Thursday, December 31, 2015

5 Roofing Scams to Watch Out For

Each year, homeowners fall victim to a variety of roofing scams. Your roof plays a huge role in protecting your property, so when it needs repaired, most people want to act fast. This in and of itself leaves homeowners vulnerable to fraudulent contractors. Above & Beyond Roofing wants to educate you on how to avoid the most common scams.

1. Storm Chasers

While the out-of-town storm chasers are the most publicized roofing scam out there, many people still fall victim. These roofers travel across the country following storm patterns and looking for homeowners to exploit. They will pass out leaflets in areas affected by storms, and may even show up unannounced offering free roof inspections. With the large amounts of rain we've had recently, homeowners should be on high alert for these frauds. If you are concerned with how a storm may have affected your roof, call a trusted local roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks to come out and take a look at it. Reputable, local companies will also offer inspections for free.

2. Door-to-Door Salesmen 

One other big scam in the roofing industry is the door-to-door salesmen. These so-called roofers will show up unannounced with the promise of a free roof. These scammers tend to target neighborhoods with a large population of senior citizen, a lot of old homes or, like above, ones that have been hit by a storm. After offering a free roof inspection, these contractors will go on your roof and actually cause damage, making it look like it was caused by a storm. They might tear off shingles to simulate wind damage or take a hammer to your roof to make it look like hail damage. Don't just let anyone that shows up to your door onto your roof. Before signing any papers have your insurance company come out and take a look.

3. Disappearing Downpayments

Another common roofing scam is when the company asks for a downpayment and then never returns to do the work. In most cases, these scammers will convince a homeowner to sign over or cash their insurance check as the downpayment. Unfortunately, this scam happens all the time. To avoid this scam, never hand over your insurance money until after supplies have been delivered and work has been started. If you don't give them any money, you can't be taken advantage of.

4. High-Pressure Tactics

Some dishonest roofing contractors will resort to high-pressure sales tactics to trick you into hiring them. While promising a special deal or extremely low rates, they will pressure the homeowner into signing a contract on the spot. If the homeowner tries to resist, the contractor will make dishonest claims or mislead the homeowner until the binding contract has been signed. One of the main reasons some contractors will use this scam tactic is because their rates are actually higher than their competitors and they don't want the homeowner shopping around to other Lake of the Ozarks roofers. Be sure not to sign anything right away - take the time to do some research before you get sucked into a bad deal. 

5. Fluctuating Bids

Some contractors will try to raise the price on you after they've already started the job. The contractor will throw out a bid lower than the competitors' bids and easily get the job. One the job is underway, unforseen problems and unexpected costs suddenly arise. In some instances the contractor may even remove the roof and refuse to replace it until another payment is made. This leaves the homeowner no choice because their home is now subject to the elements and even more damage if the roof isn't replaced almost immediately. By the time the job is finished, the homeowner has paid substantially more than what was agreed upon in the beginning.

The best thing you can do is research the company before you let them on your roof. Be sure to ask for proof of insurance, references, etc. In fact, the best option is to just avoid anyone that comes knocking on your door - instead seek out the help of a well-known local company. Ask your friends, coworkers and neighbors who they would recommend. Then give the best roofing company at Lake of the Ozarks a call and ask for a roof inspection.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

31 Christmas Fun Facts

The holiday season is a time to spend with family and friends, often times people you don't get to see that often. With Christmas just a couple days away, many of you are preparing for these out-of-town guests to arrive. Here are some fun Christmas facts that are sure to impress those holiday guests!

1. Scientists calculated that Santa would have to visit 822 homes per second in order to deliver presents to the entire world on Christmas Eve. He would also have to travel at 650 miles per second.

2. The tradition of putting tangerines in stockings comes from 12th-century French nuns who left socks full of fruit and nuts at the houses of the poor.

3. Christmas carols began as an old English custom called wassailing, which was toasting neighbors to a long life.

4. Hanging stockings out comes from the Dutch custom of leaving shoes packed with food for St. Nicholas' donkeys. He would leave small gifts in return.

5. The word "Noel" derives from the French expression "les bonnes nouvelles" or "the good news."

6. James Pierpon'ts 1857 song "Jingle Bells" was first called "One Horse Open Sleigh" and was written for Thanksgiving.

7. The world's biggest snowman ever built was in Maine in 1999. He stood 113 ft. tall.

8. The word Christmas comes from the Old English "Cristes maesse" meaning "Christ's Mass."

9. The best selling Christmas single of all time is Bing Crosby's "White Christmas," with over 100 million sales worldwide.

10. The world's tallest Christmas tree, a 221-foot Douglas fir, was erected in at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington in 1950.

11. Christmas pudding was originally a soup made with raisins and wine.

12. Kissing under the mistletoe is thought to come from Frigga, the Norse goddess of love, who was associated with the plant.

