In this episode, Jerry explains why your upstairs and attic get so hot during the summer- the answer may surprise you.
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Shayla: You are listening to the Roof Life of Oregon podcast and I’m talking with Jerry today. Jerry, why might it be so much hotter than an upstairs than it is downstairs? Is it my air conditioner or what’s going on?
Jerry: I get that question non-stop. It’s really non-stop. I have a lot people that do ask me that question. And, sadly, they dump a lot of money into something that’s not going to give them remedy. And the reason why I say that, the first thing that people blame a hot house on is your air conditioner and they say, well, they just didn’t put the air conditioner in right, because my downstairs is freezing, and my upstairs is boiling hot. And so they blame it on the HVAC system, and they will spend thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars to buy a brand new HVAC system with a dual zone system and everything to offset what’s going on.
The problem is the only thing that you’re doing is you’re making your heating and air conditioning bills, because now you have this system that needs to work harder. When the reality of it, all you needed to do was fix the ventilation in your roof. The majority of the time, I’m not saying every time, the majority of the time, your roof is just not breathing. You don’t have enough air flow going through your attic space. And I’ll hear things like, “Well, I have those can vents,” those turtle-backed, whatever you want to call them, “on my roof, and I put more of them up there, but it’s not fixing anything.” Well, that’s because you’re not feeding it. You’ve got to get airflow going through the house, cool that attic space down.
Did you know on a ninety degree day, your asphalt roof will hit about a hundred and ninety degrees on the deck? About one forty into your attic, and then it comes creeping into your home, to where you can’t even sleep upstairs at night. Just by getting airflow, kind of like you would in your house, you’re sitting in the room, you’re warm, you open up a window, and it cools that little dining room table off, but it doesn’t do anything for the office on the other side of the house. But as soon as you open up a window over there, you get a nice cross breeze, and everything cools down. And that’s what you need for your roof. You don’t need to spend $20,000 on an HVAC system. You could give us a call and you could get your ventilation updated for most of the time less than 4 to 5 thousand bucks.
Shayla: I was going to ask, I mean, ideally we would have our roof installed correctly with that ventilation the first time of around, but if your roof still has twenty years, what’s it like to get your ventilation fixed? Walk us a little through that process.
Jerry: It’s funny you said that first part. Most of the time, roofs don’t even get put on right. They don’t even get the right ventilation, because they are two buck Chuck in a truck and they just want to put the roof on and go, and they’re not even addressing the ventilation, and that’s usually what we see when people are trying to compare apples to apples is their not even adressing the real issues of the roof and why it failed. So if you need us to come to your house and take a look at what’s going on, just give us a call. And then you’re either going to get me or one of our other consultants. They’re going to come into your house, and they’re going to go inside your attic. They are going to look at the outside and see what your ventilation looks like, and then we’re going to give you a solution to fix it. Yes, we can retro-fit ventilation into a roof, without replacing your whole entire roof. So don’t feel that you need to buy a new roof.
Shayla: I know we’re talking about hot upstairs right now, but I imagine that poor ventilation has to negatively affect your roof as well, too. Isn’t it taking life off of your roof?
Jerry: It’s the number one killer for roofs. You can go to the National Roofing Association website. The number one killer for roofs is poor ventilation. It takes the granules off. Okay, here’s a good indication for you. You like cleaning out your own gutters? If you’re taking out handfuls of granules out of your gutters, your roof was not installed correctly. It’s too hot. That heat is just popping everything off. And in the northwest we have another issue. We have the issue of microbial growths – molds, and mildews, things like that. We get moisture in our attics when it’s cold out, so that’s where we have another issue. So we kind of have a compound issue that we deal with here in the northwest that the majority of the country doesn’t even deal with. But we have a little unique environment that we really have to make sure that we dial in that ventilation properly.
Shayla: So if our upstairs is really hot, are you saying we could have growth inside of our attice, because of the poor ventilation too?
Jerry: Potential. I’m not saying you will. Houses defy. It’s like I say all the time, you can’t compare your house with another house. Every house is a different environment. There’s all types of potential problems that can occur with poor ventilation. The one that people feel is the heat. The one that they don’t feel is the mold and mildew, until they go to sell their house and you get that little mold report that says, “You have mold.” If you roof is hot, just give us a call. It’s free. Let us take a look at it and let us see if we can give you the proper solution, rather than spending thousands and thousands of dollars for something that is not going to fix it. It’s only going to cover the problem up.
Shayla: Alright, so if you have any questions about anything Jerry talked about today, if you can’t sleep upstairs in your bedroom because your upstairs is just way too hot, give the team at Roof Life of Oregon a call today. Thanks, Jerry.
Jerry: You bet.