Roof replacement

What We Look For During A Roofing Inspection

Looking for leaks, buckles, and workmanship

When you give Grussing Roofing a call and ask us to come out to give your roof, sidding, gutters, or windows a free inspection, we're looking for all sorts of different things.

For this Minneapolis home, Guy noticed some poor workmanship from the original roofing contractor when they installed the roof back in the 1970s. Some of this poor workmanship has lead to leaks and other damages. You can see for yourself how the shingles are cracking and falling off as well as some buckling in the shingles.

Takes a moment and walk around this roof with Guy.

If you're concerned about your roof or think it might be time to have a roofing contractor take a look—give us at call at 952.935.0557. We're committed to serving the greater Minneapolis and St. Paul neighborhoods with professional and honest roofing advice and services.

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.

What Kind of Roofing Material Should You Choose When Replacing Your Roof?

What roofing material should you choose? 

Your home is one of the biggest investments you have. So when you are looking to replace your roof, it’s extremely important you choose quality-roofing materials. If you’re looking to save a few dollars on cheaper shingles, our best advice is: don’t do it. It won’t be worth it in the long run, promise.

As a baseline, we always recommend that folks choose an architectural roofing shingle. These shingles are moderately priced and typically last 20+ years. Architectural roofing shingles are made with copper granules, which mean they hold up well against algae and prevent streaking. Also, an architectural roofing shingle is a champ when it comes to holding up against hail and high winds.

Depending on the style of your house, there are countless types of high-quality shingles for you to choose from. From heavier weighted shingles to designer shingles—you’ll have plenty of options to achieve the desired look for your roof.

No matter what type of shingle you end up choosing, our team here at Grussing Roofing only works with the highest quality of manufacturers. We partner with reputable companies who are proud of their product and will faithfully stand behind it no matter what.

If you have roofing questions or are interested scheduling a free estimate to determine the cost for your next project, go ahead and give us a call!

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