategies to make your house look stunning

What makes a home look stunning? We often use the word to describe a handsome man or beautiful woman, but a house? Houses of all sizes and types can look stunning, including your own Twin Cities home, with the right touches by home improvement contractors.

Small House?

Keep landscaping in scale with your home, and provide a strong focal point, like a great entryway. When selecting new, fresh siding, consider changing up textures within the same color family, so you highlight a front gable in shingles while the rest of the home carries lapboard siding.

Concentrate on contrasting roof shingle, trim and siding colors to break up the different surfaces, fooling the eye into seeing more home than there actually is.

Cookie-Cutter House?

Perhaps your house is one of a dozen all built from the same blueprint. Differentiate your home and rise above the neighbors with some simple ideas helped along by Twin Cities home improvement contractors:

  • Re-side the house with top-quality James Hardie fiber cement siding that comes in several styles and textures; play around with a bold color palette to make the trim pop from the siding color
  • Eliminate those sore-thumb, down market plastic shutters; they fool no one and cheapen your exterior look
  • Replace one or two front windows with something dramatic, like a bow or bay window

Large House?

A large, rambling house begs for cohesiveness to avoid looking garish. Concentrate on clean, horizontal lines in fresh, new lapboard siding (James Hardie Artisan® siding is great for this). Keep trim and siding colors harmonious, not opposing each other. Indulge in deep shadow architectural shingles that help break up the large roof area.

Older House with Additions?

Embrace your heritage house that has a few generations of additions on it! Here a mix of replacement windows all in the same color and design family can highlight the unique room arrangement while still keeping the entire house unified.

As with a small house, variety in siding options can make your house look charming and stunning. Keep the roofing material all one tone and type, so the eye is drawn to the delightful mix of textures along the walls of your Twin Cities home.

To get the professional help your home needs to look absolutely stunning, we hope you will contact us at Midwest Roofing, Siding & Windows. We are home improvement contractors Twin Cities homeowners love to work with.

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3 Smart Home Improvements to Make NOW

Midwest Exteriors 3 Smart Home Improvements to make now


If you’ve been on the fence about making improvements to your home, now is the ideal time to get key projects underway to take full advantage of the warmer outdoor temperatures. Here are three smart improvements that can make your home more livable, improve its energy efficiency and boost its value over the long term. Continue reading “3 Smart Home Improvements to Make NOW”

Why Roof Replacement Might Be the Best Home Improvement

Twin Cities residential roof replacement


When it comes to home improvements, you probably have a list of projects you’d like to tackle, such as updating the siding or windows, or remodeling the kitchen. A new roof may not even be on your list, but if yours is aging or in poor condition, replacing it should be a priority and here’s why:

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Fire Up Your Creativity for the Best Home Exterior Choices

Get Creative with your Twin Cities home exterior


Be bold. Be different. Be smart. Be innovative. When you own your own home, you can do anything you want with it. Sure, you may feel it is the master of you, but truly you can transform your Twin Cities home with amazing, alluring siding options you may never have considered.

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How to Take Your Roof’s ROI to the Max

Maximize your Roof's ROI


The business world well knows the value of a high return on investment (ROI). Most Twin Cities residents do not think of their house in such stark terms. Yet your investment in your home’s roof represents a major commitment. Getting the greatest ROI out of it could mean money in your pocket.

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Help Your Home Make the Best of the Short Minnesota Summer

How to Make the Most of the Minnesota Summer for your Twin Cities Residential Roof
As the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources puts it, our state is at a “climate crossroads.” Says the DNR, “drought and flood are as much a part of the state’s climate as “normal” weather.” Surviving a Minnesota winter yields the special prize of a Minnesota summer, with its brief warm (and often soggy) days. Getting ready for the next winter is a vital part of every Minnesotan’s summer plans. Be sure to pay attention to your home’s roof, so you can weather another winter just ahead.
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What You Need to Know about Stellar Windows

What to know about Stellar Window Replacement in your Minneapolis, Twin Cities Residential Home

In the Twin Cities area, many dealers sell and install new windows. The range of replacement windows Minneapolis homeowners can tap for their own homes is wide: big-box home improvement store windows; cheap, mass-produced vinyl windows; custom-made wood frame windows. Replacement windows Minneapolis homeowners enjoy most are identifiable by a few stellar qualities.

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