Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Understanding Different Roof Types - Part 2

Last week, we discussed several different types of roofs, along with their advantages and disadvantages. Today's blog continues the discussion with a few more types of roofs that could be considered for your Lake of the Ozarks roof design.

5. Flat Roof. 


Flat roofs appear to be completely flat with no pitch, but in fact they do have a slight pitch to allow for water run-off and drainage. This type of roof is typically installed on industrial and commercial buildings. Extra living space on top of the roof, such as a patio or garden is easily incorporated with this type of roof. Heating and cooling units can also be placed on flat roofs to keep them out of sight. Flat roofs are easier to construct, require less building materials and are cheaper to install. The down side is that flat roofs are the most susceptible to water leakage.

6. Bonnet Roof. 


Kicked-eaves or bonnet roofs are double sloped with the lower slope set at less of an angle than the upper one. Think of it like a reverse mansard roof. The lower slope hangs over the side of the house making an excellent porch cover. This type of roof is not commonly used in modern homes. The benefits of this style roof include extra living space or vaulted ceilings. The overhanging eaves not only allow for a covered porch, but help protect the walls from water damage. Water easily runs off the slopes making it more durable than a gable roof. The down side is that the complex design requires more building materials and it's more difficult to construct. This can make the roof more expensive than other types.

7. Saltbox Roof. 


A saltbox roof is asymetrical in design, where one side is very short and the other is very long. This type of roof is seen in early Colonial and Cape Cod style homes. The slope makes it easier for water to run off, and the design makes it more durable than a simple gable roof. This type of roof also allows for more living space by making a home one and half to two stories. The down side is that this type of roof design can be tricky, resulting in higher building costs.

8. Skillion Roof. 


A skillion, shed roof or lean-to is a single sloping roof. This type of roof can be thought of as a half of a pitched roof or a more angled flat roof. The skillion type roof is most commonly used for home additions, sheds and porches. However, they are becoming more common on the entire structure of modern style homes. They are easy to assemble and use much fewer building materials than other roof types. Their steep pitch allows snow and water to easily run off. The main disadvantage to this type of roof is that if the roof pitch is too high, it can result in ceilings being too low. This type of roof can also present problems in areas with high wind.

Whether you're doing new construction or are in need of roof repairs at the Lake of the Ozarks, we've got you covered! Above & Beyond Roofing has been serving the Lake area in residential and commercial roofing since 2004. We strive to provide high quality work, professional and personal service, and competitive pricing.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Understanding Different Roof Types - Part 1

When building a home, you'll want to consider the type of Lake of the Ozarks roof that you will install. It's important to understand that roofs do a lot more than protect your home and its contents. Different roof types have different benefits, such as complimenting the overall look and style of your home, providing additional living space, and/or making your home more resilient, energy efficient and weather-proof. Today's blog from your favorite Lake of the Ozarks roofer offers information on several different types of roofs you can go with.

1. Gable Roofs. 


Commonly recognized by their triangular shape, gable, pitched or peaked roofs are one of the most popular style of roofs in the U.S. Water and snow easily drain off the roof due to the steepness of this style of roof. They also provide more space for the attic or vaulted ceilings, and allow for more ventilation. This type of roof is easier and cheaper to build due to the simple design. The down side to this style is they are problematic in areas that experience high winds and hurricanes, which we thankfully don't have to worry too much about in Missouri.

2. Hip Roof.


A hip roof features slopes on all four sides, with each side being equal in length. The sides come together at the top to form a ridge. This type of roof is more stable, sturdy and durable than a gable roof due to the inward slope of each side. The down side to hip roofs is that they are more expensive to build than gable roofs. If not properly installed, the additional seams when a dormer is added can make it easier for water leaks to form.

3. Mansard Roof.


Also known as a French roof, a mansard roof is a four-sided roof with a double slope on each side. The lower slope is much steeper than the upper one, and the sides can either be flat or curved depending on the style. While these types of roofs can help create a great deal of extra living space, this type of roof is not ideal for areas with heavy snowfall because of the low pitch. They also cost more than other types of roofs due to the embellishments and details that go into them. The added space and character can easily make up for that cost though.

