Friday, October 30, 2015

13 Halloween Superstitions

One of the spookiest days of the year is here. This weekend people all around the world will be celebrating Halloween. The young and the old will dress up in costumes and dance the night away. For the superstitious though, Halloween might not be their favorite holiday. Let's take a look at some of the common superstitions associated with this holiday.

1. Black Cats are Bad Luck.

The black cat's bad reputation dates back to the Dark Ages, where there were witch hunts. Elderly, solitary women were often accused of witchcraft and their pet cats were said to be gifts from the devil. Another Medieval myth suggests that Satan turned himself into a cat in order to talk with the witches. Today, black cats aren't considered bad luck all around the world; in Ireland, Scotland and England it is actually considered good luck if a black cat crosses your path.

2. Seeing a Bat on Halloween is an Ominous Sign.

Bats were also considered the devils gift to witches. One of the myths states that if you see a bat flying around one's house three times, it meant that someone in that house was going to die soon. Another myth said that if a bat flew into your house on Halloween, it was a sign your house was haunted, as a ghost must have let it in.

3. Spiders Could Mean Witches are Nearby.

Spiders are also considered evil companions of witches during Medieval times. One superstition is that if a spider falls into a candle-lit lamp and is consumed by the flame, a witch is nearby. Also, if you spot a spider on Halloween it means that the spirit of a deceased loved one is watching over you.

4. Three Knocks Mean Death.

If you hear three knocks and no one is there, it usually means someone close to you has died.

5. Candles Ward Off Evil Spirits and Show the Future.

A burning candle inside a jack-o-lantern on Halloween is said to keep evil spirits and demons at bay. It is also said that if you gaze into the flame of a candle on Halloween night, you can peer into the future. However, if a candle blows out by itself, it is a sign that evil spirits are nearby. After Halloween, it's not a good idea to continue burning those candles used for the holiday as they may bring bad luck or strange things may happen to you of which you have no control.

6. The Sound of Footsteps Mean the Dead are Following You.

If you hear footsteps behind you on Halloween night, do not look back as it might be the dead following you. Turning back could mean that you will soon join the dead.

7. No Shadow Means Death.

Many still believe that casting a headless shadow or no shadow at all is an omen of death within the next year. Another superstition says that looking at your shadow in the moonlight on Halloween night will guarantee your death within a short amount of time.

8. Cemeteries are Full of Evil Spirits.

An old superstition states that the body put in the first grave dug in a new graveyard is always claimed by the devil. When passing a graveyard or a house where someone has died, turn your pockets inside out to make sure you don't bring any ghosts home in them. Or you can carry a lump of bread in your pockets to serve as an offering to the ghosts. Also, if you hold your breath while you pass by a cemetery, evil spirits can't enter your body.

9. Owls Eat the Souls of the Dying.

Many people used to believe that owls would swoop down to eat the souls of the dying. If they heard an owl hooting, they would become frightened. A common remedy to keep yourself safe from the owls was thought to be turning your pockets inside out.

10. Walking Around Your House Wards Off Spirits.

The Halloween holiday is centered around evil spirits coming out to play. One superstition says that you should walk around your house three times backwards and counterclockwise before sunset on Halloween to ward off evil spirits. Also, if you see a ghost, walk around it nine times and it will disappear.

11. Wind Offers a Sigh of Death.

On Halloween night, it is believed that those approaching death within the next year will hear a sigh that is carried by the wind which blows over the feet of the dead.

12. Put Your Clothes on Inside Out to Meet a Witch.

While many people dress up as witches for Halloween, that doesn't make them a witch. If you want to meet a real witch, it is said that all you have to do is put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards on Halloween night.

13. Displaced Pebbles Mean Death.

An old Celtic custom was to light giant bonfires on Halloween. After the fires went out, a circle of ashes was made on which each member of the family that helped make the fire would place a pebble. Any pebbles that were displaced or damaged in the morning represented that family member would die within the year.

Happy Halloween from your Lake of the Ozarks roofer! Along with this spooky holiday comes cooler weather. Now is the time to get your roof inspected before the winter weather hits. Give Above & Beyond Roofing a call at 573-302-0354 to schedule your free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

4 Tips to Prepare Your Roof for Winter

You may not want to hear it, but winter is on it's way. While you're busy enjoying the crisp fall air and the beauty of the leaves changing color, the cold weather, with it's snow and ice, is going to creep up on you. Now is the time to start preparing your home for winter, especially your roof. If any Lake of the Ozarks roof repairs are needed, now is the time to get them done before the snow and ice arrive. Here are a few things you can do to prepare your roof for winter:

1. Seal Any Roof Leaks. 

Before winter hits, you'll want to check the ceiling and interior walls for any signs of leaks, such as stains. Take the time to seal all roof leaks possible before the weather gets too bad. Once the rooftop becomes covered in snow and ice, it will be nearly impossible to find those little annoying roof leaks. Plus the added weight and moisture can only make those leaks worse. It will save you a lot of money in repairs if you can catch them soon after they develop instead of waiting until next spring.

2. Check Roof Deck for Any Signs of Deterioration. 

Check the roof deck and fascia/coping for any signs of deterioration. Be sure to check the expansion joints for signs of excessive movement and splits, or thin sections of membrane, and deteriorated caulking of loose metalwork. Cold temperatures can have a tremendous effect on loose mortar or composite building materials. These types of materials will contract in the cold weather causing them to separate, forming water or wind access points into your home.

