If you’re wondering, “Why is there water in my house?” Let RRG Roofing help you out. It is estimated that as many as 90% of American homes built between the late 19th and the late 20th century were constructed with inadequate ventilation due to a lack of knowledge surrounding the need for proper roof ventilation. As a result, chances are, you haven’t seen a home built up until now that has effective roof ventilation. As a result of this realization, homeowners and roofers have come to realize the answers to mysteries that have plagued them for decades.
The roof and housing industries have forever changed because of learning about proper ventilation, from the condensation that appeared without any apparent cause, to mysterious water damage. The knowledge we have gained from this experience has enabled us to develop many solutions to the problem and have provided answers to questions we had never thought to ask.
Today we address a few of those questions:
Can There Be Too Much Ventilation?
Yes, the correct ventilation of a space requires precise measurements and implementation to ensure that there is a minimum amount of moisture in the summer and enough heat in the winter. Having too much ventilation may as well mean you’re going to be under a big blast with the windows flung open wide.
There is no DIY job involved here, this is a custom job designed specifically for each home, which must be installed by a professional. The only way to truly know if your home is properly ventilated is to have a professional inspect it before installation.
Do Roof Vents Waste Heating & Cooling Efforts?
Roof vents are often viewed by laymen as just holes that allow the inside air to escape, thus wasting the energy spent on heating and cooling the house. If roof vents are installed incorrectly, then this is true, but if they are installed correctly, they do the opposite.
There is no doubt that roof vents do circulate air, that is true, but if they are provided with proper and methodical installation in a deliberate way, then they are able to do so in a manner that balances this circulation, enabling you to save a significant amount on your energy bills! The importance of having these installed properly cannot be overstated. In fact, a poor installation job may be causing you trouble and costing you money in the long run.
Myth: Ventilation Is Overrated Unless You See Problems
In many cases, the problems caused by poor ventilation stay hidden for months, even years, after they start to develop. When a problem is discovered, the damage has usually already been done, which means that thousands of dollars must be spent on repairs or even a new roof must be installed by the time the issue is recognized.
There is a possibility that moisture could penetrate everything even down to the foundation of the house. The earlier it is caught, the better. Regardless of whether you have visible problems, it is better to be safe than sorry if you are uncertain whether your home is properly ventilated, so have a roofing contractor inspect it so that you can be sure.
I Have Roof Vents, Am I Properly Ventilated?
Just having vents doesn’t tell you if the house is ventilated one way or the other. Roof vents are important to a well-ventilated home, but they aren’t the be-all and end-all.
To tell whether roof vents are helpful or detrimental to your home, you must know what type, who installed them, and how they were installed. If roofing vents are not installed correctly, they can harm your house.
We’ve learned a lot about roofing ventilation over the past couple of decades, and we’re learning more and more every year. This means that any home can have its roof ventilated properly with a suitable solution.
Get in touch with your local roofer today to learn how you can improve the ventilation of your roof and make sure it remains in top shape for many years to come.