Friday, December 15, 2017

Residential Roofing FAQs

Most homeowners don't have a lot of knowledge about their roof, or roofing in general. Today's blog from your Lake of the Ozarks roofer offers the answers to some frequently asked questions about residential roofing.

1. How Do I Know if I Need a New Roof?


Roofs are designed to last a long time, if they're properly taken care of, and it can be difficult to tell if you need a new roof. The great thing is, you don't have to know. Above & Beyond Roofing can tell you if you need one after you schedule your free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks. If your roof is over 15 years, you should definitely have an inspection! However, it's advised that you have your roof inspected twice a year. By catching any small repair issues early, you can prevent the need for a premature re-roof.

2. How Do I Know What Type of Shingle is Best?


People can argue all day long about what type of shingle is best. Finances, aesthetics and climate all come into play when determining which roofing shingle is "best." At Above & Beyond Roofing, we install a variety of different materials and can help you, the homeowner, choose what's best for your unique situation, taking into account your budget, what your house looks like and what you're trying to accomplish.

3. How Much Does a New Roof Cost?


Several factors are used to determine the cost of a new roof. The type of roofing material you choose for your roof will be a large determining factor. For example, asphalt shingles are less expensive than metal roofing. The physical costs aren't the only thing you should be concerned with though. Keep in mind the saying, "you get what you pay for." The size and shape of your roof also come into consideration when determining the price of your new roof. For a free roofing estimate at the Lake of the Ozarks, give us a call at 573-302-0354.

4. Does a Roof Leak Mean I Need to Replace My Entire Roof?


A leak is obviously a sign of a roofing problem. Fortunately, a leak does not mean that you need to get a completely new roof. In many cases, the roof can be repaired in just the areas showing issues. The best way to determine if your roof can be repaired or needs to be entirely replaced is to talk to a professional. After inspection, the roofer will be able to give you an assessment of what needs to be done.


5. Can a New Roof Be Installed Over the Old One?


While it's technically possible to install a new roof on top of the old one, it's not advised. While it is cheaper, faster and requires less labor, roofing problems are likely to occur down the road when this is done. One of the biggest issues is that any defects, vulnerabilities and potential problems in the plywood deck or truss system will go unnoticed unless you remove the old shingles first.

Have more questions? Give Above & Beyond Roofing a call at 573-302-0354. We are your premier roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks. From free roof inspections to roof repairs and new construction, we've got it all covered.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

The 411 on Ice Dams

The winter season is upon us and with it comes possible damage from winter weather. One of the most common winter roofing problems experienced by homeowners across the Midwest is ice dams. Keep reading to learn all about ice dams from your favorite Lake of the Ozarks roofer.

What is an Ice Dam? 


An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms along the edge of your roof. Ice dams form when the upper portion of the roof is a temperature higher than freezing, while the lower section of the roof is below freezing. The snow at the top of the roof melts, runs down the roof and then re-freezes along the roof line. These temperature differences on your roof are often caused by improper ventilation of your home. Frequent use of wood stoves and fireplaces, as well as inadequately insulated or leaky duct work, can all be factors contributing to the heat that can cause ice dams.

Problems Associated with Ice Dams


The layer of ice prevents melting snow or rain water from properly draining off your roof. That water then backs up on your roof behind the dam, and can cause a roof leak. Water damage to walls, ceilings, insulation and other areas is possible. In addition, moisture entering the home can lead to the growth of mold and mildew. The presence of mold and mildew can cause respiratory problems for your and your family.

How to Prevent Ice Dams on Your Roof 


To start, remove excess snow from your roof. Without snow to melt, there won't be water to re-freeze and form the ice dam. You can use a roof rake or push broom to remove heavy snow from your roof. (Use caution and never climb onto an icy roof.) The next step is to avoid heat loss from your home's attic area. By controlling heat loss, you can prevent the likelihood of ice dams forming on your roof. Make sure the ceiling of your home is air tight so no warm, moist air can flow from the house into the attic space. In addition, consider increasing the ceiling/roof insulation to cut down on heat loss by conduction. Natural roof ventilation can also help maintain uniform roof temperatures.

