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How To Avoid A Rotting Roof! Hint: It’s All About Balance

December 4, 2023
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Why At Banes Roofing, Proper Ventilation Is As
Important As Your Shingles Are Beautiful

Common Costly Bucks County Roofer Mistakes
That We Take Special Care To AVOID


In the Philadelphia Bucks County Area, the distinctive seasons we experience bring about beautiful changes in scenery but also pose unique challenges for our homes.

One such challenge – and an often overlooked challenge – is attic ventilation. We know… it’s not as glamorous as picking out new shingles or redesigning the architecture of your roof – but it holds an integral place in the health of a home.

Proper attic ventilation is the unsung hero of a home’s roofing system. However, many homeowners only realize its importance after issues arise — like mold growth, sky-high energy bills, or premature roof aging.

So, what is it about attic ventilation that is so paramount, and why is it frequently mismanaged? Well to put it lightly, other area roofers couldn’t be bothered to care.

Out of sight, out of mind, right?

Wrong.

Roofing SYSTEMS… from your inside ceiling to the highest point of your highest vent MUST be replaced properly lest you suffer premature roofing consequences!

And in terms of attic ventilation… here’s why so many roofers seem to fail at something that should be common knowledge.

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Why Attic Ventilation Is Not “One Size Fits All”

There’s a frequent misconception with roof replacements: more is better. But when it comes to attic ventilation, more can sometimes mean disaster.

An optimally ventilated attic has a harmonious balance between intake (usually from soffit vents) and exhaust (from vents like gables, ridges, or turbines). The ratio between these two is paramount…. get it wrong, and you’ve set the stage for a menu of roofing problems.

Regrettably, many Bucks County roofers default to this “more is better” mindset. For example, they might pump in as much ventilation as possible without considering this critical balance of airflow needed.

Whether it’s from laziness to install the proper insulation or from a general lack of knowledge, the result is the same… it can hurt your roof in the long haul.


The Fallout Of Flawed Ventilation

When ventilation gets botched, the signs aren’t immediately obvious but can be detrimental in the long haul.

  • Moisture Mayhem – One key role of attic ventilation is managing moisture. Poorly ventilated attics trap moisture, leading to mold growth and wood rot, compromising the structural integrity of your home.
  • Temperature In Turmoil – Your attic’s temperature influences your home’s overall temperature. An overly warm attic, for instance, can stress your cooling system in summer, leading to higher energy bills.
  • Roof’s Lifespan Reduction – The longevity of your shingles can be severely curtailed by improper attic temperatures, resulting in decomposition and premature wear.

Ok, so that’s all the bad stuff that happens with improper ventilation… but what ACTUALLY leads to a roofer improperly ventilating an attic?


From Laziness To Incompetence

Several factors contribute to a roofer’s failure to ensure proper attic ventilation, ranging from simple oversight to sheer negligence. Here are some of the primary culprits:

  • Laziness – Some contractors might skip steps in the inspection and assessment phase, banking on their past experiences and assuming every house is the same. This lax approach misses critical ventilation requirements tailored for individual homes.
  • Lack Of Updated Knowledge – The roofing industry, like many others, evolves. Contractors who don’t stay updated with the latest best practices in ventilation can unknowingly implement outdated or inefficient techniques.
  • Inexperience – Newer contractors might be unfamiliar with the nuances of effective attic ventilation. Their lack of exposure can lead to miscalculations or the usage of wrong materials, adversely affecting the home’s ventilation.
  • Cost-Cutting – In a bid to offer competitive quotes, some roofers might compromise on the quality or quantity of ventilation components. This short-term saving can result in long-term costs for the homeowner due to associated problems.

While not every roofing error is due to deliberate negligence, homeowners bear the brunt of these oversights.

It emphasizes the need to work with reputed, diligent, and knowledgeable roofing professionals who understand the gravity and intricacies of attic ventilation.

And who ESPECIALLY have you in mind first.


Go With The Roofer Who KNOW Roofing
AND Proper Attic Ventilation

When it comes to the safety, longevity, and comfort of your home, don’t settle for just any Bucks County roofer.

At Banes Roofing, through our storied history, we pride ourselves on our detailed, comprehensive approach to every roofing challenge. Beyond mere shingles and nails, we ensure that the unseen elements, like attic ventilation, are optimized correctly for your unique home.

So if you need a Bucks County roof replacement that doesn’t take a gamble on ventilation, done by roofing experts who are systematic in their approach, contact us for a free quote today!