Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Need for Attic Ventilation

The key to a durable, energy-efficient home is the combination of insulation and proper attic ventilation working together to control air flow. Proper ventilation can help prevent damage and premature aging of your roof caused by moisture in the winter and excess heat in the summer. Effective attic ventilation provides year-round benefits for all types of roofing systems. In today's blog, your Lake of the Ozarks roofer will address some common issues caused by poor ventilation in your attic:

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Ventilation Helps Prevent Damage 


Due to more efficient building materials in new and remodeled homes, buildings don't "breathe" as easily as they used to. Therefore, homes need to have proper ventilation to reduce damage to the roof and the building. Proper ventilation will help allow outside air to flow naturally upward and out of the attic, promoting a cool, dry attic. Improper ventilation can cause shingles to deteriorate prematurely, as well as cause other damage to your home. Additionally, your roofing warranty could be significantly reduced or even become void without proper ventilation. Be sure to follow the shingle manufacturer's venting requirements to avoid any issues.

Ventilation in the Summer


During the hot summer months we experience here at the Lake of the Ozarks, attic heat can build up easily. An overheated attic, combined with moisture (Missouri can get very humid in the summer.), can cause a number of problems including damage to roof decking and shingles. Heat that's absorbed in the attic can also radiate into other areas of the home. This can make the house uncomfortable, causing the air conditioning system to work harder. As a result, you could see your utility bills rise. The primary purpose of ventilation during warm weather is to expel hot air from the attic or roof to reduce cooling load and relive the strain on air conditioning systems.

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Ventilation in the Winter 


The primary purpose of ventilation during cold weather is to vent any moisture and also maintain a cool roof temperature to avoid ice dams created by melting snow. During the winter months, moisture can easily build up in the attic. Due to the excess moisture, mold and mildew can develop and wood can rot, leading to poor indoor air quality. Condensation can also cause the roof deck to swell, resulting in buckled shingles. In addition, severe condensation can drip onto the insulation, decreasing its effectiveness too. You don't want to rely on ventilation alone to reduce moisture in your attic though; other ways to control the moisture in your attic include sealing any air leaks and making sure your basement and crawl space are dry.

In order for effective ventilation to occur, ventilation components must be correctly sized and positioned to provide constant air flow, moving in a constant direction, throughout the entire attic area. Let us help you optimize airflow in your attic with Owens Corning roofing products. Above & Beyond Roofing is proud to be an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred roofing contractor at the Lake of the Ozarks! For more information on how we can help with all your roofing needs, give us a call at 573-302-0354 today!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

What's That Growing On My Roof?

Not only does your roof provide protection for your home, but it also affects your curb appeal. Moss, algae, and lichen can all grow on your roof, especially in hot, humid climates like those we experience during summer at the Lake of the Ozarks. Your Lake of the Ozarks roofing company is here to explain the differences in these types of growths and how they can affect your roof.

Identifying the Growth on Your Roof


How do you know what exactly is growing on your roof? There are a few features you can look for to determine what type of growth you are dealing with:

Moss: Look for green, spongy clumps. 


One of the more common types of growth on roofs is moss. Moss can be detrimental to asphalt shingle performance. The issue with moss is that it's thicker, so it holds more water. We all know that excess moisture on your roof is not good. Moss build-up can create lateral water movement which can result in water damage to the roof deck or even leaks. In addition, moss also grips into the surface of the shingles, which can cause the edges of shingles to lift or curl. This increases the risk of your shingles blowing off during storms and other windy events.

Algae: Look for black or green streaks.


Algae is often mistaken as mold or mildew. Places on your roof where moisture tends to dwell, are the areas where algae can form. Humid climates present the perfect atmosphere for this type of growth. By the time algae is visible, it has likely been there for several months or longer. Black streaks and stains can cause your shingles to lose the ability to reflect the sun's energy and provide insulation. This can result in higher energy costs. If the algae situation is ignored, the shingles can deteriorate, resulting in the need for a full roof replacement at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Lichen - Look for blue-green, gray or orange flat spots about the size of a quarter.


