By Karen

After 26 years on Lake Minnetonka’s Phelps Bay, Steve and Pam Anderson decided their home was more than ready for an exterior remodel. Not only was the 1980’s Tudor-style façade looking dated and worse for wear, but water damage from leaky windows was starting to threaten the underlayment.

Designing the new exterior for the 11,000-sq. ft. home was an exciting challenge. “Steve and Pam wanted something completely different from what they had,” said Highmark Project Manager Caleb Hard“Our design utilized lap siding and shakes along with architectural details to achieve a rustic yet contemporary look that plays up the home’s interesting angles.”

The facelift began with the removal of the original stucco and planks. After repairing damaged areas, Highmark installed LP SmartSide® lap siding, cedar shakes and trim to achieve the look of a lake cottage and complement adjacent stonework. Highmark also created the home’s striking trim details that give the home it’s true character. The keystones above each window were individually hand-carved.  

Architectural wood details include the radius design seen on the street side of the home (above) and brackets below the soffits all around the home, lending a warm, lodge feel. A framed sunburst medallion wall provides a unique focal point

An engineered wood product, SmartSide is known for rugged performance as well as durable good looks. It’s also a green product that uses small, fast-growing trees from sustainably managed programs, in tandem with safe, low-emitting resins. Given its many qualities, SmartSide is a great value for Minnesota homes that take a beating from the weather.

Both Steve and Pam love their home’s new look, and appreciated Highmark’s attention to detail and communicative style. “We’re very pleased–it doesn’t look like the same house,” says Steve. “And Caleb was right on top of everything. He always returned calls himself, as soon as possible; as a business owner, I know how important that kind of customer service is.”

Like the look? Call us at 952-641-6086 today for a free estimate for your home.

By Karen

Every year, ice dams—a build-up of ice over the eaves of a roof—are a familiar sight in from December through March, but it doesn’t have to be that way. A little prevention now can help homeowners avoid big problems later.

The cold, hard facts about ice dams

You’d think ice dams would be caused by a too-cold attic, but in fact, it’s just the opposite. Your attic is a buffer zone between your toasty warm house and the freezing temps outside. Snow on the roof over a cold attic stays snowy. But when an attic is too warm, it causes any snow on the roof to melt, which then runs down to the cooler area over the eaves, and refreezes.

Once an ice dam has formed, it will continue to trap melted snow above. Eventually, the ice begins to push up under shingles, where it leaks into the attic or walls.

Prevention tips

Get a free pre-season attic inspection. Call Highmark for an inspection of your attic and roof. We can assess the potential for ice dams and properly insulate attic spaces to minimize risk. To schedule an inspection, call 952-641-6086.

Plan to remove snow. This is not a do-it-yourself suggestion—snowy roofs are slippery and dangerous. Contract with Highmark to shovel snow from your roof to prevent build-up. For details, call 952-641-6086.

By Karen

The severe storms that swept through the south metro on August 6 weren’t your garden variety thunderstorms. In fact, they wreaked havoc on gardens, not to mention trees, cars, and homes, dropping golf-ball and larger-size hail from Chanhassen and Edina eastward to Bloomington and Eagan.

Over 40,000 customers lost power, according to Xcel Energy. The storm also brought high winds, driving hailstones sideways and damaging siding and windows as well as roofs.

If your home sustained damage, major or minor, give us a call. We’ll perform a thorough inspection and provide an estimate for repairs at no charge. In most cases, homeowners’ insurance will cover the costs (minus your deductible).

By Karen

When winter rolls around, warm and toasty beats cold and drafty. Poorly insulated windows and doors can also cause significant heat loss and higher energy bills. Here are a few tips for detecting and stopping drafts at their source.

  • Not sure if your windows are drafty? Hold a lit candle close to the window seams (remove curtains or shades first); if it wavers or bends, you have a draft.
  • Check caulking on the outside of your home, which dries out and loosens with time and the summer sun. Re-caulk as needed.
  • Use weather-stripping around window and door seams, or shrink-wrap windows with the film insulation kits available at hardware stores.
  • If your windows are older or poorly insulated behind the adjoining walls, consider replacing them. Replacement windows can pay for themselves in 5 to 10 years in many cases and increase your enjoyment and the value of your home immediately.
By Karen

We can also provide you with estimates for standardized replacement windows or new custom windows. We are proud to work with Marvin Windows, a Minnesota company and established leader in creating beautiful windows employing the latest technology and craftsmanship.

