There are lots of older homes in OttawaOntario that does not have significant ventilated soffit installed to increase the fresh air flow into the attic. Majority of the older homes did not come with that feature and those homeowners replace the roof way more often than they should.
Roof vents are designed to help all the fumes, hot air from your attic to escape so that the temperature of your attic is same or similar to outside. In order for the roof vents to work properly it requires fresh air to enter from the soffit. When there is no intake/fresh air entering the attic ventilation process is very slow maybe even non. You can install as many vents as you like but it requires fresh air to create a force to complete a cycle.
During winter months it is very easy to point out which house does not have proper air circulation just by looking at the ice dams. When the snow covers the vents on your roof it suffocates your attic and that causes condensation, forces the hot air to exit from the soffit instead of the roof vent itself. Hot fumes exiting from the soffit creates a thaw action daytime and allows it to freeze overnight. After few weeks of that will give you a massive ice dam that will form along the eavestrough and it will work its way along the metal valley. It can get messy once this ice starts to melt and cause major water damage to the houses.
It is not a very big job to do but there are only certain roofing companies who will be able address that issue. Many roofing companies would want to get paid for removing ice dams instead of fixing the lack of air balance. We offer residential and commercial soffit and fascia sales, installations, repairs and services in greater Ottawa region. We also do offer free quotes and estimates to potential customers who is experiencing that types of problems.
Lets start of with the common problems that is caused by rain when there is no gutters guiding the rain water away from your home. Normally is starts working its way along the foundation and causing cracks and damage along the foundation walls. Older home are more at risk because of the older structures did not come with waterproofing membrane like the newer homes. Foundation cracks and shifting in the foundation are few of the problems that is caused by water damage that could have been driven away from the foundation if there was proper gutters were installed in time.
It doesn’t only cause damage to your foundation it also takes life away from your shingles if you have an upper and lower section of the roof. Metal valleys are installed along the dormers to drive the water off the roof. If the valleys are facing right over a lower roof, chances are lower roof will age way before the main roof itself. Also it is common to see drain pipes that are installed on the lower roof was not extended and where the water was gushing caused discoloration and premature ware. It is highly recommended to extend all the drain pipes in to lower gutters to eliminate similar problem in the future.
When it comes to gutter systems there is nothing like seemless gutters. Sectional gutters are okay to but it doesn’t take very long for sectional to start dripping where the joints are. If you are planning to get gutters installed around your roof, do it right the first time.
Clean your gutters twice a year before and after winter to allow water to flow.