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The Damaging Impact of Tropical Storms

When someone says “storm damage” the first things that come to mind are usually tornadoes, hurricanes and hailstorms. Lesser known tropical storms can be just as devastating to properties and people living around a coast. Champion is not afraid of picking up after any kind of storm, so when you need commercial roof repair in Dallas, don’t hesitate to contact us. Here is some information on just how damaging tropical storms can be:

Tropical Storms Can Be Devastating and Deadly

The word “hurricane” can strike waves of fear and trepidation through many minds but much weaker tropical cyclones are capable of producing unbelievable amounts of destruction and loss of life.

Tropical storms, and even tropical depressions, can be prolific rain makers. You don’t even have to reside in coastal areas to experience their impacts.

Flooding from rainfall has been responsible for more than half of all deaths associated with tropical cyclones in the United States since the 1970’s according to the National Storm Damage Center.

They also stressed that flooding from tropical cyclones can occur hundreds of miles from the coast placing communities, which would not be affected by the strongest winds, in great danger. 

Ample moisture is often available for tropical cyclones. Heavy rain can begin well ahead of the tropical system and can last well past the time of landfall.

Intense tropical cyclones, like hurricanes, are steered by winds well above the surface of the earth (about 40,000 feet) when the air pressure at the surface can be below 940 millibars .

In contrast, weaker ones, like tropical storms, are steered by winds at lower levels of the atmosphere (when the air pressure at the surface is above 1000 millibars).

At times these lower-level winds are weak and can change direction, allowing tropical storms or depressions, to slow down or even meander in an erratic track.

Since tropical cyclones can produce intense rainfall, there have been occasions where rain can persist across an area for two or three days. 

A fast-moving tropical system that is producing rainfall rates of 3 inches per hour can move past you in an hour and you have 3 inches of rain.

A slow-mover can linger for days and produce eye-popping amounts.

Needless to say, rainfall totals in the double digits can wreak extreme havoc on a region. Rivers can rise rapidly and easily exceed flood levels by a wide margin, inundating homes and businesses and in some cases making travel impossible.

Some tropical storms have created some prolific rainfall totals. In 1978 Tropical Storm Amelia dumped a whopping 48 inches of rain on parts of central Texas, which created devastating floods. Tropical Storm Alberto produced major flooding over much of central and southwest Georgia after dumping nearly 28 inches of rain.

We are coming up on an anniversary that many residents of southeast Texas would just as soon want to forget. Beginning on June 5, 2001, Tropical Storm Allison unleashed a 5-day fury in the form of intense, persistent, devastating and deadly rain.

 

Allison’s slow and meandering track resulted in devastating rainfall totals across southeast Texas (TWC). Allison made landfall near Freeport, Texas on June 5th and weakened rapidly to a tropical depression. A high pressure ridge to the north gained strength and reduced the steering winds across eastern Texas.

As a result, Allison wandered around eastern Texas for days before its remnants slipped back into the Gulf of Mexico. Allison, and its remnants, inundated the Houston, Texas, area with up to an incredible 40 inches of rain.

This amount is almost three-quarters of their average annual rainfall.  Impacts were eye popping and disturbing. More than 14, 000 homes were heavily damaged, with an additional 34,000 suffered minor damage.

Read the full article at weather.com

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The New Name in Energy Efficiency: Cool Roofs

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Roofs protect people and businesses from inclement weather and are often the first part of a building damaged in storms. If you need a roof repaired from storm damage, trust Champion, your local Dallas commercial roofing contractors, though there’s more to roofs than protection. Investing in a cool roof for your business can cut back on energy costs and extend the life and overall durability of the roof itself. Learn more below:

The Trend Towards Cool Roofing

For a long time, most people associated the roof with protection from the elements, as well as with the curb appeal of their home. The thought that your roof had anything to do with energy efficiency, or that improving the energy efficiency of your roof could extend its life was something that most people never considered. Times have changed, however, and a recent trend in roofing has many people moving toward cool roofs. While most beneficial to those who live in warmer climates, a cool roof can benefit nearly everyone both in energy efficiency and in the durability of the roof itself.

What Is a Cool Roof?

The term “cool roof” comes from the fact that the roofing material doesn’t become superheated during the warmer months of the year. Because the roof is at the top of the home, it receives the full brunt of the sun’s rays from above. And because the area just below the roof tends to be a collecting area for heat rising up from within the house, this heat transfer between the roof and the attic space can result in higher energy bills as the air conditioner works to cool the home and a faster deterioration of the roofing shingles as they become superheated.

In a cool roof, multiple things are taking place to prevent this cycle from happening. First, the roof itself reflects the UV rays from the sun, allowing them to bounce off rather than soaking them in. This is through the use of unusually thick layers of white or special reflective paint roof colors or solar-reflective granules in asphalt shingles. In effect, this both keeps the roof cooler, and helps prevent some of the deterioration that can occur.

Next, the space beneath the roof is insulated to help prevent heat transfer both down from the roof into the home below, and from the attic up onto the roof. While many people do insulate their attic spaces, it’s insulation of the roof deck that’s particularly important in this case. If the roof deck is insulated from below, then heat from the attic can’t transfer back up to the roof, and a heat from the sun can’t make its way back down into your home. This helps keep both your roof and the rest of your home cooler year-round.

