Thursday, December 31, 2015

5 Roofing Scams to Watch Out For

Each year, homeowners fall victim to a variety of roofing scams. Your roof plays a huge role in protecting your property, so when it needs repaired, most people want to act fast. This in and of itself leaves homeowners vulnerable to fraudulent contractors. Above & Beyond Roofing wants to educate you on how to avoid the most common scams.

1. Storm Chasers

While the out-of-town storm chasers are the most publicized roofing scam out there, many people still fall victim. These roofers travel across the country following storm patterns and looking for homeowners to exploit. They will pass out leaflets in areas affected by storms, and may even show up unannounced offering free roof inspections. With the large amounts of rain we've had recently, homeowners should be on high alert for these frauds. If you are concerned with how a storm may have affected your roof, call a trusted local roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks to come out and take a look at it. Reputable, local companies will also offer inspections for free.

2. Door-to-Door Salesmen 

One other big scam in the roofing industry is the door-to-door salesmen. These so-called roofers will show up unannounced with the promise of a free roof. These scammers tend to target neighborhoods with a large population of senior citizen, a lot of old homes or, like above, ones that have been hit by a storm. After offering a free roof inspection, these contractors will go on your roof and actually cause damage, making it look like it was caused by a storm. They might tear off shingles to simulate wind damage or take a hammer to your roof to make it look like hail damage. Don't just let anyone that shows up to your door onto your roof. Before signing any papers have your insurance company come out and take a look.

3. Disappearing Downpayments

Another common roofing scam is when the company asks for a downpayment and then never returns to do the work. In most cases, these scammers will convince a homeowner to sign over or cash their insurance check as the downpayment. Unfortunately, this scam happens all the time. To avoid this scam, never hand over your insurance money until after supplies have been delivered and work has been started. If you don't give them any money, you can't be taken advantage of.

4. High-Pressure Tactics

Some dishonest roofing contractors will resort to high-pressure sales tactics to trick you into hiring them. While promising a special deal or extremely low rates, they will pressure the homeowner into signing a contract on the spot. If the homeowner tries to resist, the contractor will make dishonest claims or mislead the homeowner until the binding contract has been signed. One of the main reasons some contractors will use this scam tactic is because their rates are actually higher than their competitors and they don't want the homeowner shopping around to other Lake of the Ozarks roofers. Be sure not to sign anything right away - take the time to do some research before you get sucked into a bad deal. 

5. Fluctuating Bids

Some contractors will try to raise the price on you after they've already started the job. The contractor will throw out a bid lower than the competitors' bids and easily get the job. One the job is underway, unforseen problems and unexpected costs suddenly arise. In some instances the contractor may even remove the roof and refuse to replace it until another payment is made. This leaves the homeowner no choice because their home is now subject to the elements and even more damage if the roof isn't replaced almost immediately. By the time the job is finished, the homeowner has paid substantially more than what was agreed upon in the beginning.

The best thing you can do is research the company before you let them on your roof. Be sure to ask for proof of insurance, references, etc. In fact, the best option is to just avoid anyone that comes knocking on your door - instead seek out the help of a well-known local company. Ask your friends, coworkers and neighbors who they would recommend. Then give the best roofing company at Lake of the Ozarks a call and ask for a roof inspection.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

31 Christmas Fun Facts

The holiday season is a time to spend with family and friends, often times people you don't get to see that often. With Christmas just a couple days away, many of you are preparing for these out-of-town guests to arrive. Here are some fun Christmas facts that are sure to impress those holiday guests!

1. Scientists calculated that Santa would have to visit 822 homes per second in order to deliver presents to the entire world on Christmas Eve. He would also have to travel at 650 miles per second.

2. The tradition of putting tangerines in stockings comes from 12th-century French nuns who left socks full of fruit and nuts at the houses of the poor.

3. Christmas carols began as an old English custom called wassailing, which was toasting neighbors to a long life.

4. Hanging stockings out comes from the Dutch custom of leaving shoes packed with food for St. Nicholas' donkeys. He would leave small gifts in return.

5. The word "Noel" derives from the French expression "les bonnes nouvelles" or "the good news."

6. James Pierpon'ts 1857 song "Jingle Bells" was first called "One Horse Open Sleigh" and was written for Thanksgiving.

7. The world's biggest snowman ever built was in Maine in 1999. He stood 113 ft. tall.

8. The word Christmas comes from the Old English "Cristes maesse" meaning "Christ's Mass."

9. The best selling Christmas single of all time is Bing Crosby's "White Christmas," with over 100 million sales worldwide.

10. The world's tallest Christmas tree, a 221-foot Douglas fir, was erected in at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington in 1950.

11. Christmas pudding was originally a soup made with raisins and wine.

12. Kissing under the mistletoe is thought to come from Frigga, the Norse goddess of love, who was associated with the plant.

13. Electric tree lights were invented by Edward Johnson in the US in 1882.

14. The highest-grossing Christmas movie is 2000's "How The Grinch Stole Christmas."

15. Rudolph the red nosed reindeer was invented for a US firm's Christmas promotion in 1938.

16. The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers.

17. All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts.

18. The world's largest Christmas stocking measured 106 ft. and 9 in. long by 49 ft. and 1 in. wide. It weighed as much as five reindeer and held almost 1,000 presents.

19. Alabama was the first state in the United States to officially recognize Christmas in 1836, while Oklahoma was the last to declare Christmas a legal holiday in 1907.

