One secret to keeping your roofing system strong for a long time is caring about your roof ventilation. However, not everyone is aware of what happens if attic ventilation is poor or absent. Empire Roofing and More, the area’s professional roofing contractor, discusses improper ventilation and ways to prevent it from damaging your home.
What Happens When a Roof Has Inadequate Ventilation?
Damage begins to manifest. Some of these issues are shortened service life, sagging decks, mildew formation and HVAC wear and tear. In some cases, frequent repairs may cost more over the years than a total roof replacement. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll need to get your roof replaced immediately. There are still some things you could do to improve your roof ventilation.
One of the worst effects of poor attic ventilation is roof overheating, because your attic is doing a poor job of letting out warm air. When this happens during winter, snow at the top of your roof will melt faster then refreeze at the eaves or gutters, forming ice dams. Ice dams are responsible for damaging different home components, starting from your roofing system to your siding and even your home’s foundation.
How Can Roof Ventilation Be Improved?
Ventilation components include the ridge vent, soffit vent, attic fans, gable vents and louvered vents. Your roof contractor can improve your roof ventilation by applying the component that’s perfect for your situation.
How Will I Know if I Have Enough Ventilation?
You can refer to the ventilation codes established by roofing material manufacturers and the National Roofing Contractors Association or NCRA. It’s important to hire a professional roofing contractor to take care of your roof ventilation. Empire Roofing and More has skilled and experienced roofers versed in roofing codes.
We value customer satisfaction with our excellent roofing services. Empire Roofing and More always delivers what you need when it comes to roofing concerns. Call us today at (412) 618-4729 for more information. You can also fill out our contact form to get a free quote. We proudly serve residents in Township and Pittsburgh, PA.