Wednesday, September 21, 2016

4 Tips for Choosing the Right Shingles for Your Home

When you decide to start a Lake of the Ozarks roofing project, you have a lot of decisions to make. Not only do you want to make sure you find a reputable roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks, but you want to choose the right shingles for your specific project and needs. In today's blog, we'll discuss a few tips for choosing the right shingles.

1. Think About Your Budget. 


A roofing project is a big investment. Before you get started, think about the budget you have for the project and keep that in consideration when you're choosing a shingle. Asphalt tends to be the most popular and also the most affordable roofing shingle choice. However, if there's room in your budget you could consider another option like tile.

2. Contemplate Your Home Style.


The type of home you have will help you determine the best type of shingles to use for your roofing project. Look for a shingle that suits your home's architectural style. Consider the surface area, pitch and angle of the roof to determine the best shingle type for you. While asphalt shingles are compatible with most home styles, a tile roof may be more suitable for historic homes.

3. Choose The Perfect Color. 


Picking the perfect shingle color is often the most difficult aspect of the process. Most types of shingles come in a variety of different colors. It's important that you not only pick a color that you like, but also that matches your home and your neighborhood. While you may be tempted to go with something bold, you want to keep in mind how your choice could affect the resale value of your home.

4. Consider Durability. 


Different shingle types work better in different climates. Think about the weather where you live and what your roof needs to be able to withstand. Be sure you shop around for quality materials, and also be sure to understand the warranty that is offered. A new roof is a big investment that should last a long time - just because a certain shingle is more upfront, it might save you money in the long run through extended life of your roof and less repairs.

When it comes to choosing the right shingles for your home, Above & Beyond Roofing is here to help. We can discuss your needs and give you advice on your options. For all your Lake of the Ozarks roofing needs, give us a call at 573-302-0354.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

3 Common Roof Installation Mistakes

Installing a new roof on your home is a major project and a big investment. It's important that you make sure the Lake of the Ozarks roofing job is done right, for the safety and protection of your home and your family. In today's blog, we'll take a look at a few of the most common roof installation mistakes and what consequences each of those situations could have.

1. Installing a New Roof Over an Old One. 


One of the most common roofing mistakes revolves around cutting corners to save time and work. Not only is it harder to get the shingles on correctly, which can lead to blow offs during a storm, but its also more likely that moisture will penetrate the surface and cause issues inside the attic and the home. Failing to remove the old roof before installing the new one could lead to more roofing issues down the road. By removing the old shingles, you're able to inspect the roof deck for fragile areas and look for other underlying issues with your roof. In addition, the excess weight of having those additional shingle layers on your roof can cause harm to your home's walls and roof structure.

2. Having Improper Ventilation.


Another common roof installation mistake involves ventilation. You've probably heard before that you need to let your house "breath." having an improperly or inadequately ventilated attic can not only harm your roof, but can also damage your home. A build up of hot air in your attic can cause premature aging of shingles, warping, cracking and breaking down of wood framing, roof deck warping and rotting, mildew and mold growth, damage to siding and soffits, and high energy costs, as well as a less comfortable living space. A reputable roofing company will take into consideration proper ventilation when installing your new roof at the Lake of the Ozarks.

3. Improper Use of Nails. 


Some things are better left to the professionals, especially when it comes to roofing. There's a lot of skill and knowledge involved in the proper installation of a roof. One common mistake among the do-it-yourself roofers is how the shingles are nailed down. It's possible to use too many nails or too few nails. You can also place the nail too high or too low. Improper use of nails can lead to future shingle loss and roof leaks. When you hire a Lake of the Ozarks roofing company with a good reputation, you can rest assured that your shingles will be installed with the correct number of nails and attached on the nail line.

In most cases, you're going to save both time and money by hiring a professional roofer at the Lake of the Ozarks to take care of the job for you. Above & Beyond Roofing has been serving the Lake area since 2004. The staff has more than 100 years' combined experience in the roofing industry, and the owner alone has 15+ years experience. When you hire us, you can be sure your roof will be installed correctly, while receiving professional service and competitive pricing!

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Extending the Life of Your New Roof

Replacing a roof is an expensive proposition and you’ll want to preserve your investment as long as possible. If your roof is brand new, there are several things you can do to keep it in the best possible condition for the longest possible time. In today's blog, Above & Beyond Roofing offers some advice for extending the life of your new roof.

Remove Leaves


Depending on the slope and design of your roof, or if trees tower over your house top, loads of leaves can collect in the valleys of the roof or around the chimney. It is important to remove them because moisture can get trapped under the decomposing leaves, allowing moisture to collect in your roof. Excess moisture on your roof can lead to a variety of issues and the need for costly roof repairs. Simply grab a roof leaf rake or leaf blower to get the cleaning job done. If the leaves are too wet or deep, causing the need to climb on the roof to remove them, you may want to call in a professional for help.

