Is Your Roof Properly Ventilated?

July 24, 2020

poorly ventilated roof isn’t always noticeable right away. And by the time you start experiencing problems from it, there will likely already be some damage done. These problems range from bad to worse, which is why it’s vital to get a yearly roof inspection! While most homeowners just see their roof from the outside, our roof inspection includes looking at the interior of your roof, usually in the attic, for signs of damage. Read on to learn why proper roof ventilation is vital for a healthy roof!

Signs of Bad Roof Ventilation

Issues from a roof that isn’t properly ventilated can arise in a variety of ways. Some of the most common signs include:

Roof damage: Not enough vents on your roof might not look like a problem right away, but it will definitely reduce the life of your roof. Over time, you might notice warped or cracked shingles. Nails and fasteners inside your roof will also start to rust and break down, and the underlying materials underneath your shingles may also experience dry rot. 

Leaky attic: Insufficient roof ventilation can cause condensation inside your roof, which will lead to leaks. This can then cause further damage to your home’s foundation or interior, including peeling paint and water stains. 

Mold and mildew: In addition to a leaky attic, the extra humidity will make your roof the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. This may cause black rings to form around your existing roof vents. If you don’t have vents, then it can be harder to detect the problem sooner, which can pose a health risk for your household while also rotting the foundation of your roof.

Struggling HVAC: Proper roof ventilation helps our homes maintain a comfortable temperature. When you don’t have enough vents to circulate airflow, your heating and cooling systems will have to work harder to keep your home the proper temperatures.

Deteriorating insulation: If your roof and attic are improperly ventilated, the insulation in your roof will start absorbing the excess moisture in the air. Over time, your insulation will deteriorate more quickly and you will need to replace it sooner than later.

Improving Your Roof’s Ventilation System

There are many different types of vents you can install on your roof: exhaust, intake, flappers, and more. The best choice for proper roof ventilation will depend on the design of your home. If you don’t already have a roof ventilation system, our team at IBEX Roof can help find the right solution for your roof. On the other hand, maybe you already have a ventilation system but are still experiencing roofing issues. This likely means you need more vents installed. Having more vents on your roof will put less strain on each vent, allowing better airflow and keeping your home comfortable.

Schedule a checkup for your roof’s ventilation system by giving IBEX Roof a call today! Our team follows a thorough checklist for every roof inspection. It’s our top priority to help you maintain and repair your roof so that it lives its best possible life. Call 360-218-3108 today to schedule a free inspection!

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