Surprisingly, one of the most common problems we find when performing New Jersey roofing inspections has nothing to do with shingles or guttering. The American Institute of Architects estimates that 90% of homes in the U.S. – including those installed recently – are underventilated, and it’s an issue we deal with frequently. During the summer, an attic designed without proper ventilation can reach temperatures of 160 degrees! Such extreme heat may deteriorate roof decking, warp framing and even cause the vinyl siding on a home’s exterior to warp or buckle. Without a good attic ventilation system, roofing materials may last only 10-12 years, even though today’s premium shingles feature a much longer lifespan.
Improper attic ventilation causes the following problems for homeowners in Sussex, Warren and Morris County:
• Increased expenses for air conditioning
• Increased wear on a heating and cooling system
• Shorter roof life and decreased roof value
• Mold and mildew growth that triggers respiratory and other health issues
• Hidden structural damage
If the upper levels of your house are always hotter than the rest of your home, or if you’ve noticed condensation or a musty smell in your attic, you likely have an improperly ventilated attic. Call Up and Above Contractors today at (973) 531-4225 for a FREE in-home consultation and estimate. With a few modifications, we may be able to help you save a huge amount on energy bills and even prevent structural repairs or roof replacement.