20. Christmas wasn't declared an official holiday in the United States until June 26, 1870.

21. The first printed reference to a Christmas tree was in 1531 in Germany.

22. In 1962, the first Christmas postage stamp was issued in the United States.

23. The earliest known Christmas tree decorations were apples. At Christmas time, medieval actors would use apples to decorate trees during their "Paradise Plays," which were plays depicting the story of Adam & Eve.

24. Commissioned by Sir Henry Cole, British illustrator John Callcott Horsley invented the first Christmas card in 1843.

25. Christmas purchases account for 1/6 of all retail sales in the United States.

26. Coca-Cola was the first company to use Santa Claus in a winter promotion.

27. Ebenezer Scrooge's original catchphrase was "Bah Christmas," not "Bah Humbug."

28. Jingle Bells was the first song to be sung in space, on December 16, 1965 by astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra.

29. Contrary to popular belief, Black Friday actually isn't the busiest shopping day of the year. The Friday and Saturday before Christmas are the busiest shopping days.

30. Toys for Tots held its first toy drive in 1947.

31. On average, it takes 7 years to grow a Christmas tree, although it can take up to 15 years!

Merry Christmas from Above & Beyond Roofing! If you find yourself in need of some Lake of the Ozarks roof repairs this holiday season, give us a call at 573-302-0354. We will give you a free estimate along with your free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks. Above & Beyond Roofing is here for all your roofing needs!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

How to Hang Christmas Lights WITHOUT Damaging Your Roof

As Christmas approaches, many of you are getting your decorations up. Christmas lights are a great way to show your holiday spirit, if you hang them correctly. Use these tips to get your Christmas lights hung without damaging your roofing at the Lake of the Ozarks.

1. Test Your Lights Before Hanging Them. 

You don't want to hang all your lights just to find out that some of them don't work. Check all your lights for burnt out bulbs or frayed wires before attempting to hang them on your home. Broken lights are a recipe for disaster and can lead to electrical dangers. If you find a strand that doesn't work, the best option is to just throw it out and get a new strand. Be sure to also check the labels on the lights to make sure they are made for outdoor use and can be plugged into one another. You don't want to create a fire hazard by trying to make your home look festive for the holidays.

2. Attach Your Lights to the Eaves. 

Shingles are surprisingly fragile and shouldn't be pulled on. They aren't designed to hold the weight of your Christmas lights. Therefore, be sure to attach your lights and any other decorations to the eaves of your roof and not your shingles. If you're roof is flat, with no eaves, you can use Parrot Clips or something similar that go over the wall that juts up over your flat roof. They have small holes in the clips for placing your strands of lights.

3. Don't Use Staples or Nails. 

Avoid using staples or nails to attach Christmas lights to your roof. Just because they do it in the movies, doesn't mean you should. You don't want to put any holes in your roof - holes can lead to leaks. Eventually those small holes can lead to other major problems with your roof, causing the need for some Lake of the Ozarks roof repairs. Plastic clips are the best option for hanging your lights as they won't damage your roof. There are a variety of different clips you can use that easily attach to gutters, or the eaves of your roof.

4. Avoid Walking On Your Roof. 

Too much added weight is not good for your roof. Every step you take on your roof also wears away the protective surface of your shingles. Plus, if you're roof is old or in bad shape, there is a chance you could fall through. Instead of getting up on your roof to hang lights, you should use a ladder to get them in place. Make sure you use safety precautions when using a ladder though. One of the biggest causes of accidents during the holidays is a wobbly ladder. Find someone to help you get the job done. They can hold the ladder for you, hand you things, untangle lights and anything else you might need help with while putting up those decorations.

If you're roof is already damaged from hanging lights in the past or other winter wear and tear, call the best roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks at 573-302-0354! We offer free roof inspections at the Lake of the Ozarks, as well as free estimates for all your roofing needs. If you're looking for high quality work, professional and personal service and competitive pricing, you've found it at Above & Beyond Roofing!

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Friday, December 11, 2015

9 Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill This Winter

While we've been experiencing a rather warm beginning to our winter season here at the Lake of the Ozarks, the cold winter weather is on it's way. Along with the cold comes an increase in energy use, as well as an increase in that price on your electric bill. In addition to making sure your Lake of the Ozarks roof is in good condition to keep cold air out, here are a few tips to help you keep your electric bill down this winter:

1. Furnace Tune-Up. 

Now is the time to have your furnace looked at. It's important to make sure it is in proper working condition before we get a big snow storm and that temperature drops way below zero. You don't want your furnace to go out in the middle of the night, leaving you and your family freezing. Throughout the year, be sure to regularly replace the filter as well.

2. Adjust Your Thermostat Throughout the Day. 

Why heat your house when no one is home? When you leave for work, be sure to turn your thermostat down. However, don't turn it all the way off, even if you're going to be gone on vacation; you don't want your pipes to freeze. If you're going to be away for awhile, leave it around 55° F. At night, you can use extra blankets to keep warm instead of cranking up the heat.

3. Eliminate Drafts. 

Weather proof your home to keep the warm air inside! Seal any air leaks around windows with caulk. If needed, replace your weather stripping around your doors as well. Take a look at the ductwork as well, using a mastic sealant or metal tape to cover any leaks.

4. Increase Attic Insulation. 

A properly insulated attic is going to help keep both the cold air out and warm air in. Even if you're attic is properly insulated, the access door may not. Be sure to insulate it so the warm air is not only staying in your house, but staying down in the living areas where you want it.

