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Is My Roof Properly Ventilated?

By March 18, 2016 No Comments

roofventilationThere is no debating how important shingles are to your roof, but they are far from your only concern when considering replacing your roof. How well your roof functions centers a great deal around the performance of your venting system. Poorly installed venting will create an absolute nightmare even with the highest grade shingles. Mold, mildew, and ice dams are just a few of the problematic issues awaiting a home with faulty roof venting. Let’s look at a few tell-tale signs you’re having.

Before you do anything, you’ll want to first determine if you have a problem with ventilation. One way to gauge your roofing vent system involves placing your hand on your ceiling during a warm summer day. If your ceiling feels hot then there is cause for concern. A warm ceiling tells you that the hot air is getting trapped underneath your roof, turning your attic into a sauna. Without venting your roof soon thereafter will bake your shingles—giving you an unnecessary headache.

Winter months will also raise red flags as to the quality of your roofing ventilation. We all, unfortunately, have learned what ice dams can do to a roof. The formation of these pesky dams means that your roof is not breathing, since the heat building up in your attic is melting the snow on your roof quicker than the ice forming on the eaves and over hangs—which kick starts the leaking into your home. You can also eyeball problems by looking into your attic. If you notice any frost on your rafters it’s time to vent.

Now, if you had your roof installed by Rhode Island Home Improvement you would have passed right by this article without a second thought. In utilizing the Smart Vent system, our roofs do not experience ice dams, mildew, or the other hassles associated with roofing systems that have a tough time breathing.

If you have questions about your current ventilation, or would like a free estimate to assess your roofing needs, do not hesitate to call us at 401-739-1001. Don’t let your roof suffocate—ventilate!

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