What To Know About Roof Ventilation and Roof Rot 

For the most part, roofing is a static element of your commercial facility. Aside from cleaning the gutters and replacing the occasional broken panel, most facility managers don’t think much about their roofing maintenance. Unfortunately, this is almost always the wrong approach to roofing maintenance. Your roof’s structure, insulation, and ventilation are critical to monitor and address when problems arise. 

Roofing ventilation is what keeps your building climate-controlled and safe from long-term roofing damage. In Florida, where MaintenX is headquartered, roofing ventilation is essential to reducing humidity levels inside commercial facilities. If the ventilation is obstructed in any way, this can lead to a buildup of moisture, causing mold, mildew, and roof rot. 

Roofing ventilation also helps protect your insulation. Without proper vents installed in the roofing system, your roof insulation may see excessive water damage. If the problem gets out of hand, aesthetic faults such as paint blistering and shingle damage can occur as well. 

Proper ventilation controls the flow of air in and out of the facility to ensure that humidity is not trapped and that your HVAC system does not have to overwork itself. You should regularly check the ventilation of your roofing with a MaintenX technician. Look for signs of mold, mildew, or rust toward the ceiling of your building. If you notice signs of water damage up high, it could point toward poor roofing ventilation. Other signs of improper roofing ventilation include: 

  • Ice dams
  • Blistered paint or damaged shingles
  • Increased energy costs and an overworking HVAC system
  • Mold or mildew in the ceilings or on shingles

Maintaining roofing ventilation starts with proper roofing maintenance. Talk to your MaintenX technician to create a preventative maintenance schedule that addresses the issues of ventilation and roof rot, as well as other prevention measures against major roofing repairs. Some o the routine services we recommend include: 

  • Shingle replacement
  • Inspection and cleaning of roofing and gutters
  • Flashing repair 
  • Leak patching 
  • Application of waterproof elastomeric coatings

MaintenX offers a variety of preventative care and installation services for commercial facilities across the U.S. We work with you to determine the most effective preventative maintenance plan that will help you extend the life of your roofing for an affordable price. To learn more about our services, contact your local MaintenX team today!

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