Roof ventilation plays a significant role in protecting homes from damage. This exhaust system clears hot, humid air, providing excellent temperature and moisture control year-round. Yet, not many homeowners know much about them. Below is a list of the five reasons roof ventilation is important for keeping you and your family comfortable in any climate.
A properly installed roof should last decades. So, if you see shingle damage in a short amount of time, poor ventilation is likely the reason. Roof vents allow hot air to escape, so your shingles stay cool. Otherwise, the shingles become hot and age prematurely. Buckled, cracked, or warped shingles are signs that the surface temperature of your roof may be too high.
During the summer months, air conditioners are used extensively and this puts a dent in the energy bill. Since homeowners want to keep cool inside their homes, a well-vented roof is a necessity. It’ll keep your attic cooler, reduce the strain on your air conditioner, and lower your energy costs.
When walking from the basement to the main floor and the attic, it’s easy to tell that hot air rises. Yet, if this persists, it’s possible that you have a poorly vented roof. By allowing hot air to escape, you can reduce the extreme heat indoors and make your home feel more comfortable.
Irregular roof surface temperatures can cause ice dams to form in winter. Higher portions of the roof temperature are above freezing, while lower surfaces are below freezing or under 32 degrees Fahrenheit. As the snow melts on top, it flows down the roof and reaches the below freezing point, where it refreezes. These ice dams cause water to back up and remain as a liquid. Proper ventilation is just one effective way you can prevent ice dams.
When ice dams form, moisture enters the home and can lead to the growth of mold and mildew and cause respiratory problems. If this happens to you, be sure to take immediate action and dry out portions of the home that are wet or damp. Roof vents that are properly installed will keep water from collecting on your roof and provide you with good quality air.
If you’ve noticed your roof vent is not working properly, it’s time to call in the experts! Ferguson Roofing has all the answers. Our trained professionals will recommend the best vent for your home and properly install it for you. To learn more and schedule your free home visit, call us at (314) 521-6917 or contact us today!