Every homeowner should know the importance of having the proper ventilation in their home. Kitchens and bathrooms are obvious, but attics and roofs are often overlooked and one of the biggest problem areas when it comes to improper ventilation. If you do not have proper ventilation in your attic and roofing, you can end up with more trouble than you might think. A roof inspection from Ann Arbor Remodeling Contractor can help to locate and resolve ventilation issues with your attic and roof. Here’s why it’s so important that you have proper ventilation in your home’s roof and attic.
Reasons Why Proper Roof Ventilation in Ann Arbor Michigan Is So Important
Although roofing and attic ventilation is usually configured and installed when the home is first built there can be problems with it. When changing to a new roofing system or even installing a new roof in Ann Arbor Michigan, the ventilation requirements can change. Even if you have not changed anything in your home including the roofing there may still be problems with the ventilation. Blocked vents are one of the biggest problems and regular roof inspections can help to remedy this problem. Here’s what you can expect when you have improper ventilation on your roof and in your attic:
Higher Utility Bills
Heat naturally rises. But it can also be absorbed as well. The dark colors of shingles are perfect for absorbing heat and then collecting it in your attic. Without proper ventilation, this heat has nowhere to go and can take a very long time to exit back out through your roof.
Attics can be extremely hot in the summer and can make it much hotter in your home. That means you end up spending much more money to keep your home cool. Between fans and air conditioning, just trying to undo the temperature changes caused by the attic heat can raise your energy bill significantly. To keep your energy bills down and help out the environment, you need proper attic ventilation.
During the winter, the need to use heat is inevitable. But as temperatures get colder outside, the heat in your home can need to be increased. As the heat in your home rises, it will eventually end up in your attic. Without proper ventilation, the heat will be stuck in there and have no way out except through the roof. This heat can easily cause snow on your roof to start melting.
As snow melts from the heat on your roof, it starts to slide down towards the gutters. But when temperatures are freezing outside, this moisture will become frozen and become ice. Ice dams are formed around the guttering and eaves, and can cause damage to the roof as it sits.
Extreme heat can cause shingles to become de-laminated. As heat from the sun is absorbed into the attic, the shingles become loose and lose there seal. That means there is a place for moisture to get in and further damage your roof.
All the roofing materials that we install here at Ann Arbor Remodeling Contractor are done to factory or manufacturer standards and guidelines. In fact, we are certified in all the roofing materials that are currently offered by top manufacturers in the Ann Arbor Michigan area.
Mold And Mildew
When moisture is able to get into your attic through your roof, it can be very difficult to get it to fully dry. Without proper ventilation, this moisture can sit for long periods of time in a very hot and humid area. This moisture can turn into mold and mildew over time and quickly spread throughout your home. It can also lead to warping and rot to the wooden structures in the attic.
Poor Air Quality
When you have mold in your home, it can quickly and easily spread from the attic to the rest of your home. Mold can greatly impact your health with skin and respiratory issues. Mold particles can also be in the air, making it even more hazardous to their health.
Voided Roof Warranties
If you want to have the warranties for any roof work or materials stay intact, it is important have proper attic ventilation. Without proper ventilation, the problems that comes with it will void most warranties that come with your roof, and can require you to pay everything out of pocket.