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Roofing MN | Roof Ventilation

Your Roof’s Ventilation System Could Be Costing You Money One of the most important aspects of the way your roof is designed and built is proper ventilation. You simply cannot over-estimate its importance. Improper ventilation allows formation of condensation, moisture accumulation, and damage to the roof deck and will eventually lead to the instability of the roof. Your family’s health can also be affected by improper roof ventilation. What Will Happen If A Roof Doesn’t Have Proper Ventilation? The industry standard for roof ventilation to provide 1 square foot of intake ventilation and 1 square foot of exhaust or outflow ventilation for every 300 square feet of attic space, provided the area is insulated with a vapor barrier.  If the area is insulated without a vapor barrier, the requirement doubles. Proper ventilation of the roof and attic of a home will achieve several important functions: It makes your attic space cooler It makes your home more energy efficient It prevents condensation and accumulation of moisture on the inside of the roof deck, and will prevent rotting of the roof deck It will reduce the risk of fire Several types of vents can be used to adequately ventilate your roof. Roof ridge vents are placed along the ridge line of the roof. Ridge vents are used for exhaust or outflow of moisture, heat, and stale air. Soffit vents and Eaves are placed at the lower extremes of the roof and provide the intake ventilation.  If you live in an older home, your roof might not be constructed for roof ridge or soffit vents. Older homes were not built with the tight seals of today’s...

Roofing MN | Roof Ventilation and Energy Efficiency

Ventilation is Key To The Life Of Your Roof More than ever, homeowners are frustrated by poor-performing roofing products, especially when a new roof costs between $5,000 and $10,000 and lasts only 12 to 15 years. In some cases, it is a bad brand of materials. More often, however, inadequate attic ventilation is the culprit. Building standards, driven by energy shortages, have sewn up the homes that we live in tighter than a drum. Surprisingly, standards of ventilation adopted in the 1930s are still in use today. Therefore, most homes are very under-ventilated. Home Ventilation and Energy-Efficiency If you take a moment and think about it, it’s easy to understand why ventilation and energy-efficiency is a catch-22. Many of the principles of creating an energy-efficient home deal with locking air inside the home to prevent heat loss. This, in turn, creates an environment of continuously recycled air. In recent years, indoor air pollution has become more of a problem than outdoor air pollution. Air filtration systems can help purify this recycled air, but energy-efficient homes lock in moisture as well as air. This can lead to condensation forming on your windows, mold problems, and roofing failures caused by wood rot and ice dams. Roof ventilation is the best and, in most cases, the only way to prevent these air and moisture problems. Roof Ventilation Roof ventilation is a major concern to anyone who is thinking about having their home re-roofed. It is common for the average household to produce from four to five pounds of water vapor per day. To illustrate how much water that is, go to your...

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Minnesota Roofing Contractor | Minneapolis Roof Company MN The fungus does not only affect people with homes gone underwater from flooding. Hidden roof leaks are notorious for allowing enough moisture into your home to wreak considerable havoc. The keyword here is “hidden.” Water can slowly drip through the roof for years and soak into the structural components of the house without your knowledge. It’s hard to imagine that an innocent looking substance like black mold will eventually cause your house to tumble as though it were pummeled with a wrecking ball. Stachybotrys chartarum (toxic black mold) has been getting its name in the news a lot lately. What do you do about the greenish black fungi?  It’s a severe health hazard affecting the respiratory system and can be fatal for otherwise healthy individuals. Don’t Let Hidden Roof Leaks Destroy Your Home Do you notice anything odd about your roof? Does is appear to be sagging at any point? If your answer is yes, you had better call a reliable Minnesota roofing contractor a.s.a.p. to take care of the roof repair before it caves under the load. This is a sign that you have structural damage to the trusses or sheathing that protects the rest of your home. Where there is high humidity and a warm environment, floating mold spores too tiny to see with the naked eye land and take root. It thrives on materials containing cellulose such as paper, wood and drywall. This covers most of the materials that went into the construction of your home. Your walls are not exempt from the effect of a leaky roof...

Repair Roof Leaks MN | Minnesota Roof Repair | Roof Leak Repair Minnesota

Repair Your Leaky Roof Right Now To Prevent Black Mold! In order to understand just how important it is to prevent roof leaks that can lead to black mold, it is important to understand just what black mold is and what it can do to people. Basically, toxic molds like black mold are a form of fungus that can easily spread under the right conditions. Unfortunately it can be found in many homes today. Some people are more sensitive to molds and fungus than others, but black mold tends to trigger health problems in most of the population. Some people with more sensitive systems have more severe problems. This is why it’s so important to call a reliable Minnesota roof repair contractor as soon as you spot a leaks, and invest in an annual roof inspection to prevent leaks and cracks before they even become apparent. There are a few places in the home where roof leaks and moisture are more likely to lead to black mold. Since black mold tends to grow in moist and dark places, bathroom showers and cabinets under the sink are two very common places to find it. Roof leaks can also allow black mold to develop on the ceilings and even along the walls in some cases. If you don’t call a roofing contractor as soon as the leak develops, the mold may be able to take hold and it will quickly spread as soon as it has become established. A qualified roof repair contractor serving Minneapolis MN and surrounding counties can ensure that your home and your family do not become victims...

Roof Checkup For Minnesota Homeowners

Roof Inspection For Minnesota Homeowners A checkup on your roof system will help diagnose potential problems early. NRCA recommends you hire a professional roofing contractor to assist you with checking your roof. However, NRCA realizes many homeowners prefer to perform an initial roof inspection themselves. If you prefer to go that route, following are some important tips to get you started. So how’s your roof? You don’t know? Most of us don’t know what’s happening with our roofs because we never actually climb a ladder and look at them. But that out-of-sight, out-of-mind approach can turn into a costly roof maintenance strategy. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends homeowners conduct a simple roof checkup every fall and spring. Doing so now can help prepare your roof for harsh weather. NRCA recommends you hire a professional roofing contractor to assist you with checking your roof. However, NRCA realizes many homeowners prefer to perform an initial inspection themselves. If you prefer to go that route, following are some important tips to get you started. Removing Leaves and Debris from Your Gutters Once or twice a year, it’s a good idea to clean out your gutters and downspouts. If your gutters are clogged, rain won’t drain properly. Water can overflow the gutters and cause serious structural damage to your foundation over time. In addition, a gutter full of water is heavy and can damage the fascia boards on your roof. Some hints: • Remove leaves, sticks, needles and seeds from gutters, scooping out debris with a garden trowel or gloved hand. • Don’t try to remove the debris with a hose because...
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