Your house is feeling a bit toasty, and you wonder if you have sufficient roofing ventilation.
Probably not. The lack of temperature control is one of the many warning signs of improper ventilation. You’ll want to contact a roofer for an inspection.
All homeowners need a working ventilation system to protect their homes during the hot and cold seasons.
The Importance of Ventilation In Your Home
When your roof overheats or condensation accumulates, the residents of your home may have health risks. Proper ventilation reduces these occurrences. However, when your home can’t control temperature and moisture, you’ll notice higher energy bills, mold growth, and damage to your siding, gutter, and shingles.
What Does Ventilation Do?
Roof vents allow air to flow through the attic and escape through them, simultaneously clearing wet and hot air. The types of vents include:
You need a professional roofer to build a ventilation system customized for your home.
The rule is to install one vent for every 300 square feet. If you don’t have a water barrier, install one per every 150 square feet.
How Roof Ventilation Works
Ventilation works by implementing the stack effect and the wind effect, which rely on exhaust (hot air) and intake (cold air).
The stack effect happens when exhaust rises in the attic, causing high pressure at the high points of the roof. In addition, when the wind hits the roof, the wind effect increases the intake and exhaust. Therefore, hot and cold air is essential for natural circulation.
It takes a professional to create a proper ventilation system that guards your individual home. So don’t wait; call Town Corners Roofing and Exteriors for a FREE inspection before the cold arrives!
Are you wondering what’s causing your roof shingles to crumble? What does reparation entail?
This guide covers the ins and outs of roof rot: how it forms, how to recognize it, and how to repair it. Don’t wait! The longer your roof decays, the greater the danger to the residents of your home.
Stop the Spread Early
Roof rot threatens your safety. Mold can cause severe illness. In addition, roof rot compromises your house’s structural integrity. If you don’t stop the rot early, you’ll have to replace your roofing system, and worse, it may collapse. So, a yearly roof inspection is essential!
Additionally, roof rot significantly decreases the curb appeal of your home. The ugly fungi on your roof will turn buyers away if you're trying to sell your house.
Roof Rot Development
Roof rot develops slowly and progressively. It starts with fungi that can only grow in moist, warm environments, like the wet, coated wood on your roof. The most common causes of the spread are improper ventilation, condensation accompanied by heat, and humidity in the attic.
The Warning Signs
Roof decay appears as “dry rot” or “wet rot.” Dry rot looks dryer and crumblier than wet rot. If you suspect deterioration, these are some more signs that it’s there:
Roof Rot Reparation
Roof rot reparation is a complicated process. It’s risky to tackle independently because the damage will continue if you miss any mold. So, if you’re looking for that information, the process goes like this:
These kinds of repairs are not for the novice; they can be dangerous and cause more damage to your home than you intended. You will save a lot more time and money if you contact a roofer like Town Corners Roofing and Exteriors to do a professional roof inspection to diagnose and fix the problem. Piecemealing repairs to a problem like roof rot will not solve the root cause and only make it bigger.
Picture it: a beautiful roof and a safe home. Get rid of that roof rot today!
Have you ever wondered if fascia even serves a function for your roof? Does it need to be maintained? What does it mean when you see those new gaps in it?
Yes, fascia is essential. It protects your roof AND home! Keep reading to learn its benefits, how to recognize signs of wear, and when to replace it.
The Importance of Fascia
Fascia is the horizontal board that runs under the roof edge. It’s primarily for the cosmetic appeal of your house, but it also aids in supporting your roof. So, when fascia stays unmanaged, it may seem like a minor problem, but it can lead to serious structural issues.
Fascia in need of repair.
Fascia protects your house and roof in the following ways:
The Aesthetic Qualities
Fascia makes for a roof that looks finished. After all, it is the most visible part of the roof. In addition, having good fascia raises the value of your home because it increases curb appeal and prevents water infiltration.
Is It Time To Replace My Fascia?
Fascia doesn’t stand firm forever. Refer to this checklist of warning signs when inspecting your roof and house for signs of replacement or repair:
Enhance your home with intact fascia, and if you recognize any of these signs of damage, don’t wait! Treat your home with protection by having it replaced. Chances are if you are seeing damage to your fascia, there is damage elsewhere in the roofing system.
Contact Town Corners Roofing and Exteriors for a roof inspection and discuss what type of fascia is right for your home.
Damaged Siding On Your House & Chimney: What It Looks Like & When To Replace It
Fire hazards, high energy costs, and structural damage are risks of neglected siding. But did you know you should inspect it twice a year? Follow this guide to recognize damage to the siding on your house, chimney and even fireplace.
Avoid These Risks:
Forgetting to inspect your siding welcomes a range of consequences — from peeling indoor wallpaper to life-threatening fire hazards. Damage to the siding on your chimney or fireplace can cause carbon dioxide poisoning to everyone in your home!
On the less extreme, you risk structural and water damage. These aren’t fun to deal with. You may even start to see your energy bills go up.
Causes of Damage
Please don’t feel bad; it’s common to experience siding damage. It’s often due to improper installation of the water barrier, causing moisture, or the siding itself. Sometimes pests are the culprits, like termites and woodpeckers.
Remember forgetting to inspect is another major cause of damage, when a simple problem is allowed to go unnoticed, it becomes a bigger problem down the road!
Signs of Bad Siding
Some of the adverse events mentioned above are warning signals of damage to your siding: higher utility bills, water stains, wet spots, and the presence of pests. Additional signs of wear on your house from siding damage include:
As previously mentioned, damaged siding to your fireplace and chimney is an urgent issue. The following are additional problems to look out for:
If you spot any of these warning signals, get your FREE inspection ASAP! Also, keep maintaining the siding on your chimney and house to feel safe in your home.
Not another ceiling leak! Inconveniences like these signal that there will be more to come, but you can avoid the dangers and costs. Read on to know when to repair your roof and when to replace it.
Why It CAN’T Wait
So you run into a few roofing issues. Immediate repair or replacement is a luxury, right? Wrong. The expense will be a lot higher after dealing with emergencies as they come. These consequences include:
The rule of thumb is to inspect your roof at least twice a year. Its longevity varies by type of shingle. We primarily work with asphalt and metal at Town Corners Roofing and Exteriors.
Upon safely inspecting your roof in good weather, here are the signals that your roof needs fixing:
It is time to get a new roof if you find:
Asphalt is the most common medium for shingles. Its average lifespan is 15-25 years. Asphalt roofs need fixing upon hail damage, sagging sections, chipping, curling, sand granules, and substantial cracks.
Metal roofs typically last longer: 30-50 years. However, a replacement could be necessary if you notice peeling paint, significant discoloration, extreme rust, sagging sections, or leaks that don’t respond to simple repairs. These cases do require repair.
A simple repair includes repairing or replacing tiles, fixing flashings, patching leaks, and filling cracks.
The thicker shingle will last longer. At Town Corners Roofing and Exteriors we use CertainTeed Landmark Series shingles, a high-quality and beautiful product. So as long as you inspect your roof bi-annually, repair it upon warning signs, and replace it before its warranty, you’ll skip out on significant damage to your home. Town Corners Roofing and Exteriors serves West Michigan with complete roofing services, so feel safe about the roof over your head. A professional roofer can distinguish between the urgency of repair and replacement. So don’t wait, request your FREE roof inspection today!