Wednesday, March 25, 2015

"What the Hail happened to my roof?" Some interesting facts about Hail...

Hail can happen anytime of the year, but it's most prevalent in the Northern Hemisphere during Spring.  This is when the updrafts and downdrafts of thunderstorms are the most severe, and when most hailstorms can occur.  Hail starts as a frozen raindrop or ice crystal and can grow to various sizes depending on how many up and down trips it makes in a storm.  Hailstones are generally anywhere from the size of a pea to that of a grapefruit.


A problem happens with your roof when these larger hailstones come crashing to the ground and can tear up your roof, shingles, and gutters.  It's very important if you experience a hailstorm that you have a roofing professional at the Lake of the Ozarks inspect the roof for damage.  If you don't have the roof looked at, you can experience further serious issues when the rain comes again.  If weather becomes an issue this year at the lake, call the best roofers at the Lake of the Ozarks to inspect your roof!

Here are some interesting facts about hail and hailstones:


Large hailstones can fall at speeds faster than 100 MPH

Hailstones can sometimes contain foreign matter such as pebbles, leaves, twigs, nuts, and insects

The largest hailstone in terms of diameter and weight ever recorded in the U.S. fell on July 23, 2010, in Vivian, South Dakota. It measured 8 inches in diameter and 18.62 inches in circumference, weighing in at 1.93 pounds. This broke the previous record for diameter set by a hailstone 7 inches diameter and 18.75 inches circumference (still the greatest circumference hailstone), which fell in Aurora, Nebraska in the U.S. on June 22, 2003, as well as the record for weight, set by a hailstone of 1.67 pounds that fell in Coffeyville, Kansas in 1970.




Hail causes nearly $1 billion in damage to property and crops annually. 

The most deadly international hailstorm on record occurred in india on April 30 1888. This hailstorm killed 230 people at Moradabad, about 100 miles east of Delhi, and 16 others at Bareilly. 

The states that typically have the highest hail risk include Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming, according to NOAA’s Severe Storm database

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Hailstorms do not usually cause fatalities, but approximately 24 people are injured each year by hail in the U.S. The last fatality in the U.S. attributed to hail was in Lake Worth Village, Texas on March 28, 2000. A 19-year old man was struck by softball sized hail while trying to move a new car. He died the following day from associated head injuries.

Hail can originate from any thunderstorm, but large hail is most common in rotating thunderstorms called super cells. Nearly all super cells produce hail, while less than 30% of super cells produce tornadoes.

National Weather Service (NWS) Dual- Polarization Doppler Radar can estimate the size of hail by the characteristics of the energy scattered back to the radar from within a thunderstorm. Although not 100% accurate, new radar algorithms are currently being developed and improved upon to increase the hail detection accuracy.

Hail one-inch (quarter size) or larger is considered “severe” by NWS



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Monday, March 16, 2015

The Story Behind St. Patrick's Day

Each year on March 17, people around the world, Irish or not, celebrate St. Patrick's Day. While it began as a religious day for the patron saint of Ireland, it has since become an international celebration of Irish culture with parades, dancing, traditional foods and a ton of GREEN! Your Lake of the Ozarks roofing company is here to bring you the story behind how this fun holiday became what it is today!


Irish Influences


St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on the anniversary of Saint Patrick's death, March 17. Born in Roman Britain, Saint Patrick was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He later escaped only to return to Ireland to spread Christianity to the people. The Irish have observed this holiday for over 1,000 years now. Since St. Patrick's Day falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast-n the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage. 

St. Patrick's Day Parades


Aside from wearing green, one of the largest St. Patrick's Day traditions all over the world is a festive parade! The first parade held to honor St. Patrick's Day took place in the Unite States, not Ireland. On March 17, 1762, Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City. The parade, along with the music, helped the soldiers reconnect with their Irish roots, as well as with fellow Irishmen serving in the English army. Today that parade is the world's oldest civilian parade and the largest in the United States, with over 150,000 participants. Each year, nearly 3 million people line the streets to watch the parade, which takes more than 5 hours! Other cities including Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Savannah also celebrate the day with parades involving between 10,000 and 20,000 participants each. 