Our Lake of the Ozarks roofing company is here to ensure your roof isn't compromised by the winter weather. We provide free roof inspections as the Lake of the Ozarks, as well as free estimates for any repairs that may need to be completed. Give us a call at 573-302-0354 for all your Lake of the Ozarks roofing needs!

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Monday, November 27, 2017

How to Properly Hang Christmas Decorations

It's that time of year again! Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it's time to start preparing for Christmas. That means getting out the Christmas boxes (or heading to the store) and decorating the house, from inside out. Today's blog from your Lake of the Ozarks roofer discusses how to properly hang Christmas decorations without damaging your roof. Before you start attempting to make your home seen from outer space, follow these precautions for your safety and the safety of your roof.

Protecting Your Roof 


When securing your outdoor holiday lights, never use tacks or nails. These can damage your roofing material, and compromise the integrity of your roof. Forget staples, clothespins or any other contraption you’ve used in the past for mounting lights to your house. Instead, you should use light clips to secure holiday decorations. Be sure not to put too much weight on your gutters when hanging Christmas decorations from your roof. It's very important that your gutters work properly throughout the winter season. When snow melts off your roof, it need an effective way to run off the roof. If your gutters aren't working properly, ice dams can form, causing bigger problems for your roof.

Safety When Decorating 


For your own safety, make sure to use a good ladder when installing lights. Before hanging any lights, make sure that you have the proper type lights that are made for outdoor use. When plugging in the lights, be sure to use a GFCI outlet for your power source. In the event of overcurrent, this type of outlet will shut the circuit down. Make sure to turn the lights off any time you leave home and when you go to bed. While they may look pretty to passersby, they can also be a fire hazard that you don't want to leave unattended. Make sure that any extension cords used are rated for outdoor use and that the connections are above ground, snow and water.

Your premier Lake of the Ozarks roofing company is here to help you ensure your roof is prepared to withstand the challenges that come with winter weather. From offering advice to giving free roof inspections at the Lake of the Ozarks, we're here for all your roofing needs. When it comes to roofing, there's no one better for the job than Above & Beyond Roofing! Happy Holidays!

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

9 Fun Facts About Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just one day away! In celebration, Above & Beyond Roofing has gathered some fun facts about this holiday revolving around giving thanks and eating turkey. Share these with your family and friends as you gather for a delicious feast this Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

Thanksgiving Fun Facts


1. The first Thanksgiving was held in 1621. However, Thanksgiving did not become a national holiday until over 200 years later! Sarah Josepha Hale (writer of "Mary Had a Little Lamb") convinced President Lincoln in 1863 to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, after 17 years of campaigning through letters.

2. Historians believe that no turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving. Deer, ducks, geese, oysters, lobster, eel and fish were likely served instead. While they probably ate pumpkins, there definitely wasn't any pumpkin pie.

3. At the first Thanksgiving, they did not use forks; all they had was spoons and knives. Forks weren't introduced until 10 years later, and weren't a popular utensil until the 18th century.

4. Thanksgiving was almost a fast instead of a feast. Early settlers gave thanks by praying and abstaining from food. It wasn't until the Wampanoag Indians joined them to celebrate their first harvest, and turned their fast into a 3-day feast!

5. The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in 1924. On that day, 400 employees marched from Convent Ave to 145th street in new York City. While no large balloons were present for this parade, live animals from Central Park Zoo were featured.

6. Americans eat about 46 million turkeys each Thanksgiving. Californians consume the most turkey on Thanksgiving Day out of all the states in the U.S. The average Thanksgiving turkey weighs 15 lbs.

7. TV dinners were invented because of Thanksgiving. In 1953, Swanson had so much extra turkey, 26 tons to be exact, that a salesman told them they should package it onto aluminum trays with other sides, such as sweet potatoes. Thus, the first TV dinner was born!

