When it comes to your roofing system, there are a number of different aspects that come to mind for homeowners. Of course your shingles comprise the vast majority of your roofing system, while your gutters help to shield your home from water and protected it from moisture damage. Therefore, keeping your roof well-ventilated is essential for the health & safety of your home! If you’re interested in learning more about the importance of roof ventilation, keep reading below for more information!
Cut Down on Ice Dams
One of the most important reasons that you need proper roof ventilation, which is especially pertinent for Massachusetts homeowners, is that a well-ventilated roof will help prevent ice dams from forming. Why you may be wondering? Well, first we must discuss how ice dams form in the first place.
The first step for the formation of an ice dam is to have a build-up of snow on your roofing system. Next, heat needs to leak out of your home and into your attic. As the heat sits in your attic it warms up your shingle system from the inside, causing the snow sitting on the shingles to melt. When it reaches your gutter system, it will no longer be heated by your attic, at which point it will refreeze and the cycle continues.
Roof ventilation helps to cut back on this by keeping your attics temperature in line with the outdoors. This means that the snow on your shingles won’t melt until the outside temperature permits, limiting the formation of ice dams!
Improve Your Roof’s Lifespan
Another benefit of proper roof ventilation is that it will help to improve the lifespan of your roof! Having a heated attic can end up deteriorating your shingles, and help facilitate the growth of mold, algae, and other bacteria. In order to help improve the lifespan of your roof, ensure that the system has proper ventilation to help keep the space more temperate with the outdoors.
Moisture doesn’t just occur during the spring & summer months, it can also accumulate in your attic during the fall & winter from hot showers, warm air escaping into your attic, even steam from your dishwasher or sink. By ensuring that your attic has proper ventilation, you can prevent moisture from building up in the system and causing damage within the system!
Contact Us Today
If you’re interested in installing new roof ventilation in your home this year, our team at Pinnacle Roofing is ready to assist! You can reach out to our team today by calling us at (617) 237-2855 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roof ventilation needs!