5. Choke Your Chimney. 

Keep warm air from escaping up the chimney. Fireplaces can be great, but when there's not a fire burning, your warm indoor air can escape the house through the chimney. Even when the chimney flue is closed, some warm air can still escape, so you might consider purchasing a chimney balloon.

6. Install Storm Windows.

You can reduce heat loss by up to 25% just by reinforcing your windows. Storm windows are easy to install and are much cheaper than replacing  your windows altogether. Another option is to cover your windows and sliding glass doors with an inexpensive clear plastic film. When spring rolls around, it's really easy to remove the film.

7. Invest in a Space Heater. 

Rather than trying to keep the entire house toasty warm all the time, consider investing in a space heater. Use the heater in the room/rooms you use the most and keep your overall heater turned down. You can stay warm where you are without wasting energy heating the rooms that aren't in use.

8. Keep Heating Registers Clear. 

In order to provide even heating, the air needs a clear path into the room. If your heating registers are covered with rugs or low-sitting furniture, that warm air can get trapped. This will make the furnace work harder to heat the room.

9. Use Blinds and Curtains to Your Advantage. 

While it may be cold outside, the winter sun can still be used to help heat your home. If the sun is shining, be sure to open those curtains to let those rays in. However, if the sun isn't out, be sure to close them as an extra layer of insulation between your room and the exterior of that window.

One of the best ways to save on your electric bill is to make sure your roof is in proper working condition, keeping the warm air in and the cold air out. Schedule your free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks today. Now is the perfect time for us to take a look at your roof before the snow and ice arrive this winter! Give Above & Beyond a Roofing a call at 573-302-0354 today!

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Winter Roof Probelms: Ice Dams

While this weekend is supposed to be relatively nice, with temperatures at a high of 50°, winter weather is still on it's way. We have already discussed the dangers of too much snow on your roof and today we want to touch on how ice dams can affect your roof as well. Your Lake of the Ozarks roofing company wants to make sure your roof lasts throughout the cold, winter season.

What is an Ice Dam? 

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining off the roof. Often times, melting snow will pool up behind the ridge and work its way under roof shingles and into the home, causing significant damage to ceilings, walls and floors. The sheer weight of the ice dams can also damage gutters, downspouts and fascia boards.

How Ice Dams Form

In order for ice dams to form, there needs to be snow accumulation, home heat loss and subfreezing temperatures. As heat rises from your home, it melts the accumulated snow on the roof. That melted snow travels down the roof until it reaches the eave line and gutters. It then refreezes there due to the colder temperatures, forming the ice dam. This ice blocks the flow of subsequent snow melt. As water melts higher up on the roof, it flows down and pools up behind the ice. Since that water is sitting over the warmer portion of the roof, it doesn't freeze and therefore can seep through the roof and into your home. Another way that ice dams can form is if a heavy snow if followed by a warm day and then freezing temperatures the next. If melting snow pools up in your gutters (because they're not cleared) and then freezes the next day because the temperature drops back down below freezing, you can have the same issue.

How to Prevent Ice Dams

While you can't control the weather, there are some things you can do to prevent ice dams from forming on your roof. Working to prevent ice dams will help you avoid costly home and roof repairs at the Lake of the Ozarks.

1. Make sure your gutters are cleaned out. Remove leaves, sticks and other debris, so melting snow and ice can flow freely.
2. Consider installing gutter guards to to keep debris out.
3. Make sure your attic is well ventilated. If your attic stays cold, there will be less melting and refreezing on your roof.
4. Make sure your roof shingles are securely fastened. Shifting ice and water can wreak havoc with loose shingles.
5. Fix any small cracks in the masonry to keep water from getting in between the bricks, expanding as it freezes, and causing larger cracks.
6. Use a roof rake, a broom or other long-handled devices to remove snow before it has a chance to melt.
7. If an ice dam does form, use steam to remove it.

Above & Beyond Roofing is here to make sure your home is protected from all the elements. We offer free roof inspections at the Lake of the Ozarks. Are estimates are also free and we pride ourselves on great customer service. Give us a call at 573-302-0354 today!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

How Much Do You Know About Thanksgiving?

The year is winding down and the holiday season is upon us - Thanksgiving is just one day away! If you're looking for something to pass the time while you wait for that turkey to cook, try testing your knowledge of Thanksgiving with these fun trivia questions!

1. According to the Butterball Association, how long should you let your turkey thaw in the refrigerator?

A. 8 hours for every 4 lbs.
B. 12 hours for every 4 lbs.
C. 4 hours for every 4 lbs.
D. 24 hours for every 4 lbs.

2. What was the first department store to hold a Thanksgiving Day parade?

A. J.C. Penny's
B. Gimbel's
C. Macy's
D. Montgomery Wards

3. Which president was the first to establish Thanksgiving as a legal national holiday to be held the 4th Thursday of November?

