Although you may not think of it often, roof ventilation actually plays a crucial role for your roof. When your roof is properly vented, your roofing materials will not deteriorate as quickly. It also contributes to the comfort and well-being of your family while reducing the likelihood of costly repairs in the future. Genesis Roofing explains how proper attic ventilation can benefit both your roof and home.
Prevents Premature Deterioration of Shingles
When it’s too hot out, the increased temperature may start warping your roof sheathing. This can result in the premature aging of your shingles. If your attic is not properly ventilated, the lifespan of your roof may shorten and end up with you having to deal with costly repairs every so often.
Keeps the Living Space Comfortable
You may think it’s an HVAC problem when your home is not cooling properly, but sometimes, it’s a ventilation problem. If your attic floor is not insulated evenly and properly, heat can radiate into your living areas. This will make it more difficult and costly for your HVAC to maintain a cool temperature to make your home comfortable to live in.
Stops Indoor Heat From Escaping
During the colder months, heat may start escaping into the attic from your heated living areas. Your HVAC will also have a hard time warming your home if there are areas letting the heat escape.
Also, this heat will rise to the underside of your roof deck and the bottom layer of the snow on your roof will melt. Once this melts, it will cause water to trickle down your roof. Eventually, the water will reach the cold outer edge of your roof and refreeze, resulting in the formation of ice dams along the eaves of your roofing. If the ice dam becomes too big and blocks the flow of water runoff, the water may start going back up your shingles and cause water damage on your roof.
Minimize Moisture Buildup in Your Attic
Moisture is among the leading causes of roof and home structural damage. If humidity coming from the living area enters the cool attic, it condenses into a liquid form, forming moisture droplets on surfaces. Eventually, this moisture can cause deterioration to your roof and home. In the case of a warm attic, the moisture will allow the growth of mold and mildew which can cause respiratory problems within your household.
If you’re in doubt about your attic’s ventilation, you’ve come to the right place. Genesis Roofing offers high-quality residential roofing services in the local area. Call us now at (515) 202-1667 or fill out our contact form for a free quotation. We serve clients in Des Moines, IA.