Is Your Roof Properly Ventilated? • ASAP Roofing Is Your Roof Properly Ventilated? • ASAP Roofing
On March 18, 2013

Is Your Roof Properly Ventilated?

According to Research Roofing, ventilation is the most critical, and commonly overlooked component of roofing, and having proper ventilation can actually make your new roof last twice as long. In fact, not having proper ventilation of your roof will often void the shingle manufacturer’s warranty as the shingles are designed to have appropriate airflow.

 

There are two main reasons that shingle roofing needs ventilation. First, heat from a house and especially, the attic needs to be able to escape, and without being able to do so, can become trapped underneath roofing shingles, causing them to curl and buckle. The second reason that shingle roofing needs ventilation is to prevent moisture buildup which can lead to mold, or water damage to roofing decks, insulation, or the attic structures.

 

There are several choices when it comes to roofing ventilation, including, gable vents, turbine, power, static, eaves edge vents, insulation, and ridge vents. Although most typical residential homes can use turtle type, roof vents, this type of ventilation may not be appropriate for every home, and working with a licensed roofing contractor will help you determine which ventilation system is right for your house.

Turtle vents

 

Kirk McCoy, a co-owner of ASAP ROOFING, a Denver-based roofing company stresses the importance of proper ventilation to all of his company’s customers based on the position taken by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA). According to the NRCA, “Based on research conducted to date, the strongest case for ventilating asphalt shingle roof assemblies with outside air exists for residences located in cold climates and where snow accumulations persist on roofs for extended periods of time. Under those sets of conditions, ventilation has been shown to be a valuable strategy for removing excess moisture from attics, thus preventing condensation that can damage roof sheathing and preventing ice dam formation.”

 

As Denver also can become quite hot in the summer, McCoy also informs his customers that having proper ventilation will reduce the ambient air temperature in their attic in the summer, and could significantly reduce their air conditioning bills. According to the co-owner of ASAP ROOFING, “We want all of our customers to be as informed as possible about not only what the best roofing options are, but the effect they will have on their home’s longevity, overall value, energy efficiency, and this time of year, any tax credits that may apply for energy efficient roofing options.” Find more information on tax credits here, http://asaproofing.com/roofing-tax-credit-get-the-real-story/

 

ASAP ROOFING is always happy to educate customers and inspect their roof free of charge. For more information about ASAP ROOFING, or to schedule a roof inspection, visit: http://asaproofing.com/

 

Written by Nick Dorotik

nick@asaproofing.com

 

Nick Dorotik is the Vice President of ASAP Roofing, and manages the sales and marketing. You can find him on Google+ and twitter.

 

For more information about ASAP ROOFING, visit http://asaproofing.com/

References:

Research Roofing

National Roofing Contractor’s Association (www.nrca.net)

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