A. Abraham Lincoln
B. Franklin D. Roosevelt
C. Thomas Jefferson
D. James Madison

4. In what year did the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade take place?

A. 1894
B. 1904
C. 1914
D. 1924

5. Which president is believed to be the first to pardon a turkey and start that annual tradition?

A. Andrew Jackson
B. Franklin D. Roosevelt
C. Harry Truman
D. Warren Harding

6. Which balloon was the first to appear in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade?

A. Mickey Mouse
B. Felix the Cat
C. Betty Boop
D. Superman

7. How many pilgrims were believed to be on the Mayflower?

A. 102
B. 122
C. 92
D. 82

8. How long was the voyage from England to the New World?

A. 146 days
B. 106 days
C. 66 days
D. 46 days

9. The Mayflower was not built for transporting people, but for what?

A. To carry wine. 
B. To take fishing.
C. To retrieve spices from the Far East.
D. For a decoration.

10. The first Thanksgiving football game was started in 1934 by which team?

A. Pittsburgh Steelers
B. Kansas City Chiefs
C. Detroit Lions
D. New England Patriots

11. Which state produces the most turkeys?

A. North Carolina
B. Minnesota
C. Texas
D. Kansas

12. Which state produces the most cranberries?

A. Maine
B. Wisconsin
C. Washington
D. Oregon


1. D - 24 hours for every 4 lbs.
2. B - Gimbel's
3. B - Franklin D. Roosevelt
4. D - 1924
5. C - Harry Truman
6. B - Felix the Cat
7. A - 102
8. C - 66 Days
9. A - To carry wine.
10. C - Detroit Lions
11. B - Minnesota
12. B - Wisconsin

Above & Beyond Roofing wishes you a very Happy Thanksgiving! Remember that with the holidays can come winter weather. Make sure your roof can uphold through the winter season by getting a free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks! Call 573-302-0354 to schedule yours today. You'll want to get any repairs taken care of now before we get hit with any significant amounts of snow!

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Friday, November 20, 2015

The Dangers of Too Much Snow on Your Roof

The cold weather has arrived at the Lake of the Ozarks and our first snow fall could be just around the corner! Above & Beyond Roofing is here to educate you on how snow accumulation can affect your roof. Be sure to look for signs of too much weight on your roof this winter and be sure to remove excess snow before it causes problems for your roof and the rest of your home.

How Much Snow Can Your Roof Hold? 

Unfortunately, there's no simple answer to this question. All properly built roofs are built to withstand a "design" snow and ice load. The presence of snow and ice on a roof exerts vertical loads that can cause a roof to sag or bow downward. This loading also transfers horizontal forces that may cause the walls to deflect or move slightly outward. When roof loads are below the actual load capacity, the effects are temporary. However, if the loading exceeds the design load capacity, the sagging and deflections can become permanent. In extreme cases, the roof can even collapse.

Signs of an Overloaded Roof

Whether a roof can sustain a load without damage or collapse depends mainly on the depth and density of the snow, as well as the depth and spacing of the rafters and trusses. Since determining the depth and density of snow might be a little difficult, here are some warning signs to look for:

  • If after a heavy snow, you see that the rafters in your attic are sagging, there could be too much snow on your roof. 
  • If you hear any cracking or popping, you also have reason to be concerned about the amount of weight on your roof. 
  • If the house's frame has moved enough to jam shut a door or even just make it stick, that's not a good sign. 
  • If you see the drywall or plaster around door frames start to crack, that could be a sign of too much snow as well. 
  • Severe roof leaks into the attic are another good indicator that the snow should be removed immediately. 
  • If the snow is 18 inches high or more, you definitely want to remove it, especially if you have a low-pitched roof.  

Regardless of your roof's condition, it's always a good idea to remove drifts using a roof rake with an extension pole or hire the best roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks to remove the snow for you! If you're concerned about the current condition of your roof, give us a call at 573-302-0354 for a free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks

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Monday, November 9, 2015

The Annual Signature Chefs Auction is THIS Week!

Join us for an evening of culinary excellence at the Annual Signature Chefs Auction this Wednesday, November 11. Above & Beyond Roofing is a proud sponsor of this annual benefit for The March of Dimes. Enjoy delicious food from your favorite local restaurants, while bidding on auction items to support a great cause!

Event Details

The March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction is an annual fundraiser that is always in good taste!  The gala showcases enticing culinary creations from Central Missouri’s top chefs along with distinctive, one-of-a-kind auction items and experiences.
  • Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015
  • Time: 5:30 PM
  • Location: Lodge of Four Seasons

Participating Restaurants

The Signature Chefs Auction event features local culinary talent who create a selection of fine cuisine for an exclusive audience. Our chefs are artists, innovators and philanthropists, and we look forward to sharing their talents with you during the event. Here is a list of this year's participating restaurants:

  • Baxter’s Lakeside Grille
  • Camden on the Lake
  • The Club at Porto Cima
  • HK’s
  • JB Hook’s
  • JJ Twigs
  • JJ’s at the Copper Pot
  • Pappo’s Pizzeria
  • Redhead Yacht Club
  • Ruthie D’s
  • Savannah Grille
  • Shell’s Pasta Emporium
  • Wobbly Boots

About March of Dimes

The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The rising incidence of premature birth has demanded action, and the March of Dimes has responded by initiating an intensive, multi-year campaign to raise awareness and find the causes of prematurity. Worldwide, 15 million babies are born prematurely each year. The March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign addresses this crisis and helps families have full-term, healthy babies. They're funding lifesaving research and speaking out for legislation that improves care for both moms and babies.

The Annual Signature Chefs Auction is just one of the many charities our Lake of the Ozarks roofing company supports here at the Lake of the Ozarks. When owners Ben and Melissa moved to the Lake of the Ozarks in 2004 for more year-round work, they had no idea how much they would fall in love with the Lake community. They have become heavily involved in many charity events and organizations to support our local community. Join us to help make our community a better place. We hope to see you at the Signature Chefs Auction in just a few short days!  

