One of the most important aspects of roofing construction is installing proper ventilation. Most problems that every homeowner encounter could be traced back to improper ventilation. Aside from your roofing, ventilation issues could also cause problems to the rest of your home, eventually affecting you and your entire family’s health.
What kind of roofing problems does improper ventilation cause?
For every city and state, there are specific standards on roofing ventilation. Nationally, however, the standard for homes with vapor barrier insulation requires every 300 square feet of attic space to have 1 square foot each of intake ventilation and exhaust or outflow ventilation. The ratio doubles for homes without vapor barrier insulation.
Without proper and sufficient ventilation, you will experience different problems with your roof. These problems primarily include the development of condensation and moisture, which will result in damaging your roof deck and eventually affecting your roof’s stability.
Moisture is created from bathing, cooking, plants inside the house, laundry, and other daily chores. It can also be developed when fresh air that flows into the house through cracks and openings on your walls, doors, windows, and chimneys combines with the hot air inside your home.
The moisture that was developed should come out of your home through proper ventilation. If not, it will lead to condensation and rotting of your roof deck, which will eventually trigger mold formation. Failure to notice and repair the problem will result in destroying your roof deck and creating unhealthy air inside your house.
What purposes does a proper roofing ventilation serve?
Aside from maintaining efficiency and long lifespan of your roof by preventing rotting of your roof deck, proper ventilation also helps keep a cool temperature in your attic despite the summer heat and, thus, decrease the risk of house fires. Additionally, it helps make your home more energy-efficient as you would not need to use more energy than necessary to manipulate the temperature and air inside your home depending on the current season.
What are the different types of ventilation?
There are different types of ventilation that you can opt to install in your home. Older homes use roof vents to allow moisture and condensation to escape rather than accumulate and form on the roof deck or attic.
For newer homes, today’s professionals install ridge vents and soffit vents. Ridge vents are placed on the ridge line of the roof and are specifically for the outflow of moisture, heat, and stale air inside the house. Soffit vents, on the other hand, are installed on the lower part of a roof to allow easy intake of fresh air.
There are different standards and requirements for proper ventilation in various cities and states. Check the standards in your area to ensure you have proper and appropriate ventilation installed in your home.
For more information on roofing ventilation, call Above The Rest Roofing now.
Above The Rest Roofing
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577