Showing posts from October, 2014

10 Halloween Candy Fun Facts

When you think about Halloween, I'm sure costumes is the first thing that pops into your head. However, candy is right up there with them!  For years, children have been dressing up and knocking on doors in search of candy to fill up their buckets with.  Here are some fun Halloween candy facts that you may not know!

Candy Sales
1. American's purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy each year for Halloween.

2. Over 10% of annual candy sales happen in the days leading up to Halloween, at nearly $2 billion in sales.

3. October 28th is the day of the year with the most candy sales, and the top 5 candy selling days all fall in October.

4. In comparison, more chocolate candy is sold during Halloween Week than those weeks leading up to other holidays.  For Halloween, 90 million pounds of chocolate candy is sold, while only 65 million pounds leading up to Easter and 48 million leading up to Valentine's Day.

5. Chocolate is the most popular choice of candy.  Of the $1…

14 Common Roofing Method Terms

When it comes to putting on a new roof at the Lake of the Ozarks, there are many different methods you can use.  The size and shape of your roof will determine what type of methods will work best. Luckily, you can leave the hard work up to your Lake of the Ozarks roofer! However, it might be nice to check out some of the below methods and terminology so you understand what your roofer is talking to you about.

Roofing Method TermsAmerican Method - application of very large individual shingles with the long dimension parallel to the rake.  Shingles are applied with a 3/4-inch space between adjacent shingles in a course. Bridging - a method of reroofing with metric sized shingles. Closed Cut Valley - a method of valley treatment in which shingles from one side of the valley extend across the valley, while shingles from the other side are trimmed two inches from the valley centerline.  The valley flashing is not exposed. Concealed Nail Method - Application of roll roofing in which all na…

Time to Clean Out the Gutters!

Now is the time to be making sure everything is ready to go for whatever weather the Winter season throws your way.  In order to keep your roof at the Lake of the Ozarks in good condition, you'll need to clean out your gutters. Snowmelt needs a place to go or it can cause damage to your roof. Cleaning the gutters is a job that's easily put off, but its important to start now rather than waiting until the last leaf falls!

Clogged Gutter Problems
The problem goes beyond the annoying waterfalls pouring off the roof or the pretty icicles in the winter. Excess water can wreak havoc on your home and cause major damage.  Gutters are designed to properly drain water from the roof down away from the home and its foundation.  If the gutters are clogged, they cannot work properly.  Here are just some of the many problems clogged gutters can cause:

Weight - gutters filled to the brim with leaves, twigs and other debris get even heavier when water comes into play.  This stress on the gutt…

Recycle Your Shingles to Pave Roadways

As concern for our environment grows, the recycling of asphalt shingles is becoming more important.
Asphalt shingles removed from homes can be recycled by grinding and using in asphalt pavement, rather than piling up in a landfill.  As America's number one recycler, the asphalt industry reuses and recycles nearly 100 million tons of its own product every year!  Reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) actually reduces the amount of virgin asphalt cement needed for constructing new roadways. When choosing a roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks that recycles shingles, you are helping the environment!

Shingle Recycling FAQs
1. What are the benefits of shingle recycling? 
Saves valuable resources from being sent to a landfillOffsets need for newly mined asphalt and aggregateCreates jobs for recycling locationsReduces the cost for pavingHomeowners feel good knowing their shingles aren't ending up in a landfill
2. What are recycled asphalt shingles used for?
The number one use of recycled…