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Friday, November 6, 2015

9 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Gutters

With Winter on its way, your Lake of the Ozarks roof isn't the only thing you need to take a look at. Keep an eye on your gutter system as well. You want to make sure that any snow and water that accumulates on your roof can easily drain off when it melts. Gutters play an important part in keeping your home in tip-top condition. They direct water away from your home’s exterior walls, windows, doors, and foundation, preventing that water from getting inside. Look for these signs to help determine if its time to replace your gutter system.

1. Cracks or Splits

Keep in mind that while larger cracks are visible on a clear, dry day, the smaller ones may not reveal themselves until a storm. Even small cracks will eventually turn into big ones. The swinging temperatures in late Autumn can cause small infractions to grow to larger gaps in in a matter of days. If you don't address the cracks, water can not only damage the gutters further, but it can also damage the fascia boards behind the gutters, the shingles on your roof and the foundation of your home. You may be able to just repair individual cracks, but extensive cracking calls for replacing the entire gutter system.

2. Sagging

One of the easiest ways to tell that you need gutter repairs or gutter replacement is if they're sagging. Gutters should never sag or be pulled away from the home. These signs can indicate that the gutters are full of water and are pulling away from the house due to the weight of that water. A full gutter could mean that the system is not appropriate for that home, it's draining improperly or debris is causing blockage.

3. Separated Seams

Gutters come in sections, with sleeves covering the joints to ensure a seamless path for rain water. The average gutters are most vulnerable at those seams. Both leaks and separations are common and lead to a number of undesirable outcomes. Cracks or splits in the joints may be solved with some minor repairs or the replacement of fittings. However, if more than one or two of the joints are having issues, you'll want to consider just replacing the system.

4. Rust

Orange flecks are an indicator of the beginning stages of rust. Their presence means that water is present on a continuous basis. Possibly the gutters are not removing water properly or there could be leaks. Rust stains are another sign of gutter breakdown, and often show up on the grass or patio around the downspout. This reddish stain indicates corrosion within your gutters. If you're gutters are extremely old, you're probably going to find rust and that means it is time to get them replaced.

5. Water Damage

At least once a year, on a day that's relatively sunny and free from rain, check your gutters for water damage. Water marks underneath the gutter indicate that overflowing water is escaping the gutter or leaking is occurring. This type of water intrusion can also damage your soffit and fascia board. Make sure to have your gutters repaired or replaced before the damage gets any worse.

6. Mildew

Downspouts are made to keep water away from the foundation of your home. Moisture accumulation near the foundation can find its way into the basement, leading to mildew growth. If you notice mildew in a below ground area that was formerly dry and mildew-free, damaged gutters are a likely cause. You should also look for mildew on exterior walls or patios, and around windows, doors and trim. If mildew is present, inspect the closest gutter for clogging and blockage. The result could be from build up in the gutters, which is easily solved or you may need to replace your gutters at the Lake of the Ozarks.

7. Rotting

Keep a close eye on the outer edge of your roof. If your gutter is clogged, rain water can back up onto the roof. This can cause the shingles along the outer edge of your roof to rot. On the other end, leaking water from the gutters can cause exterior wood trim elements such as window sills and door frames to rot. This can make it difficult to keep out the weather. If you find rot, it's probably time to go ahead and replace those gutters.

8. Peeling Paint

The paint on your gutters is designed to withstand normal wear and tear throughout the season. However, extended exposure to water, like when its not draining properly, can cause the paint to start peeling. In addition to the paint on the actual gutters, look at the paint on the siding of your home near the gutter systems. Broken gutters result in spillage and overflow, which rapidly deteriorates the paint below and around that part of the gutter. If your siding is continuously exposed to this leaking water, you may begin to see peeling paint there as well. Without immediate repairs, those areas could start to rot and decay.

9. Standing Water

If water is pooling up near your foundation, your gutter system is not doing its job of directing water flow away from your house. The problem could be something as simple as a clog or something more complex such as a defect in the gutter system. Either way, standing water near the foundation can cause damage, leading to costly, time consuming repairs. Standing water near the base of your downspout can be corrected with the installation of a dry well or by just extending the current system farther beyond that area.

Gutters must be maintained in order to function properly. Small manageable issues can easily turn into larger, more costly affairs if not addressed. Above & Beyond Roofing is more than just a roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we also offer gutter, soffit, fascia and siding services. If you're gutters need replaced, give us a call at 573-302-0354.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

13 Halloween Superstitions

One of the spookiest days of the year is here. This weekend people all around the world will be celebrating Halloween. The young and the old will dress up in costumes and dance the night away. For the superstitious though, Halloween might not be their favorite holiday. Let's take a look at some of the common superstitions associated with this holiday.

1. Black Cats are Bad Luck.

The black cat's bad reputation dates back to the Dark Ages, where there were witch hunts. Elderly, solitary women were often accused of witchcraft and their pet cats were said to be gifts from the devil. Another Medieval myth suggests that Satan turned himself into a cat in order to talk with the witches. Today, black cats aren't considered bad luck all around the world; in Ireland, Scotland and England it is actually considered good luck if a black cat crosses your path.

2. Seeing a Bat on Halloween is an Ominous Sign.

Bats were also considered the devils gift to witches. One of the myths states that if you see a bat flying around one's house three times, it meant that someone in that house was going to die soon. Another myth said that if a bat flew into your house on Halloween, it was a sign your house was haunted, as a ghost must have let it in.

3. Spiders Could Mean Witches are Nearby.

Spiders are also considered evil companions of witches during Medieval times. One superstition is that if a spider falls into a candle-lit lamp and is consumed by the flame, a witch is nearby. Also, if you spot a spider on Halloween it means that the spirit of a deceased loved one is watching over you.