By Karen

This winter was tough on homes—we’re seeing the effects every day on the job. Shingles damaged by the build-up of ice on roofs, gutters bent by fallen branches, siding broken or dentedby hail and high winds. And of course, the water damage from leaky roofs, fascia and soffits. 

Not all damage is obvious 
A missing shingle here, a water stain there—what looks minor at first glance can signal a bigger problem, such as an entry point for water or insects into your home. We’re happy to come out and do an inspection free of charge, and it’s well worth the hour or so it takes.
Roof damage 

We’ll check for raised, cracked or missing shingles, especially near the eaves and in the valleys where water and debris often collect.

If you have evidence of water in your attic or elsewhere in your home, we’ll find the source and fix it.

Siding damageSiding, Soffits and Fascia 
Whether your siding is wood, composite, stucco, aluminum or vinyl, we’ll inspect for damage top to bottom.

We’ll identify any issues so that water, insects or rodents don’t find an entrance into your home.

We’ve seen many gutters this year that have been dented and bent by ice dams that built up over the eaves.

Gutters that need cleaningWe can inspect your gutters and recommend repairs as needed. Well-functioning gutters and downspouts are important in keeping water away from your home.

Call Highmark Exteriors at 952-641-6086 and we’ll come out for a free inspection. Addressing small problems sooner is your best defense against costly problems later.

By Karen

Hiawatha Court Condominiums
This 45-unit condo development near the Hiawatha light rail line in south Minneapolis is just 8 years old, but required extensive exteriors repairs due to errors made by the original contractor. We re-sided the entire building with custom-painted LP SmartSide, reattached decks on half the units, and redid the sidewalks and landscaping as well. The beautiful new exterior is now good to go for decades to come.

Oak Park Senior Living Community
Stonebridge’s new Oak Park senior living condo in Oak Park Heights is our latest commercial project. We’re siding it in a custom-painted LP SmartSide, as well as installing aluminum soffits, fascia and new gutters. 

Stonebridge is just one of a number of large general contractors we work with who rely on us for ‘nailing’ every project—on time, on budget and to the highest standards.

By Karen

Mike Evans, Residential Remodel SalesMike Evans, Residential Remodel Sales
In construction for 14 years, Mike enjoys working with clients and seeing that they are happy with the finished product. Mike is married to Naomi, and in his free time loves doing anything out-of-doors. 

Caleb Hard, Project Manager, Sales
Caleb Hard, Project Manager, SalesCaleb is a seasoned pro with wide-ranging experience as well as a “people person” who enjoys getting to know his clients. In his free time, Caleb loves hunting, snowmobiling and spending time with his wife Jackie and their three kids. 

Tim Krueger, Service TechnicianTim Krueger, Service Technician
Tim knows his way around every roofing material made, and can identify leaks with uncanny precision. On his own time, Tim enjoys collecting Ford Mustangs and hanging out with his wife Rose and their dogs Dobie and Bear.

Mike Shearer, New Construction Sales Mike Shearer, New Construction Sales

Mike has worked in the construction field for over 15 years, doing everything from siding to framing to insulating. Off the job, he enjoys golf and attending his three kids’ sporting events with wife Toni, and hunting

By Karen

This suburban walkout hid a gorgeous and eclectic interior—it was time the ho-hum exterior reflected the homeowner’s artistic side as well. Her wish list: more dimension, lots of textured surfaces, and fresh color. Highmark’s facelift included a dramatic new front entry, areas of Cor-Ten® steel siding interspersed with LP SmartSide® lap siding, and new windows all around.

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By Karen

Highmark Exteriors quality Commercial exteriorsHighmark is known for impeccable residential work. But did you know we’re equally at home in the commercial world? As specialists in the installation, replacement and repair of commercial exteriors, Highmark provides exceptional workmanship along with the ability to meet the stringent timelines and accountability commercial projects require. You can also rely on us for expert advice on the best products and material options for your location and needs.

For information or a consult, call Chuck at 952-641-6086.