When you think about your roof, you know that it needs to be completely solid and able to stand up to the demands of the changing Colorado weather. And though Colorado gets about 300 days of at least some sunshine, it’s hard to deny that the weather can change fast. Those changes can wreak havoc on your roof’s temperatures unless it’s properly ventilated. Here’s why ventilation matters so much to your Denver roof experts
Ventilated Roofs Stay in Line
Every roof is installed to follow a certain slope. This is what allows the roofing materials to sit flush against one another. When that slope changes, the materials form gaps that allow moisture, insects, and pests to slip inside. Over time, it’s normal to see water damage and a weakening of your roof’s structural integrity if this happens.
When the roof is properly ventilated, the changing humidity levels and temperatures won’t impact the slope of your roof. It will be able to vent out excess heat and humidity to keep the structure in line. But if it’s not ventilated, your slope can change.
Ventilation Helps Prevent Ice Dams
Heat rises and, in the winter, it’s normal for that heat to collect in your attic. With proper ventilation, the excess heat leaves the house and helps keep your roof at the proper temperatures. But when it’s not ventilated, that heat can cause the underside of the snow to melt and freeze again into ice sheets. These ice sheets can then build up in your gutters and keep the rest of the melting snow from draining off your property.
If left unrepaired, this can lead to massive water damage along your roofline. The best way to prevent it is to schedule an inspection and let your roofer check for ventilation levels. Remember, it’s always possible to add more ventilation to your home. And it often costs less than fixing extensive water damage.
Heat Increases Condensation
In poorly ventilated roofs, it’s normal to see condensation collecting in the attic. While it may seem harmless, it can turn into a huge problem. Condensation can cause the support structure of your roof to get saturated in water. This, in turn, can lead to mold and mildew growth inside your attic, your walls, and the rest of your house.
With proper ventilation, condensation levels will stay at a minimum. This helps you keep the rest of your home safe and protects the health and wellbeing of your family.
Prevention Is Key
If you’re worried about your home’s ventilation levels, don’t wait to see if damage happens. Schedule an inspection with your trusted roofing contractor today. We’ll check the entire roof system, from the exterior materials to the framing in your attic, and make sure everything is in good shape. If anything looks off or we notice the signs of inadequate ventilation already becoming a problem, we’ll help you plan a repair schedule to fix the damage. Contact us today to schedule your free no-obligation estimate.