4. Gambrel Roof.


A gambrel or barn roof is similar to a mansard roof, but it only has two sides instead of four. The lower side of the gambrel roof has an almost vertical, steep slope, while the upper slope is much lower. This type of roof is commonly seen on top of barns, farm houses and log cabins, as well as some Dutch Colonial and Georgian style homes. Like the mansard, the gambrel roof offers extra living space. This style is also simple to frame out, using just two roof beams, and therefore, keeps the cost down. The gambrel roof is not recommended for areas with heavy wind or significant snowfall. The open design can cause the roof to collapse under extreme pressure.

These are just a few of the different types of roofs you can have on your home. Stay tuned next week to learn about several other types. If you're in the process of building a home at the Lake of the Ozarks, trust Above & Beyond Roofing for all your roofing needs! We offer free roof estimates at the Lake of the Ozarks. Give us a call at 573-302-0354.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Why is My Roof Buckling?

Have you ever seen a roof that appears to be lifting in certain areas? This is called "buckling" and not only does it distract from the beauty of the home, but it can lead to other major roofing problems. Today's blog from your Lake of the Ozarks roofer discusses buckling roofs, what causes them and what can happen if they aren't addressed.

What Causes a Buckling Roof 


When your roof is buckling, it resembles a large air bubble that stretches the roof sheathing, felt and shingles. This can be caused by a variety of different circumstances:
  1. Improper Installation of Felt or Underlayment - Buckling can occur when the felt or underlayment is not installed properly. If these products are wrinkled, it can easily show through the roof shingles, as the shingles are installed over it. 
  2. Movement in the Roof Deck - The roof decking is the plywood sheets that cover your home, under the shingles. If these boards are not installed properly, with spacers, they can shift and cause the roof to buckle. The spacers are needed to absorb any expansion from excessive heat. Deck movement can also occur when water finds it's way under the shingles due to a leak. This can cause the decking to swell and warp, and eventually rot. This can lead to serious damage to your home. 
  3. Poor Roof Ventilation - In the event your roof is not properly ventilated, moisture will collect in the attic. This moisture becomes condensation on the underside of the roof, which can cause damage to the home's frame and roof decking. When that moisture gets trapped between the underlayment and the shingles, buckling can occur. 
  4. Failure to Remove Old Shingles - Applying a new roof over an existing one can also lead to a roof buckle. In this case, it's much harder to get the new roof applied properly to prevent moisture between the layers. You can almost guarantee that you'll eventually have buckling problems when you fail to remove the old shingles before installing a new roof. 

Future Problems of a Buckling Roof 


If you notice a buckle in your roof, you'll want to schedule a Lake of the Ozarks roof inspection, as that buckle could be a sign of worse problems or future problems to come. Not only can moisture damage the roof from the inside out, but that buckle could create entryways for water from outside to enter your home. Roof leaks and interior water damage could end up being a result of a roof buckle left unaddressed.

Above & Beyond Roofing is here for all your Lake of the Ozarks roofing needs! From free roof inspections to roof repairs or new construction, we have the experience to get your roofing job done right. Give us a call at 573-302-0354 to discuss your needs.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

How Much Do You Know About Labor Day?

Who's ready for the 3-day weekend? In celebration of the holiday weekend, your favorite Lake of the Ozarks roofer has gathered a list of Labor Day trivia questions to test your knowledge. Share these fun facts with your friends and family while you're gathered this weekend!

Labor Day Trivia Questions


1. On which date was the first Labor Day parade held? 


A. September 1, 1886
B. September 2, 1882
C. September 3, 1886
D. September 5, 1882

2. What two people are credited as the founders of Labor Day? 


A. Peter J. McGuire & Matthew Maguire
B. Leslie Smith & Matthew Maguire
C. President Grover Cleveland & Matthew Maguire 
D. President Grover Cleveland & Peter J. McGuire 

3. Which state had the first Labor Day law, passed on February 21, 1887? 


A. New York 
B. New Jersey 
C. Oregon 
D. Colorado


4. Which U.S. President signed the bill making Labor Day a national holiday? 


A. Grover Cleveland 
B. Benjamin Harrison
C. Chester Arthur 
D. Theodore Roosevelt 


5. In which U.S. city was the first Labor Day celebration held? 


A. Atlanta
B. Chicago 
C. Boston
D. New York City 

6. What infamous incident in U.S. history led to the establishment of Labor Day as a holiday? 


A. Tompkins Square Riot 
B. Great Railroad Strike of 1877
C. Pullman Strike 
D. Haymarket Riot 

7. Which U.S. state does not recognize Labor Day as a public holiday? 


A. Texas 
B. Oklahoma 
C. Illinois
D. None

8. Starting in the year 1966, what annual telethon was held on Labor Day Weekend? 


A. Muscular Dystrophy Association 
B. American Cancer Society 
C. United States Hear Association 
D. Children's Miracle Network 

