April 18, 2014
How To Extend The Lifespan Of Your Roof
What do all living human beings have in common? They all have to breathe. There will be no attempt here to try and prove that your roof is alive, but it does need to breathe.
Proper home ventilation is a vital aspect of the design of your home. When done properly, It will significantly extend the life of your roof and make for a healthier environment inside, due to the reduction of mold and mildew which is a result of warm moist air not having a way to escape. Yet, attic ventilation is overlooked many times in new home construction. This is usually a result of the builder cutting costs.
At temperatures greater than 150°, your improperly ventilated attic can become a pressure cooker of problems. This kind of heat is like turning up a stove underneath your roof. It can seriously damage roofing materials by prematurely aging them and causing them to breakdown. To add insult to injury, inadequate ventilation often voids the roof’s warranty. Sometimes, this has the homeowner paying for a new roof when they should have had 10 to 20 years left under the terms of the warranty agreement.
A ridge vent is important in ventilating your attic. This will allow hot air to escape the complete length of your roof. But, this is not the only consideration that needs to be made. Proper ventilation is a result of multiple exhaust points. The solution for each roof varies due to factors such as the size of the roof and home, the type of roof, and if there are any old layers of roofing underneath the newest one.
Another problem that homeowners can experience is improperly installed ventilation points in their roof. This can allow snow and water to come inside the home. This opens up a whole new set of problems such as water damage and rotting of wood.
There are many reasons to make sure your roof is properly ventilated, inspected, and maintained. Not the least of which is the potential to save thousands of dollars throughout the life of your roof. The only way to do this is through the help of a qualified roofing contractor. Your roof may not be alive but, with the right care, it can give you great service for many years.