October 21, 2016
What You Need To Know About Roofing Ventilation
Proper ventilation in your roof is critical in your home as ventilation not only provides circulation throughout your home, it also keeps air fresh and reduces moisture levels. Choosing the right type of roofing ventilation, however, can be tricky as it can depend on several factors.
Box vents work best with soffit ventilation as they are designed for use in open attics. In addition, the vents do not need to be placed close to roof ridges for optimal performance. Box vents are static and not mechanical. They are placed in a whole that is cut into the roof and then use natural winds to remove hot air and moisture. Most homes need more than one of these types of vents. The actual number will depend on the square footage of your attic.
Continuous Ridge Vents
Continuous ridge vents are installed at the peak of your roof ridge so that warm air can escape from the attic. The vents also create a vacuum that draws the air from the attic and they are the best option if you have vaulted ceilings. Only one is required as opposed to the need for multiple box vents. Continuous ridge vents are also non-mechanical so there is no concern about electrical failures that could lead to problems. However, continuous ridge vents are more expensive than box vents.
In most houses, soffit vents draw air up through the attic and then out a ridge vent. However, not all houses have continuous soffit and ridge vents, but instead have an opening at the gable ends. Houses without rafters or overhangs may not soffits and older houses may not have vents that open into attic spaces. Because older homes were not as airtight as modern homes, condensation may not be as much of a problem although roof ventilation may help reduce energy costs in those homes.
Improper roofing ventilation causes colder air in an attic to mix with warm, moist air from the rest of your house. The combined temperatures cause condensation to form which can damage your home. If you have noticed peeling or blistering paint on gable-ends or exteriors, it could mean you do not have proper ventilation in your roof. Buckling roof shingles can also indicate improper ventilation. Ice dams, which occur often in the Midwest and Northeast where there is significant winter weather may indicate that you need to address your roof ventilation. Even water stains on a ceiling may not mean you have a roof leak, but that you have condensation dripping from your roof.
If you are interested in learning more about roofing ventilation, contact us today to speak to one of our knowledgeable customer service staff. You can speak to them by phone or complete the form online to learn more about the types of ventilation available.
January 2, 2015
How Much Snow Can a Roof Handle?
We’ve all seen the unbelievable pictures of the record-breaking snow that recently buried the Buffalo, NY area. While homeowners have been asked to stay in their homes and off the impassable roads, a new worry has surfaced – can their roof handle the pressure? Here’s some information you can share with your homeowners while they are stuck inside.
Signs that a roof may be at risk from bearing the weight of the heavy white stuff:
- Visible sagging
- Noises that sound like creaking or popping
- Leaking coming from the roof
Flat or low-pitched roofs are more vulnerable, but pitched roofs can still be at risk when the snow is very heavy.
When it’s safe to travel, contractors in the area or within driving distance have an opportunity to help homeowners repair an unsafe roof (see our article “The Benefits and Risks of Replacing a Roof in Winter”). In general, as much snow as possible should be raked off their roof, but leave a few inches to avoid damaging the shingles. Also, make sure the snow is thrown away from the building and be careful using metal tools around power lines. Contractors should advise homeowners to call their insurance company to see if they are covered in the event of a roof collapse.
Liza Barth (2014 November 14) How Much Snow Can a Roof Handle? Retrieved on December 10, 2014 from GAF.com
May 27, 2014
A new Roof May Be Cheaper than Roof Repair in the Long Term
The roof is one of the most vital parts of a home, providing protection from the elements. If the roof is damaged, this is not a repair that homeowners can afford to postpone. A leaky roof, for example, can cause untold damage throughout the home. If roof leak repair is not done promptly, the problems will only get worse. When considering any type of roof repair, the option of replacing the whole roof should be considered. In some cases, this is the more sensible and economical course of action. While repairing a roof will cost less in the short run than replacing it, this may not be the case when you consider the long term.
When to Repair a Roof
If a roof is basically in good condition, but has a small area of damage, repairs make sense. The cost will depend on the extent of the damage, and can run anywhere from a few dollars to fill some gaps to over $1,000 to repair a major leak. Repairs will often be covered by your home insurance policy. On the other hand, if the roof is old or worn out, insurance may not cover the repairs. Homeowners are expected to perform regular maintenance on their homes, and this includes replacing the roof when this becomes necessary.
When to Replace a Roof
There are certain signs that it’s time to get a new roof.
- Roof is Nearing the End of its Expected Lifespan -Whether a roof is constructed with natural slate, asphalt shingles, metal or another material, it’s expected to last for a certain number of years. Beyond this point, spending money on repairs may not be the best option.
- Recurring Problems -If roof leak repair is needed on a regular basis, this is a sign that the roof may need replacing.
- Damage is Widespread -If multiple areas of the roof are damaged, it may be more economical to replace the entire roof.
- Shingles are cracked or Fall Off Easily -When shingles show signs of serious wear, roof repair may be a futile endeavor.
Although the cost of a new roof can range anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000, depending on the type of materials used, there are definite benefits to replacing a roof rather than repairing it. For example, homeowners enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the roof construction is solid and they won’t have to worry about it for many years.
For homeowners that want to increase the value of their homes, a new roof is one of the best ways to do this. Even for those who plan to live in their homes for a long time, there is a dramatic improvement of curb appeal with a new roof. The decision whether to repair or replace a roof must be made carefully. It’s best, however, for homeowners to consider all of the options and think about the long term advantages of a new roof.
Contact TriCounty Exteriors for your free consultation today!