13. Electric tree lights were invented by Edward Johnson in the US in 1882.

14. The highest-grossing Christmas movie is 2000's "How The Grinch Stole Christmas."

15. Rudolph the red nosed reindeer was invented for a US firm's Christmas promotion in 1938.

16. The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers.

17. All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts.

18. The world's largest Christmas stocking measured 106 ft. and 9 in. long by 49 ft. and 1 in. wide. It weighed as much as five reindeer and held almost 1,000 presents.

19. Alabama was the first state in the United States to officially recognize Christmas in 1836, while Oklahoma was the last to declare Christmas a legal holiday in 1907.

20. Christmas wasn't declared an official holiday in the United States until June 26, 1870.

21. The first printed reference to a Christmas tree was in 1531 in Germany.

22. In 1962, the first Christmas postage stamp was issued in the United States.

23. The earliest known Christmas tree decorations were apples. At Christmas time, medieval actors would use apples to decorate trees during their "Paradise Plays," which were plays depicting the story of Adam & Eve.

24. Commissioned by Sir Henry Cole, British illustrator John Callcott Horsley invented the first Christmas card in 1843.

25. Christmas purchases account for 1/6 of all retail sales in the United States.

26. Coca-Cola was the first company to use Santa Claus in a winter promotion.

27. Ebenezer Scrooge's original catchphrase was "Bah Christmas," not "Bah Humbug."

28. Jingle Bells was the first song to be sung in space, on December 16, 1965 by astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra.

29. Contrary to popular belief, Black Friday actually isn't the busiest shopping day of the year. The Friday and Saturday before Christmas are the busiest shopping days.

30. Toys for Tots held its first toy drive in 1947.

31. On average, it takes 7 years to grow a Christmas tree, although it can take up to 15 years!

Merry Christmas from Above & Beyond Roofing! If you find yourself in need of some Lake of the Ozarks roof repairs this holiday season, give us a call at 573-302-0354. We will give you a free estimate along with your free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks. Above & Beyond Roofing is here for all your roofing needs!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

How to Hang Christmas Lights WITHOUT Damaging Your Roof

As Christmas approaches, many of you are getting your decorations up. Christmas lights are a great way to show your holiday spirit, if you hang them correctly. Use these tips to get your Christmas lights hung without damaging your roofing at the Lake of the Ozarks.

1. Test Your Lights Before Hanging Them. 

You don't want to hang all your lights just to find out that some of them don't work. Check all your lights for burnt out bulbs or frayed wires before attempting to hang them on your home. Broken lights are a recipe for disaster and can lead to electrical dangers. If you find a strand that doesn't work, the best option is to just throw it out and get a new strand. Be sure to also check the labels on the lights to make sure they are made for outdoor use and can be plugged into one another. You don't want to create a fire hazard by trying to make your home look festive for the holidays.

2. Attach Your Lights to the Eaves. 

Shingles are surprisingly fragile and shouldn't be pulled on. They aren't designed to hold the weight of your Christmas lights. Therefore, be sure to attach your lights and any other decorations to the eaves of your roof and not your shingles. If you're roof is flat, with no eaves, you can use Parrot Clips or something similar that go over the wall that juts up over your flat roof. They have small holes in the clips for placing your strands of lights.

3. Don't Use Staples or Nails. 

Avoid using staples or nails to attach Christmas lights to your roof. Just because they do it in the movies, doesn't mean you should. You don't want to put any holes in your roof - holes can lead to leaks. Eventually those small holes can lead to other major problems with your roof, causing the need for some Lake of the Ozarks roof repairs. Plastic clips are the best option for hanging your lights as they won't damage your roof. There are a variety of different clips you can use that easily attach to gutters, or the eaves of your roof.

4. Avoid Walking On Your Roof. 

Too much added weight is not good for your roof. Every step you take on your roof also wears away the protective surface of your shingles. Plus, if you're roof is old or in bad shape, there is a chance you could fall through. Instead of getting up on your roof to hang lights, you should use a ladder to get them in place. Make sure you use safety precautions when using a ladder though. One of the biggest causes of accidents during the holidays is a wobbly ladder. Find someone to help you get the job done. They can hold the ladder for you, hand you things, untangle lights and anything else you might need help with while putting up those decorations.

If you're roof is already damaged from hanging lights in the past or other winter wear and tear, call the best roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks at 573-302-0354! We offer free roof inspections at the Lake of the Ozarks, as well as free estimates for all your roofing needs. If you're looking for high quality work, professional and personal service and competitive pricing, you've found it at Above & Beyond Roofing!

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Friday, December 11, 2015

9 Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill This Winter

While we've been experiencing a rather warm beginning to our winter season here at the Lake of the Ozarks, the cold winter weather is on it's way. Along with the cold comes an increase in energy use, as well as an increase in that price on your electric bill. In addition to making sure your Lake of the Ozarks roof is in good condition to keep cold air out, here are a few tips to help you keep your electric bill down this winter:

1. Furnace Tune-Up. 

Now is the time to have your furnace looked at. It's important to make sure it is in proper working condition before we get a big snow storm and that temperature drops way below zero. You don't want your furnace to go out in the middle of the night, leaving you and your family freezing. Throughout the year, be sure to regularly replace the filter as well.