Clean the Gutters


When you notice it’s time to clean the clogged gutters, it’s typically because water is overflowing and discoloring the paint or siding, or you’ve noticed water where it shouldn’t be...like inside your home! Unfortunately, this isn’t the only repercussion clogged gutters could cause. When leaves pile too deeply in the gutters, water can flow upwards into the roof sheathing and cause it to rot, or worse, cause rot in the roof rafters. Repairing that kind of damage is costly and could run into the thousands of dollars range, but you can avoid it by cleaning your gutters each fall and spring. If you’re comfortable working on a ladder, you can do it yourself; if not, hire a pro!


Trim Overhanging Branches


Tree-trimming is a great prevention towards keeping leaves, moss and tree debris off of your roof. In anticipation of those Missouri storms, it’s a good idea to tackle this as soon as possible to avoid abrasions from limbs and leaves that touch your roof and could damage the shingles, especially in high winds or ice storms. Don’t risk damaging your trees or yourself here, contact a professional to get those branches trimmed back away from your roof!

Prevent Ice Damage


Ice buildup on the roof is often a Lake of the Ozarks roofing problem. After a winter storm, you'll want to remove some or all of the snow that might melt and leak into your house. It’s best to dislodge the ice with a roof rake; don’t pry it off, as this could damage the roof. Don't climb on your roof in the winter, as chances of falling are much higher due to the slick, icy conditions. Before the cold weather sets in, check to ensure you have adequate insulation. Insulation plays a big role in controlling roof temperatures and preventing ice dams from forming.

Be Aware


Give your roof a once over after every big wind, hail or ice storm, or if you’ve heard some scurrying on the roof at night. Look for curling, loose, or missing shingles or damaged flashing around the vents, chimney, skylights and other openings. Ensuring everything is intact will give you peace of mind and help extend the life of your new roof. 

Your new roof at the Lake of the Ozarks is designed to protect your home from the elements. To maintain its good shape and prolong its life, you must protect it was well! We don’t want you to have to replace your roof prematurely. If you keep in mind these tips, we know you will get the most from your new roof!

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Origins of Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend has arrived! The time has come to sit back, relax and enjoy one last long weekend of the warm summer season. Why is it that we have this three day weekend at the beginning of September each year though? Keep reading as your favorite Lake of the Ozarks roofing company takes a look at the origins of the Labor Day holiday.

What is Labor Day?


Labor Day is often referred to as the unofficial end of summer, especially here at the Lake of the Ozarks. However, the holiday was created to pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It is always celebrated on the first Monday of September, and constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

The Origins of Labor Day 


While it was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated in New York City on Tuesday, September 5, 1882. At this time, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square. This was considered the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history. After a failed attempt to break up a railroad strike, Grover Cleveland made Labor Day a federal holiday. Check out this video to learn more about the history of this holiday:



Labor Day Weekend Today


Today, Labor Day Weekend is celebrated in cities and towns across the U.S., with parades, picnics, barbecues, firework displays and other public gatherings. No matter what you choose to do this holiday weekend, Above & Beyond Roofing hopes you have a great Labor Day Weekend!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What You Need To Know About Roofing Warranties

Purchasing a new roof is a big investment, and you're going to want to make sure its protected with a warranty. Not all roofing warranties are the same, but there are some general things you should keep in mind when choosing a quality product for your roof. Your Lake of the Ozarks roofing company is here to explain a few things you should know about roofing warranties.

Warranty Coverage


Roofing material warranties only cover issues such as wind resistance, algae resistance and those problems caused by manufacturing defects. They don't cover the general wear and tear on your roof from over the years. Keep in mind that the life of your roof is dependent upon several factors including the environment and climate, proper installation, and the quality of your home's insulation and ventilation. Just because the shingle says "30 year" warranty, doesn't mean that it's going to last that long. However, many roofing contractors at the Lake of the Ozarks will offer additional warranties on their services. Talk to your roofer about warranty options before you make any decisions for your project. 

Understanding Your Warranty


Make sure that you understand the details of your warranty coverage. Like mentioned above, warranties will vary from product to product and contractor to contractor. Take the time to actually read the manufacturer's warranty and discuss warranties on installation with your roofing contractor. Not all roofing issues will warrant a roof replacement at the Lake of the Ozarks. For example, warranties that have algae coverage could provide compensation in the form of cleaning the affected shingles, rather than replacing them. You should also be aware of the type of language used in the warranty. Sometime the wording is vague, making it hard for you to make a claim. For algae coverage, the warranty may state "significant staining," but who determines what is considered significant? For wind damage, there can be limits on wind speed, and it may be hard to prove that the wind speed was less than the limit.

