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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.


 

How to Hire a Roof Contractor

Roofers have a history of shady reputations. Hiring a skilled roof contractor takes patience and knowledge. Before you settle for an inferior shingle job, take a look at the top things you need to consider before shelling out your hard-earned cash. There are plenty of sheisty roofers out there and it’s easy to take the bait if they promise early availability or present an attractive estimate. The roof is one of the most important aspects of your home. Beware the dangers of hiring a novice by following this sage advice.

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What to Look for When Hiring a Roofer

Portfolio

An impressive portfolio of work proves itself. View your contractor’s website for a gallery of work so you can assess their completed projects. If you’re dealing with a specific roof repair it helps to see how similar completed projects turned out. If your roofer doesn’t have photos you can ask for the addresses of prior jobs and take a drive around town to analyze their work.

Reviews

Reviews matter. The construction industry isn’t exactly difficult to break into. With some basic tools and a ladder, nearly anyone can call themselves a roofer. Review sites such as Angie’s List and Yelp will provide a glimpse into the dealings others have had with the roofing company, both positive and negative. While you can’t base your judgment entirely on the opinion of another, consistent complaints or repeat mistakes will more than likely, be repeated. Consider all sources when gauging the credibility of reviews.

Appearance

The best part about hiring a roofer is that you’ll meet with them prior to the roof system installation.  This provides you the opportunity to see assess their customer service level and analyze their appearance. Your roofer should show up looking professional and clean. If you notice any “red flags” that make you cringe, kindly show them the door and continue your search. Your possessions and home are far too valuable to risk any dangers.

Experience

While most general contractors have the skill to nail down some shingles, experience is still the best teacher. Look for a roofing company that has run a solid business for at least five years to ensure you’re not dealing with a novice. You don’t want a general laborer hopping around on your rooftop with zero ideas on how to address the basics of a roofing system. Knowledge and experience are priceless when it comes to a large investment that literally covers your home.

Consistency

Your roofer should be consistent from the beginning to the end of your project. This means showing up on time each day, removing debris and trash after the workday, and keeping you informed on the project status. Firm up all these small details prior to signing any contracts to ensure the scope of work and communication stay consistent from beginning to end.

Heritage Construction is Committed to Your Roof for Life

If you’re ready to take the first step in hiring a roofer, you’ve come to the right place. With over 30 years of combined industry experience, Heritage knows roofs, and we know them well. Contact Heritage today for a free roof inspection. We’re proud of our work. And we’re committed for life.