9. What group organized the first Labor Day parade in New York City? 


A. The Knights of Labor
B. The American Federation of Labor 
C. The American Railway Union
D. The American Labor Alliance

10. The model for Labor Day in the U.S. was inspired by which country? 


A. United Kingdom 
B. France
C. Canada
D. Germany 


ANSWERS: 

1. D - September 5, 1882
2. A - Peter J. McGuire & Matthew Maguire
3. C - Oregon 
4. A - Grover Cleveland
5. D - New York City 
6. C - Pullman Strike 
7. D - None 
8. A - Muscular Dystrophy Association
9. B - The American Federation of Labor
10. C - Canada 


Happy Labor Day Weekend from Above & Beyond Roofing! As summer comes to a close and winter starts creeping in, make sure you have your roof inspected, especially if your home was caught up in one of those summer storms with high winds and hail. We offer free roof inspections at the Lake of the Ozarks. Make sure your roof is ready for whatever winter has in store for us this year!

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

7 Questions to Ask Your Roofing Contractor

Whether you're in need of roof repairs or an entire re-roof, it's important that you hire the right company for the job! Be thorough in interviewing prospective companies to work with on this investment. Before agreeing to work with a roofing contractor at the Lake of the Ozarks, be sure to ask these questions:

1. Do You Offer Free Estimates? 


Before getting a new roof, you're going to want an assessment of the roof's current condition. You're also going to want to know how much you are going to need to invest in a new roof for your home. Most reputable roofing companies at the Lake of the Ozarks will offer both free inspections and free estimates.

2. Are You Licensed and Insured? 


While the requirements may differ, every state requires that contractors be licensed. Ask the contractor to show you proof of licensing or check with your local government offices. Insurance is also extremely important in the contracting industry. You want to make sure they have both liability insurance and workers' compensation insurance. If a contractor is not properly insured, you as the homeowner, could be held liable for medical expenses and lost wages.

3. How Long Have You Been in Business? 


The length of time a roofing company has been in business is not only an indication of experience, but also of the businesses success. Your new roof is a big investment and you wan to make sure you hire someone with experience and someone that's going to be around for awhile if something happens to your new roof.

4. Can You Provide References? 


The best way to know that you've hired a reputable and trustworthy roofing contractor is to ask about others' experiences with the company. Ask if your contractor can provide any references for work they've done in the past. You can find a list of Above & Beyond Roofing's references on our website.

5. What Does the Installation Process Look Like? 


During a re-roof, your home becomes a construction site. You want to make sure you have an idea of what to expect before the job gets underway. Make sure you know what days and times the crew is going to be there, how long the job is expected to take, etc. You also want to know who to talk to if any issues arise during the installation process.

6. Do You Clean Up After Installation? 


Roofing can be a messy job. Make sure that the Lake of the Ozarks roofer you choose to do the work will clean up the site when they are finished installing your new roof. Ask if they will be bringing a container and where it will be placed. You don't want to be stuck with a pile of debris in your hard and have to pay extra to have it hauled away.

7. What is the Warranty for my New Roof? 


While the roofing material you purchase will have a manufacturer's warranty, you also want to ensure the roofer provides a warranty for workmanship. The manufacturer's warranty will only cover material defects and such, not installation issues, etc. Make sure your contractor will back up the work they do.

If you're looking for a qualified roofer in the Lake area, look no further than Above & Beyond Roofing! We've been in business for over 17+ years now, and can provide as many references and testimonials as you need. We offer free roof inspections and free roof estimates at the Lake of the Ozarks. Give us a call at 573-302-0354 for all your Lake of the Ozarks roofing needs!

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

5 Signs Your Roof is Not Properly Ventilated

Proper roof ventilation is important for not only personal comfort within the home, but also for the life expectancy of your Lake of the Ozarks roof. The performance of the heating and air conditioning system can also be affected by a lack of ventilation. Improper ventilation can lead to wood rot, clumping insulation and mold in your attic, as well as severe roof damage.