8. The NFL started the Thanksgiving Classic games in 1920. Since then it's become tradition for the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys to host games on Turkey Day! in 2006, a third game was added with different teams hosting.

9. Thanksgiving is not just an American holiday. Canadians celebrate it too. However, they celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October instead of the fourth Thursday in November.

Bonus Fact: In 1939 President Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving up a week hoping it would help the shopping season during the Depression area. It never caught on and was changed back two years later.

Happy Thanksgiving from your favorite roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks! Above & Beyond Roofing is here for all your roofing needs, from inspections to repairs and re-roofs. Give us a call at 573-302-0354 to request a free quote or to schedule your free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Do I Need a Roof Inspection?

Your roof is an integral part of your home. It protects your home, it's contents and you from the outside elements. Therefore, it's important that you keep it in tip-top shape. While it can be difficult for you to know if your roof has issues, a professional roofer at the Lake of the Ozarks knows what to look for. Below are some questions to ask yourself when deciding if you need a roof inspection or not.

1. How long has it been since my roof was last inspected? 


It is recommended to have your roof inspected twice per year. This is because both winter weather and summer weather can affect your roof differently, and here at the Lake of the Ozarks, we can have some weather on both extremes. If you don't know when your roof was last inspected, it's probably a good idea to have it looked over by a professional. Small issues can lead to costly problems down the road. If addressed early on, you can save a lot of money and frustration.

2. Is it possible I have hail or wind damage? 


Hail storms and tornadoes are both popular weather occurrences in Missouri. If your home is subject to any type of severe weather, it's possible your roof sustained storm damage. If other homes on your block have roof damage, it's definitely a good idea to have yours checked out. Since we offer free roof inspections at the Lake of the Ozarks, it doesn't hurt to have your roof looked at after a big storm.

3. Do I have missing or lifted roof shingles? 


Like mentioned above, it's not always easy to spot roof issues from the ground. However, if you notice any missing or lifted roof shingles, you're going to want to schedule a roof inspection. You want to get those shingles replaced as soon as possible to prevent further roof damage, such as water seeping inside your home.

4. Are there granules in my gutters and downspouts? 


As you are cleaning out your gutters in preparation for winter, check for shingle granules that may have come off and accumulated in your gutters or downspouts. An excessive amount of granules could mean that it's time to have your roof replaced. These granules are a protective coating on your shingles, so without them, your roof is more vulnerable to leaks and other roof damage.


5. How old is my roof? 


Going back to number one, if you don't know the last time your roof was inspected, and your home is quite old, it's in your best interest to schedule a roof inspection. The older your roof is, the more vulnerable it gets. You want to make sure you catch any issues early to fix them before it leads to costly repairs. If you're in need of a new roof, it's important to get that done before a faulty roof leads to other issues inside your home such as water damage and/or mold growth.

When you choose to work with Above & Beyond Roofing, your roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks is free! We will also provide you with a free estimate if repairs or replacement are needed. For all your Lake of the Ozarks roofing needs, trust Above & Beyond Roofing!

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Friday, November 10, 2017

The Issues with Moisture and Your Commercial Roof

With winter quickly approaching, the likelihood of moisture affecting roofs increases. In today's blog, your premier roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks wants to inform local business owners of the problems associated with moisture on commercial roofs. Keep reading to learn about what you need to watch out for when it comes to your commercial roof.

Commercial Roofs


Just like your residential roof protects your home and its contents, a commercial roof is designed to protect your business from the elements. The roof is a commercial building's first line of defense against wind, rain, snow, sleet, ice, etc. It is also the most vulnerable part of your building, and therefore, must be continuously inspected, maintained and repaired. Leaks and roof collapse on a commercial building can lead to the shut down of your facility and a lot of lost income. Taking care of your commercial roof will make it easier for  you to take care of your business.

