Did you know that 90-95% of homes are under-ventilated?
It could be that your home falls into this percentile. While your attic may be a space in your home you rarely visit, it’s important to understand the damage that hot air can cause.
Especially to your roof.
Rapid Roofing knows all too well what can happen when a roof is not properly ventilated and they emphasize the importance of facilitating proper airflow in your home:
How Does Roofing Ventilation Work?
Roof ventilation works by allowing air to flow through your attic in order to prevent the buildup of heat and moisture.
This process uses an exhaust and inlet to ensure the air is properly circulated.
Exhaust vents are installed to allow the hot air to escape. The most common type of exhaust vent is known as a “ridge vent” and is placed at the intersection of two roof planes.
In Canada, the Weatherpro Turbo is the go-to for ventilation as this sits higher on the roof, which improves the ventilation in the winter.
On most older homes, open soffits are where fresh air enters the attic. Some homes have closed soffits preventing any fresh air from entering the attic.
In these cases, intake vents need to be added at the edge of the roof and work by allowing cool air to enter the attic and force hot air out.
Rapid Roofing is no stranger to the importance of properly installed roofing ventilation systems and knows exactly which high-quality products to choose from.
They recommend good-quality vents that offer extreme weather protection and are specifically designed for areas with high snow loads. These styles of vents are built to improve upon the traditional “Whirlybird”, or turbine, type vents.
Turbine vents work just fine, but they require adequate ceiling ventilation to allow for air replacement. Issues can arise with too much venting. A perfect balance system is ideal!
Instead of simply offering traditional roofing ventilation methods, Rapid Roofing is dedicated to providing the best quality products and expert installation to extend the lifespan of your roof.
The Benefits of Roofing Ventilation
Roofing ventilation is equally important in both the summer and winter months.
In the summer, the heat in your attic can cause damage to your roofing underlayment, causing it to become brittle and ineffective.
In the wintertime, the warm air that rises to your attic can cause the underside of your roof to meld and re-freeze. Known as “ice damming”, this occurrence can cause damage to your shingles, gutters and even the inside of your home.
Such damage can lead to a costly and premature roof replacement which is only something you should worry about when your roof has come to the end of its lifespan – not before.
Avoiding a Roof Replacement
The average roof should only need to be replaced every 15-50 years, depending on the materials used.
To stay ahead of roof replacement, it is recommended to have a professional roofer inspect your roof every year.
This way, they can determine if you are going to soon need a replacement or if repairs can be carried out to extend the life of your roof.
Some of our roofers have over 15 years of experience, which allows Rapid Roofing to specialize in roof repair and replacement. They know exactly what to look for and how to fix any roofing issue.
With every roof replacement, they also include ventilation inspection to bring the roof back to code.
When it comes to the importance of proper roof ventilation, take their word for it – ignoring the significance of ventilation can lead to extensive and expensive damage in the future.