Thursday, June 25, 2015

Removal and Prevention of Moss & Algae on Your Roof

Not only does moss & algae on your roof create an undesirable look for your home, it can often damage your shingles. In order to preserve the life of your roof, you'll want to do everything you can to keep the growth of moss, algae, etc. from occurring on your roof. If you already have moss or algae on your roof, there is a possibility that you can clean it. Depending on the severity, you may need to replace it with a brand new roof at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Causes of Moss & Algae Growth 

The areas of your roof that are shaded and exposed to periodic, damp, cool weather conditions are more likely to experience moss growth. The presence or absence of sunlight on your roof is a determining factor in the amount of moss & algae growth on your roof. The more sun, the less growth you should find.

Roof Damage from Moss & Algae

Moss & algae are more than just a cosmetic issue on roofing materials. They hold moisture against the roof surface and reducing the life of your roof. In freezing climates, moss speeds the wear of asphalt shingles by increasing frost damage to the granule coating on the shingles. While both moss & algae don't look that great, moss is more of a threat than algae. Algae is thinner and therefore will hold less water than a moss covering would. However, algae does have a tighter hold and trying to clean it off could cause damage to the roof.

Cleaning Moss & Algae 

Be sure to avoid aggressive cleaning methods as you do not want to damage your roof. If you are unsure of being able to clean your roof, consider getting a free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks. A professional roofer will be able to tell you if your roof needs cleaned, repaired or completely replaced. If your shingles are worn out and fragile, it will be nearly impossible to clean them without causing more damage. In this case, a new roof is needed and you should call a Lake of the Ozarks roofing professional. It is possible to remove moss from a roof by gentle cleaning using a soft brush or a soft washing. Power washing is not recommended as it can damage the shingles, especially asphalt shingles by removing the granules. Gently using a flexible leaf rake to remove moss is another option. Be sure to wash excess debris off with a garden hose so it does not get stuck in the gutter system.

Preventing Moss & Algae Growth 

Some roofing materials contain algaecides or funicides which will provide resistance to moss & algae growth. Installing galvanized metal, copper or even aluminum flashing can reduce growth down roof. Mineral salts washing off the metals will reduce moss or algae growth on those shingles. Installing metal strips along the edge of an existing mossy roof will slowly kill the moss & algae. Other tips for prevention or reduction of moss & algae include:
  • Giving the roof more sunlight by trimming back tree branches. 
  • Minimizing debris accumulation to provide a less inviting environment for growth. 
  • Using a non-abrasive cleaning method to regularly remove any debris build-up. 
  • Directing air flow down the slope to avoid driving debris under the edges of the shingles. 
  • Keeping gutters clean to promote proper water drainage. 
  • Treating the roof with moss & algae killing chemicals. 

If you have a moss or algae problem on your roof, give Above & Beyond Roofing a call! With over 15 years experience, our Lake of the Ozarks roofing company has the knowledge to take care of all your roofing needs. From minor repairs to entire roof replacements, we can get the job done quickly and professionally. Contact us at 573-302-0354 about your next roofing project!

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Friday, June 19, 2015

10 Father's Day Fun Facts

Father's Day has been a tradition for quite a while now. Each June families get together to celebrate fathers and grandfathers. Whether you choose to barbecue or go out to dinner, watch a movie or play mini golf, it's a day to spend time with your dad and show him your appreciation. To kick off this Father's Day weekend, here are a few fun facts about the holiday:


1. The person credited for inventing the concept of Father's Day is Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd, an American whose father had raised his six children single-handedly. Due to her efforts, Sonora Dodd is now known as the "mother of Father's Day."  

2. The 1st unofficial Father's Day celebration took place on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington. June was the month of Dodd's father's birth. 

3. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation that resulted in the declaration of the third Sunday of June as Father's Day. It was then signed as a law and made permanent by President Richard Nixon in 1972. 

4. Today, some of the most popular internet searches connected to this holiday are "father's day recipes," "father's day poems" and "father's day crafts." 

5. Roses are the official flower for Father's Day. Red roses represent that your father is still living, while a white rose means that he is deceased. 

6. Father's Day is the 5th largest card-sending holiday in the world, with an estimated $100 million in card sales. More than 1/3 of those cards are funny in nature. 

7. In 2015, it is expected that a total of $12.7 billion will be spent on Father's Day Gifts. The average person will spend $116 on Father's Day shopping. 

8. The most popular Father's Day gift to give is a necktie. Other popular gifts include hammers, wrenches and screwdrivers, as well as golf clubs and fishing rods. 

9. Around 72% of Americans acknowledge and celebrate Father's Day. 

10. There are approximately 64.3 million Father's in America. 

Happy Father's Day from your Lake of the Ozarks roofing company! Above & Beyond Roofing hopes you have a wonderful weekend spending time with your family. Keep us in mind if you need any roofing repairs at the Lake of the Ozarks. With all this rain we're having, its important to keep an eye on your roof to avoid costly damages.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Top 5 Biggest Roof Enemies

Mother nature can really take its toll on your roof at the Lake of the Ozarks. You never know what the weather is going to do here in the Midwest, so making sure your roof is in good working condition is important. Spotting and taking care of small issues early will help  you avoid major damages and will save you money in the long run. Beware of these 5 biggest enemies to your roof:

1. Sunlight

While you may think that storms and bad winter weather are your roof's biggest threat, summer can actually be one of the toughest seasons on your roof. Probably the biggest enemy to your roof is the sun. The rate of wear & tear of asphalt shingles highly depends on the amount of sunlight and shade they see. Sunlight dehydrates shingles causing them to split, crack, cup and peel. With too much sun, you can sometimes even see burn holes develop. However, large amounts of shade can also damage your roof. Moisture in shaded areas can allow moss to grow, which can lead to roof rot.

