How To Know If Your Roof Has Hail Damage

How do I know if my roof has hail damage?

With the summer storm season quickly approaching, home and commercial business owners must be prepared for storms. Strong winds, falling tree branches, and heavy rain and hail—you never know what kind of a weather beating your home or business might have to take this season.

For asphalt roofing shingles, hail damage can cause soft spots or bruising. Granules are the hard, protective material that make up the surface layer of asphalt roofing shingles. When there’s any amount of hail impact, there’s bound to be some granule lose to your roof’s shingles. Too much granule loss will quickly effect the lifespan of your roof.

Another trick for determining if your roof has sustained hail damage is to start by checking your roofing vents. Often the metal venting systems will reflect significant hail damage. If we find evidence of damage to your roof vents, there’s typically a good chance your shingles have received damage from the hail as well.

You want to deal with hail damage right away

The damage caused by hail storms is particularly important to pay attention to. Hail damage is insidious by nature. This means that it may not cause further damage like leaking to your roof or house structure for many years to come. But for insurance purposes, it’s often best for home and business owners to get the damage checked out right away, just to be safe. Since it can be difficult to tell for certain about hail damage from the ground, we encourage folks to get your roof shingles, gutters, and siding inspected by a professional. 

Whether it was your roof, siding, or gutters that were effected by hail damage, we can help. Give us a call and Guy will personally come out and inspect your home or commercial business for storm damage. 

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6 Ways To Brace Yourself and Your Home For Winter

6 Ways To Brace Yourself and Your Home For Winter

The trees and shrubs around the Twin Cities are certainly showing off all their glorious fall color right now, aren’t they? Could the air feel any crisper? Could that warm beverage taste any more satisfying? There truly is something splendid about this time of year. 

While we don’t want to rush a single fall day away, we do want to help you as a homeowner think ahead to what's coming... winter. Here are six simple ways to brace yourself and your home for winter.  

What Every New Homeowner Needs To Know Before Winter

What Every New Homeowner Needs To Know Before Winter

Old man winter is on his way, but do not fear new homeowners! With a bit planning and some quality time, you’ll have your house ready to face the long winter months ahead in no time at all.

5 Fall Jobs Every New Homeowner Needs To Do

1. Exterior water spigots: turn them off

Avoid the catastrophe of a burst pipe by double and triple checking that all outside water sources are firmly turned off...

Raking, Yard Waste, Gutter Cleaning: How To Ease Your Way Into Autumn

Raking, Yard Waste, Gutter Cleaning: How To Ease Your Way Into Autumn

September. With it’s back-to-school, back-to-routines, back-to-short days and long nights—autumn always promises to be a full time of year. It's also the time of year when your house and yard require a significant amount of maintenance and prep for that long winter that’s coming. We've rounded up some helpful, 'round-the-house info that's sure to help ease your way into this cooler weather. 

What to do with all that yard waste

In the greater Twin Cities area, you have four choices for yard waste disposal: composting, munching,curbside pick-up, or drop-off sites. Each city has its own rules, but overall we found...

What To Look For In A Quality Roofing Bid

What To Look For In A Quality Roofing Bid

This past month, we stumbled upon this great article about what should be included in a bid from a roofing contractor. And it got us thinking: if it’s someone’s first time to contact a roofing company about roof repairs, new siding, or installing new windows, how would someone know what to look for in the bids received from different roofing companies? 

You’d Google it, that’s what you’d do. So, we thought we’d share some friendly advice about what to look for in a quality roofing bid...

Roof Flashing: 2 Places To Check For Possible Leaks

Roof Flashing: 2 Places To Check For Possible Leaks

Roof flashings and possible leaks

In this video, Guy is up on the roof to show two different roof flashings that might be the cause of leaks in your home. 

First, we see a plumbing exhaust pipe which runs through this particular house's plumbing and sewer system. There's one noticeable problem with this exhaust pipe: the top has fallen off. Squirrels can be especially pesky culprits for messing with these types of pipes. Guy explains why in the video.

Replace Your Siding: 4 Signs That Tell You It's Time

Replace Your Siding: 4 Signs That Tell You It's Time

Is it time to replace your home’s siding?

Your home’s siding works really hard. It does. It withstands snowstorms, rainstorms, windstorms, ice, and direct sunlight. And as it slowly ages, it will begin to break, crack, warp, or crumble. It’s all just a part of owning a home.

So as a homeowner, how do you know if it’s time to replace your home’s siding? Here are four signs you can watch for.

Professional Snow Removal: What You Want To Know Before You Hire

Professional Snow Removal: What You Want To Know Before You Hire

It's winter in Minnesota, which means that just about anything can happen in terms of the weather. Temperatures can drop to rival the North Pole, unexpected warm days will tempt us to believe spring is on its way, or we'll be buried in lots and lots of snow. So far we've had a bit of all three, but who knows what the next few months could bring! 

Just in case the snow starts to fly again, here's what you need to know about caring for your roof during the winter months.

How much snow is too much snow for my roof? 

Take a look at the ice build up on your roof. How thick is it getting? When it starts to get over four inches thick, you could start to have problems.

2 Ways Your Family Can Give Back This Holiday Season

2 Ways Your Family Can Give Back This Holiday Season

Spreading the reason for the season

As the weather starts to turn cooler and the short days give way for longer cozy nights, our household begins to look with great anticipation towards the season ahead.

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays this time can pass by us too quickly if we don’t intentionally set time aside to remember what this season stands for. Taking the time to give back and invest in our community is something we like to do as an entire family. 

Looking for ways to get your whole family involved in the holiday season? Here are two ideas for you...