Even with the best shingles, your roof won't be very durable unless it has several other components. One of these components is the insulation of your roof. While insulation primarily exists so that your building can be more energy-efficient, it also helps protect your roof and make it more effective. It's imperative to have adequate insulation and ventilation to prevent a roof dam.
The Importance of Ventilation and Insulation
To minimize the problems you might have with your roof, you'll need to have a well-designed insulation and roof ventilation system. The purpose of this system is to protect your roof by preventing heat and moisture from becoming trapped inside your attic. Then, you can avoid various problems such as ice dams, metal rust, interior damage, wet wood, and the premature failure of roofing materials.
The Impact That Heat and Moisture Have On Your Home
You must remove the excess moisture and stagnant air from your home to prevent these problems. You will need a constant airflow to remove water from your home and control the temperature of your attic. When the weather is cold, your attic will have less frost buildup. When the weather is warm, the ventilation causes your AC to not work as hard to keep your home cool.
Why Your Home Needs Insulation
The purpose of insulation is to resist heat flow from one location to another. The ability of the insulation to stop the flow of heat is referred to as the R-value. The higher the R-value and the more insulation you have, the better off you will be.
How an Ice Dam Forms
The ice dam is a wall of ice that forms at the edge of a roof. It prevents melting snow and water from dripping from the roof's edge. Because the moisture cannot escape your roof, it might leak into your home instead. As your roof becomes damaged, you might also lose shingles.
What to Do About a Leaking Roof and Missing Shingles
If your roof leaks, contact a roofing contractor so they can inspect your roof, survey the extent of the damage, and make any necessary repairs. A roofing contractor might determine that your roof cannot carry the weight of the snow accumulating on your roof, which might also contribute to the damage.
After repairing your roof, the contractor and an energy professional can help you redesign your roof to improve the insulation and ventilation so you can avoid ice dams and have a more comfortable home.
Contact a local shingle roofing service to learn more.