Moisture Related Commercial Roof Issues


While signs of a serious problem may be apparent from inside the building, other issues may not be quite as visible to the untrained eye. Water stains on the ceiling signify there's probably a leak somewhere, which is likely the result of a damaged roof. An unexplained odor or signs of mold could be the result of water penetration through the roof. These issues are easy to spot, but it's also important to have your commercial roof at the Lake of the Ozarks inspected regularly to identify any problems that haven't surfaced in the interior of the building yet. By catching issues early on, you can avoid more costly repairs down the road.

Visuals to Look For 


As a business owner, there are certain things you can look for to determine if you have a moisture or water issue with your roof or might have one in the near future:
  • Prolonged standing water on your roof. (This is a common problems for almost all commercial flat roofs.) 
  • Blistering or peeling of paint, inside the building and on the exterior. (Moisture can seep down through the roof and run along walls, creating problems nowhere near where the actual leak began.) 
  • Wood rot and/or moist insulation in the attic of your building. 
  • Bubbles or blisters in your shingles. 
  • Gaps in the roof flashing. 
  • Deteriorating seals around skylights. 
  • Improper gutters or drainage systems. (While there may not be a roofing issue yet, improper drainage of water from your roof can lead to ice dams and major roofing problems.) 
  • Increased utility costs. (If you're roof is letting too much air escape or build up inside the attic, not only will your utility costs be affected, but there's the likelihood of a leak showing up after the next rain or snow storm.) 

The best way to avoid roof related problems with your business is to keep up with regular inspections and maintenance. Above & Beyond Roofing is here for all your Lake of the Ozarks commercial roofing needs, as well as residential roofing needs. From inspections and estimates to repairs and re-roofs, we've got it all covered! Give us a call at 573-302-0354 to schedule an inspection or request an estimate.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

3 Common Reasons Some New Asphalt Roofs Fail

You just got a new roof at the Lake of the Ozarks. You expect it to last for years to come, right? Unfortunately, there are several circumstances where a new roof fails prematurely. In today's blog, your favorite Lake of the Ozarks roofing company discusses some of the reasons this could happen.

1. Improper Installation by the Roofing Contractor.


No matter if you purchased the best shingles on the market, poor installation by the roofing contractor could lead to a premature roof failure. Therefore, it's important you hire a well-experienced, knowledgeable roofing contractor at the Lake of the Ozarks to do the job. Be sure to check their reviews and references, and see how long they've been in business. When you do have a new roof installed, be sure to ask the roofer if they offer any warranty for their installation work, as the manufacturers warranty only covers defects with the material, not the installation.

2. Issues with the Manufacturing of the Roofing Material.


All asphalt shingles are not made alike. They come in a variety of different grades and levels of quality. Manufacturers could cut production costs by opting for a cheaper grade of asphalt. The chemical properties of asphalt are vital to the lifespan of the shingle, as it determines the ability to withstand the elements. If the asphalt is poor quality, if there's too much powdered stone filler or if the manufacturing process is not great, the granules will come off the shingles must faster and in greater quantities than normal. Luckily, for this issue, you should have a manufacturer's warranty. Be sure to ask your roofer about the warranty before you have a new roof installed.

3. Improper Ventilation of the Roof.


Ventilation of the underside of the roof is directly related to the life expectancy of your shingles. Poorly ventilated roofs create an environment for moisture to build up in the attic spaces. Excess moisture under the roof shingles can cause the wood to move more than it's supposed to. This can lead to premature failure of your new roof. During the winter months, a build up of heat in the attic can lead to ice dams. An attic ventilation system that's properly balanced helps keep your roof in optimal condition.

The best thing you can do when having a new roof installed is to make sure you have a reputable Lake of the Ozarks roofer that you are working with. Above & Beyond Roofing offers many years of experience, and we can provide references for our work. Give us a call at 573-302-0354 for more information or to get a free estimate!

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