Signs Your Roof Isn't Properly Ventilated 


1. An Excessively Hot Attic. 

Excess heat that builds up in the attic with nowhere to go can create extreme temperatures in the summer months. (You may also notice your air conditioner working much harder.) This heat could actually scorch shingles and roofing material, leading to the need for premature replacement. If you're attic is too hot for you to stand, you might consider having a professional roofer at the Lake the Ozarks come inspect your roof for any issues.

2. Matted or Flattened Insulation. 

When excessive moisture starts to collect in your attic, it penetrates the insulation first. If you notice that your insulation looks clumped or flattened, it's likely from moisture. To inspect the situation further, put on a respirator, separate a few batts of insulation and look for mold inside. Mold tends to grow when it's warmer, so this issue may become more noticeable in the spring and early summer. 

3. Damp or Moldy Rafters and Ceiling Joints. 

One of the most noticeable signs that your home is improperly ventilated is the presence of condensation, mold and mildew in the attic. Under cold weather conditions, the moisture in the warm air from inside your home will condense on the underside of the roof deck, leading to mold growth and the rapid deterioration of the wood decking under your roof. Inspect the rafters and ceiling joints for moisture and any signs of mold or mildew. 

4. Rusty Metal Fasteners. 

Fasteners include screws, nails or bolts. When your attic is filled with excess moisture from improper ventilation, these fasteners can easily become rusted. When those get rusty and loose, you could experience shingle loss. The moisture caused by condensation inside your attic can also lead to rust on things like plumbing, heating and venting duct straps. 

5. Ice Dams on Your Roof. 

During the winter months, improper ventilation can lead to ice dams on your roof. This is where snow melts on your roof and then freezes again at the edge of the roof or in the gutters, prevent the proper flow of water off the roof. The main cause of this roofing issue is an excessively warm attic. 

Proper ventilation, along with regular maintenance, will ensure your roof stays in tip-top shape. For a free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks, give us a call at 573-302-0354. At Above & Beyond Roofing, we specialize in both residential and commercial roofing, plus siding, gutters, soffit and fascia. We've got all your Lake of the Ozarks roofing needs covered!

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

4 Benefits of Having Your Roof Professionally Inspected

Your Lake of the Ozarks roof is a big investment, one that you want to protect. The best way to do that is to have it regularly inspected. Even if your roof looks fine to the naked eye, there could be minor issues, that if not addressed, could lead to costly roofing problems. In today's blog, your favorite Lake of the Ozarks roofers offers a few of the benefits of having your roof professional inspected.


1. It Doesn't Cost You. 


Our roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks offers FREE roof inspections. Why wouldn't you want to have a professional, that's trained to recognize roofing problems, check out your roof if it's free? At no cost to you, you can have peace of mind that your roof is in the proper condition to protect your home and it's contents, including your family. Now doesn't that sound like a great deal? 

2. Professionals Have Experience. 


Unless you're a car enthusiast or auto mechanic by trade, you likely wouldn't trust yourself with inspecting your vehicle, right? The same principle applies to your roof. You want someone with experience to make sure your roof is in tip-top shape! Our staff has over 100 years combined experience. Therefore, we can identify minor problems that you may miss if you're not familiar with the early signs of roof damage. We'll be able to advise you on how to address them before they turn into costly repairs. 

3. You'll Avoid Safety Hazards. 


Climbing on your roof isn't the safest thing you could do, and you're not able to properly inspect your roof from the ground. As an average homeowner, you likely don't have the equipment and tools or expertise to ensure your safety up on the roof. Falling from your roof can result in significant injuries, and therefore, should be left to the professionals. In addition, if you don't know how to properly walk on a roof, you could actually cause damage while you're up there trying to inspect it yourself.

4. You Can Extend the Life of Your Roof. 


By having your roof regularly inspected and repaired, you can avoid pre-mature replacement of your roof. Regular inspections ensure that your roof structure will last much longer. Damage prevention can significantly reduce the amount of effort, time and money you will spend on Lake of the Ozarks roof repairs in the future. It's just like with preventative maintenance on your car.  

It's advised that you have your roof inspected at least twice per year, once before winter hits and once after. After a major storm hits your neighborhood is also a good time to consider scheduling a roof inspection. Storm damage is something you'll want to address as quickly as possible before a small leaks lead to your roof caving in or another major roofing issue. To schedule your free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks, give us a call at 573-302-0354.

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