In our previous posts, we’ve covered topics relating to roof and gutter maintenance, shingle replacement and the different types of material options you have when you re-roof your home.
For this post, we wanted to focus on the importance of proper roof ventilation.
Yes, roof ventilation.
It’s something that many people don’t pay much attention to, but having proper ventilation is just as important as keeping an eye on the state of your shingles and flashing.
If a roof isn’t properly ventilated it can increase moisture levels in your home. It’s also worth noting that an improperly ventilated roof can also shorten your roof’s lifespan.
What you need to know about icicles
Sure, icicles can be nice to look at, but if you notice that you have significant icicle build up along the edge of your roof, you should know that all that frozen water can cause quite a bit of damage.
Not only can icicles damage your gutters, if you have ice that’s building up on your roof, well, the results can be disastrous.
It all comes down to ventilation.
If the heat in your home (and/or attic) doesn’t have a way to escape, it will team up with the heat from the sun, which will cause the snow that’s on top of your home to melt. The problem comes after the water drips toward the edge of your roof, and re-freezes.
The bottom line is this—if you have an icicle problem, you have a ventilation problem.
Roof ventilation is just as important during the summer
If you think that a lack of proper ventilation only causes problems in the winter, you’re wrong.
In the summer, a roof that’s not ventilated property can cause your attic to become very warm and humid. And while most people don’t see this as much of a problem (because people don’t exactly spend a lot of time hanging out in their attics), they couldn’t be more wrong.
Why? Because heat build-up in your attic can damage your shingles.
A properly ventilated attic can ward off these problems, which can in turn, extend the life of your roof.
The moral of the story
If you haven’t given much thought to roof ventilation, now would be the time to do it. When it’s working properly, it can prevent the types of damage that’s caused by ice, and it can also help ward off heat damage to your shingles.
As an added bonus, a properly ventilated roof can help save you money on your energy bill.
Roof ventilation experts in Parker, CO
When you contact Great Western Roofing, you can rest easy that you’re working with one of the top-rated, most reputable roofing companies in the region. Not only have we been serving Parker, CO homeowners for almost a decade, our commitment to quality has made us the most recommended roofing contractor in Colorado.