When you think of ventilation, air vents, windows, and HVAC systems come to mind. You may not even consider that your Dayton roof would need ventilation – but, it does! A poorly ventilated metal roof presents significant challenges to your home’s comfort and air flow. On the other hand, a metal roof that has too much ventilation also presents a challenge to your home’s comfort. It is important to know the signs of unbalanced ventilation, identify what your home’s ventilation needs are, and know what level of ventilation your metal roof needs.
How Metal Roofs Provide Ventilation
Proper metal roof ventilation is important for climate control and air quality inside your Ohio home. Since hot air rises, the air needs an escape route through your roof to release itself into the atmosphere. Usually, metal roofs have intake vents at the bottom of the roof and exit vents at the top of the roof. This creates a continuous draft that benefits airflow within your home.
Additional benefits of metal roof ventilation include:
· Temperature regulation
· Removal of air pollutants
· Removal of organic material from the air
· Condensation control
Too Much Ventilation
If your metal roof provides too much ventilation, several issues can arise. Moisture collects easily, leading to significant roof damage. This leads to leaks and weak spots on the roof surface. Too much moisture will require a roof replacement.
In addition, high ventilation causes your utility bills to skyrocket. When it’s warm, lots of hot air will travel into your house through the vents. Your air conditioner will kick into overdrive to combat this hot air, raising your bills.
Not Enough Ventilation
If your roof doesn’t provide proper ventilation, serious damage can occur. Since your metal roof is not releasing the hot air trapped inside your home, it can lead to significant climate control issues and damage the roof itself. Issues that arise from poor ventilation include:
· Rust, due to trapped moisture
· Insulation damage due to trapped moisture
· High temperatures in your home
· Debris collecting in the vents, further blocking air flow
· Ice buildup during cold weather
Signs of Just-Right Ventilation
Finding the right balance of ventilation for your home depends on your specific building’s design and purpose. Large buildings will need more ventilation; for small buildings, less ventilation is okay. It’s all about finding the right balance, something a metal roofing professional from Erie Construction can determine.
Your roofing professional can resolve your ventilation issues through two methods:
· Natural ventilation methods, which install vents in the roof to circulate air naturally
· Mechanical or power-assisted ventilation methods, which use powered fans to increase airflow
Are you looking for a metal roof expert trained in identifying the signs of proper ventilation? Contact Erie Construction today. We provide premier metal roofing services to customers across six states, including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Michigan. Give us a call at 1-800-952-3743 or use our online contact form to receive your free estimate today.