Monday, November 27, 2017

How to Properly Hang Christmas Decorations

It's that time of year again! Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it's time to start preparing for Christmas. That means getting out the Christmas boxes (or heading to the store) and decorating the house, from inside out. Today's blog from your Lake of the Ozarks roofer discusses how to properly hang Christmas decorations without damaging your roof. Before you start attempting to make your home seen from outer space, follow these precautions for your safety and the safety of your roof.

Protecting Your Roof 


When securing your outdoor holiday lights, never use tacks or nails. These can damage your roofing material, and compromise the integrity of your roof. Forget staples, clothespins or any other contraption you’ve used in the past for mounting lights to your house. Instead, you should use light clips to secure holiday decorations. Be sure not to put too much weight on your gutters when hanging Christmas decorations from your roof. It's very important that your gutters work properly throughout the winter season. When snow melts off your roof, it need an effective way to run off the roof. If your gutters aren't working properly, ice dams can form, causing bigger problems for your roof.

Safety When Decorating 


For your own safety, make sure to use a good ladder when installing lights. Before hanging any lights, make sure that you have the proper type lights that are made for outdoor use. When plugging in the lights, be sure to use a GFCI outlet for your power source. In the event of overcurrent, this type of outlet will shut the circuit down. Make sure to turn the lights off any time you leave home and when you go to bed. While they may look pretty to passersby, they can also be a fire hazard that you don't want to leave unattended. Make sure that any extension cords used are rated for outdoor use and that the connections are above ground, snow and water.

Your premier Lake of the Ozarks roofing company is here to help you ensure your roof is prepared to withstand the challenges that come with winter weather. From offering advice to giving free roof inspections at the Lake of the Ozarks, we're here for all your roofing needs. When it comes to roofing, there's no one better for the job than Above & Beyond Roofing! Happy Holidays!

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

9 Fun Facts About Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just one day away! In celebration, Above & Beyond Roofing has gathered some fun facts about this holiday revolving around giving thanks and eating turkey. Share these with your family and friends as you gather for a delicious feast this Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

Thanksgiving Fun Facts


1. The first Thanksgiving was held in 1621. However, Thanksgiving did not become a national holiday until over 200 years later! Sarah Josepha Hale (writer of "Mary Had a Little Lamb") convinced President Lincoln in 1863 to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, after 17 years of campaigning through letters.

2. Historians believe that no turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving. Deer, ducks, geese, oysters, lobster, eel and fish were likely served instead. While they probably ate pumpkins, there definitely wasn't any pumpkin pie.

3. At the first Thanksgiving, they did not use forks; all they had was spoons and knives. Forks weren't introduced until 10 years later, and weren't a popular utensil until the 18th century.

4. Thanksgiving was almost a fast instead of a feast. Early settlers gave thanks by praying and abstaining from food. It wasn't until the Wampanoag Indians joined them to celebrate their first harvest, and turned their fast into a 3-day feast!

5. The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in 1924. On that day, 400 employees marched from Convent Ave to 145th street in new York City. While no large balloons were present for this parade, live animals from Central Park Zoo were featured.

6. Americans eat about 46 million turkeys each Thanksgiving. Californians consume the most turkey on Thanksgiving Day out of all the states in the U.S. The average Thanksgiving turkey weighs 15 lbs.

7. TV dinners were invented because of Thanksgiving. In 1953, Swanson had so much extra turkey, 26 tons to be exact, that a salesman told them they should package it onto aluminum trays with other sides, such as sweet potatoes. Thus, the first TV dinner was born!

8. The NFL started the Thanksgiving Classic games in 1920. Since then it's become tradition for the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys to host games on Turkey Day! in 2006, a third game was added with different teams hosting.

9. Thanksgiving is not just an American holiday. Canadians celebrate it too. However, they celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October instead of the fourth Thursday in November.

Bonus Fact: In 1939 President Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving up a week hoping it would help the shopping season during the Depression area. It never caught on and was changed back two years later.

Happy Thanksgiving from your favorite roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks! Above & Beyond Roofing is here for all your roofing needs, from inspections to repairs and re-roofs. Give us a call at 573-302-0354 to request a free quote or to schedule your free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Do I Need a Roof Inspection?

Your roof is an integral part of your home. It protects your home, it's contents and you from the outside elements. Therefore, it's important that you keep it in tip-top shape. While it can be difficult for you to know if your roof has issues, a professional roofer at the Lake of the Ozarks knows what to look for. Below are some questions to ask yourself when deciding if you need a roof inspection or not.

1. How long has it been since my roof was last inspected? 


It is recommended to have your roof inspected twice per year. This is because both winter weather and summer weather can affect your roof differently, and here at the Lake of the Ozarks, we can have some weather on both extremes. If you don't know when your roof was last inspected, it's probably a good idea to have it looked over by a professional. Small issues can lead to costly problems down the road. If addressed early on, you can save a lot of money and frustration.

2. Is it possible I have hail or wind damage? 


Hail storms and tornadoes are both popular weather occurrences in Missouri. If your home is subject to any type of severe weather, it's possible your roof sustained storm damage. If other homes on your block have roof damage, it's definitely a good idea to have yours checked out. Since we offer free roof inspections at the Lake of the Ozarks, it doesn't hurt to have your roof looked at after a big storm.

3. Do I have missing or lifted roof shingles? 


Like mentioned above, it's not always easy to spot roof issues from the ground. However, if you notice any missing or lifted roof shingles, you're going to want to schedule a roof inspection. You want to get those shingles replaced as soon as possible to prevent further roof damage, such as water seeping inside your home.

