Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Pros and Cons of Different Roofing Materials

Whether you're building a new home or just re-roofing your current one, you have several decisions to make. One of those important decisions involves the type of roofing material you want to use. Above & Beyond Roofing wants to explain some of the pros and cons to different types of roofing materials. Let's take a look at 4 of the most common types of roofing materials that we use for our Lake of the Ozarks roofing projects.

Asphalt Roofs 


Probably the most commonly used type of roofing material is asphalt. Asphalt roofs comprise over 80% of the residential roofing market. Asphalt shingles are easy to work with and are typically very economically priced. Some of the pros and cons of asphalt shingles include:

Pros: 
  • Relatively inexpensive 
  • Most economical of roofing options
  • Plenty of product choices for various styles, color selections and budgets
  • Relatively easy to install
  • Damage is easily repaired 
  • Low maintenance

Cons: 
  • Asphalt shingles degrade over time due to sun exposure and the environment
  • Basic asphalt shingles are more prone to hail damage 
  • Can trap moisture and promote the growth of moss, mildew and algae

Metal Roofs 

While more expensive than asphalt roofing, metal roofs last longer and are more weather resistant. They're available in two different types, either panels or shingles. They can also come in aluminum, copper, stainless steel and zinc. Some of the pros and cons of metal roofing include:

Pros: 
  • Offers long lasting durability 
  • Lightweight 
  • Good at shedding snow and ice
  • Fireproof
  • More wind resistant than asphalt roofing 
  • Some types are made from recycled material and are recyclable
  • Has some of the better cool energy efficient roofing characteristic, as the metal reflects radiant heat from the sun, minimizing midday heat gain 

Cons: 
  • The look may not be consistent with your home or neighborhood's architectural style
  • Needs good corrosion protection
  • Steel will rust and is not a good choice in corrosive environments such as coastal locations
  • Metal roofs spill water at a faster rate than more textured roofs, so rain gutters need to be sized accordingly to handle the runoff
  • Denting is a risk with falling tree limbs, large hail and other debris
  • Noisier than other roof types when it rains or storms  
  • Known for costing almost 3 times as much as asphalt roofing

Tile Roofs 


Roofing tiles have been in use for centuries internationally, but have become more common in the United States, particularly the Pacific Northwest, over the last 20-25 years. Tile roofs are typically either clay or concrete based. They are another durable option, but they are heavy! Some of the pros and cons of tile roofs include:

Pros: 
  • Durable and long lasting 
  • Relatively maintenance-free
  • Clean look
  • Fireproof 
  • Offers a range of architectural styles
  • Can be used to mimic other types of shingles, like wood or slate
  • Good energy efficiency possible, with tiles that have higher reflectance 
  • Good insulating value due to the air gap between tiles and the roof decking 
  • Many color options available

Cons:
  • More expensive than typical asphalt or wood roofs (clay is typically more expensive than concrete) 
  • Heavy, so the roof decking and structure need to be engineered to support it
  • More fragile than other types of roofing
  • More difficult to install than other roofing types
  • Color may fade overtime 

Cedar Shake Roofs 


Wood roofing shingles have been around a long time and continue to be a great roofing choice, especially for steeper pitched roofs. Many homeowners love the look of wood shingles. Some of the pros and cons of wooden shingles include:

Pros:
  • Visually appealing with nice texture, particularly on steeper roof slopes where more of the roof is visible
  • A greener choice, made from sustainable materials and biodegradable once used up
  • Generally cooler than other types of roofs that are generally darker in color
  • Resistant to severe storms, including strong winds, hurricanes, heavy rains, hail storms, snowstorms, etc. 

Cons: 
  • Not fireproof and not a good roof choice in fire-prone areas
  • Subject to rot and decay overtime, unless treated periodically with preservative and fungicide
  • Weathers to a dull gray appearance
  • Requires more maintenance than other roof types, such as keeping clean and removing debris that can retain moisture, promoting decay
  • More expensive and more costly to install than other common roofing materials

If you're thinking of starting a roofing project at the Lake of the Ozarks, give us a call at 573-302-0354. We are your locally owned residential and commercial roofing specialist. No matter what type of roofing material you're thinking about, we can help you make the right decision for your brand new roof. Don't need a completely new roof? We also offer roof repairs and free roof inspections at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Easter Egg Hunts at Lake of the Ozarks

When you think of the Easter holiday, what's the first thing that comes to your mind? For many children, that answer would be Easter egg hunts! Who doesn't love finding candy, money and other little treats hidden inside colorful eggs that you have to search for? It's a great tradition, but have you ever thought about how it started? Lake of the Ozarks' best roofing company brings you a little history on the Easter egg hunt, as well as a list of places you can take your children to hunt for eggs this weekend!

