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...

How To Save Time and Clean Your Gutters This Fall

Get up there and clean your gutters

Cleaning your gutters is an important house project just waiting for you on your to-do list. Many of us try to push gutter cleaning until the end of autumn, when the very last leaf has fallen from the enormous tree in your backyard.

Why do we homeowners dread gutter cleaning so much?

Often it’s because it’s a task that feels so time consuming. But if you take half an hour every couple of weeks this fall and consistently clean out your gutters, it’ll make the job much easier in the long run!
Here’s what you’ll need to get up there and clean out your gutters:

  • A ladder
  • Gloves
  • A garbage bag to gather leafs and other small debris
  • A garden trowel
  • Watering hose

To begin, set the ladder an arms length away from your gutter’s downspout, tuck a garbage bag in your back pocket, hold the tools in your hand, then begin your climb up the ladder. Once there, take one handful at a time and begin to fill up the garage bag.
More than likely, the majority of what you’ll find in your gutters is from the asphalt shingles. This run off stuff can get pretty heavy when wet, so you make sure you get it out of your gutters now. If the dirt and debris are too hard to get up using just your hand, use the garden trowel.
Once you are finished clearing out a section, grab your hose and spray down the gutter and into the down spouts.

Give us a call

How are your gutters looking? Are they leaky or looking like they might need to be replaced soon? Give us a call at Grussing Roofing and we’ll swing by, take a look at your gutters and give you a free estimate. Don’t hesitate to give us a call with any roofing questions you have!

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Care For Your Roof Like An Expert In 3 Easy Steps

Caring for your roof like a pro

We see this happen all the time: a homeowner pays a good chunk of change for a new roof and then completely and utterly forgets about it. In fact, most homeowners don’t think about the health of their roof until there’s a big problem.

Spring and summer is the best time of year to make sure your roof is in tip-top shape. Since we don’t want you to be one of those “typical” homeowners who never thinks about their roof, we decided to put together a three-step checklist for you. These three easy steps will help you take care of your roof like a pro.

1. Keep an eye on your gutters

During the summer, when gutters become clogged with branches, leafs, or other debris, there's a good chance water will get sent up, under your roof. And while you're up on the ladder checking for debris, take a minute to make sure your gutters are firmly attached to the house, too. It's common for gutters to come a bit loose during a storm. Simply tightening a few gutter bolts can greatly reduce the risk of roof damage. Clogged gutters, during any season, have the potential to cause damage to your roof, so the best option is to simply keep a close eye on your gutters all year 'round.

2. Trim tree branches near your roof

Since we live in the Midwest, we're bound to have a few rough storms throughout the summer season. The best way to proactively protect your roof from storm damage is to prune overgrown trees so they don't present as a potential risk during the next summer storm.

3. Snap a picture

Put that smartphone in your pocket to good use! If you know your roof is in excellent shape, take a few pictures from every angle. Now you have a fool-proof way to keep track of any changes to the health of your roof.

We share this roofing care advice with you because we know if you are able to complete a yearly maintenance check up on your roof, you can really save a good chunk of change.

If you don't feel comfortable climbing up on a ladder and doing this roof inspection yourself, don't hesitate to give us a call, we are more than happy to talk with you about what your roof needs.

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Is It Time To Replace Your Roof? 3 Roof-Repair Signs To Watch For

Is it time to replace your roof?

It’s been an extraordinarily long Minnesota winter, even for the toughest among us. But now that sunshine, clear skies, and warmer days are upon us, it’s the perfect time to pull out your trusty, stable ladder and climb up to take a good look at your roof. Think this winter was roughfor you? Just imagine how tough it must have been on your roof!

Three roof-repair signs to watch for

1. Curling shingles

Once you are up on that ladder, take a few moments to visually inspect your roof’s shingles. How do the shingles look? Are the sides curling at all? If so, this is a typical sign of roof wear and it’s a clear sign of roof wear.

2. Granule loss 

Next, take a peek in your gutters. Do you see excessive amounts of shingle granules sitting in the gutter? (Shingle granules look like large grains of sand). If you do spot some, this is another sign of advanced roof wear.

3. Leaky roof

Is there a spot inside your home were you experience consistent roof leaks? If this is case, this is something you’ll definitely want to get a professional roofer to take a closer look at.

If you have questions about whether it’s time to get a new roof, go ahead and give us a call here at Grussing Roofing. We’re happy to schedule a time to come over and take a look at your roof. We pride ourselves on providing friendly, professional, and honest advice.

Are you living in Chanhassen, Edina, Minnetonka, Golden Valley, or anywhere in between? Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 952.935.0557.

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