5 Ways Insufficient Ventilation Can Cause Commercial Roof Damages

5 Ways Insufficient Ventilation Can Cause Commercial Roof Damages

5 Ways Insufficient Ventilation Can Cause Commercial Roof Damages

13 April 2023
Construction & Contractors, Blog

Insufficient ventilation in your commercial roof can cause serious damage and should not be taken lightly. Poor ventilation can lead to increased temperatures, moisture buildup, condensation, and even mold growth. These conditions can lead to rotting wood, warped, or buckled shingles, and higher energy bills due to poor insulation. Here we explore five ways insufficient ventilation can cause commercial roof damage so you can take steps to prevent it from happening in the first place.

Warping and Buckling Shingles

When there is inadequate air movement around the attic area of your commercial building it can cause the shingles on your roof to warp or buckle due to extreme heat and moisture build-up inside the attic. This can leave gaps between the shingles which lead to leaks and rot. Furthermore, the buckling of the shingles can make them look unsightly and decrease the aesthetic value of your property and business.

Attic Overheating

Without proper ventilation in your attic, warm air will become trapped inside leading to increased temperatures. This heat radiates down into the office or workspace, making it uncomfortable for your employees and clients. The excess heat can also damage walls, furniture, and flooring and cause roof materials such as asphalt shingles to degrade faster than normal.

Ice Dams

Poor ventilation can cause a buildup of snow on your roof due to inadequate airflow that would normally carry away the melting snow. This can lead to ice dams forming on your roof which can cause structural damage, cause leaks, and even require expensive repairs due to the heavy weight of the ice.

Rotting Wood

When air cannot circulate properly inside the attic space, it can lead to moisture build-up. Eventually, this can cause wood materials such as rafters, sheathing boards, and other wooden components of your roof to rot faster than normal leading to a weakened structure.

Poor Insulation

Without sufficient ventilation in your attic, moisture and heat can cause the insulation to lose its resistance to heat flow, making it less efficient at keeping your workplace warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This can lead to increased energy bills due to poor insulation performance. It can also risk inventory damage, especially if you store sensitive goods on the property. 

It is essential that you ensure your commercial building's attic has adequate ventilation if you want to protect your roof from expensive damage and repairs caused by insufficient air movement around it. Take steps now, such as installing additional vents or attic fans to maintain a proper balance of airflow throughout the space and ensure optimal performance of your roof. Contact a commercial roofing contractor at a company such as United Contracting Group today to help you adjust your roofing ventilation. 

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