Monday, October 27, 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.

Chocolate


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 $1.9 billion sold in Halloween Candy each year, $1.2 billion is on chocolate and only $680 million on sugar candy.

6. When 3 Musketeers was introduced in the 1930's, it consisted of separate chocolate, vanilla and strawberry pieces.

7. Only 10% of kids prefer to recieve gum for Halloween, while 50% prefer chocolate.

Candy Corn


8. The top selling candy is Candy Corn with over 20 million pounds purchased each year, followed by Snickers, Reese's, Kit Kat and M&M's.

9. Candy Corn is the most searched-for candy term in Google, even more popular than candy apples, gummy works and candy pumpkins.

10. If Branches laid out the candy corn kernels it sells each year end to end, they would wrap around the Earth 4.25 times.

Above & Beyond Roofing wishes you a fun and safe Halloween this weekend!  Don't forget that Halloween means the start of temperatures dropping and weather changing.  Make sure that your roof can withstand the harsh Winter weather by scheduling a FREE roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks today!  Contact your Lake of the Ozarks roofer at 573-302-0354 today!

At Above & Beyond Roofing, we pride ourselves on being locally owned and operated, being open 7- days a week, and we turn the average roofing job in one day!  Contact Ben or Melissa for a free estimate on your next project at 573-302-0354!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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 Terms

  • American 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 nails are driven into the underlaying course of roofing and covered by a cemented, overlapping course.  Nails are not exposed to the weather. 
  • Double Coverage - application of asphalt roofing such that the lapped portion is at least two inches wider than the exposed portion, resulting in two layers of roofing material over the deck. 
  • Dutch Lap Method - application of very large individual shingles with the long dimension parallel to the eaves.  Shingles are applied to overlap adjacent shingles in each course as well as the course below. 
  • Exposed Nail Method - application of roll roofing in which all nails are driven into the cemented, overlapping course of roofing. Nails are exposed to the weather. 
  • Low Slope Application - method of installing asphalt shingles on roof slopes between two and four inches per foot. 
  • Nesting - a method of re-roofing with new asphalt shingles over old shingles in which the top edge of the new shingle is butted against the bottom edge of the existing shingle tab. 
  • Normal-Slope Application - method of installing asphalt shingles on roof slopes between 4 inches and 21 inches per foot.
  • Open Valley - method of valley construction in which shingles on both sides of the valley are trimmed along a chalk line snapped on each side of the valley. Shingles do not extend across the valley. Valley flashing is exposed. 
  • Racking - roofing application method in which shingle courses are applied vertically up the roof rather than across and up. Not a recommended procedure. 
  • Steep-Slope Application (Mansard) - method of installing asphalt shingles on roof slopes greater than 21 inches per foot. 
  • Woven Valley - method of valley construction in which shingles from both sides of the valley extend across the valley and are woven together by overlapping alternate courses as they are applied. The valley flashing is not exposed.

Above & Beyond Roofing is your local residential and commercial roofing specialist!  The owner has over 15 years experience in the industry and the staff has more than 100 years combined.  If you're in need of a roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks, give us a call at 573-302-0354.  Above & Beyond Roofing can help with all your roofing needs from the dog house to your house!

At Above & Beyond Roofing, we pride ourselves on being locally owned and operated, being open 7- days a week, and we turn the average roofing job in one day!  Contact Ben or Melissa for a free estimate on your next project at 573-302-0354!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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 gutters and hanging brackets can pull the gutters off the house.  Falling gutters can also cause damage to lights, windows or anything else they hit when coming down. 
  • Paint/Siding Damage - overflowing water from gutters can damage the paint and siding on a home.  Not only are watermarks unsightly, but if water gets inside a wall the wood rots and loses its integrity.  This type of damage can often go unseen behind the siding until its too late. 
  • Ice-Damming - another major issue with clogged gutters is when blocked water freezes and backs up in the gutters.  This pushes against the roof structure and works its way under the shingles destroying the wood and causing leaks. 
  • Flooded Basements/Cracking Foundations - water that isn't drained away from the house can pool up around the foundation and will expand when frozen.  This expansion can cause cracks which lead to floods in your basement or crawl space. 


Gutter Cleaning Tips


The Lowe's Home Improvement video above does a nice job of explaining how to clean out your gutters, what tools you might need and how to perform minor repairs.  Here are few other tips for preparing your gutters before Winter arrives:

  • Remove Debris - when removing the leaves, twigs and other debris that has built up in your gutters, pay special attention to the downspout.  If debris along with mildew and mud are clogging the downspout, it won't drain properly. 
  • Check Gutter Spikes - check all the spikes that are supposed to go through the gutter, through the fascia board and into the rafter behind it.  It's a good idea to invest in new gutter spikes so the gutters are securely fastened once again. 
  • Watch for Leaks - look for holes in the gutters and cracked caulking in the seams.  Use a chisel to remove the old caulking and replace with new bead silicon sealing to keep water from getting behind the gutters and causing the boards to rot. 
  • Pressure Wash - once you've removed everything, you can start cleaning with a pressure washer.  If you've secured the gutters properly, a pressure washer won't hurt them as long as you follow the pressure washer instructions.  

If you suspect you need some new gutters at the Lake of the Ozarks, give Above & Beyond Roofing a call! In addition to commercial and residential roofing, we offer siding, soffit, fascia and gutters. We guarantee high quality work along with professional and personal service.  Give us a call at 573-302-0354 for all your roof related needs at the Lake of the Ozarks!

At Above & Beyond Roofing, we pride ourselves on being locally owned and operated, being open 7- days a week, and we turn the average roofing job in one day!  Contact Ben or Melissa for a free estimate on your next project at 573-302-0354!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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 landfill
  • Offsets need for newly mined asphalt and aggregate
  • Creates jobs for recycling locations
  • Reduces the cost for paving
  • Homeowners 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 shingles is to pave roads!  Ground up shingles are typically added up to 5% to pavement.  In many cases this process actually improves the quality of the pavement.  Other uses include input to make roofing products, cement kiln fuel and road maintenance products. 

3. Do you have to pull out the nails to recycle the shingles? 

You don't have to remove the nails.  They are actually separated by powerful magnets on the shingle grinder.  Once separated, the nails are actually recycled too! 

At Above & Beyond Roofing, we recycle the shingles that are removed from your home. If you're in need of a new roof at the Lake of the Ozarks, give us a call today at 573-302-0354.  We specialize in residential and commercial roofing.  there is literally no job too big or too small. We guarantee high quality work along with professional and personal service!

Sources:
http://www.apac-ksmo.com/environmental-benefits.html
http://www.shinglerecycling.org/

At Above & Beyond Roofing, we pride ourselves on being locally owned and operated, being open 7- days a week, and we turn the average roofing job in one day!  Contact Ben or Melissa for a free estimate on your next project at 573-302-0354!

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