2. Adjust Your Thermostat Throughout the Day. 

Why heat your house when no one is home? When you leave for work, be sure to turn your thermostat down. However, don't turn it all the way off, even if you're going to be gone on vacation; you don't want your pipes to freeze. If you're going to be away for awhile, leave it around 55° F. At night, you can use extra blankets to keep warm instead of cranking up the heat.

3. Eliminate Drafts. 

Weather proof your home to keep the warm air inside! Seal any air leaks around windows with caulk. If needed, replace your weather stripping around your doors as well. Take a look at the ductwork as well, using a mastic sealant or metal tape to cover any leaks.

4. Increase Attic Insulation. 

A properly insulated attic is going to help keep both the cold air out and warm air in. Even if you're attic is properly insulated, the access door may not. Be sure to insulate it so the warm air is not only staying in your house, but staying down in the living areas where you want it.

5. Choke Your Chimney. 

Keep warm air from escaping up the chimney. Fireplaces can be great, but when there's not a fire burning, your warm indoor air can escape the house through the chimney. Even when the chimney flue is closed, some warm air can still escape, so you might consider purchasing a chimney balloon.

6. Install Storm Windows.

You can reduce heat loss by up to 25% just by reinforcing your windows. Storm windows are easy to install and are much cheaper than replacing  your windows altogether. Another option is to cover your windows and sliding glass doors with an inexpensive clear plastic film. When spring rolls around, it's really easy to remove the film.

7. Invest in a Space Heater. 

Rather than trying to keep the entire house toasty warm all the time, consider investing in a space heater. Use the heater in the room/rooms you use the most and keep your overall heater turned down. You can stay warm where you are without wasting energy heating the rooms that aren't in use.

8. Keep Heating Registers Clear. 

In order to provide even heating, the air needs a clear path into the room. If your heating registers are covered with rugs or low-sitting furniture, that warm air can get trapped. This will make the furnace work harder to heat the room.

9. Use Blinds and Curtains to Your Advantage. 

While it may be cold outside, the winter sun can still be used to help heat your home. If the sun is shining, be sure to open those curtains to let those rays in. However, if the sun isn't out, be sure to close them as an extra layer of insulation between your room and the exterior of that window.

One of the best ways to save on your electric bill is to make sure your roof is in proper working condition, keeping the warm air in and the cold air out. Schedule your free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks today. Now is the perfect time for us to take a look at your roof before the snow and ice arrive this winter! Give Above & Beyond a Roofing a call at 573-302-0354 today!

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Winter Roof Probelms: Ice Dams

While this weekend is supposed to be relatively nice, with temperatures at a high of 50°, winter weather is still on it's way. We have already discussed the dangers of too much snow on your roof and today we want to touch on how ice dams can affect your roof as well. Your Lake of the Ozarks roofing company wants to make sure your roof lasts throughout the cold, winter season.

What is an Ice Dam? 

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining off the roof. Often times, melting snow will pool up behind the ridge and work its way under roof shingles and into the home, causing significant damage to ceilings, walls and floors. The sheer weight of the ice dams can also damage gutters, downspouts and fascia boards.

How Ice Dams Form

In order for ice dams to form, there needs to be snow accumulation, home heat loss and subfreezing temperatures. As heat rises from your home, it melts the accumulated snow on the roof. That melted snow travels down the roof until it reaches the eave line and gutters. It then refreezes there due to the colder temperatures, forming the ice dam. This ice blocks the flow of subsequent snow melt. As water melts higher up on the roof, it flows down and pools up behind the ice. Since that water is sitting over the warmer portion of the roof, it doesn't freeze and therefore can seep through the roof and into your home. Another way that ice dams can form is if a heavy snow if followed by a warm day and then freezing temperatures the next. If melting snow pools up in your gutters (because they're not cleared) and then freezes the next day because the temperature drops back down below freezing, you can have the same issue.

How to Prevent Ice Dams

While you can't control the weather, there are some things you can do to prevent ice dams from forming on your roof. Working to prevent ice dams will help you avoid costly home and roof repairs at the Lake of the Ozarks.

1. Make sure your gutters are cleaned out. Remove leaves, sticks and other debris, so melting snow and ice can flow freely.
2. Consider installing gutter guards to to keep debris out.
3. Make sure your attic is well ventilated. If your attic stays cold, there will be less melting and refreezing on your roof.
4. Make sure your roof shingles are securely fastened. Shifting ice and water can wreak havoc with loose shingles.
5. Fix any small cracks in the masonry to keep water from getting in between the bricks, expanding as it freezes, and causing larger cracks.
6. Use a roof rake, a broom or other long-handled devices to remove snow before it has a chance to melt.
7. If an ice dam does form, use steam to remove it.

Above & Beyond Roofing is here to make sure your home is protected from all the elements. We offer free roof inspections at the Lake of the Ozarks. Are estimates are also free and we pride ourselves on great customer service. Give us a call at 573-302-0354 today!

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