4. Are there granules in my gutters and downspouts? 


As you are cleaning out your gutters in preparation for winter, check for shingle granules that may have come off and accumulated in your gutters or downspouts. An excessive amount of granules could mean that it's time to have your roof replaced. These granules are a protective coating on your shingles, so without them, your roof is more vulnerable to leaks and other roof damage.


5. How old is my roof? 


Going back to number one, if you don't know the last time your roof was inspected, and your home is quite old, it's in your best interest to schedule a roof inspection. The older your roof is, the more vulnerable it gets. You want to make sure you catch any issues early to fix them before it leads to costly repairs. If you're in need of a new roof, it's important to get that done before a faulty roof leads to other issues inside your home such as water damage and/or mold growth.

When you choose to work with Above & Beyond Roofing, your roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks is free! We will also provide you with a free estimate if repairs or replacement are needed. For all your Lake of the Ozarks roofing needs, trust Above & Beyond Roofing!

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Friday, November 10, 2017

The Issues with Moisture and Your Commercial Roof

With winter quickly approaching, the likelihood of moisture affecting roofs increases. In today's blog, your premier roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks wants to inform local business owners of the problems associated with moisture on commercial roofs. Keep reading to learn about what you need to watch out for when it comes to your commercial roof.

Commercial Roofs


Just like your residential roof protects your home and its contents, a commercial roof is designed to protect your business from the elements. The roof is a commercial building's first line of defense against wind, rain, snow, sleet, ice, etc. It is also the most vulnerable part of your building, and therefore, must be continuously inspected, maintained and repaired. Leaks and roof collapse on a commercial building can lead to the shut down of your facility and a lot of lost income. Taking care of your commercial roof will make it easier for  you to take care of your business.

Moisture Related Commercial Roof Issues


While signs of a serious problem may be apparent from inside the building, other issues may not be quite as visible to the untrained eye. Water stains on the ceiling signify there's probably a leak somewhere, which is likely the result of a damaged roof. An unexplained odor or signs of mold could be the result of water penetration through the roof. These issues are easy to spot, but it's also important to have your commercial roof at the Lake of the Ozarks inspected regularly to identify any problems that haven't surfaced in the interior of the building yet. By catching issues early on, you can avoid more costly repairs down the road.

Visuals to Look For 


As a business owner, there are certain things you can look for to determine if you have a moisture or water issue with your roof or might have one in the near future:
  • Prolonged standing water on your roof. (This is a common problems for almost all commercial flat roofs.) 
  • Blistering or peeling of paint, inside the building and on the exterior. (Moisture can seep down through the roof and run along walls, creating problems nowhere near where the actual leak began.) 
  • Wood rot and/or moist insulation in the attic of your building. 
  • Bubbles or blisters in your shingles. 
  • Gaps in the roof flashing. 
  • Deteriorating seals around skylights. 
  • Improper gutters or drainage systems. (While there may not be a roofing issue yet, improper drainage of water from your roof can lead to ice dams and major roofing problems.) 
  • Increased utility costs. (If you're roof is letting too much air escape or build up inside the attic, not only will your utility costs be affected, but there's the likelihood of a leak showing up after the next rain or snow storm.) 

The best way to avoid roof related problems with your business is to keep up with regular inspections and maintenance. Above & Beyond Roofing is here for all your Lake of the Ozarks commercial roofing needs, as well as residential roofing needs. From inspections and estimates to repairs and re-roofs, we've got it all covered! Give us a call at 573-302-0354 to schedule an inspection or request an estimate.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

3 Common Reasons Some New Asphalt Roofs Fail

You just got a new roof at the Lake of the Ozarks. You expect it to last for years to come, right? Unfortunately, there are several circumstances where a new roof fails prematurely. In today's blog, your favorite Lake of the Ozarks roofing company discusses some of the reasons this could happen.

1. Improper Installation by the Roofing Contractor.


No matter if you purchased the best shingles on the market, poor installation by the roofing contractor could lead to a premature roof failure. Therefore, it's important you hire a well-experienced, knowledgeable roofing contractor at the Lake of the Ozarks to do the job. Be sure to check their reviews and references, and see how long they've been in business. When you do have a new roof installed, be sure to ask the roofer if they offer any warranty for their installation work, as the manufacturers warranty only covers defects with the material, not the installation.

2. Issues with the Manufacturing of the Roofing Material.


All asphalt shingles are not made alike. They come in a variety of different grades and levels of quality. Manufacturers could cut production costs by opting for a cheaper grade of asphalt. The chemical properties of asphalt are vital to the lifespan of the shingle, as it determines the ability to withstand the elements. If the asphalt is poor quality, if there's too much powdered stone filler or if the manufacturing process is not great, the granules will come off the shingles must faster and in greater quantities than normal. Luckily, for this issue, you should have a manufacturer's warranty. Be sure to ask your roofer about the warranty before you have a new roof installed.

3. Improper Ventilation of the Roof.


Ventilation of the underside of the roof is directly related to the life expectancy of your shingles. Poorly ventilated roofs create an environment for moisture to build up in the attic spaces. Excess moisture under the roof shingles can cause the wood to move more than it's supposed to. This can lead to premature failure of your new roof. During the winter months, a build up of heat in the attic can lead to ice dams. An attic ventilation system that's properly balanced helps keep your roof in optimal condition.

The best thing you can do when having a new roof installed is to make sure you have a reputable Lake of the Ozarks roofer that you are working with. Above & Beyond Roofing offers many years of experience, and we can provide references for our work. Give us a call at 573-302-0354 for more information or to get a free estimate!

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