Poor roof ventilation could cause problems and failure of the roofing system. As a result, your roof will not offer your house the protection it needs, and you might have to replace the entire roofing system, which is expensive. On the flip side, you can protect the integrity of your roof by hiring a roof repair expert as soon as you notice these signs of poor ventilation for timely repairs.
1. Your House Is Warm
When your roof's ventilation works as required, it will vent out hot air from your home during the hot season. But if the ventilation fails, the hot air will not have an escape route. Progressively, the hot air will build up in your attic space, then flow back into your house, making your living space warmer than usual. This will cause the cooling system to strain to maintain the optimum indoor temperatures.
2. You Have Mold in the Attic
Most homeowners are never concerned about the moist air generated when they cook, bathe, clean, or wash dishes. That's because they expect the moist air will go to the attic and get expelled through the ventilation. But if the ventilation system fails, the moisture will have no place to go. Therefore, it will condense your attic and affect the wood. Unfortunately, if the wood retains moisture for a long time, it could rot or cause mold growth, which can discolor your roof and affect your health.
3. Your Roof Paint Is Peeling
After investing to ensure that you have the best quality paint for your roof, it can be frustrating to notice the paint peeling. However, repainting your house will not fix the situation. Note that your ceiling paint might be peeling due to high humidity levels that could cause moisture buildup on the walls and ceiling. When this happens, most homeowners' first instinct is to repaint the ceiling. But no matter how great your ceiling paintwork is, the peeling issue will likely recur if you don't address the underlying moisture problem.
4. You Have Ice Dams
You will likely get issues like ice dams when hot air builds in your attic space without an escape route. That happens because the attic will get too hot and radiate the warmth to the exterior part of your roof. This radiated heat will melt the snow, which then runs down the eave. But since the eaves are cooler, the melted snow will re-freeze and form ice dams. If this process continues for a long time, it could damage your roofing materials.
If you have an extremely warm house, a discolored attic, peeling ceiling paint, and ice build, you probably have ventilation issues that need attention. You can solve these problems by hiring a roof repair expert to fix ventilation issues. However, if you postpone these repairs, you may need a roofing system replacement.
For more information on residential roof repair, contact a professional near you.