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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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Hail Damage to Your Roof Shingles

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Sometimes people don't realize that during a hailstorm, far more than just your car can get damaged. Any personal property of yours is vulnerable to damage, including your roof. The degree of the damage really all depends on the storm's intensity. It's important to maintain regular roof inspections, as well as making any necessary repairs from hail damage. Take a look at how to identify hail damage to your roof shingles.

Hailstorms

The damage from hailstorms can vary greatly depending on a few things. Things like the direction of the wind, and the size and the density of the hail can affect the severity of the hail impact and the degree of damage that it causes. You're obviously going to get a lot more damage from hail that is the size of softballs as opposed to hail that is the size of peas. And the type of building materials on your roof can make a big difference as well. Some materials absorb hail impacts better than others. The roof's age and condition is another important factor.

How to Tell You Have Hail Damage

The best way to tell if you have hail damage is by having a roof inspection done. It's really the only way to know for sure, and to identify any damage that needs repairing. Hail that hits asphalt or composition shingles will cause some pretty random damage that may result in some significant loss of granules. Hail that hits wood shingles can cause actual splits in the shingles, as well as marks and dents.

Contact us today at Midwest Roofing to learn more about hail damage to your roof shingles and how we can help you deal with the problem.

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Three Possible Reasons Why Your Roof is Leaking

Reasons Why Your Roof Might Be Leaking

A leaking roof is never something you want to deal with, especially in winter when the temperatures drop. However, getting the leak repaired quickly is the best way to preserve the integrity of your roof and the safety of your home. While you may not be able to identify the cause of the leak before the experts at Midwest Roofing get there, there are a few common causes of leaks you can watch out for.

Clogged Gutters

When you think of your gutter system, you likely don't associate it with keeping your roof in good shape. However, clogged gutters are one of the most common causes of roof leaks. In the fall, leaves and debris often collect in the gutters, making it impossible for water to flow through the downspout towards the dedicated drainage area. Water is then able to collect in the gutter, resting against your roofing materials, weakening the waterproof barrier.

Cracked Seals and Flashing

Any vent, skylight, or chimney that protrudes from your roof is a potential weak point. Over time, the sealant covering the seam between the roof and the vent, chimney, or skylight breaks down, letting water get between the vent and the roof. While the amount of moisture collected in these areas may not be as significant as a clogged gutter, it adds up over time.

Missing Shingles

The Midwest sees a lot of severe weather and high winds almost year-round, and we’re no strangers to missing shingles. Since they can happen so frequently, it’s easy to ignore those bare patches. However, missing shingles are one of the most common causes of roof leaks, as the underlayment and waterproof barrier between your attic and the outdoors is constantly exposed to the weather.

If you notice a leak in your roof, contact the experts at Midwest Roofing immediately. Our roofing contractors will fix the problem quickly and correctly. Call to schedule your free inspection and estimate today.

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Heat Trace Cables: A Better Way of Keeping Rain Gutters Clear in The Winter

Heat Trace Cables for Winter Gutter Maintenance

One of the pesky tasks of being a homeowner is keeping rain gutters clean and clear of continual deposits of snow and ice. A tool that can help you out in this annual battle is the heat trace cable. These cables are installed along gutters and can maintain a temperature of up to 150°F, quickly melting ice and snow and moving it along to the ground. They differ from traditional whole-roof heating systems in their narrow area of application, which is a more practical and cost-effective choice for areas with lower annual snowfall totals where a full roof heater would be overkill.

Who Benefits from Heat Trace Cables?

Heat trace cables are meant for areas that experience regular snow, but generally have relatively mild winters that see no more than five feet or so of snow each year and no more than about six inches on the ground at any given time. In conditions with higher levels of snow, heat trace cables alone likely won't be of much help in keeping a gutter or roof clear.

Heat Trace Cable Operations

Rather than being installed in a gutter, the cable is installed in a zig-zag pattern over it. It's also important to extend the tape into the downspouts, however, so that they don't back up.

Some cables allow you to directly control the temperature via thermostat, while others will automatically adjust to increase the temperature as the exterior temperature drops. Standard practice is to activate the heat tape during the day when temperatures have gone above freezing; running it continually will be inefficient and create a massive electricity bill!

If you have questions about gutter maintenance, or need commercial or residential roof service in Missouri, feel free to contact us.

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Key Last-Minute Winter Roof Maintenance Tips

Winter Roof Maintenance Tips

With the cold season fully underway, it's important that your house is fully winterized before it's too late. Snow and ice can mean big problems for your roof if you're not prepared. Take a look at some important winter roof maintenance safety tips.

Roof Inspection

While it's important to have your roof inspected any time of the year, it becomes increasingly important during the winter. Inspections will alert you to any possible issues, and can help to prevent leaks from occurring. Things like missing, broken, or cracked shingles can easily result in a leaking roof once snow starts falling on it. Theoretically, you should address any issues before the first snowfall in order to prevent wetness from seeping into your home as the earlier you can get a roof inspection done the better. While we’ve already had a couple of snowfalls, it’s better late than never to get your roof inspected.

Roof Ventilation

It's important to continuously inspect your roof ventilation during the winter, too. This is so crucial because poor ventilation and insulation coming from your attic can make your home stay cold during the winter, even when your heat is on. And not only will it chill your home, but it can cause ice dams to form as well.

Gutters

When it comes to winter roof maintenance, many people don't even think of checking their gutters. It's imperative that your gutters are clean and free of debris in order for the water from melted snow and ice to pass through them properly. Make sure that your gutters are not damaged in any way either.

Contact us today at Midwest Roofing for more information on winter roof maintenance and how you can keep your roof and your home safe this cold season.

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