Showing posts from December, 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 compan…

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 "l…

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&…

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 t…

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 …