Roof repairs

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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Options For Financing Your Home Improvement Project

Options For Financing Your Home Improvement Project

You know it’s time to get a new roof, new siding, or new windows. But there is one major thing holding you back. Money.

But how will I pay for this home repair?

We get it. 

As a family-owned and run roofing company we understand how intimidating it can feel to say yes to a major home repair with a substantial price tag.

What To Do About Bad Wood on Your Roof

What does bad wood look like anyway?

In this video, Guy takes us up on the roof to see just exactly what bad roofing beams look like.

On this roof, you'll see how the plywood is starting to delaminate. The glue inside is eating away, which means there are three or four different layers of wood that are coming apart. As Guy steps on the roofing planks, you can see how bendy and soft the plywood is.

Sometimes when roof wood is this bad the whole roof will need to be replaced, but not always. Fortunately for this home owner, as you’ll see, only a section of their roof needed to be replaced.

If you have questions about your roof, don't hesitate to give us a call.

The Easiest Way To Recycle Your Asphalt Roofing Shingles in Minnesota

Your asphalt roofing shingles Belong in the recycling

Photo from Dem-Con in Shakopee, MN.

Photo from Dem-Con in Shakopee, MN.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, asphalt roofing shingles, for both new homes and roof replacements, make up almost two-thirds of the roofing market in the United States. One report from the EPA estimates that each year in the US the tear-off shingle waste and installation scraps weigh in around seven to ten tons. That’s the same weight as male elephant! 

If asphalt shingle waste isn’t recycled properly, you can almost always guarantee it’s headed straight in the nearest landfill.

The encouraging news is asphalt shingles hold a great potential for recycling. Since asphalt roofing shingles are generally kept separate from other kinds of waste, they are easy to isolate and bring to the correct recycling plant.

the easiest way to recycle asphalt roofing shingles in Minnesota

At Grussing Roofing, when we replace an asphalt shingle roof on a home or commercial property, we take care of bringing all the asphalt shingle waste directly to the recycling plant. We choose to work with the guys at Dem-Con Companies—a locally owned and family operated recycling and waste processor in Shakopee, MN. 

We trust Dem-Con Companies because we know they are committed to meeting the strict quality demands for recycling asphalt roofing shingles. Plus, they are just great to work with!

If you have more questions about how we take care of recycling your old roof shingles, be sure to ask us over the phone or in-person during a project estimate.

Roofing Inspection: Is It Time To Replace My Roof?

Common roofing inspection questions

When Minnesota folks contact us at Grussing Roofing for a free estimate, the most common question we hear is: Will you take a look at my roof? We’re not sure, but it might be time for my roof to be replaced.

To ensure the greater Twin Cities community receives the best professional and honest roofing advice possible, Guy Grussing, the owner of Grussing Roofing, will personally come to your home, climb up on your roof, and take a look around.

Have you ever wondered what a roofing contractor is looking for as they inspect the roof? Here, Guy will show you! To give you an idea, we persuaded Guy to take a short video of a free roof inspection he did a couple weeks ago.

Take a look!

Here are 5 signs that mean it may be time to replace your roof

  1. Marks or indents in the shingles from removing the snow and ice off your roof with a shovel. Often, when home owners remove the snow and ice themselves, this can leave marks and add to the aging of your roof.

  2. Granules from the shingles are falling off

  3. Darkening of the shingles

  4. Nails popping through the shingles

  5. Stress fractures and cracks in the shingles. Stress fractures are caused by previous contractors using too aggressive of a shingle adhesive. When the house moves, the shingle isn’t able to adjust with the house, so this can lead to the shingles to cracking.

Considering this roof's age and the wear and tare it's taken over the years, the best use for this homeowner's money is to get their full roof replaced. There's no use in repairing or patching up certain areas of this roof because enough of it is already in pretty tough shape.

If you want us to come and take a look at your roof, give us a call today.

Does Your Roof Have Hail Damage?

What a summer it’s been so far! Water has overtaken our lakes, parks, backyards, and even our basements. These days, when it rains, it really seems to pour. And this can be problematic, especially for the wellbeing of your home.

With all the extreme storms we've been experiencing here in Minnesota, it's more important than ever for home owners and commercial spaces to keep a close eye on the health of your roof.

3 simple ways to look for roof hail damage

There are three major signs to look for when inspecting your roof for hail damage: bruising, cracking and missing granules from the asphalt shingles.

Bruising

When hail hits your roof, it can create a deep dent, a “bruise”, in the shingle. Keep in mind that hail dents are not always easy to spot. Try running your hand over the shingles to feel for small dents in the surface. If you feel a dent, apply pressure to the dent and see if it gives at all. If it does, this means the shingle is showing signs of deterioration.

Cracking

Cracks are generally easier to spot than shingle bruising. Climb up on a ladder and take a quick assessment of your roof to see if you can spot any signs of cracking in your roof. If the hail is large enough and hits hard enough, it can make a circular crack in the shingle.

Missing granules

Look around for missing pieces in the asphalt of your roof. To do this, look for areas on the shingles where the black substrate is exposed. Take a look at the photo above for an example of what this can look like.

If you think your roof might have hail damage, it's best to take care of it immediately before the problem gets worse. Don't hesitate to give us a call over here at Grussing Roofing. We're always happy to come out and have a look or answer a question over the phone!

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