Thursday, September 29, 2016

Cleaning Your Siding in Preparation for Fall

Cleaning your siding every year and keeping it in good repair will extend the life of your siding. With some preventative maintenance, you won't need to replace your siding as often. Dirt and mildew can shorten the life of your siding, so cleaning it regularly is critical to maintaining your home. No matter what type of siding you have, Above & Beyond Roofing is here to help you understand the benefits of annually cleaning your siding.

1. Inspect for Damage Before Cleaning. 


All types of siding are vulnerable to water infiltration, especially where it butts against windows, doors and corner moldings. You'll want to check for caulk that has cracked due to age or has pulled away from the surface, leaving a gap. If you have wood siding, check for chipped or peeling paint, as well as cracked wood and trim. For stucco, look for cracks and chips, and for brick, look for crumbling mortar joints.

2. Use Warm, Soapy Water. 


The best way to clean your siding is by hand with a bucket of warm, soapy water. Use a soft-bristled brush attached to a long handle. You'll want to work from bottom to top in order to avoid streaking. Be sure to rinse often as well so the soap doesn't dry onto the siding. It's advised to divide the work into 10-foot sections; don't try to do your whole house all at once.

3. Removing Mildew. 


Stubborn, black spotty stains are probably mildew. If warm, soapy water doesn't do the trick, dab the area with a little diluted bleach. If the spots come off, you're dealing with mildew. Clean the entire area with a solution of one part bleach to four parts water. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the area with clean water.

4. Use Caution with Power Washing. 


Whether you have a power washer or choose to rent one, use it with caution. If you don't have experience with power washing, you could cause damage to your siding. Power washers can strip paint, gouge softwoods, loosen caulk and eat through mortar. In addition, the pressure can force water under horizontal lap joints, resulting in moisture accumulating behind the siding. If you don't have the experience or just don't have the time, consider having it professionally cleaned. A professional has the expertise to prevent water penetration at joints, seams around windows and doors, and electrical fixtures.

If you find that your siding is in disarray, consider having it replaced. At Above & Beyond Roofing, we handle more than just shingles. We can also install brand new siding at the Lake of the Ozarks. Give us a call at 573-302-0354 to get a quote and schedule your home improvement project this fall!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

4 Tips for Choosing the Right Shingles for Your Home

When you decide to start a Lake of the Ozarks roofing project, you have a lot of decisions to make. Not only do you want to make sure you find a reputable roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks, but you want to choose the right shingles for your specific project and needs. In today's blog, we'll discuss a few tips for choosing the right shingles.

1. Think About Your Budget. 


A roofing project is a big investment. Before you get started, think about the budget you have for the project and keep that in consideration when you're choosing a shingle. Asphalt tends to be the most popular and also the most affordable roofing shingle choice. However, if there's room in your budget you could consider another option like tile.

2. Contemplate Your Home Style.


The type of home you have will help you determine the best type of shingles to use for your roofing project. Look for a shingle that suits your home's architectural style. Consider the surface area, pitch and angle of the roof to determine the best shingle type for you. While asphalt shingles are compatible with most home styles, a tile roof may be more suitable for historic homes.

3. Choose The Perfect Color. 


Picking the perfect shingle color is often the most difficult aspect of the process. Most types of shingles come in a variety of different colors. It's important that you not only pick a color that you like, but also that matches your home and your neighborhood. While you may be tempted to go with something bold, you want to keep in mind how your choice could affect the resale value of your home.

4. Consider Durability. 


Different shingle types work better in different climates. Think about the weather where you live and what your roof needs to be able to withstand. Be sure you shop around for quality materials, and also be sure to understand the warranty that is offered. A new roof is a big investment that should last a long time - just because a certain shingle is more upfront, it might save you money in the long run through extended life of your roof and less repairs.

When it comes to choosing the right shingles for your home, Above & Beyond Roofing is here to help. We can discuss your needs and give you advice on your options. For all your Lake of the Ozarks roofing needs, give us a call at 573-302-0354.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

3 Common Roof Installation Mistakes

Installing a new roof on your home is a major project and a big investment. It's important that you make sure the Lake of the Ozarks roofing job is done right, for the safety and protection of your home and your family. In today's blog, we'll take a look at a few of the most common roof installation mistakes and what consequences each of those situations could have.

1. Installing a New Roof Over an Old One. 


One of the most common roofing mistakes revolves around cutting corners to save time and work. Not only is it harder to get the shingles on correctly, which can lead to blow offs during a storm, but its also more likely that moisture will penetrate the surface and cause issues inside the attic and the home. Failing to remove the old roof before installing the new one could lead to more roofing issues down the road. By removing the old shingles, you're able to inspect the roof deck for fragile areas and look for other underlying issues with your roof. In addition, the excess weight of having those additional shingle layers on your roof can cause harm to your home's walls and roof structure.

