In our last blog we talked about the importance of performing semi-annual roof inspections. This allows you to address shingle and gutter problems as soon as you notice them—and before they start to get bigger.

You may be surprised to learn that making sure your roof is properly ventilated is as important as mentioning the health of its gutters and shingles.

When roof doesn’t have proper ventilation, it will likely need to be replaced far sooner than a roof that has the airflow it needs.

Heat damage to shingles

When you think of warm shingles, you probably relate that to the rays of the sun. This makes sense—dark surfaces always get warm when the sun is out, and your roof is no exception.

You may not realize that if your attic isn’t properly ventilated, that all the heat build-up in that room, can cause damage to your shingles from the bottom up.

When the heat that’s emanating up from your attic meets up with the heat from the sun, it can cause your shingles to warp, crack or age more quickly.

A properly ventilated attic can help prevent that.

Icicles are a telltale signs of improper ventilation

Icicles along the side of a home can often look beautify, but they’re a telltale sign that the roof isn’t properly ventilated.

Not only can ice build up along the edge of a roof cause damage to gutters, it can also cause damage to the entire roofing system!

Icicles form when the heat from inside of your home (hint: improper roof/attic ventilation) causes the snow that’s on top of your home to melt. When it drips toward the edge of the roof, it refreezes, which is where icicles come from.

If you notice that your home is developing icicles, you’ll want to call an experienced roofing contractor right away. It’s always best to address improper roof ventilation as soon as you realize it’s a problem.

Proper roof ventilation can help keep indoor temperatures level

Is the top floor of your home consistently 10 degrees warmer than the ground floor? Once again, improper roof ventilation could be the culprit!

When a roof’s ventilation system is working properly, it will allow the warm air on the top floor of your home to escape, which can help prevent temperature extremes.

Roofing experts you can trust

The bottom line is this: if you’re not thinking about your roof’s ventilation, you should be. Remember, when ventilation isn’t working properly, this can take several or more years off the lifespan of your roofing system.

If you have questions about the types of warning signs that you should look for, or if you’ve noticed one or more of the issues we’ve listed below, and you’d like to schedule a time for one of our experienced roofing contractors to come out to your home.

Call Atencio’s Construction and Landscape LLC today at 303-657-5921 to learn why we’re the most trusted roofing services provider in Northern Colorado.

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