The Beginner’s Guide to Ventilation

Why There is a Need for Proper Roof Ventilation

Even though most home owners know what roof ventilation is, they don’t know its importance. Good ventilation is critical to the prolonged life of your roof. The only way you can know the importance of roof ventilation is to know what happens where there is no proper ventilation in it.

There are many problems that results from inadequate ventilation that a lot of homeowners do not understand. Repairing these problems can be quite expensive and it can pose a health risk if not addressed immediately. Heat and moisture level build up can lead to the following problems and many more. Here are some reasons why roof ventilation is really important.

When there is heat and moisture below, roofing materials and underlayment can deteriorate, shortening the life of your roofing system.
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Moisture buildup along the underside of the roof causing the decking to become soft and can sag or fall.
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The moist or warm conditions in the roof can be a place for mold and mildew to grow. Metal surfaces like nails, truss plates, and hangers can rust and deteriorate when there is moisture buildup.

Cold air in the vents warm up when the attic is hot. Then your A/C will be running all the time.

Moisture in the attic can cause frost to settle on the underside of the roof when the climate is cold. When the moisture starts to condense during the summer, it causes the ceiling to have water stains.

Below are the signs that indicate that homeowners need to get a professional roofer to handle the roof ventilation problem.

Air conditioning may struggle to cool the house when air conditioning vents heat up due to heat buildup in the attic.

It is known that asphalt shingles lasts for 10 to 20 years. If you start seeing curling shingles, it is a sign that the heat below is deteriorating the shingles prematurely.

When you have a solid roof with water stains, there is something wrong. 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. If you fail to address this problem, then expect to have a shortened roof life. It can also encourage the growth of mold and mildew and you can expect your electric bills to increase dramatically.

The best way to correct roof ventilation is through the services of a professional roofer. it may seem easy to get air circulating through the attic, it requires understanding how the roof works. You can cause major damage if you make a mistake in your ventilation attempts.