If you’re looking for an experienced roofing contractor near Central PA, trust the professionals at Easy Siders Home Improvement Co., Inc. To help you navigate the roofing process, we’ve provided a guide to the many services we offer and how they can benefit you!
Poor attic ventilation can ruin your insulation, destroy your shingles, and raise your energy bills! Why take the risk? It is estimated that nine out of ten homes in North America do not have proper attic ventilation.
Why? Because most people are unaware that attic ventilation can impact the longevity of their entire home! For example, in the summer, an improperly ventilated attic can cause heat to build in excess of 160°F. This superheated air eventually penetrates through the ceiling insulation into the living area below. This can result in several types of damage:
- Premature aging of your roofing system (“fried” shingles)
- Warping, cracking, or breaking down of wood framing
- Damage to siding, exterior or interior paint, and wallpaper
- Higher energy costs
Why Take Risks?
A properly ventilated attic can help reduce the load on your air conditioner by moving the superheated air out of your attic before it builds up and causes damage.
During the winter, household appliances such as bathtubs and showers, as well as cooking vapors, can contribute to excess moisture build-up. In improperly ventilated attics, this moisture will collect and cling to the underside of the roof. It will then condense and fall, soaking the attic insulation and reducing its efficiency. There may be additional structural damage, including:
- Warped roof decks and rotted wood frames
- Mildew growth
- Buckled shingles and felt
Finally, in cold northern climates, attics should be properly ventilated to help prevent ice dams. During the winter, ice and snow on a roof will melt and run down the deck to the cooler eaves. This run-off can re-freeze, creating an ice dam that will trap moisture on the roof. The moisture can eventually back up under the shingles and enter your home, causing hundreds or even thousands of dollars of damage to your ceiling and walls. Adequate attic ventilation will reduce the amount of initial melting that occurs on your roof, thereby reducing the chance that ice dams will form.
Ridge Cap Shingle
A distinctive ridge cap shingle will accentuate the natural beauty of your newly installed architectural shingle roof, or even add dimension and depth to a strip shingle roof. It will ensure multi-layer protection for the areas of your roof that receive the greatest stress (the hips and ridges) and provide a striking, high-quality alternative to using cut-up strip shingles as your ridge cap.
Membrane Roofing System
A quality membrane roofing system will provide long-lasting protection from fire and damage in the low-slope areas of your home (e.g., porches, garages, carports, sunrooms, etc.) without the danger or hassles associated with conventional roofing products. Liberty™ and Freedom™ EZ systems are safer to install, because they are applied without torches, open flames, hot asphalt, or messy solvent-based adhesives. Unlike traditional roofing systems, they can be installed easily and quickly by a small roofing crew and without the hassles of bulky equipment or unpleasant odors.