Midwest Roofing Blog

Midwest Roofing provides roofing repair and installation services at the Lake of the Ozarks, Jefferson City, and Columbia areas. Our blog contains posts rich with tips and tricks on maintaining and protecting your home or commercial building.

Fun & Simple Weekend Projects: Building a Garden

Weekend Home Projects Building a Garden

There are so many little things that you can do to improve the overall look and feel of your home, and building a garden is one of them. Building a garden doesn't have to be difficult and expensive. Instead, it can be a pretty easy and rewarding process. Take a look at how building a garden can take your yard and your home to the next level.

Raised Beds

Building a raised bed is probably the most convenient way to make the most out of your new garden. They are especially great if you have limited space or soil and sunlight restrictions. Raised garden beds come in a variety of styles and sizes, or you can just build your own for a lower cost.

What You'll Need To Do

If you decide to build your own, you'll need wooden planks, screws, cardboard, soil, tools, and of course your seeds or plants. Then it's all about cutting and attaching the planks together. Once assembled, you'll need to add your soil. One of the best things about a raised garden bed is that you shouldn't have to worry about having drainage issues and poor soil conditions. The whole process shouldn't take more than an afternoon to complete, and both your wallet and your plants will thank you. It’s a home improvement project that proves to be a worthy one.

Contact us today at Midwest Roofing for more fun and simple weekend home improvement project ideas.

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The Importance of Algae Resistant Roofing

algae resistent roof

Algae is a bothersome and unattractive problem that can strike anywhere on your home or commercial building, and the roof shingles are especially one place that is a definite breeding ground for it. Roofs that get a lot of shade or are constantly battling hot and humid conditions are more susceptible to this problem. There are a few things that you can do to prevent this problem from occurring, and getting algae resistant roof shingles is a good place to start.

Is Algae Harmful?

The main question that people usually have about algae is concerning whether or not it is harmful to your roof. Technically the answer is no since it is more of a cosmetic issue. So when you look at it from a cosmetic perspective, algae is definitely not pleasant to look at. You're not going to want to look at it, you're not going to want your visitors to have to look at it, and if you're trying to sell your home or business, a potential buyer is definitely not going to be happy with it either.

What Are Algae Resistant Shingles?

Algae resistant shingles are a type of shingle that prevents the growth of algae. They look exactly the same as any other type of shingle, but they are just manufactured a little differently.

How Do Algae Resistant Shingles Work?

Algae resistant shingles are like regular asphalt shingles but with copper granules embedded into them and mixed together with the normal granules. They are strategically embedded in a way that each shingle is protected while the entire roof still keeps a uniform look and color. Roughly 10% of the roof is made up of these copper granules. With each year, these shingles continue to grow and gain popularity.

Contact us today at Midwest Roofing for more information on algae resistant shingles and what they can do for your home or commercial building.

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Tips to Extend the Life of Your Roof

Tips to Extend the Life of Your Roof

A roof is a major investment on a home, so it only makes sense that you would want to do everything that you can to protect it. Some easy routine maintenance can significantly extend the life your roof. Check out a few things that you can do.

Regular Inspections

Regular inspections of your roof are important for many reasons. They will ensure the safety of your home and everyone inside of it. It's important to catch small repairs and have them taken care of immediately before they turn into large repairs, or even a new roof.

Proper Ventilation

Making sure that your roof is properly ventilated is a critical part of increasing its lifespan. Poor attic ventilation is known to cause premature aging and damage to roofs. Without the proper airflow, attics can reach extremely hot temperatures, which can penetrate insulation, damage paint, wallpaper, and flooring, and overheat roof shingles. This will cause the roof shingles to decay more quickly, as well as weaken the rafters. Improper ventilation can also cause moisture to collect and build up under the roof.

Proper Insulation

Insulation is something that's placed inside of walls and attics in order to keep homes cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Not only will it provide you with comfort, but it will reduce your energy bills, protect the structure of your home, and extend the life of your roof as well. Your roof temperature can rise up to 90 degrees higher than the actual air temperature. Insulation acts as a reflector of the heat, decreasing that very high temperature and keeping your roof safer.

Contact us today at Midwest Roofing to learn more about what you can do to help extend the life of your roof.

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How to Decide Between a Metal or a Shingle Roofing System

Metal vs. Single Roofing Systems

The roof is conceivably the most important part of your home, even more important than the walls around you. After all, it is constantly being attacked by the sun and the elements. This makes it extra important that it's strong and durable because leaks and damage are not fun and cheap things to deal with. You'll need to choose the best roofing system for your home. So, how do you decide between a metal or a shingle roofing system?

Take a look at some of the pros and cons of metal and shingle roofing systems.


When you think of a roof you probably automatically think of shingles. It seems as if it's the most popular and the most trusted roofing type out there. Everyone knows it and trusts it, and this is probably because it has been around for over a century. And not to mention the cost. It's extremely economical. The materials are easy to work with, easy to handle, easy to install, and easy to repair. Plus you'll have an amazing variety of style options. It offers everything from simple styles to fancy styles. The downside to shingles is that they are susceptible to severe weather and require adequate sunlight in order stay looking nice.


Metal is probably the lightest material that you can have installed as a roof. It has great weather resistance and can last for a very long time, even upwards of 60 years or more. And perhaps the best part of metal roofing is that it provides stellar performance against extreme weather, being especially good at preventing leaks and battling high winds. And it is one of the most energy-efficient roofing materials, too. But with all of these great attributes comes a hefty price tag. It can cost as much as 3 times the amount of shingles.

Contact us today for more information on how to decide between a metal or a shingle roofing system.

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What is Roof Flashing and Why is it Important?

What is Roof Flashing and Why is it Important?

A roof's most important job is to keep us dry, which is why we're always surprised when it suddenly develops a leak, as though it should just do its job forever!

Roof Flashing

One of the most important features of any roof when it comes to preventing leaks is its flashing. In fact, the major cause of roof leaks is a fault in the roof's flashing. What is roof flashing? It's simply a sheet of galvanized metal or aluminum that is installed wherever parts of your roof intersect, penetrate, or meet the walls of the house. For example, you'd put flashing around your chimney, which penetrates through the roof, and you'd also put flashing where the garage roof meets the house.

How Flashing Works

Roof flashing, when properly installed, works with gravity to direct water away from walls and seams around roof projections and on to the regular roofing materials where it is directed to the ground. Effective roof flashing must be durable, weather-resistant, and able to move as the roof expands and contracts with the weather and the seasons.

Roof Flashing is Not a DIY Job

Roof flashing is, in most cases, one of the most technical and difficult parts of a roofing system, and professional roofers often cut and shape their own flashing to work precisely with the idiosyncrasies of each roof. Because any roofing job is only as good as its weakest link -- and flashing is a roof's weakest link -- installing it is a job best left to the professional roofer.

If your Columbia, Jeff City, or Lake Ozark-area residential or commercial roof has started to leak, contact us at Midwest Roofing. We're fully insured, and offer a 100% guarantee on our workmanship!

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