Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Understanding Different Roof Types - Part 2

Last week, we discussed several different types of roofs, along with their advantages and disadvantages. Today's blog continues the discussion with a few more types of roofs that could be considered for your Lake of the Ozarks roof design.

5. Flat Roof. 


Flat roofs appear to be completely flat with no pitch, but in fact they do have a slight pitch to allow for water run-off and drainage. This type of roof is typically installed on industrial and commercial buildings. Extra living space on top of the roof, such as a patio or garden is easily incorporated with this type of roof. Heating and cooling units can also be placed on flat roofs to keep them out of sight. Flat roofs are easier to construct, require less building materials and are cheaper to install. The down side is that flat roofs are the most susceptible to water leakage.

6. Bonnet Roof. 


Kicked-eaves or bonnet roofs are double sloped with the lower slope set at less of an angle than the upper one. Think of it like a reverse mansard roof. The lower slope hangs over the side of the house making an excellent porch cover. This type of roof is not commonly used in modern homes. The benefits of this style roof include extra living space or vaulted ceilings. The overhanging eaves not only allow for a covered porch, but help protect the walls from water damage. Water easily runs off the slopes making it more durable than a gable roof. The down side is that the complex design requires more building materials and it's more difficult to construct. This can make the roof more expensive than other types.

7. Saltbox Roof. 


A saltbox roof is asymetrical in design, where one side is very short and the other is very long. This type of roof is seen in early Colonial and Cape Cod style homes. The slope makes it easier for water to run off, and the design makes it more durable than a simple gable roof. This type of roof also allows for more living space by making a home one and half to two stories. The down side is that this type of roof design can be tricky, resulting in higher building costs.

8. Skillion Roof. 


A skillion, shed roof or lean-to is a single sloping roof. This type of roof can be thought of as a half of a pitched roof or a more angled flat roof. The skillion type roof is most commonly used for home additions, sheds and porches. However, they are becoming more common on the entire structure of modern style homes. They are easy to assemble and use much fewer building materials than other roof types. Their steep pitch allows snow and water to easily run off. The main disadvantage to this type of roof is that if the roof pitch is too high, it can result in ceilings being too low. This type of roof can also present problems in areas with high wind.

Whether you're doing new construction or are in need of roof repairs at the Lake of the Ozarks, we've got you covered! Above & Beyond Roofing has been serving the Lake area in residential and commercial roofing since 2004. We strive to provide high quality work, professional and personal service, and competitive pricing.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Understanding Different Roof Types - Part 1

When building a home, you'll want to consider the type of Lake of the Ozarks roof that you will install. It's important to understand that roofs do a lot more than protect your home and its contents. Different roof types have different benefits, such as complimenting the overall look and style of your home, providing additional living space, and/or making your home more resilient, energy efficient and weather-proof. Today's blog from your favorite Lake of the Ozarks roofer offers information on several different types of roofs you can go with.

1. Gable Roofs. 


Commonly recognized by their triangular shape, gable, pitched or peaked roofs are one of the most popular style of roofs in the U.S. Water and snow easily drain off the roof due to the steepness of this style of roof. They also provide more space for the attic or vaulted ceilings, and allow for more ventilation. This type of roof is easier and cheaper to build due to the simple design. The down side to this style is they are problematic in areas that experience high winds and hurricanes, which we thankfully don't have to worry too much about in Missouri.

2. Hip Roof.


A hip roof features slopes on all four sides, with each side being equal in length. The sides come together at the top to form a ridge. This type of roof is more stable, sturdy and durable than a gable roof due to the inward slope of each side. The down side to hip roofs is that they are more expensive to build than gable roofs. If not properly installed, the additional seams when a dormer is added can make it easier for water leaks to form.

3. Mansard Roof.


Also known as a French roof, a mansard roof is a four-sided roof with a double slope on each side. The lower slope is much steeper than the upper one, and the sides can either be flat or curved depending on the style. While these types of roofs can help create a great deal of extra living space, this type of roof is not ideal for areas with heavy snowfall because of the low pitch. They also cost more than other types of roofs due to the embellishments and details that go into them. The added space and character can easily make up for that cost though.

4. Gambrel Roof.


A gambrel or barn roof is similar to a mansard roof, but it only has two sides instead of four. The lower side of the gambrel roof has an almost vertical, steep slope, while the upper slope is much lower. This type of roof is commonly seen on top of barns, farm houses and log cabins, as well as some Dutch Colonial and Georgian style homes. Like the mansard, the gambrel roof offers extra living space. This style is also simple to frame out, using just two roof beams, and therefore, keeps the cost down. The gambrel roof is not recommended for areas with heavy wind or significant snowfall. The open design can cause the roof to collapse under extreme pressure.

These are just a few of the different types of roofs you can have on your home. Stay tuned next week to learn about several other types. If you're in the process of building a home at the Lake of the Ozarks, trust Above & Beyond Roofing for all your roofing needs! We offer free roof estimates at the Lake of the Ozarks. Give us a call at 573-302-0354.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Why is My Roof Buckling?

Have you ever seen a roof that appears to be lifting in certain areas? This is called "buckling" and not only does it distract from the beauty of the home, but it can lead to other major roofing problems. Today's blog from your Lake of the Ozarks roofer discusses buckling roofs, what causes them and what can happen if they aren't addressed.

What Causes a Buckling Roof 


When your roof is buckling, it resembles a large air bubble that stretches the roof sheathing, felt and shingles. This can be caused by a variety of different circumstances:
  1. Improper Installation of Felt or Underlayment - Buckling can occur when the felt or underlayment is not installed properly. If these products are wrinkled, it can easily show through the roof shingles, as the shingles are installed over it. 
  2. Movement in the Roof Deck - The roof decking is the plywood sheets that cover your home, under the shingles. If these boards are not installed properly, with spacers, they can shift and cause the roof to buckle. The spacers are needed to absorb any expansion from excessive heat. Deck movement can also occur when water finds it's way under the shingles due to a leak. This can cause the decking to swell and warp, and eventually rot. This can lead to serious damage to your home. 
  3. Poor Roof Ventilation - In the event your roof is not properly ventilated, moisture will collect in the attic. This moisture becomes condensation on the underside of the roof, which can cause damage to the home's frame and roof decking. When that moisture gets trapped between the underlayment and the shingles, buckling can occur. 
  4. Failure to Remove Old Shingles - Applying a new roof over an existing one can also lead to a roof buckle. In this case, it's much harder to get the new roof applied properly to prevent moisture between the layers. You can almost guarantee that you'll eventually have buckling problems when you fail to remove the old shingles before installing a new roof. 

Future Problems of a Buckling Roof 


If you notice a buckle in your roof, you'll want to schedule a Lake of the Ozarks roof inspection, as that buckle could be a sign of worse problems or future problems to come. Not only can moisture damage the roof from the inside out, but that buckle could create entryways for water from outside to enter your home. Roof leaks and interior water damage could end up being a result of a roof buckle left unaddressed.

Above & Beyond Roofing is here for all your Lake of the Ozarks roofing needs! From free roof inspections to roof repairs or new construction, we have the experience to get your roofing job done right. Give us a call at 573-302-0354 to discuss your needs.

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