Stay Dry with our Attic Ventilation and Roof Ventilation Systems
Simply put, interior air movement is not something you can see. That is why most roofers don’t consider ventilation to be a part of a proper roof installation, replacement or repair. Similarly, most homeowners prefer to only pay for what they can see – shingles, shakes and tiles. That is understandable. But it is also very short sighted.
Attic Ventilation Under Your Roof – The Key To a Longer Lasting Roof
We want you to receive the best, overall roof system available. Notice we call it a roof system. There is more to the top of your home than just the roofing material that keeps the rain out. There is a entire roofing system. When properly designed and functioning, it helps regulate the temperature and humidity in the house. When temperature and humidity avoid extremes and are evenly distributed throughout the affected areas, building materials last longer and perform their intended functions better.
A great example would be the shingles themselves (if you have a composition roof.) Excessive heat, usually from a poorly or improperly ventilated attic, will start crack and buckle years earlier that they otherwise would. Excessive heat and humidity will also compress insulation, shorten it’s useful life and raising heating and cooling costs considerably due to its reduced effectiveness. There is no doubt about it, a well ventilated roof system is a very Green and environmentally aware approach.
Watch the video below by Air Vent, Inc, (a brand that All Surface installs) about a case study in balancing ventilation. The results, both in term of effectiveness and money saved is staggering!
Not All Benefits of Roof and Attic Ventilation are Long Term – Many are Present Immediately.
If you are like many homeowners, you likely do not expect to spend the next 30 years in the same home. Some will which is great, but many won’t. If you are in this second group, it is dangerously easy to discount the long term benefits of a well ventilated roof system (or any other benefits of a quality job) because you probably won’t be there to reap those rewards.
So let’s briefly discuss some of the more immediate benefits of attic ventilation. As you could see from the video, heating and cooling savings can be both immediate and significant. In terms of damage avoidance, mold and mildew from excessive moisture build up can start causing damage within one year. This every growing issue not only is unsightly and smelly, but can cause indoor air quality health issues. Possessions stored in the attic can be subject to that same mold. Wet rot can start very quickly and cause expensive structural damage.
Not much can be more frustrating that an winter time leak on a fairly new roof because of an ice dam. You generally can’t get roof top during such weather so your only recourse is the break out the buckets and hope that the damage isn’t too bad. Ice dams are the result of uneven attic temperatures causing uneven melting and refreezing on the roof in an uneven pattern. Unfortunately, they are easily prevented with good ventilation. Finally, when it is time to sell your home 5, 10 or 15 years after your roof’s installation, a roof that has not deteriorated prematurely or caused interior attic damage will help you sell your home (or refinance it) much more easily and quickly.