While roofing ventilation may not be at the forefront of a homeowner’s mind, it’s a vital part of home construction. Proper ventilation not only keeps your home temperate, but it also prevents serious structural issues from rot and mold. Knowing more about how ventilation works and whether you need a roofing contractor to help with installation will help you keep your home safe and cool for years to come.
What Are the Benefits of Roof Ventilation?
Roofing ventilation is key to keeping the airflow regulated in your home. With proper ventilation, air will rise from your living area into the attic and flow out through the vents in the roof, maintaining an even temperature in your home.
In a colder climate, roof ventilation is essential to prevent roof damage. If your attic isn’t well insulated, the warm air from your home can escape, causing ice and snow to melt on your roof. If it refreezes before it drips off the roof, this causes ice dams that trap moisture under the roof shingles. Without proper ventilation, this process can create condensation in that attic that can lead to health problems from mold; it can also cause roof sagging and deterioration, perhaps ultimately requiring a roof replacement.
In warmer clients, roof contractors focus on creating adequate airflow, so the attic doesn't get too hot. Too much heat can cause HVAC systems to work harder, resulting in inefficiency and higher utility bills.
How Do I Know If My Roof Needs Ventilation?
The best way to confirm whether your roof needs improved ventilation is to call an experienced roofing contractor to inspect your roof; however, you can typically spot some of the signs of trouble on your own as well. Look at your roof and eaves to see if there is a vent. They aren’t always easy to spot, but if you don't see any vents at all, call a roofing contractor to install some. Other signs of poor ventilation include evidence of condensation in the attic, ice buildup on the roof edges during the colder months, and an excessively warm attic during the summer.
If you suspect that your roof needs better ventilation, or you need roof repairs or replacement, call Fairbanks Roofing. This team of skilled roofing contractors has more than 30 years of experience in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. They can help you identify the problems with your roof and provide stress-free, quality roofing system services. To request a free estimate, call (907) 474-9402 or visit them online to learn more about their roofing services.