An improperly ventilated roof can introduce a whole set of preventable issues. Aside from premature wear and damage, poor roof ventilation can also cause more heat to seep into the home during summer months. This, in turn, forces your AC system to work harder, leading to higher energy costs. Having a roofing service ventilate your roof will keep it in tip-top shape and add to its longevity.
The Consequences of Bad Ventilation
Simply put, inadequate ventilation is the catalyst for a fragile roof. This leaves shingles and slates vulnerable to mold and mildew. Snohomish and surrounding cities are particularly prone to high humidity, which puts homes and facilities with improperly ventilated roofs at risk. Trapped moisture can also cause the slates to crack.
In addition, too much moisture and air also leads to the formation of ice dams in the winter months. Ice dams create melted water that drips into the insulation and exterior walls where it can ruin the paint and sheetrock. The ice can also pull apart shingles and gutters. In the worst-case scenario, the weight of the ice can cause a roof collapse.
Improve the Ventilation
Ventilation comes in several forms. This includes static, ridge, gable, and soffit vents just to list a few. Most roofers recommend one foot of exhaust and intake ventilation for every 300 square feet of roof. Double that amount to one foot for every 150 square feet if you opt for soffit vents.
Ultimately, your roofer will make a personal recommendation based on the current condition of your home. For an inspection, additional roofing tips, or other home renovation services like deck rebuilding, contact Allied Construction, Inc. Roof vents are just as vital as the shingles, slates, and beams, and we will fit your home with the proper ventilation system to ensure proper air flow.