2. Wind

When you hear the wind howling outside, your first thought is probably about how you are safely inside your home. While you might be safe, your roof may not. Damage can be caused from the slightest wind storm to a major ones where tree branches and other debris are thrown onto your roof. While the latter may seem a lot worse, the build up of unseen damage over time could cause your roof to need replacing rather than just repaired. High winds can lift up shingle edges, blowing water and debris underneath, which compromises the integrity of your roof.

3. Hail

Hail is another major enemy to your roof. While its easy to spot hail damage on the metal aspects of your roof, from metal pipes and stacks to gutters and vent caps by looking for dings, shingle damage can be more difficult to spot. If you suspect hail damage on your roof, it is important to contact a trusted Lake of the Ozarks roofing company to come inspect it for you.

4. Snow & Ice

While snow may seem light and fluffy to you, it can become quite heavy when it builds up on your roof. Add ice to the equation and an already faulty roof could collapse. Other problems can occur when the snow and ice start to melt. If your gutters aren't clean, debris can block water drainage and cause water to back up on your roof. This could create ice dams, leading to water creeping into your home.

5. Rain 

While rain itself might not be a major enemy, if it cannot properly flow off your roof, it can cause some major damage. Missing, torn or worn shingles can cause rainwater to leak into your home. This can cause water damage as well as moist conditions for mold and mildew to grow. While we can't control the weather, we can get prepared for it to occur.

While bad weather often makes us think of the condition of our roof, we also need to think about our roof during those hot summer months. When we don't see a lot of rain for long periods of time, damage can occur that we don't notice until winter arrives. If you haven't had your Lake of the Ozarks roof inspected yet this season, call 573-302-0354 to schedule one today! Above & Beyond roofing offers free roof inspections at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

37th Annual HK's Golf Tournament This Weekend

The Lodge of Four Seasons will be hosting the 37th Annual HK's Hospital Benefit Golf Tournament June 5-7. More than $100,000 in gifts and prizes are available to be awarded during this 4-person scramble. Above & Beyond Roofing is a proud sponsor of this wonderful charity event here at the Lake!

Tournament History 

In the early 1970s, a group of community-minded, lake-area residents realized the need for medical services to treat existing homeowners and the growing second homeowner, retiree and tourist populations. At the time, the closest hospital was 50 miles away. Many people who suffered trauma, heart attacks or other serious health conditions did not survive because medical assistance was not immediately available. Harold Koplar, founder of The Lodge of Four Seasons, was one of the visionaries who believed the area needed a hospital. To help provide funding, the HK’s Annual Hospital Benefit Golf Tournament (named for Koplar) was established. In January 1978, Lake of the Ozarks General Hospital, later renamed Lake Regional Hospital, opened its doors.

What It Supports 

To date, the HK's tournament has raised more than $2.7 million to support the expansion of health care services at Lake Regional. All proceeds from this year’s tournament will benefit Lake Regional’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab, which is used to diagnose and treat patients with heart and blood vessel disease, and to implant pacemakers. With help from HK's tournament, the Cath Lab will purchase the latest technology for monitoring patients undergoing these procedures. The new hemodynamic system monitors all vital signs, heart rhythm and blood pressures, including internal heart pressures and oxygen usage throughout the body. This information helps the Cath Lab team better diagnose different types of heart disease. Hemodynamic monitoring also provides a tool to organize all this information into a report that follows the patient electronically for reporting to other health care providers.

2015 Schedule 

Friday, June 5
The Lodge of Four Seasons Marbella Ballroom

6:30 PM - VIP/Celebrity Party* 
Sponsored by Miner Mike’s and Buster’s
Meet and greet Kansas City Chiefs Ambassadors and other sports celebrities.
*Invitation only party for Gold, Silver, Master, Open and Flag sponsors
Saturday, June 6
The Lodge of Four Seasons Campana Hall

5 PM - Pairing Party and Silent/Live Auction*
6:30 PM - First silent auction tables close
6:45 PM - Live auction begins with emcee Mike Kelly, voice of the Mizzou Tigers
*Tickets may be purchased for $25 per person at the door.

Sunday, June 7
The Cove Golf Course & Club House

7:45 AM - Morning flight — shotgun start
1 PM - Afternoon flight — shotgun start
2 PM - Morning flight — $10,000 putting contest/prizes awarded
6:30 PM - Afternoon flight — $10,000 putting contest/prizes awarded
While moving their roofing company to the Lake was centered around the year-round business opportunities, the owners Melissa and Ben have fallen in love with the community. They've become heavily involved in a variety of charity events and organizations to support the Lake community. HK's Golf Tournament is just one of the many great charity events that our Lake of the Ozarks roofing company is proud to support! 

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