3. Examine All Roof Penetrations. 

Examine all spots on the roof such as pitch pockets, vent pipes, pipe boots, skylights, etc. for any areas of deteriorated caulking or voids in the caulking. Check all chimney flashings, brick and mortar joints. Any point of air or water infiltration needs to be checked and resorted to a properly sealed condition. Check all base flashing and counter flashing attachments as well. When snow accumulates on the roof up and over the flashings, the roof can leak.

4. Clean Your Gutters. 

Clear all your gutters and downspouts. Clean out all of the drains making sure they are in proper working condition. Drainage problems during the winter can cause problems for your roof in the future. Plus, the weight of water in an improperly functioning gutter system can loosen the attachment, and possibly cause it to break or come off completely. It is important that all drainage water moves freely, and away from the house. In addition to any debris in your gutters, you'll want to remove debris from the roof surface.

Roof maintenance is important all throughout the year, but especially going into the winter season. Above & Beyond Roofing is here to help with all your roofing needs. We offer free roof inspections at the Lake of the Ozarks, so you can rest assured that your roof is prepared to last through the winter. Give us a call at 573-302-0354 to schedule an appointment today!

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Friday, October 16, 2015

The Effects of the Seasons on Your Roof

While your shingles are made to withstand normal changes in weather, it doesn't come without some roof maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks to keep them in tip top shape. From the moment they're installed on your roof, they begin their aging process and it's important to have them inspected regularly to make sure they are properly working to protect your home. Let's take a look at how each of the different seasons can impact your Lake of the Ozarks roof

1. Fall

Fall is here and that means the leaves are starting to fall. While the leaves may look beautiful, they can also cause problems for your roof. Clogged gutters is one of the top roofing concerns during the fall months. Debris that gets stuck in the gutters will restrict rainwater flow when not addressed immediately. This can cause both roof and gutter damage to occur. In Missouri you never know what kind of weather to expect this time of year, with the fluctuations from hot to cold, hot to cold that we've been experiencing, you should pay special attention to your roof. Moss and algae could begin to form, affecting the durability of your roof.

2. Winter

When snow and ice accumulate on the roof, the ice may melt as the temperature increases during the day and then refreeze again as the temperature drops at night. The repeated refreezing of the ice increases its mass. In addition, as water freezes it expands, applying enormous force against anything constraining it. This can cause warping and leaking of the roof. Ice-build up on your roof and in your gutters can also prevent water from draining properly. This could cause that water to leak into the attic, causing further damage. Prevent costly repairs by getting a free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks at least twice a year.

3. Spring

As the transition from winter to spring arrives, think about what you roof has already endured for the last few months. Your roof may already be suffering from damaged gutters, shingles and trim boards, or disturbed flashings, ridge vents and pipe collars. Although spring might not be as big of a threat as winter, spring showers can also pose a threat to your roof, especially if it's already damaged. Excess moisture can cause all kinds of problems for your roof, from mold accumulation to leaks and water damage. The best place to spot any issues would be your attic. In order to prevent water damage, make sure to add gutter maintenance to your spring cleaning checklist. You want to ensure that rain water isn't backing up and getting trapped on your roof. 

4. Summer

During those hot Missouri summers, your roof is subjected to intense heat from the sun, with temperatures reaching 160 degrees Fahrenheit or more! When a cold front comes in, it is often accompanied by a thunderstorm. The combination of the air temperature dropping with evaporation of rain water from the roof can result in a sudden drop of temperature of the roof, anywhere from 50 to 100 degrees. This difference in temperature causes the expansion and contraction of the supporting structure beneath the roof and places a strain on the shingles. Overtime, this process causes the shingles to become fatigued.

The best way to prepare your roof for the changes in season and avoid costly roof repairs at the Lake of the Ozarks is to have it inspected regularly. Give Above & Beyond Roofing a call at 573-302-0354 to schedule your inspection today! Winter is just around the corner, so now is the time to make sure your roof can withstand the crazy Missouri weather that is to come.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Join us at the 6th Annual Totes for Ta-Tas!

Totes for Ta-Tas is an annual fundraising event that Above & Beyond Roofing is always a part of. Each year the event raises more money for Lake Regional breast cancer patients. Last year, the event raised over $10,000! Come on out to the Inn at Grand Glaize, next Tuesday, October 13 to help support your community in these great efforts!

Above & Beyond's Owner, Melissa Krokson (far left) helping present the event proceeds to Lake Regional Cancer Center.
Photo From: Totes for Ta-Tas Facebook Page

What is Totes for Ta-Tas? 

Totes for Ta-Tas is a community fundraising effort where all year long gently used bags, totes, purses, wallets, etc. are collected to be auctioned off the night of the event. During the annual October event, attendees enjoy dinner, drinks, raffles, door prizes and of course the silent auction of items collected throughout the year. All of the proceeds are donated to the Lake Regional Cancer Center to help patients suffering from breast cancer. For more information, you can visit their Facebook page at:

2015 Event Details

The event will take place on Tuesday, October 13 from 5-8 PM. Tickets for the event are $20 per person and includes:

  • Dinner: Soup, Salad, Potato Bar, & Dessert
  • A Drink Ticket 
  • Door Prize Entry 
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Participation in the Silent Auction of Totes, Purses, Wallets, etc. 

Join your favorite Lake of the Ozarks roofing company for a great event supporting a great cause! While the Krokson's decision to move to the Lake of the Ozarks in 2004 was based on the opportunity for year-round business, they fell in love with the community. Today they are heavily involved in a variety of charity events and organizations that support the local area. 

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