Finally, attic ventilation is added, which keeps air circulating throughout the space beneath the roof. This ventilation is important because it prevents heat build-up both on the roof and in the attic. This in turns means there is less heat to be transferred down into your living area and up onto the roof.

Benefits of a Cool Roof

The number one benefit of a cool roof is a cooler home and the lower energy bills that go along with it. When your roof isn’t being superheated by the sun and attic below, it isn’t transferring that heat down into your living area. This means that your home is more comfortable to live in, and your HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard.

The second benefit of a cooler roof occurs during the winter months. Most people aren’t aware of the fact that a warm roof in winter could result in things like ice dams and leaks. Snow collecting on a warm roof will melt and run down to the edge of the home. The melting snow then hits a colder area on the eaves and refreezes, causing an ice dam. Over time, this ice dam could force water back up underneath your shingles, where it infiltrates your home as a leak. If this happens frequently enough, it can also cause your shingles to deteriorate. A cool roof doesn’t transfer heat from the attic up to the roof, which means that your snow won’t melt, collect, refreeze, and cause those leaks.

Finally, a cool roof may last longer than a traditional roof. This is because the UV rays from the sun are responsible for some of the deterioration of the roofing shingles. If the UV rays are bouncing off the shingled roof, then they aren’t causing it to break down.

Read the full story at askaroofer.com

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Is Your Commercial Roof Ready for Hurricane Season?

Hurricane season is quickly approaching, and preparing for damage can make all the difference. Here at Champion, we take pride in helping many businesses with commercial roof repair in Dallas, but there are a few things that can help prevent damage before the storm hits. The following article gives a couple tips to help give commercial roofs a fighting chance against hurricanes:

How to Prepare a Commercial Roof for a Hurricane

It’s not just homeowners who need to be worried when a hurricane hits. Commercial roofs are also vulnerable to damage and need to be properly maintained to withstand strong winds and heavy rains. Below are key areas a building owner or facility manager needs to address before extreme weather hits to ensure a commercial property is ready for a storm’s wrath.

The main areas where a low-slope roof system could fail in a storm include the perimeter, corners, seams, and flashing areas, such as A/C units, vents, windows, and doors. These weak openings could be compromised by the elements and can contribute to wind uplift, so prevention is key. Before a storm hits, it’s important to:

  • Inspect and clean drains and gutters on the building
  • Remove or tie down any loose items that could blow off a roof, like antennas or AC units
  • Cover skylights and glass openings with plywood to prevent leaking or breakage
  • Remove garbage cans, signs that swing or are portable, and anything else around the building that could become a dangerous projectile
  • Take photos on the roof (and around the property), so you can show the conditions before and after a storm, which will help if you need to make an insurance claim for damages.

Make sure you review your insurance coverage, have a building evacuation plan in place, and keep equipment and supplies on hand such as sandbags, plywood, tape, and saws. An emergency generator is also helpful to install if power outages occur. As a building owner, communication is key in making sure everyone is notified and aware of any unsafe conditions on the premises. Read more at blog.gaf.com

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How to Survive Storm Damage

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Homes can be victims to tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, flooding–the list goes on and on! It can be difficult to prepare your home for when harsh weather strikes, but knowing what to do after your home has suffered damage is a very important step in the healing and repairing process. Luckily, your Texas insurance loss and storm damage restoration experts are here to help with any questions you may have. The following article includes smart first steps to take when disaster strikes:

When Disaster Strikes: How To Survive The Aftermath Of A Storm

Hurricanes can tear through roofs, down trees, burst your pipes and wreck your house, while heavy rain can cause serious flooding. If this happens, and you’re staring at a storm-damaged home, having a strategy in place to help you deal with it can be the thing that helps keep your family safe and gets your life back together.

Be Safe In The Aftermath
One of the things that you need to be wary of is the dangers posed by storm damaged homes. They are extremely hazardous places. There are electrical hazards to be concerned with, sharp debris hidden amongst the rubble, and the risk of structural damage that could see what’s left collapse. If you are faced with this scenario, then it is so important that you safely shut off your gas, electric and water supplies to your home, stay away from any wiring or plumbing that may still carry a current and then wait in a safe place until it is declared safe enough to venture outside.

If it is safe to do so, and only if it is safe to do so, then carefully make your way around your home with a camera and take photographs of all the damaged sustained. This is so that the insurance company has a record of everything and can fully compensate you. Start with the inside of your home, taking photographs from as many angles as possible without moving anything.

Takes Lots of Photographs

Once you have been told it is safe to go outside, take external shots of any and all damage sustained by the storm, including outbuildings, cars, garden and anything else that is considered your property. The most important thing to remember here is to take these photographs before any repairs whatsoever are started.

The Big Clean

Start with the roof and start by covering any areas that will see your home exposed to the elements with heavy-duty tarpaulin, as well as any windows and doors that may leave you exposed too. These can be done with tarpaulin as well, or by sealing it off with plastic sheeting and plywood, the same goes for any cracks or holes in the exterior walls. Once this is done, start focusing on the water and how to drain it, right the way down to the level of carpet water removal . This will make it easier for you to then move your valuables items from your home before you leave for as long as necessary. It is a sad statement to make but there are opportunists that will see your damaged home as an easy chance to steal valuables.  Read the full article at homefrontunited.com

     

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