The Importance of Proper Roof Ventilation for Your Home
The condition of your roof can impact multiple areas of the home. That’s why homeowners are encouraged to schedule repairs and maintenance as needed to stop small issues from getting worse.
Proper roof ventilation is another important factor to consider. Special vents can be built into the roof and attic to ensure that air circulates through the space freely. The result is reduced wear on roofing materials and greater longevity when it comes to the overall system.
Why Is Good Roof Ventilation So Crucial?
Hot air naturally collects in the top part of your home. In the summer, this hot air can result from the scorching temperatures outside. During winter, hot air from your heating equipment will rise to the top of your home and become trapped.
High temperatures can negatively affect all types of roofing materials, including shingles. While asphalt is tough and durable, shingles will break down much faster when constantly exposed to heat. High heat can also cause wood components to split, which negatively affects the stability of the structure. You’ll even find your utility costs rising, as your home will be less energy efficient.
What Can Happen If Equipment Is Not Installed Correctly?
Hiring a skilled and experienced residential roofing contractor to perform a ventilation upgrade is essential for good results. For instance, vents must be placed around the structure strategically to ensure the proper intake and exhaust of air. When they’re not, air will become trapped and not released from the structure properly.
Vents must also be correctly sized to keep inclement weather out of the home. When a vent is too wide, it may allow rain and snow into the structure, which can lead to water damage and mold growth. Proper installation will account for these factors and ensure all components are installed correctly.
What Do Ventilation Systems Look Like?
Roof ventilation systems are composed of a variety of components. Intake vents facilitate good airflow through the space, while roof vents exhaust hot air to keep the temperature reasonable. Vents can also be installed in roof ridges, which is the place where two roof slopes meet. Ridge vents push air through the decking, which is beneath the shingles.
Some systems incorporate fans to ensure that airflow is sufficient to keep the roof in good shape. Fans can be installed directly inside vents to pull and push air efficiently. They can also be placed on the gable wall, which is the triangular area that rests between intersecting roof planes. In addition to electric fans, solar-powered fans are also available to keep utility costs manageable.
Whether you need roof repairs or have questions about ventilation systems, the team at Premiere Roofing & Gutters is poised and ready to lend a hand. Along with their prompt, professional service, our skilled contractors are also happy to provide tips and guidance to customers to save money and reduce stress.
Give us a call to schedule an estimate at your home. You can also contact us for more information before getting started.