Monday, January 26, 2015

Spot Signs of Roof Damage Before Replacement is Needed!

Above & Beyond Roofing recommends that you check the condition of your roof at least twice a year. You can avoid costly roof repairs with regular interior and exterior roof inspections at the Lake of the Ozarks. Some things are easy to check yourself, while others will require the help of a professional. Ameriprise has a great checklist that shows how to spot signs of roof damage before you need a roof replacement!

Interior Inspection 


When performing an interior roof inspection, here are some things to look for:
  • Areas where the roof deck sags. 
  • Natural light coming through the roof. 
  • Any signs of water leaking or general water damage. 
  • Dark spots and trails. 
These could all be signs of structural damage to your roof. 

Exterior Inspection


Since inspecting the exterior of  your roof may require you to climb on the roof and walk around, it's typically best to hire a professional to do this. 
  • Examine all gutters and downspouts. Make sure that the drains are secured to the roof and free from debris. 
  • Visually explore your roof for damaged shingles. Look for shingles that are cracked, torn, bald or missing. 
  • Look around the chimney for any loose materials and any wear around the chimney pipes and vents. 
  • Note any rusty nails or flashings. 
  • Be aware of any moisture, rot or mold. These are signs of potentially damaging water wear. 
  • Look for shingle granules in the gutter. A large number of granules may be a sign of excessive roof wear. 
  • Check to ensure that all bath, kitchen and dryer vents go directly outside of the home. 
Your Lake of the Ozarks roofer will actually perform these inspections for FREE! Give Above & Beyond Roofing a call today to set up an appointment. 

Roof-Type Specific Signs 


Depending on the type of shingles on your Lake of the Ozarks roof, you could see different signs of wear and tear. 
  • Tile Roof - Check for broken or cracked tiles without walking on the roof. 
  • Wooden Shake Shingles - Be on the lookout for wood-boring pests like termites and carpenter ants. 
  • Asphalt Roof - Check that the granules haven't been worn off the shingles. Also check for cracks and spots. 
  • Metal Roof - Look for rust, tears, punctures and loose seams. 

When in doubt, give Above & Beyond Roofing a call at 573-302-0354. We'll inspect your roof for FREE! Above & Beyond Roofing has been serving the Lake area since 2004. With more than 100 years' combined experience, there's no one better to trust with your Lake of the Ozarks roof repairs!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Above & Beyond Uses Owens Corning Products

Above & Beyond Roofing is a platinum preferred contractor with Owens Corning. There are less than 300 contractors in the United States with this distinction. to become platinum, you have to sell so much product, you get interviewed by numerous people and they do a thorough check on you and the company. This isn't something that you go to Owens Corning about, they come to you. When choosing your Lake of the Ozarks roofer, wouldn't you want one that's recommended by one of the leading roofing companies? Here's a little background on the company that is Owens Corning!


Owens Corning Products & Services


Over 50 years ago, Owens Corning invented glass fiber and glass fiber insulation. the Owens Corning brand and its full line of PINK insulation products has long been associated with trusted performance and brand preference. Today, the Owens Corning company has become a leader in the home building products industry. By developing a world-class science and technology team, Owens Corning has successfully expanded applications for glass fiber materials. Owens Corning is the world's leading producer of glass fiber materials used in composites.

Global Composites Systems Solutions


Owens Corning glass fiber materials can be found in over 40,000 end-use applications. From computers, automobiles and telecommunications cables, to pipes, boats and appliances, their fiber glass materials have many uses. For more information on the Owens Corning Global Composites Systems Solutions, visit: composites.owenscorning.com/AboutOCV.aspx.

Home Building Systems


From insulating and roofing to basement finishing, Owen's Corning's systems deliver maximum energy efficiency, low maintenance, sound control, convenience, beauty and peace of mind with warranties that are the best in the industry! Whether you're looking to build personally or commercially, Owen's Corning can provide you with some of the best building materials around. For more information on the products offered, please visit: www2.owenscorning.com/foryourhome/.

When you hire Above & Beyond Roofing, you can rest assured your roof is in good hands. Not only are we platinum preferred by Owens Corning, we also have a staff with more than 100 years' combined experience. Our owner alone has 15+ years of experience. For all your Lake of the Ozarks roofing needs, give Above & Beyond Roofing a call at 573-302-0354!

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Things to Expect When Getting a New Roof Installed

Whether you're looking to update your home or improve your curb appeal, a new roof at the Lake of the Ozarks can get the job done! Getting a new roof can be an exciting event. If you've never been through the process, you may not know exactly what to expect.  Owens Corning Roofing has put together a simple outline of what you can expect in the days leading up to, during and after your Lake of the Ozarks roof installation.

Days Leading Up to Roof Installation

  1. One or two days before the installation starts, a dumpster might be delivered to your home.
  2. If your contractor is recycling your shingles, a secondary dumpster may be delivered. 
  3. Your shingle delivery will arrive a few days before the project start day. You should check with your contractor to find out when this will occur so you can be prepared by moving your cars and making sure someone is home.   

During the Roof Installation

  1. If you own any pets, you'll want to check with your contractor to see if they need to be locked up while they're there working on your roof installation. 
  2. Take appropriate measures to protect any valuable items located around the base of your house, such as statues, planters, etc. You should ask your contractor if they will be covering your flowers or shrubbery. If not, we highly consider doing it yourself. 
  3. Make sure gates are either left open for contractors to get in and out. 
  4. If you have any specials requests, for example if you don't want them using your bathroom, make sure you let the person in charge know ahead of time. 

