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How does insufficient ventilation cause your roof to rot?

Mar 30

Unknown to many, one of the leading reasons for roof replacement is the insufficient amount of ventilation we have. Most of us think that as long as we have a hole or two in our roof, the air is entering and exiting sufficiently. Unfortunately, this is often not the case.

There are two types of roof ventilation: soffit vents and ridge vents. Soffit vents are installed along the underside of the eaves of your roof In fact, many roofs rot and deteriorate prematurely because of a lack of ventilation.

So, how does insufficient ventilation cause your roof to rot? Well, when warm air accumulates in your attic, it rises and dissipates through the roof. If your attic isn't properly vented, this rising warm air will instead create a pressure differential between the hot attic and the cooler outside air. This differential will cause air to leak into your attic through any crack or hole - including those around your chimney or roof vents. And as this warm, moist air accumulates in your attic, it will cause your roof to rot and deteriorate.

To avoid this problem, it's important to ensure that you have adequate ventilation in your attic. This means installing both soffit and ridge vents and making sure that they are properly functioning. If you're not sure whether your attic is properly ventilated, have a professional inspect your roof and attic to ensure that everything is in order.

Roof ventilation is an important factor to consider when replacing your roof, as it can prevent your roof from rotting and deteriorating prematurely. In fact, many roofs rot and decay because of a lack of ventilation.

Another problem is moisture. You might wonder "How does roof ventilation allow moisture to escape but not to enter?" Well, the moisture that accumulates in your attic is from two main sources: the air and the water. The water comes from rain, snow, and ice that accumulate on your roof. The air comes from the everyday activities in your home, such as cooking, bathing, and laundry.

If you have proper roof ventilation, the moisture will escape through the vents. If you don't have proper ventilation, the moisture will accumulate in your attic and cause your roof to rot and decay.

So, it's important to have adequate roof ventilation if you want to keep your roof in good condition.

Who would install a roof without any roof vents in it?

The answer is, unfortunately, quite a few people. Many roofers and roofing companies don't believe in the importance of roof ventilation, or they simply don't know about it. As a result, they might install your roof without any vents, or with too few vents.

This can lead to serious problems down the road, as insufficient ventilation can cause your roof to rot and decay prematurely. So, if you're having your roof replaced, be sure to ask the roofer or roofing company about their stance on roof ventilation. Make sure that they understand the importance of proper ventilation, and that they will install both soffit and ridge vents properly.

In short, inadequate ventilation is one of the leading causes of premature roof deterioration. If you want to avoid this problem, make sure that your roof has adequate ventilation.

Good thing though that you have us here at Eason Roofing! We are well-educated and certified in all things roofing, including ventilation. We can help advise you on the best course of action for your specific roof, and we will make sure that the proper vents are installed properly. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to give us a call!