Lichen can grow in almost every environment on earth. Unlike algae and moss, lichen do require sunlight in addition to nutrients. While they need small amounts of moisture, but can also tolerate periods of extreme dryness. While lichen doesn't trap as much water as moss, it can be acidic and has strands that can penetrate into your shingles. When removed, the lichen can actually bring some of the shingles protective coating and granules off with it.

Prevention of Growth on Your Roof 


There are a couple things you as a homeowner can do to help prevent the possibility of algae, moss or lichen growing on your roof.
  • Trim any overhanging branches to reduce the shade on your roof. Shade makes it harder for your roof to dry after it's rained, and a damp roof provides the perfect environment for these growths to develop. 
  • Install algae resistant shingles. If your home is older, chances are the shingles don't have any copper granules on them, which is used to prevent the growth of algae. If you don't want/need to replace your roof, consider installing a strip of copper or zinc coated sheet metal along each side of the roof, just below the ridge.
 
If you're concerned about growth on your roof, give Above & Beyond Roofing a call to schedule a free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks. As professionals, we can determine what's growing on your roof, how it's affecting your roof and what steps need to be taken next. For all your Lake of the Ozarks roofing needs, call us at 573-302-0354.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Benefits of Getting a FREE Roof Inspection from Above & Beyond Roofing

Above & Beyond Roofing suggests that you have your roof inspected at least twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Why should you get it inspected? Below are a few benefits to having a professional roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks come out to inspect your roof. The benefits of having a Lake of the Ozarks roof inspection greatly outweigh the consequential results of having a roof in a state of disrepair.

1. Have Peace of Mind Your Home is Protected. 


While it may seem like you could just look at your roof yourself, a professional roofer has years of experience and may catch something you don't. An expert, honest roofer will search high and low for any signs of damage. You don't want to overlook holes in your roof, missing shingle granules, loose shingles or other common roofing issues. A professional roofer will be able to advise you on necessary repairs and provide an estimate for the work if needed.

2. Reduce the Likelihood of Needing a Full Roof Replacement. 


Installation of a brand new roof on your home can be an expensive investment. Why risk needing to make that investment sooner than expected? By getting a roof inspection, you'll be able to determine if you need to replace the entire roof, just repair a few small areas or don't need repairs at all. Be proactive in maintaining your roof and you'll save a lot of money in the long run.

3. Avoid Major Damage to the Interior of Your Home. 


Don't wait until you find a visible leak to call for a roof inspection. It's important to catch leaks early, before they cause more severe issues. Roof leaks can lead to rotting wood, mold and other damage to the interior of your home. If left unfixed, a small leak can lead to major repair needs. Your roof's job is to protect your home and its contents, and a leaky roof isn't going to be able to do that.

4. Minimize the Possibility of Major Storm Damage.  


Roofing materials are designed to withstand severe weather and storms, but a faulty roof isn't going to be able to do that. If your roof already isn't in the best of shape, a major storm blowing through is only going to make things worse. The best thing you can do to prepare for a storm is have your roof inspected and get those minor repairs taken care of before any major weather systems move in.

Get Your FREE Roof Inspection Today!


If you haven't had your roof inspected since winter concluded, now is the time to get one! When you choose Above & Beyond Roofing, we'll come out an inspect your roof for FREE! What do you have to loose with a free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks? If there is a need for repairs to your roof, you'll be glad you gave us a call before the problem got worse. You will have saved yourself a lot of money and stress by avoiding major roof repairs or even a whole roof replacement.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

5 Reasons to Hire a Professional for Your Roofing Project

We live in a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) world. Now more than ever, people are trying to do everything themselves to save money. While some things can be done without much experience, roofing should be done by a professional. Keep reading for 5 reasons you should hire a Lake of the Ozarks roofing professional to install your new roof or repair your current one.

1. You'll Probably Save Money in the Long Run. 


The main reason people take on DIY projects is to save money. However, when it comes to something as important as your roof, you may end up spending more in the long run. Hiring a professional will make sure you get the job done right the first time. If you mess up your DIY roofing project and end up having to hire a professional to fix it, you're going to end up spending way more than if you would have just hired a professional in the first place.

