Mold, ice dams, rotting wood, and higher energy bills- all can be prevented if you have right roof ventilation. No matter what is the climate, proper roof ventilation plays a vital role in helping the roofing system last longer and prevent issues in the long-run.
As a homeowner, you should understand that proper roof ventilation allows the fresh air to enter the attic at the soffit areas of the roof. Also, it exhausts hot and moist air from the attic through exhaust vents or by way of the ridge. This moist and hot air can cause a lot of roofing issues if there is improper ventilation.
How does roof ventilation works?
In colder climates, ventilation helps in maintaining a ‘cold’ roofing system by mixing the cool air from outside with the air in the attic so that there is less snow melting on the roof. This prevents the formation of ice dams. In the case of warmer climates, right roof ventilation helps in expelling the hot air, which can cause moisture problems.
Why right roof ventilation is important?
- A proper roof ventilation system reduces the moisture inside the house. In the attic, excessive moisture can build-up that can not only damage the roof structurally but can degrade it as well. Moreover, it can cause mold formation.
- Right roof ventilation also prevents the formation of icicles or ice dams. Ice dams happen when the heat inside the attic combines with the heat from the sun to melt ice or snow on your warm roof. As a result water re-freezes on the edge of the roof. In the long-run, this can back up underneath/behind the roofing material leading to damage to the complete roofing system. Proper roof ventilation allows the warm air to escape before it gets a chance to melt the snow.
- Ventilation systems if working perfectly can also help you in reducing your energy bills. Heat build-up inside the attic comes with a cost- air conditioning system need to work harder to cool down the home temperature, especially the living area which is right below your attic.
- Damage to the roof shingles can also be prevented if you have right roof ventilation. Shingles get heated excessively due to high attic heat and cause them to age prematurely. This is the reason why most of the shingle manufacturers highly recommend proper roof ventilation at the time of asphalt shingle installations.
To sum up, the best way to ensure that the roofing system is working well and to help avoid any issues as mentioned above in the long run, right roof ventilation is vital. Good roof ventilation creates a balanced system by using exhaust vents or the ridge vents in combination with intake vents that are installed at the soffit, eave, or fascia area of the roof. The intake vents are critical in ensuring the proper functioning of the exhaust vents. Without intake ventilation, most of the ridge vents or exhaust vents will be virtually useless.
How can we help you in the right roof ventilation?
Allegiant Roofing incorporates the best roof ventilation techniques. We can cater to all your roofing needs. Our team of experts can guide you on the whole process and will ensure that you have a sustainable roofing system.
For all your roofing needs please call us at # (937) 907-0009 today.