Looking After Your Roof
A well cared for roof lasts much longer than a roof that is left to its own devices. By spotting problems early on you can save yourself a lot of heartache and extra cost from big problems. Your roof is responsible for taking the damage from everything that the elements can throw at it including wind, rain, sun, and snow but it is also attacked by leaves, insects and other natural predators. Ineffective roofing can mean that any of these factors find their way into your attic and eventually your home and it is important you do what you can to prevent this from happening.
Small problems lead to big problems
The roof itself is one aspect of the home that is regularly overlooked by homeowners until there is an obvious leak or damage. The best way to prevent these leaks and damages is through a regular, professional maintenance check carried out by an experienced roofer on your behalf. These checks are not as expensive as you might think and problems that area spotted early can be fixed before they become worse. One such problem that you should regularly have checked is that you have proper roof ventilation and that it is working effectively.
What is proper roof ventilation?
Proper roof ventilation doesn’t consist of just an intake or just an exhaust, proper roof ventilation should be comprised of both of these important elements in order to create effect air circulation in and out of your home.
Not only will this protect your roof and your house but it will also help control the amount of time you use your air conditioning, thus bringing down the price of your energy bills. There are a number of ways that proper roof ventilation can be achieved and each has its advantages and disadvantages. The best choice for your roof will depend on the size and shape of the roof, and the layout of surrounding trees, wires and other objects.
Creating proper roof ventilation
In order to create proper roof ventilation that adequately circulates air in and out of the house, it is important to get the level of intake and expulsion just right. This should be done by a qualified professional who can work out the figures required and advise you of the best course of action. Without expert advice, you may find that you have an incorrect flow of air, which can not only mean a very hot house in summer but it can also mean a moisture build up in your loft and eventually warped, split, cracked or generally damaged roofs.
Causes of moisture buildup in the attic
It isn’t always the fault of the weather. Washing machines, dryers, and other household appliances, as well as the occupants of the house, all create their own moisture and without proper roof ventilation this moisture will build up on the inside of your roof.
With a proper roof ventilation system, a negative air pressure is created that sucks the warm air out of the loft replacing it with cool fresh air from outside preventing various types of damage associated with poor ventilation systems.