Effects of Insufficient Ventilation on Your Roof System

There are numerous causes of damage to roof systems in the North Texas area. However, inadequate attic ventilation is one of the most harmful. About nine out of ten homes in North America do not have sufficient ventilation. This affects the roof system in a drastic way.
To have proper ventilation in the attic, there must be a consistent flow of air throughout. The reason ventilation is necessary is to keep the attic cool or hot during the appropriate seasons. Summer months require constant air flow to prevent heat from building up. This ensures that heat will not enter the rest of the house. During winter months, outside air cools the attic. Because household appliances and other vapors build up and moisten the attic, the insulation becomes wet and compromises its performance.

Having sufficient ventilation removes moist air to prevent damage. Other effects of inadequate attic ventilation include bucked shingles, roof deck warping, damage to the siding of the home, eroded insulation, premature roof aging, wood frame warping, interior paint warping, and mildew growth.

To ensure that these problems do not occur in your home, there are several steps you can take. Most homeowners are intimidated when presented with the responsibility of properly ventilating the attic. However, it’s not hard to properly ventilate attic space. The key is to balance air exhaust roofing vents and air intake. Joe Hall Roofing professionals are trained to ensure that your roof is sufficiently ventilated and make necessary repairs when it is not.

Air exhaust ventilation is typically installed near the roof ridge. The purpose of this is to create continuous outflow of attic air. Air exhaust vents range from ridge vents, power fans and turbines to gable louvers and roof louvers. Allow a roofing professional to inspect your roof system and help you choose the most effective air exhaust system to provide your home with continuous air flow.

The next necessary component of a sufficiently ventilated attic is air intake ventilation. This system is installed near the roof’s soffits or eaves. The purpose of this is to create continuous airflow. Intake vents range from undereave vents and rooftop vents to soffit vents, mini-louvers, and a vented drip edge.

Routine roof inspections ensure that your roof system is thriving. At Joe Hall Roofing, our experts are trained to look for leakage, warped shingles, insufficient ventilation, and more. Allow us to inspect your roof system and attic and determine if your attic lacks sufficient ventilation and the possible damage it has caused.