2. Having Improper Ventilation.


Another common roof installation mistake involves ventilation. You've probably heard before that you need to let your house "breath." having an improperly or inadequately ventilated attic can not only harm your roof, but can also damage your home. A build up of hot air in your attic can cause premature aging of shingles, warping, cracking and breaking down of wood framing, roof deck warping and rotting, mildew and mold growth, damage to siding and soffits, and high energy costs, as well as a less comfortable living space. A reputable roofing company will take into consideration proper ventilation when installing your new roof at the Lake of the Ozarks.

3. Improper Use of Nails. 


Some things are better left to the professionals, especially when it comes to roofing. There's a lot of skill and knowledge involved in the proper installation of a roof. One common mistake among the do-it-yourself roofers is how the shingles are nailed down. It's possible to use too many nails or too few nails. You can also place the nail too high or too low. Improper use of nails can lead to future shingle loss and roof leaks. When you hire a Lake of the Ozarks roofing company with a good reputation, you can rest assured that your shingles will be installed with the correct number of nails and attached on the nail line.

In most cases, you're going to save both time and money by hiring a professional roofer at the Lake of the Ozarks to take care of the job for you. Above & Beyond Roofing has been serving the Lake area since 2004. The staff has more than 100 years' combined experience in the roofing industry, and the owner alone has 15+ years experience. When you hire us, you can be sure your roof will be installed correctly, while receiving professional service and competitive pricing!

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Extending the Life of Your New Roof

Replacing a roof is an expensive proposition and you’ll want to preserve your investment as long as possible. If your roof is brand new, there are several things you can do to keep it in the best possible condition for the longest possible time. In today's blog, Above & Beyond Roofing offers some advice for extending the life of your new roof.

Remove Leaves


Depending on the slope and design of your roof, or if trees tower over your house top, loads of leaves can collect in the valleys of the roof or around the chimney. It is important to remove them because moisture can get trapped under the decomposing leaves, allowing moisture to collect in your roof. Excess moisture on your roof can lead to a variety of issues and the need for costly roof repairs. Simply grab a roof leaf rake or leaf blower to get the cleaning job done. If the leaves are too wet or deep, causing the need to climb on the roof to remove them, you may want to call in a professional for help.

Clean the Gutters


When you notice it’s time to clean the clogged gutters, it’s typically because water is overflowing and discoloring the paint or siding, or you’ve noticed water where it shouldn’t be...like inside your home! Unfortunately, this isn’t the only repercussion clogged gutters could cause. When leaves pile too deeply in the gutters, water can flow upwards into the roof sheathing and cause it to rot, or worse, cause rot in the roof rafters. Repairing that kind of damage is costly and could run into the thousands of dollars range, but you can avoid it by cleaning your gutters each fall and spring. If you’re comfortable working on a ladder, you can do it yourself; if not, hire a pro!


Trim Overhanging Branches


Tree-trimming is a great prevention towards keeping leaves, moss and tree debris off of your roof. In anticipation of those Missouri storms, it’s a good idea to tackle this as soon as possible to avoid abrasions from limbs and leaves that touch your roof and could damage the shingles, especially in high winds or ice storms. Don’t risk damaging your trees or yourself here, contact a professional to get those branches trimmed back away from your roof!

Prevent Ice Damage


Ice buildup on the roof is often a Lake of the Ozarks roofing problem. After a winter storm, you'll want to remove some or all of the snow that might melt and leak into your house. It’s best to dislodge the ice with a roof rake; don’t pry it off, as this could damage the roof. Don't climb on your roof in the winter, as chances of falling are much higher due to the slick, icy conditions. Before the cold weather sets in, check to ensure you have adequate insulation. Insulation plays a big role in controlling roof temperatures and preventing ice dams from forming.

Be Aware


Give your roof a once over after every big wind, hail or ice storm, or if you’ve heard some scurrying on the roof at night. Look for curling, loose, or missing shingles or damaged flashing around the vents, chimney, skylights and other openings. Ensuring everything is intact will give you peace of mind and help extend the life of your new roof. 

Your new roof at the Lake of the Ozarks is designed to protect your home from the elements. To maintain its good shape and prolong its life, you must protect it was well! We don’t want you to have to replace your roof prematurely. If you keep in mind these tips, we know you will get the most from your new roof!

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Origins of Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend has arrived! The time has come to sit back, relax and enjoy one last long weekend of the warm summer season. Why is it that we have this three day weekend at the beginning of September each year though? Keep reading as your favorite Lake of the Ozarks roofing company takes a look at the origins of the Labor Day holiday.

What is Labor Day?


Labor Day is often referred to as the unofficial end of summer, especially here at the Lake of the Ozarks. However, the holiday was created to pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It is always celebrated on the first Monday of September, and constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

The Origins of Labor Day 


While it was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated in New York City on Tuesday, September 5, 1882. At this time, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square. This was considered the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history. After a failed attempt to break up a railroad strike, Grover Cleveland made Labor Day a federal holiday. Check out this video to learn more about the history of this holiday:



Labor Day Weekend Today


Today, Labor Day Weekend is celebrated in cities and towns across the U.S., with parades, picnics, barbecues, firework displays and other public gatherings. No matter what you choose to do this holiday weekend, Above & Beyond Roofing hopes you have a great Labor Day Weekend!

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