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Understanding Roof Vents and the Impact They Have on your Home

Sep 2, 2013

When understanding roof vents and the impact they have on your home we like to compare it to the human body’s lungs—without them you wouldn’t be able to inhale—and exhale the air the body needs to function properly. Your roof and home also need to ‘breathe’.

Roof vents are pivotal in maintaining proper air and heat ventilation, which maintains the integrity, lifespan AND warranty of your roof. Not only do they protect your roof by preventing moisture-inducing heat from accumulating in your attic (and walls and foundations!), they also help your home maintain and expel heat and air—which lowers your energy bills.

What Roofing Vents Do—and The Impact Roofing Vents Have on your Home
Your home generates a massive amount of heat and moisture. All the appliances we run contribute to it, as do certain rooms and daily processes. The following home elements all contribute the large amounts of moisture and heat that needs to be vented from your home:

·washing machines and dryers;
·furnaces and air conditioners;
·and stoves and microwaves.

The moisture and hot air created by all these devices, without proper ventilation, would become trapped in your insulation, rafters, decking, foundations, attic, walls and more. When moisture seeps into wood it rots. Should it seep into insulation the insulation becomes less effective. If it hangs around in an attic it damages your roofing tiles. And so on.

Without having functioning roofing vents and overall healthy home ventilation your home can rot, lose energy and grow mould.

How to Ensure YOUR Home has Proper Roof Ventilation
If you have experienced any of the home-damaging issues above then your home may have poor or blocked roof venting. The good news is however is that correcting this issue is surprisingly easy. Simply have a professional roofing company in Newmarket—like the Dillon Bros—come inspect your ventilation and make recommendations on how to improve it. Your issue could be as simple as a clogged vent that is preventing hot air from escaping your home, or slightly more difficult like inadequate ventilation that was installed in the first place—which could require additional roof vents.

Understanding roof vents and the impact they have on your home begins with finding out your roofing ventilation problem once and for all—so give us a call.