2. The Project Will Get Done A Lot Faster. 


The purpose of a roof is to protect your home and all its contents. When you're in the middle of a roofing project, you'll want to get it done as quickly as possible. Most DIY projects end up taking longer than if you just hire a professional. You're having to learn and do at the same time, and there's only one of you. Professional roofing companies at the Lake of the Ozarks have a team of experienced roofers that can get the job done quickly.

3. You're Not Risking Your Safety. 


Being on your roof is dangerous; falling off can cause serious injury. When it comes to learning a new task, you're sole focus is on getting the task done. With that mind set, it's easy to forget about your surroundings. Professional roofers have experience being on roofs and take all the safety precautions necessary.

4. You Won't Have to Invest in New Tools. 


Roofing requires specific tools to get the job done right. Professional roofing companies will already have these tools on hand. As a DIYer, you are going to have to purchase not only the roofing materials, but also everything you need to install those materials. This goes back to cost. You'll most likely spend as much money on tools and spend enough time to make it worth paying a professional for their labor.

5. You'll Get Better Quality Materials and Installation.


Not all roofing materials are of the same quality. With such a variety of options, how do you know what type of roofing material to purchase and how good of a quality it is? Professional roofers purchase a lot of product. Not only can they get product cheaper, they also know how to get the best quality for the best value. In addition, they do quality work, if you hire a reputable company that is licensed and trained.

If you're considering Lake of the Ozarks roof repairs or a new roof installation, contact Above & Beyond Roofing at 573-302-0354 for a FREE roof estimate. We've been serving the Lake area since 2014. Our staff has more than 100 years' combined experience in the roofing industry and the owner alone has 15+ years of experience. We provide high quality work, professional and personal service and competitive pricing.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

5 Common 4th of July Traditions

Another holiday weekend is upon us and we're gearing up to celebrate America's Birthday all weekend long. Just like with any other holiday, the 4th of July has many traditions that people across the country will be taking part in this weekend. In today's blog, your Lake of the Ozarks roofer takes a look at a few of the most common traditions and how they came to be associated with Independence Day celebrations:

1. Backyard BBQs


Cookouts are one of the most popular activities to partake in during the 4th of July holiday weekend. From that juicy steak to the traditional burgers and brats, 4th of July is the nation's most popular outdoor cooking holiday. How did throwing meat on the grill become part of this patriotic holiday? In the early 1800s, colonists in Virginia had been getting together in the summer to smoke large animals over a pit since before the nation's founding, a tradition they brought over from the West Indies. The practice spread in the first half of the 19th century as political leaders began staging rallies to mark Independence Day. To draw crowds, they held massive bbqs, often roasting whole pigs or even oxen.

2. Fireworks


Whether you buy fireworks to shoot off at your home or head out to see one of the major public fireworks displays, the 4th of July wouldn't be the same without a few mini explosions! The tradition of fireworks is as old as America itself. John Adams wrote a letter to his wife in which he stated that Independence Day celebrations should "be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other."

3. Flying the Flag


The American flag is probably the most patriotic symbol we have. The stripes represent the original 13 colonies, while the stars represent the 50 states. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well: red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence, and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice.  Show your patriotism this 4th of July by hanging an American flag at your home or business.

4. Parades & Community Celebrations


No matter the holiday, Americans love to celebrate with parades, and the 4th of July is no different. People across the country will put on their red, white and blue and march down the street to show their patriotism for our country. From America's National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. to our little hometown parades, this tradition is celebrated in areas across all 50 states!

5. Family Time 


No matter which of the above traditions you choose to partake in, the holiday weekend is the perfect time to get together with family and friends. From as far back as 1776, this holiday has been celebrated with groups of people gathering to celebrate the Independence of our nation. People got together to honor the people who fought in the American Revolution, as well as the fact that our country is free. The long weekend allows you to travel and visit those you don't get to see that often, or even take a vacation to a new place!

Above & Beyond Roofing wishes you a very Happy 4th of July Weekend! Remember when you're shooting fireworks at your home to shoot them away from your house. You don't want to end up with any roof damages during your holiday fun! However, if you are in need of roof repairs, either due to holiday festivities or recent storms, give the best roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call! 

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