Finishing Up the Roof Installation

  1. Most likely, the contractor will do a final walk through with you; this is where you make sure they have done everything they said they would. 
  2. Typically the contractor will do a sweep of your yard for loose nails and other debris. However, you should talk with your contractor about the clean up process prior to the start of the job. If you're unhappy with the process, ask the contractor to do a secondary sweep for nails. 

After the Roof Installation

  1. Once the project is complete, the dumpster will be picked up. 
  2. A representative from the contractor might set up a time to come to your house to do a general review and collect a final payment. 
  3. If you purchased a roofing system warranty through an Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor, they will register your warranty directly with Owens Corning Roofing. If not,you can go to the warranty page of their website to register your standard warranty. Prior to signing the contract, you should understand the warranty you will be getting and whether the contractor or you will be responsible for registering it. 

Above & Beyond Roofing is an Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor. They have been serving the Lake area since 2004. The company's staff has more than 100 years' combined experience in the roofing industry, while the owner alone has 15+ years of experience. Contact us today at  573-302-0354 to get a free quote on your next Lake of the Ozarks roofing project.

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, January 7, 2015

Common Ice Dam Misconceptions

Ice Dams are a common issue affecting Lake of the Ozarks roofs this time of year. An ice dam is the ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof which prevents melting ice from draining properly. This blockage can cause water to back up behind the ice dam and then leak into the home causing damage to it's interior. There are a lot of misconceptions out there on the topic of ice dams and with the help of The Ice Dam Company, Above & Beyond roofing is here to provide you with the facts!

FACTS


Ice dams can occur with virtually no snow on your roof. 


While snow can definitely be a factor when it comes to ice dams, it's actually a question of ice accumulation. It takes very little moisture to form ice dams and even a dusting of snow can create a problem. Thick snow accumulations can create ice dams more quickly, but you should not dismiss even the slightest amount of moisture on your roof.

Ice should be removed by steam. 


While hammers, picks and hatchets might be able to remove ice dams, roof can become damaged by these well-intentions.  Rather than risking the damage to your roof, you should remove the ice with steam. For information on removing ice dams with steam, please visit: http://www.icedamcompany.com/services/residential/gutter-ice-steaming/.

The leaking caused by ice dams may not show up right away. 


While it would be more convenient if water stains or mold manifested immediately after water entered the home, it typically doesn't happen that way. Often times the water entering the home due to ice dams travels around wall and ceiling cavities. This is because it's trapped by vapor barriers and other materials, until it finds a place to escape. By the time you see that escaping water, it's usually been there for awhile.

Gutter Systems can be damaged by gutter ice. 


Each year we see more and more damaged gutters and one of the main issues causing this is ice dams. Ice can weigh about 60 pounds per cubic foot and gutters are not designed to hold that amount of weight. Therefore, it is important to remove the ice as quickly as possible as away to avoid costly damages to your gutters.

You can see ice dams from the ground. 


While not always the case, you can typically see when ice dams are forming on your roof from the ground. Icicles and a little glacier in your gutters can be easily spotted. The ones that you may not see as clearly are usually above skylights or in roof pan areas that are far out of sight. Sometimes ice dams will form on valleys or on top of dormers making it almost impossible to see those from the ground.

FICTION


Gutters have something to do with ice dams.


Gutters actually have nothing to do with ice dam formation; they can form on your roof whether you have gutters or not. If you're home is prone to ice dams, you'll get them either way. If you have gutters, ice can build up in them forming a foundation for the ice dam. If  you don't have gutters, the ice dam will just build on the cold edge of your roof.

When it comes to insulation, the more the better.


More is not always better!  The important thing about insulation is that it is installed properly. When it comes to ice dams, improperly insulated homes are just as bad as under insulated homes. One of the most common issues is that the insulation is installed in such a way that proper ventilation cannot occur. If you don't address air leakage into the attic or rafter spaces, all the insulation in the world won't prevent ice dams.

Salt socks are a smart way to address ice dams. 


While salt socks might get rid of the ice dams, the chemicals in certain ice melting products could also damage your roof. Corrosive substances such as rock salt, sodium chloride, calcium chloride and magnesium chloride can all present risks that you should be aware of before trying to use them. Some of these chemicals will affect the integrity or color of your roof. They can also be corrosive to the aluminum on your gutters and can damage any plant life where the water ends up draining.

Ice dams need to be thick to cause a problem. 


Ice dams that are only 1 inch thick can still cause major probelms for your roof. A general rule is that the steeper your roof, the thicker the ice dam has to be to cause a problem. On lower pitched roofs, you can have issues with even the thinnest ice dam.

If you're concerned that ice dams have affected the integrity of your roof, contact Above & Beyond Roofing at 573-302-0354 today. Our Lake of the Ozarks roofing company will come out and inspect your roof for free! Since 2004, we've been serving the Lake of the Ozarks area for all your roofing needs. Our staff has more than 100 years' combined experience in the roofing industry!

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!

Be sure to LIKE us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterConnect with Melissa on LinkedIn and Subscribe to our Blog!!

"If it needs a roof we can do it ...
from the dog house to your house!"


CALL 573-302-0354 or 573-280-7159

1212 Spring Valley Rd
Osage Beach, MO 65065
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