4. Three Knocks Mean Death.

If you hear three knocks and no one is there, it usually means someone close to you has died.

5. Candles Ward Off Evil Spirits and Show the Future.

A burning candle inside a jack-o-lantern on Halloween is said to keep evil spirits and demons at bay. It is also said that if you gaze into the flame of a candle on Halloween night, you can peer into the future. However, if a candle blows out by itself, it is a sign that evil spirits are nearby. After Halloween, it's not a good idea to continue burning those candles used for the holiday as they may bring bad luck or strange things may happen to you of which you have no control.

6. The Sound of Footsteps Mean the Dead are Following You.

If you hear footsteps behind you on Halloween night, do not look back as it might be the dead following you. Turning back could mean that you will soon join the dead.

7. No Shadow Means Death.

Many still believe that casting a headless shadow or no shadow at all is an omen of death within the next year. Another superstition says that looking at your shadow in the moonlight on Halloween night will guarantee your death within a short amount of time.

8. Cemeteries are Full of Evil Spirits.

An old superstition states that the body put in the first grave dug in a new graveyard is always claimed by the devil. When passing a graveyard or a house where someone has died, turn your pockets inside out to make sure you don't bring any ghosts home in them. Or you can carry a lump of bread in your pockets to serve as an offering to the ghosts. Also, if you hold your breath while you pass by a cemetery, evil spirits can't enter your body.

9. Owls Eat the Souls of the Dying.

Many people used to believe that owls would swoop down to eat the souls of the dying. If they heard an owl hooting, they would become frightened. A common remedy to keep yourself safe from the owls was thought to be turning your pockets inside out.

10. Walking Around Your House Wards Off Spirits.

The Halloween holiday is centered around evil spirits coming out to play. One superstition says that you should walk around your house three times backwards and counterclockwise before sunset on Halloween to ward off evil spirits. Also, if you see a ghost, walk around it nine times and it will disappear.

11. Wind Offers a Sigh of Death.

On Halloween night, it is believed that those approaching death within the next year will hear a sigh that is carried by the wind which blows over the feet of the dead.

12. Put Your Clothes on Inside Out to Meet a Witch.

While many people dress up as witches for Halloween, that doesn't make them a witch. If you want to meet a real witch, it is said that all you have to do is put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards on Halloween night.

13. Displaced Pebbles Mean Death.

An old Celtic custom was to light giant bonfires on Halloween. After the fires went out, a circle of ashes was made on which each member of the family that helped make the fire would place a pebble. Any pebbles that were displaced or damaged in the morning represented that family member would die within the year.

Happy Halloween from your Lake of the Ozarks roofer! Along with this spooky holiday comes cooler weather. Now is the time to get your roof inspected before the winter weather hits. Give Above & Beyond Roofing a call at 573-302-0354 to schedule your free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

4 Tips to Prepare Your Roof for Winter

You may not want to hear it, but winter is on it's way. While you're busy enjoying the crisp fall air and the beauty of the leaves changing color, the cold weather, with it's snow and ice, is going to creep up on you. Now is the time to start preparing your home for winter, especially your roof. If any Lake of the Ozarks roof repairs are needed, now is the time to get them done before the snow and ice arrive. Here are a few things you can do to prepare your roof for winter:

1. Seal Any Roof Leaks. 

Before winter hits, you'll want to check the ceiling and interior walls for any signs of leaks, such as stains. Take the time to seal all roof leaks possible before the weather gets too bad. Once the rooftop becomes covered in snow and ice, it will be nearly impossible to find those little annoying roof leaks. Plus the added weight and moisture can only make those leaks worse. It will save you a lot of money in repairs if you can catch them soon after they develop instead of waiting until next spring.

2. Check Roof Deck for Any Signs of Deterioration. 

Check the roof deck and fascia/coping for any signs of deterioration. Be sure to check the expansion joints for signs of excessive movement and splits, or thin sections of membrane, and deteriorated caulking of loose metalwork. Cold temperatures can have a tremendous effect on loose mortar or composite building materials. These types of materials will contract in the cold weather causing them to separate, forming water or wind access points into your home.

3. Examine All Roof Penetrations. 

Examine all spots on the roof such as pitch pockets, vent pipes, pipe boots, skylights, etc. for any areas of deteriorated caulking or voids in the caulking. Check all chimney flashings, brick and mortar joints. Any point of air or water infiltration needs to be checked and resorted to a properly sealed condition. Check all base flashing and counter flashing attachments as well. When snow accumulates on the roof up and over the flashings, the roof can leak.

4. Clean Your Gutters. 

Clear all your gutters and downspouts. Clean out all of the drains making sure they are in proper working condition. Drainage problems during the winter can cause problems for your roof in the future. Plus, the weight of water in an improperly functioning gutter system can loosen the attachment, and possibly cause it to break or come off completely. It is important that all drainage water moves freely, and away from the house. In addition to any debris in your gutters, you'll want to remove debris from the roof surface.

Roof maintenance is important all throughout the year, but especially going into the winter season. Above & Beyond Roofing is here to help with all your roofing needs. We offer free roof inspections at the Lake of the Ozarks, so you can rest assured that your roof is prepared to last through the winter. Give us a call at 573-302-0354 to schedule an appointment today!