Above & Beyond Roofing wants to make sure you understand your warranty coverage before you start your project. Talk to us about the manufacturer's warranty on the products we offer, and we'll also go over our installation warranty with you. The warranty is an important part of your roofing project and you need to have a roofer you can trust. Make sure to protect your warranty by maintaining your roof and having a free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks twice a year. Give us a call at 573-302-0354 for all your Lake of the Ozarks roofing needs!

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

More Than Just a Roofing Company

Above & Beyond Roofing has been your premier roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks since 2004. Whether commercial or residential work, there's no job too big or too small for us. Did you know though, that we also offer other home improvement services. Let Above & Beyond take care of all your siding, soffit, fascia and gutter needs as well!

Siding 


Aside from making your home look nice, siding serves a very important purpose. It helps to shield and protect your home from the harsh elements. Siding helps keep out any water and debris from entering into the walls and insulation of your home. Poor siding can lead to water finding its way to the frame of your home. Moisture trapped at the frame can lead to wood rot, mold growth and other interior damage. Timely siding replacements and repairs can save you money in the long run.

Soffit 


Soffit is the piece of material that connects the roof overhang to the side of the building. It serves both an aesthetic and functional purpose. Without soffit, your rafters would be fully exposed to the elements. Exposed rafters can lead to mold buildup and rotting beams that will need replaced. Soffit also helps your home breathe; with vented soffit, air can flow through the vents to provide proper ventilation of your attic.

Fascia 


Fascia is the board that runs along the roof, acting as a finishing edge that connects to the ends of the rafters and trusses. They also typically hold gutters in place. The primary function of fascia is to protect the roof and the interior of the home from moisture. In addition, fascia plays an aesthetic role by creating a smooth, even appearance along the roofs edge.

Gutters


Gutters play an important role in protecting your roof and your home. They funnel water off the roof and away from your home. This protects the roof, siding, windows, doors and foundation from water damage. Making sure your gutters are properly installed and in good working order can save you money in costly repairs down the road. Clogged gutters can lead to leaks and water damage, so it's important to keep them maintained. 

Whether we're working on your roofing project or installing new siding or gutters, we guarantee high quality work along with professional and personal service. We pride ourselves on being locally owned and operated, being open 7 days a week and turning the average roofing job in one day. Give us a call at 573-302-0354 to discuss your Lake of the Ozarks roofing, siding or gutter needs today!

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Are Your Asphalt Shingles Losing Their Granules?

If you notice your roof is losing granules, there's a chance your roof is nearing the end of it's life. These mineral granules serve as extra protection from the elements. Without those granules, you could experience leaks and other roof damage. In today's blog, your Lake of the Ozarks roofing company explains both the causes and effects of the loss of protective mineral granules on your asphalt roof.

Spotting Granule Loss 


Besides checking the actual shingle surface for granule loss, which can be difficult without climbing on the roof, you can look for granules in the gutters. As the granules fall off the roof, they can collect in the gutters and downspouts. You could also see them collecting on the ground where the downspout sends the water, as the rain can wash the granules down and away from the house.

Causes of Granule Loss


Let's take a look at a few of the common causes of granule loss on asphalt roofs:

1. Your Roof is Old. - In most cases, granule loss will be due to the age of your roof. As your roof ages, the bond between the granules and the asphalt shingle weakens, allowing the granules to fall off. When this happens, it's time to start thinking about investing in a new roof.

2. Your Roof is New. - Granule loss isn't always due to worn out shingles. Often times, brand new shingles can experience minor granule loss due to the foot traffic on your roof during the installation process. If this is the case, you most likely have nothing to worry about. However, if the granule loss continues, there may be a manufacturers defect in the shingles.

3. Your Shingles are Blistering. - Loss of granules can also be due to blistering shingles. Blistering is the term referring to small "pimple-like" protrusions on your shingles. These blisters are typically caused by moisture build-up in the shingles, either from general wear or from a storm. When these "blisters" eventually pop, the granules in that area can be dislodged. If this is the case, you should consider contacting a professional about roof repairs at the Lake of the Ozarks.

4. Your Shingles were Subject to Storm Damage. - Major weather events such as a hail storm can cause your shingles to lose their granules. The impact of the hail can loosen and even remove the granules, and the rain will wash them down your gutters. Depending on how localized the hail damage is, chances are you can just repair that one affected area.

Effects of Granule Loss


Extensive granule loss leads to an exposed roof. Without those protective granules, your shingles are exposed to direct sunlight and rain water. This will cause the wear rate on your roof to accelerate, therefore decreasing the remaining life of your roof. When granule loss is combined with other roof defects such as tears, cracks, or brittleness, its definitely time to consider a roof replacement. 

Keep in mind that shingle loss doesn't necessarily mean you need a full roof replacement. However, if you notice granule loss, it's important you schedule a free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks to determine the severity of the damage. For all your roofing needs at the Lake, give Above & Beyond Roofing a call at 573-302-0354.

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