Showing posts from September, 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 moist…

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 h…

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.

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 g…

Discovering Hail Damage to Your Home

Here in the Midwest, thunderstorms are often accompanied by hail. Many Lake of the Ozarks roofs and homes are damaged by hail each year. Hailstones that are 0.75 inches (the diameter of a penny) or greater are large enough to cause substantial damage to not only homes, but also vehicles and other property. Sometimes hail damage is difficult to detect. Just because there's no visible damage and your roof isn't leaking, doesn't mean that the hail damage isn't there. Many homeowners don't discover major roofing damage until years down the road.

Roof Hail Damage    
When it comes to hail damage, your roof is the most susceptible part of your home. Damaged shingles may allow water to seep through the roof causing additional damage to the roof deck, support structure, interior walls or windows. Leaking roofs can lead to costly damages, especially because insurance companies have strict time limits on submitting claims after hailstorms. If you suspect hail damage to your …

Labor Day Trivia

Labor Day Weekend has arrived! While Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, that's not the reason we celebrate it. Labor Day celebrates the contributions and achievements of the U.S. work force. How many of these Labor Day Trivia questions do you know the answer to?

Labor Day Trivia
1. On which date was the first Labor Day celebrated? 
A. September 1, 1882 B. September 2, 1886 C. September 5, 1882 D. September 4, 1886
2. Who is widely believed to be the father of Labor Day? 
A. Peter McGuire
B. Matthew Maguire C. Leslie Smith D. Samuel Gompers
3. Which state had the first Labor Day law passed on Feb. 21, 1887?
A. New Jersey B. Oregon C. Colorado D. New York
4. Originally, Labor Day began as __________. 
A. a demonstration demanding rights for workers.  B. a way to let hard workers have an extra day off work.  C. a way for employers to reward their employees.  D. a day to work outdoors, on the farm or in the fields. 
5. Where was the first Labor Day parade in the United States he…