How To Detect Subpar Roof Ventilation

If the roof of your home or place of business does not have good (or at least adequate) ventilation, the structure beneath it could be liable to face serious problems.

That goes for both the dead of winter and the dog days of summer. Heat rises, so warm air from below can find itself stuck beneath your roofline in the winter months, which could lead to anything from condensation to ice buildup- and potentially even a rotting roof. During the summertime, an excessive amount of hot air can spawn mold and moisture issues.

Proper ventilation can help you avoid all of that. So with that said, here are three ways to know if there’s an issue with your ventilation.

Unusually high energy bill/excessive amount of heat

If you notice that your energy bill is suspiciously high two months in a row, there’s a good chance that it’s not a coincidence and that something is actively causing this. One of the possible culprits of this is poor roof ventilation. If an excessive amount of heat is sitting in your attic or on your roof, your air conditioning unit may have to work harder than it usually does. That alone could skyrocket your energy costs. Alternatively, even if bad ventilation isn’t what’s costing you so much on your energy bill, two straight months of higher than usual energy costs isn’t something you should ever ignore, regardless of what may end up being responsible for it.

Development of mold

Naturally, mold isn’t something that should ever be dismissed as a problem, but it’s a frequent sign that something is wrong with your roof’s ventilation. Mold is often an indication that there are pieces of wet wood or shingles somewhere, and a lack of ventilation will certainly cause that. When a roof’s ventilation doesn’t do its job, structures and elements below and on that roof can excessively damp- and that’s exactly what mold needs in order to grow.

Development of rust

As is the case with mold, rust is usually a sign that something is in immediate need of being fixed. As is also the case with mold, rust can be caused by moisture that is allowed to just sit there and permeate the elements of your roof. The main difference, however, is that rust is usually found on the metal components of a structure, whereas mold is usually found on wood, shingles, or overcoats of paint. Nevertheless, if any rust is detected on the metal portions of your house, there’s a good chance that your roof’s ventilation isn’t doing its job, because there’s an excessive amount of moisture in or on your house- which proper ventilation could do a lot to help prevent.

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