History of Easter Egg Hunts


Folklore suggests that Easter egg hunts arose in Europe during "the Burning Times," when the rise of Christianity led to the shunning of the followers of the "Old Religion." Instead of giving the eggs as gifts, the adults made a game of hiding them, gathering the children together and encouraging them to find the eggs. Some believe that the authorities seeking to find the "heathens" would follow or bribe the children to reveal where they found the eggs so that the property owner could be brought to justice. Therefore, the hunts were often moved to public property and held as a community event.

Easter Egg Hunts at the Lake of the Ozarks


The tradition is still going strong today and is a favorite for children of all ages. Be sure to check out some of these local events happening this weekend!

2nd Annual Osage Beach Easter Egg Hunt

On Saturday March 26, children can take part in an Easter egg hunt at the Osage Beach City Park. There will be 3 divisions beginning at 1 PM, with a hotdog lunch prior at 12 PM. The Easter bunny will be present for photos, bounce houses & face painting too!

Easter Celebration at New Life Church of the Nazarene

Come out for food, crafts, face painting, movie, resurrection egg story, pictures with the Easter bunny and an egg hunt on Saturday, March 26. The event starts at 10 AM with the egg hunt beginning at 11:30 AM. There will be over 3,000 eggs for children ages 2-12.

Linn Creek Easter Egg Hunt

Children of all ages will gather at the Linn Creek City Park on Saturday, March 26 for an Easter egg hunt. It will start at 11 AM and everyone is welcome!

Easter Egg Hunt in the Park 

On Easter Sunday, March 27, the Laurie Easter egg hunt attracts children from tots to teens to find 14,000 eggs "hidden" throughout the fair grounds. The Easter bunny always makes an appearance to the delight of everyone. The event will last from 2-3 PM.

Happy Easter from Above & Beyond Roofing! Spring is officially here and that means if you haven't already scheduled your free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks, now is the time to do it! Getting an inspection twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, can keep small repair issues from going into larger, more costly problems. Give us a call today at 573-302-0354.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

What Do You Know About St. Patrick's Day?

Today is the day you break out your green attire, possibly enjoy a green beverage and eat some traditional Irish food. All across the country and even around the world, people are celebrating St. Patrick's Day. In celebration of this March 17th holiday, your favorite Lake of the Ozarks roofing company has come up with 17 fun trivia questions for you to test your knowledge of St. Patrick's Day!

1. St. Patrick's Day is celebrated to commemorate what?


A. The birth of St. Patrick.
B. The death of St. Patrick.
C. The day St. Patrick drove snakes out of Ireland.
D. The day a pot of gold was found at the end of the rainbow. 

2. What does the Shamrock symbol signify?


A. The number three.
B. The coming of Spring.
C. The Luck of the Irish.
D. It's just a plant.

3. Where does the Blarney Stone come from?


A. A cave.
B. A hilltop.
C. A castle.
D. A cliff.

4. When were the customs of St. Patrick's Day brought to America?


A. 1787
B. 1776
C. 1747
D. 1737

5. What was the first US City to celebrate St. Patrick's Day?


A. New York
B. Philadelphia
C. Boston
D. Chicago

6. Which US City celebrates St. Patrick's Day by coloring the river green?


A. Chicago
B. St. Louis
C. Nashville
D. Boise

7. What is a Shillelagh?


A. A leprechaun's outfit.
B. A wooden pipe.
C. A short, stout, oak club.
D. A traditional Irish song.

8. According to legend, what should you never do if you catch a leprechaun?


A. Take your eyes off him.
B. Kiss him.
C. Tell your friends.
D. Feed him.

9. Which US city holds the largest St. Patrick's Day parade?


A. Chicago
B. New York
C. Boston
D. Philadelphia

10. What does "Erin Go Braugh" mean?


A. Ireland Forever
B. Luck of the Irish
C. Happy St. Patrick's Day
D. Go Ireland

11. Kissing the Blarney Stone is said to give you what?


A. Good Luck
B. Love
C. The Gift of Gab
D. Happiness

12. What does the circle in the center of the Celtic cross represent?


A. Unity
B. Eternity
C. Moon
D. Sun

13. "Aer Lingus" is what in Ireland?


