How Attic Ventilation Helps the Lifespan of Roof Shingles
Ventilation is critical for every Florida roof. Did you know improper attic ventilation can affect the life of your shingles? Most people are unaware that roof venting can impact your home's structure. Florida summers bring excessive heat and sunlight onto your roof. The heat in there can build up to a temperature of 160°F or more! A shingled roof over an attic can lose 10% or more of its useful life if it's not properly ventilated. This superheated air can penetrate your ceiling insulation and into the living space below. That costs you money!
You may think only 10% is not a big deal. But this estimate was based on research by Building Science Corporation, in Westford, Massachusetts. Now take that estimate and apply it to Florida weather! A homeowner here can experience roof decking rot, breakdown of wood framing, higher energy costs, and damage to siding and paint. This is a big deal for your shingled roof.
If you live in a coastal area such as Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, Edgewater, or Flagler Beach your shingles may age earlier than you expect. This is due to excess salt, humidity, and higher winds. Does your roof show any of these key signs earlier than you'd expect?
Lots of missing granules
Granules in the gutters
Brittle shingles that are dried out
Cracking both horizontally and vertically.
Triangle Roofing Inc., your local roofing company, can troubleshoot your roof and ventilation. We go up into your attic to detect moisture or leaks. It will be pretty evident if your roof is not properly ventilated. We will see discolored plywood decking and possibly mold from "sweating". If we these signs, it's time to address the problem. Your shingles may stop sealing and become more vulnerable to blowing off in the wind.
The right vents for your home
The most important thing for a roof is venting: both intake and exhaust venting. Think of ridge vents, edge vents, and soffit vents. Sometimes a house has the wrong type of vents for the roof design. Triangle Roofing Inc. has the experience to evaluate your home and its venting in Daytona Beach, Ponce Inlet, Flagler Beach, and surrounding areas.
Solar roof fans
A properly ventilated attic must be checked before doing a new roof installation. It can help reduce the load on your air conditioner and save you money. A solar roof fan is the icing on the cake, bringing your attic temperature down in the hot Florida summer. You don't want to let moisture collect on the underside of the roof, soaking everything below. This can cause damage to your ceilings and walls. An unobstructed airflow through the attic will help extend the life of your roof and your home's structure. Air goes in and out: your house needs to breathe!
If you are experiencing any moisture or see any shingle issues, Joe at Triangle Roofing Ormond Beach can help. We work on Florida roofs every day and have the experience to deal with any roofing problem. We take our customer service seriously and look forward to your call at 386-673-6600. Contact us today.