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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Friday, September 11, 2015

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 home, be sure to contact your Lake of the Ozarks roofing company to schedule an inspection. Each type of shingle is affected differently by hail. Let's take a look at it:
  • Asphalt Shingle Damage - Hail damage to asphalt shingles will look like a dark spot or bruise, and the granules will have been knocked away. If you suspect hail damage to your asphalt roof, check the gutters for accumulated granules. In some cases, you may find holes, cracking or missing shingles. All of these things can lead to leaking and serious water damage, which eventually could cause a roof collapse. If the hailstorm is accompanied by severe winds, you may find shingles or sections of the roof missing altogether.    
  • Tile Shingle Damage - While tile shingles outperform asphalt shingles, they're not impervious to storm damage. Severe hail can crack or break tile shingles. Again, severe winds can rip of tile shingles, leaving the underlayment exposed.  
  • Shake Shingle Damage - Hailstorm damage to shake shingles can include cracking splitting and leaking. If you have shake shingles and have been hit by a heavy storm, you should have a free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks performed as soon as possible. 

Siding Hail Damage


In addition to your roof, be sure to inspect your siding after a hailstorm has occurred. Siding damage often results from wind-driven hail. The three most common signs of vinyl siding damage you should look for include cracking, chipping and holes.
  • Cracking - Look for splits or cracks that run parallel to the siding, often in half-circles. They're most often found mid-way ebtween the valley and ridges of the panel. 
  • Chipping - Look for small pieces of siding that has been broken off. Typically this will be in the shape of a half-circle at the bottom of a siding panel ridge, where the siding has no inward flexibility to absorb a direct hit. This type of damage is best seen when looking up from underneath a panel section. 
  • Holes - With severe storms, siding can actually break or holes can be punched into the siding by large hailstones and flying debris. If your siding is broken or has holes, it is no longer protecting your home from the elements and needs to be inspected as soon as possible. 

Above & Beyond Roofing is here to help with all your Lake of the Ozarks roofing and siding needs! We have been serving the Lake area since 2004. Our staff has more than 100 years' combined experience in the roofing industry. Contact us today at 573-302-0354 to schedule a free roof inspection or roof repairs at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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Friday, September 4, 2015

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 held? 

A. New Orleans 
B. Boston
C. Washington D.C. 
D. New York City

6. In what year was the 8-hour work day firmly established? 

A. 1836
B. 1842
C. 1916
D. 1883

7. Which U.S. President signed the bill making Labor Day a national holiday? 

A. Chester A. Arthur
B. Grover Cleveland
C. Woodrow Wilson
D. Rutherford B. Hayes

8. What are we celebrating on Labor Day? 

A. The unofficial end to summer. 
B. The contributions and achievements of the U.S. workforce. 
C. A 3-day weekend. 
D. All of the above. 

9. What nickname was assigned to 19th-century labor activist Peter McQuire? 

A. Disturber of the Public Peace
B. The People's Spokesperson
C. The Voice of the Multitudes
D. Rabblerouser

10. When was the first labor strike in U.S. history believed to have occurred? 

A. 1729
B. 1886
C. 1882
D. 1636 




**ANSWERS**


1. C - September 5, 1882
2. A - Peter McGuire
3. B - Oregon
4. A - a demonstration demanding rights for workers.
5. D - New York City
6. C - 1916
7. B - Grover Cleveland
8. D - All of the above.
9. A - Disturber of the Public Peace
10. D - 1636

Above & Beyond Roofing wishes you a great Labor Day Weekend! Keep us in mind if the roof on your second home here at the Lake needs some work. Now is the time to get your Lake of the Ozarks roof repairs done before winter arrives. Give us a call at 573-302-0354 to schedule your free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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