St. Patrick's Day Around the World


While the United States, Canada and Austraila put a big emphasis on St. Patrick's Day celebrations, the holiday is celebrated by people with all different backgrounds all around the world. In Ireland the holiday has traditionally been a religious occassion. It wasn't until the 1970s that Irish laws allowed pubs to be open on March 17. Beginning in 1995, the Irish governement began a national campaign to use interest in St. Patrick's Day to drive tourism and showcase Ireland and their culture to the world. Today, approximately 1 million people annually take part in Ireland's St. Patrick's Festival in Dublin. The festival is a multi-day celebration featuring parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions and fireworks shows. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Above & Beyond Roofing! We hope you have a wonderful celebration to help kick off the start of Spring here at the Lake. With the winter leaving us and the warm weather ahead, now is the time to get your semi-annual free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks! Contact us today at 573-302-0354 to get yours scheduled. 

For more information on St. Patrick's Day, please visit: www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Preparing Your Roof for Hail Season

Spring is almost here, which means the increased chance of storms. When seasonal thunderstorms roll through, they often bring hail with them. Each year, hail storms cause millions of dollars in property damage and roofs take the hardest hit. Replacing or even just fixing a Lake of the Ozarks roof is a major financial undertaking that many homeowners are not prepared for. Above & Beyond Roofing is here to help you prepare for hail season!

How Hail Damages a Roof 


1. Damage to Shingles - While pea-sized hail may not damage your roof, larger hailstones may dent shingles, or in worse cases, leave holes and cracks. It is important never to assume that those damages are just cosmetic. If left untreated, hail damage can cause your roof to deteriorate over time and lead to leaks and water damage.

2. Loss of Granules - A common type of hail damage is missing granules. Hail can chip away at the protective coating granules that defend your shingles against UV rays. Exposed shingles weaken and age with sun damage, which drastically shortens the life of your roof at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Preparing for a Hail Storm


1. Get a Roof Inspection - Before hail season even begins, you should consider getting a FREE roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks. You want to make sure there isn't anything that could make your roof particularly susceptible to hail damage. It is best to get Lake of the Ozarks roof repairs as they are found, rather than waiting for multiple parts of the roof to need repairing. Fixing it now, could prevent hail from damaging it more and costing you more in the long run.

2. Trim Back Trees - If you have any branches hanging near your roof, you should cut them back regularly. The branches could potentially fall on your home during a storm. Hail is denser than rain and it hits with more force, meaning hail can easily crack a branch. Getting rid of these branches could greatly reduce your risk of roof damage during a storm.

3. Check Your Insurance Coverage - Before spring and hail season get here, check your insurance policy to see what is covered and what your deductible is. Your insurance policy will typcially cover the cost of roof repairs, but otend times you'll have a higher deductible for wind and hail damage than you do for other types of claims.

Although hail damage isn't always easy to spot, there are some warning signs you can look for. Dents or spots on the roof, missing granules in your gutters and water spots in your attic are all signs that your roof could have hail damage. If you suspect that your roof has hail damage, contact Above & Beyond Roofing at 573-302-0354.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Owens Corning WeatherLock® Self-Sealing Ice & Water Barrier Products

During this nasty winter weather, your roof is vulnerable to the elements. Ice and water can do a lot of damage to your roof, resulting in costly repairs! That's why Owens Corning offers great products to supplement your Lake of the Ozarks roof. Take a look at the WeatherLock® Self-Sealing Ice & Water Barrier products from Owens Corning!


WeatherLock® Flex Flexible Self-Sealing Ice & Water Barrier


WeatherLock® Flex Flexible Self-Sealing Ice & Water Barrier provides excellent roof deck protection against water infiltration resulting from the freeze/thaw cycle, wind-driven rains and normal water flow around eaves, rakes, valleys, vents, chimneys and skylights.

WeatherLock® G Granulated Self-Sealing Ice & Water Barrier


WeatherLock® G Granulated Self-Sealing Waterproofing Barrier provides additional security against leaks caused by storms, wind-driven rain and shingle blow-offs.

WeatherLock® Specialty Tile & Metal Waterproofing Barrier


Since most tile and metal roofing is water-shedding, not waterproofing, help protect your roof with WeatherLock® Specialty Tile & Metal underlayment. It provides waterproofing protection and helps prevent water infiltration.

WeatherLock® Mat Ice & Water Barrier


WeatherLock® Mat Self-Sealing Ice & Water Barrier is designed to act as a secondary water barrier under shingles, wood shakes and quarry slate roofs. It helps prevent damage due to shingles being blown off, as well as wind-driven rain – which can get under shingles.

For any questions involving the vulnerability of your roof, contact Above & Beyond Roofing! We provide free roof inspections at the Lake of the Ozarks. With over 100 years combined experience, you can trust that we'll go above & beyond to take care of all your roofing needs! 

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