How To Get Rid of Carpenter Ants In Your Home

How To Get Rid of Carpenter Ants In Your Home

What to do when you find carpenter ants

Are you finding carpenter ants crawling around in or outside your home? Besides from being gross and slightly frightening, these large ants are telling you something very important about the health of your roof. 

When you spot carpenter ants lurking around your home there's a good chance your sheeting or siding is getting wet and retaining water. Carpenter ants love to live where it's dark and moist...

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.


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.


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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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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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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