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Everything You Need to Know About Roof Ventilation

Proper ventilation is one of the most important components of your roof. Without it, heat and moisture can’t properly escape from your home, leading to long-term problems such as inefficient heating and cooling and even mold. What do professional roofers want you to know about roof ventilation? The team at Accent Roofing answers some of the most common questions about vents and related roofing materials. What Does “Roofing Ventilation” Mean? Roofing ventilation is just another way of referring to attic ventilation, or the series of vents throughout your attic space that encourage airflow. Most new homes are built with the intention of proper venting, but if you have an older home your attic may be more likely to be improperly vented. Roofing Ventilation…Why Does It Matter? Depending on where you live, roofing ventilation is critical for supporting proper airflow during extremely cold or hot temperatures, particularly when humidity or moisture is involved. Here in the Southeast, hot, humid summer weather makes ventilation so important; without airflow, moist air can become trapped in your attic, keeping your AC from functioning efficiently and also leading to mildew or mold. In colder climates, a lack of ventilation can allow for snow melt which in turn makes a roof more susceptible to ice dams. How Much Ventilation Does My Roof Need? Great question! The answer is entirely dependent upon your home. As a (very) general rule, professional roofers don’t like to see more than 300 square feet of roof space without a vent. This translates to one vent for every 150 square feet of attic floor space. That ratio can differ, however, if the house is particularly shaded or some other special situation. Don’t Vents Just Let My Cooled/Heated Air Out? Another great question. The answer is no. Vents actually encourage the efficient transfer of indoor air and outdoor air, regulating the temperature within your attic. This ensures your HVAC system never has to overwork itself to try and heat or cool an attic space that has no hope of stability. Your attic’s insulation is important to this process as it makes sure only the air you want to force out escapes. How Can I Tell if My Roof is Well-Ventilated? A lot of very common roofing issues can actually be the result of improper ventilation. One of the more obvious signs is mold and/or mildew in the attic. If the…

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Replace Your Roof Now for Lower AC Bills this Summer

Spring is one of the best times of year to replace your roof. Why? Because summer is just around the corner!Your Roof as a Cooling MechanismDid you know your roof actually plays a pretty significant role in the functionality of your home’s HVAC system? Here in Georgia, summers get hot, so having a well-maintained, light-reflecting roof is one of the easiest ways to ensure your air conditioning can do its job.The more efficient your roof is, the more efficiently your air conditioning will cool your home. A well-ventilated roof ensures hot air won’t stay trapped inside your attic space, and also keeps hot air out. The composition of your roof also plays a big role in keeping your home cool. Reflective roofs, for example, can easily be 10-40 degrees cooler than traditional roofs because their shingles are made to reflect the sun’s heat. If your HVAC bills are getting higher and higher each year, it might be time to consider a new roof.Replacing Your Roof Saves You MoneyA roof replacement is a big investment. Putting off a roof replacement to “save” yourself money, though, is never a good idea. Over time, the problems your roof has now will only get worse if left untreated; for many homeowners, the money they’ll save cooling their homes can make a huge dent in the overall cost of a new roof.Once you decide to replace your roof, working with a reputable local roofer is always a good idea. They’ll know the particular weather patterns in your area and also the foliage your roof will need to withstand. They can also tell you what kind of replacement materials are most popular in your area.Why Replace Your Roof in Spring? Spring is actually the ideal season to replace your roof for several reasons. After daylight savings time hits, daylight hours will last longer which gives professional roofers more time to get their jobs done. Additionally, you may not need to use your HVAC system here in Georgia much during the spring, a plus when replacing your roof means your home won’t be airtight for the better part of a day.Spring rains are obviously one of the only concerns when it comes to roof replacement this time of year, but they’re usually relatively predictable. A reputable roofer has the tools and equipment necessary to cover your home completely if a sudden shower strikes. Are you ready for a…

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