Over the past few years, asphalt shingles have emerged as the most popular material for residential roofing. There are many reasons for their popularity, the most important being durability, affordability and ease of installation.
Homeowners and contractors are more fascinated by brands and colors available in the market. Nobody gives priority to the ventilation and insulation of asphalt shingles. However, ventilation and insulation is required for effective asphalt shingle roofs.
Importance of Ventilation
Ventilation permits frequent airflow through the underside of asphalt shingles. It prevents excessive buildup of heat, moisture and cold under the roof. During the summer, poorly ventilated roofs make attic spaces extremely hot. This heat damages the shingles and reduces their life.
During winter, a poorly ventilated roof traps the cold air and causes moisture buildup which ultimately damages roofs and gutters and creates problems with mold and mildew. It is very important to properly ventilate your roof upon installation, so that it can be protected from problems caused by seasonal extremes which result in unnecessary future expenses.
Importance of Insulation
Insulation is another important aspect of asphalt shingle roofs which can create serious problems if overlooked. Improper or poor insulation can be seen in older properties as these were built when insulation was of little or no importance. Currently, special attention is given to insulation. If ignored, it can be an expensive affair for the homeowners as they have to depend heavily on heating or cooling systems.
However, just adding venting and insulation to your existing roof is something you should refrain from. It requires a well-planned strategy. Many factors which are crucial for ventilation and insulation should be studied. It is always wiser to consult an experienced roofing contractor who has worked on different projects, locations and budget types.
It is important to make suitable arrangements for ventilation and insulation while installing asphalt shingles roofs.
Applied Roofing Services is a leading roofing contractor in Anaheim and Los Angeles. We can help you with the ventilation and insulation of your roofs. For more information, please call us at (714) 632-8418.