A. A band.
B. An Irish airline.
C. A popular pub
D. An Irish dance.

14. What happens to you if you don't wear green on St. Patrick's Day?


A. You are cursed all year.
B. You lose money.
C. You get pinched.
D. You'll have nightmares.

15. How did St. Patrick drive the snakes out of Ireland?


A. With fire and smoke.
B. With water.
C. By singing an Irish song.
D. By pounding drums.

16. What type of meat is used in the traditional Irish Stew?


A. Beef
B. Chicken
C. Lamb 
D. Ham

17. What is the traditional Irish dish served on St. Patrick's Day?


A. Irish Stew
B. Corned Beef and Cabbage
C. Shepard's Pie
D. Lamb and Potatoes





**ANSWERS**

1. B - The death of St. Patrick.
2. A - The number three.
3. C - A castle.
4. D - 1737
5. C - Boston
6. A - Chicago
7. C - A short, stout, oak club.
8. A - Take your eyes off him.
9. B - New York
10. A - Ireland Forever
11. C - The Gift of Gab
12. D - Sun
13. B - An Irish airline.
14. C - You get pinched.
15. D - By pounding drums.
16. C - Lamb
17. B - Corned Beef and Cabbage   

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Above & Beyond Roofing! Along with this fun holiday comes the approach of spring, which means it's time to get your roof inspected. We offer free roof inspections at the Lake of the Ozarks - so give us a call at 573-302-0354 to schedule yours today!

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Are Your Gutters Ready for the Rainy Season?

The purpose of gutters is to keep water away from your home. If your gutters aren't working properly, water damage can occur. Your favorite roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks wants to help you prepare for the spring rainy season so you can prevent water damage. Avoid costly repairs by following these gutter tips:

Cleaning Your Gutters. 


Routinely cleaning your gutters can help you avoid water damage to your home. Clogged gutter systems will send cascading water down the side of your home, possibly damaging both your siding and foundation. In addition to water damage, gutters full of decaying debris create a nice home for carpenter ants and mosquitoes.
  • Rake or power wash any debris off your Lake of the Ozarks roof before attempting to clean your gutters; otherwise, after the next rain, all that debris will run down into your nice clean gutters. 
  • Scoop out any leaves and debris from the gutters with either gloved hands or a gutter scoop. 
  • Don't use anything metal to scoop debris from your gutters as it can damage the bottom of the gutter and can also introduce areas of rust, or even spread rust that is already present. 
  • Wearing gloves can help protect your hands against dirty, rotting leaf debris that often contains bird, pigeon and squirrel droppings that are filled with bacteria, as well as prevent painful cuts. Thick suede gloves are the best option because they won't soak up as much water as cotton and won't get holes poked in them like rubber would. 
  • Eye protection is also important as you never know what could come flying out of that downspout while you're cleaning it. 
  • Once you've removed large debris, you can use a garden hose with spray nozzle to get small, murky debris out. Be sure to spray toward the downspout so it flows down and out. 
  • You'll also want to disconnect the base of the downspout before cleaning to prevent potential clogging further down.
  • Once everything is clean, run water down the downspout at full pressure to make sure its completely clear and unclogged. 
For best results, you should clean your gutters two times a year, once in the fall and again in the spring. Additionally, you can look into installing gutter guards to help keep debris out, making them easy to clean when the time comes.

Inspecting Your Gutters. 


In addition to making sure your gutters are clean, you need to make sure they are in proper working condition by inspecting a few things.
  • Ensure that your downspouts direct water at least 5-10 feet away from your home. 
  • Check that all the spikes go through the gutter, through the fascia board and into the rafter behind it. Over the years, these spikes can work their way out of the holes. In this case you might want to invest in new gutter spikes to make sure your gutters are securely fastened.  
  • Look for any sources of leaks, such as holes in the gutters and cracked caulking in the seams. 
  • Check out the rivets and downspout. These frequently loosen or drop out completely - use a rivet gun to re-secure them. 
  • If your gutters are rusting, they're probably quite old. If this is the case, it's a good idea to have them replaced. Newer gutter systems are made of aluminum and vinyl that won't rust.  

At Above & Beyond Roofing, we do more than just roofing - we can take care of all your siding, soffit, fascia and gutter needs as well! If you notice any issues with your gutters, give us a call at 573-302-0354 to get them repaired or replaced before the spring showers hit. We offer high quality work, professional and personal service, and competitive pricing throughout the entire Lake area.

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