Getting Down To Basics with Roofs

Why There is a Need for Proper Roof Ventilation

A lot of homeowners do not fully understand how important roof ventilation is although they know what it is. If you want to prolong the life of your roof, then good ventilation is critical. To know the importance of roof ventilation, one needs to understand what happens when there is no decent air movement in the roof.

A lot of homeowners do not understand the problems that result with inadequate ventilation. These problems can be very expensive and if not addressed immediately can also cause health problems. There are many problems and stem from heat and moisture level build up and many more. Below are the reasons why roof ventilation is very important.

The life of your roofing system can be shortened if the roofing materials and underlayment deteriorates because of heat and moisture below.
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When moisture builds up along the underside of the roof, the decking can sag or fall because it becomes soft.
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The moist or warm conditions in the roof can be a place for mold and mildew to grow. Moisture build up will make metals surfaces like nails, truss plates, and hangers to rust and deteriorate.

Cold air in the vents warm up when the attic is hot. Because of the heat, the A/C will be kept running all the time.

Moisture in the attic can cause frost to settle on the underside of the roof when the climate is cold. In the summer, this same moisture can condense and cause water staining on the ceiling.

Here are signs to know that there is a problem with your roof ventilation which needs the services of professional to handle.

When heat builds up in the attic, it can cause the air in the air conditioning vents to heat up, so, the air conditioning may struggle to cool the house.

It is known that asphalt shingles lasts for 10 to 20 years. Curling shingles should alarm you because this means that there is much heat below that makes the shingles to deteriorate prematurely.

One other sign is water stains on a solid roof. Built up moisture in the attic can condense and drip to the ceilings, causing them to stain.

Mold and mildew in the attic means that there is a problem with the ventilation.

If you think you have inadequate roof ventilation then you need to do something. You roof’s life will be shortened if the problem of ventilation is not addressed. It can also encourage the growth of mold and mildew and you can expect your electric bills to increase dramatically.

Bringing in a professional roofer is the best way to correct roof ventilation. It requires understanding how the roof works even though it may seem easy to get air circulating through the attic. If you don’t want to cause major damage on your roof then you should give the problem solving of your ventilation problem to professionals.