Proper ventilation in the attic is vital to the longevity of your roof. When choosing a roofing company in Oklahoma City, choose one that will include an attic inspection as part of the overall inspection and estimate process. The simple fact is that failing to properly ventilate the attic can compromise your shingles and force you to replace them sooner than you should.
Ideal Ventilation In an attic that is ideally ventilated, air is pulled in along the eaves and travels along the underside of the roof deck. This air then exits out through top vents after it has effectively dried off the roof deck and cooled the attic. This continual flow of air is necessary, and when it stops, serious problems can result.
Mold and Mildew Condensation can form in the attic, but that regular ventilation action will prevents this. Mold and mildew are often the first warning signs that an attic leaves something to be desired in the ventilation department.
Overheating in the Summer One of the top problems with a lack of ventilation is that the attic will simply overheat in warm weather. Not only will the heat sitting in the attic drive up cooling bills, it will also act like a furnace underneath your roof. The roof decking may start to separate, buckle or warp. The shingles themselves may start to blister and crumble from the steady heat assaulting them from both sides. The bonding that holds the shingles to each other may be compromised, leaving you with a roof that is prone to leaking.
Overheating in the Winter In the wintertime, warm air rising from your home will have nowhere to go. While it won’t quite be like a furnace, it can still be hot enough to cause snow on the roof to melt. The problem is that the melting snow may not have anywhere go underneath several inches of solid snow during the day. At night it will freeze, and you might start to see water stains on ceiling as ice dams form. These dams can be as damaging to your shingles as the heat that pounds on them during the summer
The best way to ensure that your new roof lasts for years to come is to have the attic properly ventilated. Whether you choose a ridge vent, standard vents or electric attic fans for ventilation is not important. What truly matters is that you are moving enough air through the attic. The steady flow of air will keep things dry and cool, allowing your roof to last longer. At Robbins Roofing, Inc., we always include an attic inspection as part of our free quote on roofing. Even if you’re not ready for a roof replacement, you can still call on us to inspect the attic and help you get it properly vented. Visit us on Facebook for more information today.