Let It Breathe: The Importance of Roofing Ventilation

Roofing Ventilation

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Can your roof breathe properly? It may sound like a silly question, but the answer is critical to the health and long-term durability of your home. Whether you live in a hot and steamy climate or you prefer the colder weather of the northern latitudes, there are good reasons for making sure that your home has the proper roof ventilation. To help you better understand why these vents are so important and how to determine whether your home can adequately breathe, let's take a look at everything you need to know about roofing vents.

The Importance of Proper Airflow

When it comes to protecting your roof, and the home below it, it's all about controlling temperature and moisture. During hot weather, the sun beats down on your roof and transfers an extraordinary amount of solar energy, causing the air below to become extremely hot. This eventually works its way into your home, significantly increasing the need for cooling and creating a less pleasant living space. It also places a lot of stress on your roofing materials. In cold weather, the opposite problem occurs. Warm, heated air from inside your home transfers to the roof, melting snow and creating a risk of ice dams. This clash of warm air with a cold roof also causes moisture buildup, potentially posing a risk of mold growth and even water damage.

Let Your Roof Vent

The solution to both of these issues is simple: Increase the airflow around your roof deck and attic with proper venting. By creating a steady flow of air, you can ensure that your roof stays cool year-round. This means less stress on your roofing materials, less cooling costs during the warmer months, and less risk of ice dams and moisture buildup. In fact, proper airflow is so important that inadequate venting may even void any warranties offered by your roof's shingle manufacturer. So, how do you know whether your roof is vented correctly?

How Roofing Vents Work

At its most basic, venting a roof requires vents for air intake and exhaust. There are a number of options to choose from in each case, with intake vents including:

  • Soffit vents
  • Fascia vents
  • Dormer vents

There are even more options for exhausting air, such as:

  • Ridge vents
  • Gable vents
  • Turbine vents
  • Off-ridge vents
  • Powered attic vents

The Right Amount of Ventilation

Unfortunately, ensuring proper airflow from soffit to ridge isn't quite as simple as it sounds. The air needs to circulate smoothly and consistently to achieve the desired effect, and poorly placed vents can disrupt this airflow or even stop it altogether. Finding the right amount of ventilation is also important as both too much and too little airflow can potentially cause problems. Though the typical standard is the 1/150 rule, meaning that one square foot of free vent area is required for every 150 square feet of attic space, it's best to check with your local municipality for specific building codes.

As you can see, outfitting your roof with proper roofing vents is an important but complex task. If done correctly, it can help to lower your cooling costs and extend the life of your roofing materials for years to come. If you suspect that your roof may not have the venting it needs, or if you'd simply like an expert opinion, contact us today to begin the Roofr process. You'll be glad you did!

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Why Get a Roof Inspection or Consultation?

You might find yourself looking for a roof inspection or consultation. It is usually because there is a new problem appearing on your ceiling.

Finding the cause of the problem

Whether it’s a leak or missing shingles, a consultation will be necessary so that you know how much you will need to spend for your repair, as well as how long it will take to fix. But you don’t need to wait until you have a major roofing emergency; what a lot of people don’t realize is how much a bi-yearly roof inspection can help save you money, and potentially prevent major roofing emergencies. 

Preventative roof inspections

Just because there might not be an immediate or noticeable issue, doesn’t mean your roof is in perfect condition. By getting a regular inspection, you’ll be able to catch problems early on, which could save you possible thousands in the future. Often times, minor repairs don’t cost a lot and can really help with the longevity of your roof.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home, you should seriously consider a roof inspection or roofing consultation. It’s common for a roof inspection to be on the list of required inspections when selling a home, mostly because agents don’t want their new homeowners blindly walking into a house with huge repairs hanging over them. If you are looking into purchasing a home, and you see that they have not had the roof inspected, its advised that you ask for a consultation before you purchase the home. If you sign off on a house that is sitting at the higher end of your budget, and find out later on that you need to pay for the entire replacement of a roof, its going to quickly become a shocking and disappointing experience.

Finding the right roofer for your project

Consultations are a super important part of finding the perfect contractor for you. Without a consultation or some kind of initial meeting, you might as well be going into your homeowner/contractor relationship blind. Its important to find out if the contractor is a licensed professional, and to find out how much experience they have, especially if you have a very specific problem with your roof. You want to make sure that the person you hire can get the job done safely, professionally and in a timely manner.

And that’s where Roofr comes in; we simplify that process for you.

Roofr guarantees professional contractors, free estimates, amazing savings and a full warranty on all of our roofing systems. We’ve got all of this, and your home covered.

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How to get a roofing quote for your asphalt shingle house

When it comes to roofing projects, there are a lot of possible mark ups, be it supplies, hour premiums or just higher rates for contractors. There are a lot of factors that can go into you getting the overall price for your repair or replacement. If you had the chance to simplify this tedious task would you? Our simple solution for you is to use our free roofing estimate tool

It's tough to find a reputable roofer

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Quotes and estimates can be one of the most confusing parts of the roof repair process. Whether it’s a number that just can’t manage to stop fluctuating, or a contractor that keeps finding extra costs to tack on last minute, it can be a bit nerve wracking when it comes to picking which quote to settle on. This process alone can take weeks.

With the Roofr estimate tool, it only takes seconds to use, and it will give you a free estimate instantly. We will then contact you within 24 hours to create an appointment for one of our professional contractors to come to you for your onsite analysis. This analysis is to provide the contractor with all the information about your specific roofing project, and the overall condition of your roof.

We connect homeowners to vetted roofers to bid on roofing projects

Once our professional has gone over all of your roofing needs with you, we will provide you with a firm quote. No hidden fees, no surprise mark ups, just your quote, plain and simple.

If you decide the price is right for you, then we will move forward with your roofing project. With the work done and your complete satisfaction with the results, you pay your contractor, and the job is done.  

Putting a roof over your head shouldn’t be such a stressful task, so let us simplify it for you. 

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How to get a roofing estimate for your home

Getting an estimate on a roof repair or a roof replacement used to take a long time, especially when trying to hunt down the best contractors in your area. Roofr does roofing homework for homeowners, providing you with an instant satellite roofing estimate for free.

Use our tools to find your home on a map

To get started with our Instant Online Estimate Tool, you just need to type in your address. In a matter of seconds a birds-eye view of your roof is shown on your screen. Our software works on all devices, even able to provide an instant roofing estimate on your mobile device.

Outline your roof using satellite imagery

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This is where our instant estimation tool can be fun! Trace your roof in the maps view with the cursor by touching on the corners of your house. It's necessary to go clockwise, or counter-clockwise in order to build a proper outline. This important measuring step is going to calculate the square footage for our instant roofing estimate.

The rest of the calculations are made after you select the pitch of your roof. If there is any confusion, you can step outside to look at your roof pitch or pull up a google street view. To submit for your free estimate; fill in your contact information, and then you’re done! You’ll have your estimate in seconds, simple as that.macbook2.jpg

Get multiple roofers to provide free estimates

We offer multiple estimates directly through our dashboard to ensure you are getting the best deal. Roofr can save you up to 20% more by cutting out wasteful middlemen. When it comes to your roof, quality is what matters. If you are investing in a repair this size for your home, you are going to want to make sure the job is done right the first time. No more sifting through contractors to find the right, reliable one for you, we will do that for you too.

Roofr can save you up to 20% more by cutting out wasteful middlemen.

With our list of hand-selected contractors, we will match you up with only the best and most reputable roofers in your area. No more worrying whether or not you picked the right person for the job, our guarantee insures that you are only getting the best contractor for the best rate possible. 

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