Problems Caused by Having Improper Attic and Roof Ventilation

Problems Caused by Having Improper Attic and Roof Ventilation

As the seasons change and the colder weather sets in here in the Twin Cities, have you thought about your attic and roof ventilation?  You should. We find that many Minnesota homeowners do not think about the ventilation that is under their roof. They usually think about the ventilation inside their homes. Having improper ventilation can cause expensive damages and very high utility bills. This is something to think about if you want to save some cash and stay away from the damage that can be caused. There are a number of problems that are caused by having improper attic and roof ventilation.

Damage That Is Caused by Inadequate Attic Ventilation

Did you know that the temperature and moisture conditions inside your attic space have a big effect on your roof? Of course, they affect other things relative to the structure and comfort in your home, but let’s talk about the roof first.

Deterioration of the roof is one of the biggest things that can happen. Excessive moisture that is caused by the lack of proper ventilation in the attic is important to think about. This moisture can cause mold and other issues.

Ice dams are another issue, especially in Minnesota. Ice build-up at the roof’s edge can cause damage to the roof as well as water infiltration into your home.  A major cause of ice dams is inadequate ventilation in the attic space.

Rust formation on anything like screws, nails, and brackets can cause deterioration.  Over time, elements important to maintaining the structural integrity of your roof as well as the rest of your home will deteriorate.

And then there’s the issue of excessive utility bills.  Insufficient attic ventilation can cause heat build-up in the space under your roof, meaning higher A/C bills in warm weather.  And a hot attic can also lead to premature roof deterioration if you’ve got asphalt shingles.

We don’t suggest that homeowners tackle adding attic ventilation themselves. This is a project for a roofing professional.  There’s a balance when it comes to ventilation in your attic or eave space.  Too little and you’ve got problems, too much and you could be wasting energy as well as money that went into adding those vents.

Speak with us today regarding any issues you’re having because of the improper attic and under-roof ventilation that is in your home.  As part of the roofing projects that we do, we always check the ventilation and attic insulation to ensure the best outcome.  We’d be happy to give you a roof inspection that includes an analysis of your attic ventilation as well as our suggestions for changes.

Quarve Contracting, Inc. is a licensed Minnesota roofing contractor serving the greater Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area. 

 

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