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Friday, October 16, 2015

The Effects of the Seasons on Your Roof

While your shingles are made to withstand normal changes in weather, it doesn't come without some roof maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks to keep them in tip top shape. From the moment they're installed on your roof, they begin their aging process and it's important to have them inspected regularly to make sure they are properly working to protect your home. Let's take a look at how each of the different seasons can impact your Lake of the Ozarks roof

1. Fall

Fall is here and that means the leaves are starting to fall. While the leaves may look beautiful, they can also cause problems for your roof. Clogged gutters is one of the top roofing concerns during the fall months. Debris that gets stuck in the gutters will restrict rainwater flow when not addressed immediately. This can cause both roof and gutter damage to occur. In Missouri you never know what kind of weather to expect this time of year, with the fluctuations from hot to cold, hot to cold that we've been experiencing, you should pay special attention to your roof. Moss and algae could begin to form, affecting the durability of your roof.

2. Winter

When snow and ice accumulate on the roof, the ice may melt as the temperature increases during the day and then refreeze again as the temperature drops at night. The repeated refreezing of the ice increases its mass. In addition, as water freezes it expands, applying enormous force against anything constraining it. This can cause warping and leaking of the roof. Ice-build up on your roof and in your gutters can also prevent water from draining properly. This could cause that water to leak into the attic, causing further damage. Prevent costly repairs by getting a free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks at least twice a year.

3. Spring

As the transition from winter to spring arrives, think about what you roof has already endured for the last few months. Your roof may already be suffering from damaged gutters, shingles and trim boards, or disturbed flashings, ridge vents and pipe collars. Although spring might not be as big of a threat as winter, spring showers can also pose a threat to your roof, especially if it's already damaged. Excess moisture can cause all kinds of problems for your roof, from mold accumulation to leaks and water damage. The best place to spot any issues would be your attic. In order to prevent water damage, make sure to add gutter maintenance to your spring cleaning checklist. You want to ensure that rain water isn't backing up and getting trapped on your roof. 

4. Summer

During those hot Missouri summers, your roof is subjected to intense heat from the sun, with temperatures reaching 160 degrees Fahrenheit or more! When a cold front comes in, it is often accompanied by a thunderstorm. The combination of the air temperature dropping with evaporation of rain water from the roof can result in a sudden drop of temperature of the roof, anywhere from 50 to 100 degrees. This difference in temperature causes the expansion and contraction of the supporting structure beneath the roof and places a strain on the shingles. Overtime, this process causes the shingles to become fatigued.

The best way to prepare your roof for the changes in season and avoid costly roof repairs at the Lake of the Ozarks is to have it inspected regularly. Give Above & Beyond Roofing a call at 573-302-0354 to schedule your inspection today! Winter is just around the corner, so now is the time to make sure your roof can withstand the crazy Missouri weather that is to come.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Join us at the 6th Annual Totes for Ta-Tas!

Totes for Ta-Tas is an annual fundraising event that Above & Beyond Roofing is always a part of. Each year the event raises more money for Lake Regional breast cancer patients. Last year, the event raised over $10,000! Come on out to the Inn at Grand Glaize, next Tuesday, October 13 to help support your community in these great efforts!

Above & Beyond's Owner, Melissa Krokson (far left) helping present the event proceeds to Lake Regional Cancer Center.
Photo From: Totes for Ta-Tas Facebook Page

What is Totes for Ta-Tas? 

Totes for Ta-Tas is a community fundraising effort where all year long gently used bags, totes, purses, wallets, etc. are collected to be auctioned off the night of the event. During the annual October event, attendees enjoy dinner, drinks, raffles, door prizes and of course the silent auction of items collected throughout the year. All of the proceeds are donated to the Lake Regional Cancer Center to help patients suffering from breast cancer. For more information, you can visit their Facebook page at:

2015 Event Details

The event will take place on Tuesday, October 13 from 5-8 PM. Tickets for the event are $20 per person and includes:

  • Dinner: Soup, Salad, Potato Bar, & Dessert
  • A Drink Ticket 
  • Door Prize Entry 
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Participation in the Silent Auction of Totes, Purses, Wallets, etc. 

Join your favorite Lake of the Ozarks roofing company for a great event supporting a great cause! While the Krokson's decision to move to the Lake of the Ozarks in 2004 was based on the opportunity for year-round business, they fell in love with the community. Today they are heavily involved in a variety of charity events and organizations that support the local area. 

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Blistering: A Common Problem with Asphalt Shingles

Blistering shingles are a common problem with asphalt roofs. Blisters can shorten the life of your roof at the Lake of the Ozarks if not addressed. If the blisters are limited to just a few shingles, you don't really have anything to worry about. However, if the blisters are widespread, the entire slope may need to be replaced sooner than expected. Let's take a deeper look at what causes shingles to blister and how to prevent those blisters from popping and causing major damages to your roof.

Why Do Asphalt Shingles Blister?

Sometimes during the manufacturing process, moisture can get trapped within the shingle. Even though blistering is often perceived as a manufacturing defect, the blisters are typically caused by poor roof ventilation. If you're roof is not properly ventilated, the shingles can get very hot. This intense heat on your roof also heats up that trapped moisture, causing blisters to surface. If the shingles on your Lake of the Ozarks roof have trapped moisture, they are likely to start blistering within the first year of installation.

