Does Roof Ventilation Matter?

90% of roofs are not ventilated correctly!

90% of roofs are not ventilated correctly!? Yes, you are reading this correctly! As a homeowner, you are likely always looking for ways to improve the function and longevity of your home. One important aspect of home maintenance is ensuring that your roof is properly ventilated. Roof ventilation plays a vital role in maintaining the integrity of your roof, as well as the overall health and safety of your home. 

4 Benefits of Proper Roof Ventilation

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1. Regulate Temperature and Moisture Levels

The temperature inside your home can be greatly affected by the temperature on your roof. Proper roof ventilation helps regulate this temperature by allowing hot air to escape and cool air to enter through the vents. This can help keep your home more comfortable and reduce the load on your air conditioning system.

Moisture levels can also be regulated by proper roof ventilation. In the winter months, warm air from inside your home can rise up to the roof and cause ice dams to form. These ice dams can damage your roof and lead to leaks and water damage inside your home. Proper roof ventilation helps prevent ice dams from forming by allowing the warm air to escape before it can reach the roof.

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2. Improves indoor air quality

Poor indoor air quality can have a negative impact on your health, causing symptoms like headaches, fatigue, and respiratory issues. Proper roof ventilation can help improve indoor air quality by allowing harmful air pollutants to escape through the roof vents. This can help keep your family healthy and safe.

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3. Increases the Lifespan of Your Roof

Proper roof ventilation can help extend the lifespan of your roof by preventing the buildup of heat and moisture. Without proper ventilation, the heat and moisture can cause damage to the shingles and other roofing materials, leading to leaks and other problems. By allowing the heat and moisture to escape, proper roof ventilation can help your roof last longer and require fewer repairs.

4. Save You Money on Energy

By regulating the temperature in your home and reducing the load on your air conditioning system, proper roof ventilation can help you save money on energy bills. In fact, studies have shown that proper roof ventilation can reduce energy costs by up to 10%!

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Your roof is your first line of defense, and moisture is its #1 enemy. When your roof lacks proper ventilation, moisture will accumulate from inside your attic. This can cause the wood on your roof to rot. Your first sign of improper ventilation may be water stains. One easy way to check to see if your roof is retaining too much moisture is to look in your attic and look up to see if your roofing nails are rusty or iced over when it’s freezing. If you see signs of improper ventilation in your attic or would like us to check for you, call us and we will come out for an inspection. 

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