How and When to Update Your Roof Ventilation How and When to Update Your Roof Ventilation

One of the most important parts of your home is found within the quality of the roof ventilation that you currently have. Without adequate roof ventilation your home can be costing you more money than it should in energy costs and future repairs. Roof ventilation is available in many different forms for either a flat roof or a sloped roof.

What does Roof Ventilation do?

An efficient roof ventilation system will help to cool off your home during the summer, keep it warm during the winter, and is instrumental in removing humidity and condensation out of the attic area. As fresh air enters into the attic space through vents in the soffits, or in the eaves, it pushes out the warm humid air. This cycle makes the home much more energy efficient. As this is a working system, there can be some problems during the life of your home. Staying on top of when to update your roof ventilation will save you a lot of money in the long run.

Inefficient Air Flow

One of the ways to know when to update your roof ventilation is when you start to notice a change in the way that the home heats and cools. This is an indication that the air flow in the attic is not as good as it should be. This can happen when the different types of roof ventilation you currently have need to be repaired, or if you have added on extra living space to your home. To check this out you will need to go into the attic and check the temperature and conditions.

Aging Roof

If you are working on a roof renovation project, it is a good time to update the roof ventilation system. This is especially true if you are going to be using a metal roofing material for the final covering. Updating the ventilation system at this time will allow you to be able to work more vents, or some type of motorized fan system if the air flow needs to be increased.

Water Damage

A roof ventilation that shows some water damage because of condensation and frost build up, is one that needs to be updated. Condensation builds on the joists and the rafters when the humid air is not allowed to escape fast enough through the current vents. The water will hang onto the begin to grow mold and rot the wood. Updating with powered fans, newer vents, or additional vents, will help to evacuate the moisture in the way much faster.

Update with Care

It is important for a homeowner to continually keep their roof ventilation at the top of their yearly maintenance schedule. However, any time that you need to update the system you should take great care in the process. Weatherproofing is the key factor that must be considered with any type of project that involves the roof. If there are any types of water leaking into the roof after the update, the costs can multiply quickly because of damage to the home's structure. Having an inspector look at the roof's structure will help to ensure that you are doing the right things to update the ventilation.

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