Preventing Blisters from Popping 

Blistering shingles aren't necessarily a big issue, as long as the shingles keep their granules. However, blistering shingles are bound to pop, which can lead to leaks and other roof damage. To avoid roof repairs at the Lake of the Ozarks, use these tips to prevent your blistering shingles from popping:
  • Be careful not to walk on the blistered shingles. Blistered shingles will pop when disturbed by foot traffic. 
  • Falling debris, such as pine cones, acorns, limbs, etc., could cause blisters to pop as well. Removing trees that hang over your roof could be very beneficial to the longevity of your roof. 
  • Another method of prevention is to replace the asphalt shingles before they pop. However, this could be a costly repair depending on how many shingles are blistered.

If you're concerned about blistering shingles on your roof, give Above & Beyond Roofing a call at 573-302-0354. We offer free roof inspections at the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding areas.  Our company's staff has more than 100 years' combined experience in the roofing industry, so you can rest assured that your getting high quality work, with professional and personal service.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

The Lifecycle of an Asphalt Roof

Whether your new roof at the Lake of the Ozarks was needed to repair extensive damage or you just needed a fresh, new look, new shingles can do wonders for the appearance of your home. Similar to the way the human body undergoes changes overtime, so will your new roof. Let's take a look at the lifecycle of asphalt shingles.

The Aging Process

Your roof is the most exposed part of your home, making it the most susceptible to the elements. Studies suggest that shingles begin to age immediately after installation. During the preliminary curing process, there may be some loss of granules, blisters might appear and minor curling may occur around the edges of the shingles. After the initial curing process is complete, the shingles begin prolonged aging that will last throughout the majority of their life. In this phase, they could again lose granules and crack, but at a more negligible rate. When the shingles enter their final lifecycle stage, they begin to break down more rapidly and homeowners should consider replacing their roof at this point. This aging cycle shows why it's important to have your roof regularly inspected by a reputable roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks. A roof that is properly maintained is going to last longer, even when subject to the elements.

Visible Signs of Aging

How long have you had your roof? Have you had it inspected since you bought it? If not, you might want to check for visible signs of aging. Here are a few things to look for:
  • Granule Loss - Overtime, the bond between the granules and the asphalt deteriorates. Check your gutters for buildup of these granules.
  • Blisters - If moisture is trapped in the asphalt, when heated by the sun, that water can try to escape causing the shingle to blister. 
  • Curling - As the asphalt hardens and the surface granules erode, curling may occur. The hardening causes the layers to contract, placing strain on them. Eventually they will curl at the edges to resist contraction. 
  • Cracks - As heat and other elements extract oils from the asphalt, it becomes less flexible. As a result, cracks may develop on the surface when subject to stress. 
  • Stains - You may see dark brown or black marks on your roof. While they are often thought to be soil, soot or moss, they more commonly result from algae growth. 
If you suspect any age-related or other damage to your Lake of the Ozarks roof, give Above & Beyond Roofing a call at 573-302-0354.

Ordinary weathering is not noticeable from the ground, and as long as the roof maintains integrity and does not leak, there is not cause for concern. Your roof is a big investment, therefore a periodic free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks can alleviate any concerns you may have. For all of your Lake area roofing needs, contact Above & Beyond Roofing!

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

5 Reasons to Get New Siding This Fall

You've been putting off the "honeydo" list for the entire summer and now you're out of excuses! Fortunately, the best roofing company at Lake of the Ozarks has the perfect project to work on as the temperature drops and the season changes. Fall is the best time for Home Improvement at Lake of the Ozarks. Let's take a look at 5 reasons fall is the right time to get new siding.

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1. Fall is the Perfect Temperature for New Siding

An important feature of siding is its ability to withstand wide variations of weather. When applying it however, there are some key things that make fall the right time for this project. During the winter, the temperature drops and that causes the vinyl siding to stiffen up- making it incredibly difficult to manipulate. Conversely, when the summertime heat hits, vinyl expands, making it nearly impossible to estimate the correct amount of siding a project needs. When applied during the winter, it will expand in the summer, possibly leaving gaps, holes, or bare spots in the exterior of our home. The fall season provides a shelter from the spring showers, hot and cold months of summer and winter, making it ideal for a new siding project.

2. Siding Materials are More Affordable

The most popular time to do home construction is during summer or spring. This leaves a lot of supplies in the store that need to be used or moved in order to make room for more seasonal products. If a store needs to lessen its supply of siding, it will be more prone to give discounts, which is a win-win for both sides. By adding new siding to your home during the off peak months, not only do you save money on siding but...

3. Contractors are More Cost Efficient

During the summer, the hot temperature only allows workers so long before they need to retreat indoors or into some shade to recover. This stopping increases the amount of time needed to complete the siding project, which also increases cost. By choosing to do this project during a slower season that is also cooler, contractors can work all day and really focus on your project. 

4. Winter is Coming

It won't be Game of Thrones harsh, but the cold weather can wreak havoc on a home's heating bill- especially if the siding needs replaced. Old siding can have warps, gaps, or holes that allow heat to escape the dwelling, and that means higher heating costs during the winter. Siding itself doesn't provide a lot of insulation. However, when it's off, you'll have the opportunity to add additional protection to your home, insuring minimum heat loss.

5. No Distractions

During the summer months, the kids are home, stress is supposed to be low, and at-home distractions are at an all time high. Face it, construction crews and cluttered child-filled work environments don't mix. During the fall months, the kids are at school, leaving the entire work day open and available. This is premium time for the crew to come in and replace the siding without any distractions, safety concerns or interruption.

Right now is the perfect time to start planning your fall project. While we specialize in roofing, we also do gutters, fascia, soffit and siding at Lake of the Ozarks. Give Above & Beyond Roofing a call at 573-302-0354 for a free estimate. Don't wait, fall is right around the corner!

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