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Roofing Trends to Watch

Take a peek at the following roofing trends and get inspired to take your shingles from drab to fab.

Green Roofs

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Wood and turf.

Making their way from Europe, living rooms have sprouted in many trendy cities through the United States. After installing a waterproof membrane, roof designers work with the structure of the home to design a drainage system that will properly funnel and feed the root systems of the plants.

These lovely green roofs offer those with limited space the ability to tend to a garden or grow the wildflower field of their dreams. However pretty they might be, living roofs tend to best suited for flat roofs and city dwellings where their uniquity is appreciated.

Glass Roofs

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In addition to solar panels, solar shingles are yet another option for generating power at your property. Charged by the sun, solar shingles and solar panels are consistently improving in their technology and can save homeowners quite a bit of money after their initial investment. Depending on where you live, some cities offer incentives for installing an environmentally friendly roof.

Metal Roofs

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Who doesn’t love the sound of hard rain falling on a tin roof? It’s no wonder that metal roofs are making a strong comeback. Since metal roofs are recyclable they make an environmentally-friendly option, not to mention metal roofs are easy to clean and are more durable than traditional asphalt shingles. (And, some are pink!) Bonus.

Colored Roofs

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Here comes the fun. Gone are the days that roofs are bland and neutral. Today’s modern homeowners have pushed the envelope and taken their design inspirations through the roof. Tile and shingle manufacturers have expanded their spectrum of hues to include fashion colors that are sure to turn heads. Tin roofs are already available in a wealth of colors, providing endless design and color scheming possibilities.

Designer Shingles

Fashion colors aside, shingle manufacturers are now offering a variety of different types of shingles that can add textural charm to the exterior, provide stronger durability that can prevent costly storm damage replacement and repairs, reduce mold and algae formation, as well as provide a cost-efficient alternative to dressing your home. Have you always loved the look of a cedar shake roof but the price was an issue? Today’s shingles have designer effects that can take you back into time while keeping you on budget.

Ready to talk shingles? Contact Heritage Construction today to book a free roof inspection, and we’ll help you determine what roof style is best for you  Unlike trends that come and go..we’re committed to our roofs for life.

 

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Understanding the Bermuda High’s Effects On a Hurricane


Are you ready for the storm of a lifetime? With Hurricane Florence officially making landfall you might be wondering how a hurricane takes its direction. (And why it might be coming yours.)The passing of a hurricane from one area to another is called hurricane propagation. The speed and path of the storm are guided by strong global winds that can change the game at any given time.

Mother Nature Takes Control

Trade winds and several other factors determine where a hurricane goes after forming in the tropics.

85% of severe Atlantic storms are carried from the shoreline of Africa and travel west towards the Northern American coasts and the Caribbean Sea. Trade winds are embedded with high and low-pressure systems that can cause hurricanes to venture off from their original east to west travels, steering them north instead.

The Bermuda High (also known as Azores High) is a high-pressure system that often dominates the North American coast. Atlantic hurricanes ride alongside the strongest of winds in the Bermuda High. If high-pressures are based in the east, hurricanes will generally move northeast into the Atlantic Ocean without causing landfall.

Storms are blocked from traveling north when high-pressure winds are positioned west and travel south. Hurricanes will thrust westward with a vengeance. Florida, Cuba and the Gulf of Mexico become the new targets.

Beta drifts affect a hurricane’s ability to change its wind field. If the wind field travels out of the tropics and heads north, it often weakens and slows the storm down. Once it enters mid-latitudes and travels north it will likely encounter a jet stream that causes it to forcefully accelerate. This is especially true if it travels alongside warm ocean currents such as the Gulf Stream. Barring that, wind shear and cold ocean water usually prevent a hurricane from surviving north of the tropics.

Keep Your Eye On the Storm

Hurricanes are unpredictable forces of nature with sharp curves and hairpin turns. The best thing you can do if a storm is headed in your direction is to evacuate as quickly as possible, taking whatever prized possessions you can. Be prepared to discover devastating aftermath after the storm passes. Roof damage and roof leakage are pretty much a given.

Heritage Construction Stands Strong

Heritage Construction specializes in storm damage restoration. We understand the wrath of mother nature and we’ll take you under our wing and work directly with your insurance company for repairs. If you’ve experienced roof or structural damage after a storm, contact us for a free roof inspection.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those on the East Coast as they brace for Hurricane Florence.

 

 

6 Obvious Signs of Roof Leakage

Drip, drip, drip. Grab a bucket. These 6 obvious signs of roof leakage are telltale reasons to call Heritage Construction for a free roof inspection.

Water Stains on the Ceiling

One of the most obvious signs that you have roof leakage is discovering water stains on the ceiling. These stains can vary in size but generally have a brown ring around them. Bear in mind where the stain is located could be completely unrelated to where the leak came from. The mere presence of a water stain is confirmation that something about your roofing system is amiss.

Algae, Moss and Mold Are Present

While moss in itself may not cause any long-term damage to shingles, it’s presence indicates that there’s likely roof leakage somewhere. Most common in humid areas, mossy and moldy roofs should be inspected by a professional to determine the root of the problem. Once the source of moisture has been determined the shingles can be reinstalled or the algae simply brushed off. Keep in mind that moss and may continue to grow, so schedule a “well check” for your roof annually.

Roof Rot

Roof rot is most common wherever organic shingles have been installed. Once shingles get wet from roof leakage they will continue to break down and rot, often causing the need for an entire replacement of your roofing system. Don’t wait for the rot to go away on its own. (It won’t.)

Dripping

That annoying little drip that keeps you awake at night is an obvious sign that your roof needs some love and attention.

Significant damage can happen to your home and belongings if you don’t fix roof leakage quickly. It’s never as simple as putting a band-aid on it and hoping for the best. Roof leaks can be exceptionally dangerous and put you at risk of severe electric shock. NEVER attempt to turn off appliances or fixtures yourself. Instead, shut down the electrical at your main panel. And then call the pros.

Exterior Walls Have Water Spots

Still not sure if you have a roof leakage? Go outside and inspect the exterior walls of the structure. Water spots indicate there may be a roof leak related to the flashing. Look under your gutters where the walls meet the roof line and inspect for discoloration and stains.

Missing Shingles on the Rooftop

Have some of your shingles gone astray? Severe storms can attribute to roof leaks that affect the adherence of the shingle to the roof. Anytime you have missing shingles you’re exposing your underlayment to water damage and rot. This is when things can get quite costly if they aren’t caught in time.

When to Call a Roofing Specialist

Keep in mind that roof leak signs are not always indicative of where the leak originates. Many leaks can spread from the rafters and present themselves in other areas of the structure.

A roof leak should never be put on hold as it can cause further damage to your home and your valuables over time. If you notice any of the above roof leak signs, don’t delay. Heritage will come out and do a free roof inspection and assist you in making an informed decision.

Nobody does roofs better than we do. We’re fast, dependable, and always here to serve you. Contact us today.