What are the Best Practices for Ventilation and Insulation in Commercial Roofs?

May 31, 2024 | Commercial Roofing

The insulation and ventilation of your commercial roof can affect your whole building, directly impacting everything from interior comfort and energy to the longevity of your roof. Anyone who owns a commercial building or has anything to do with the repair or construction of commercial buildings needs to have a basic understanding of the best practices for commercial roofing ventilation and insulation. Hixon roofers in Augusta, Aiken and the surrounding areas provide expert commercial roofing services. Let’s take a closer look at why proper ventilation and insulation are so important to your commercial roof.

Ventilation and Insulation Basics

Like in the rest of a building, proper insulation in a roof helps keep the indoor temperature consistent while reducing how much you need to use the heating and cooling system. Proper commercial roofing insulation can help reduce energy bills. Ventilation in your roof space refers to airflow. When your commercial roof is properly ventilated, air circulates efficiently, which prevents water damage and mold growth.

Best Practices for Insulation in a Roof

Choose the proper insulation: Insulation can come as fibrous insulation, rigid foam board, and spray foam. Building codes, the roof type, and climate are factors in determining which insulation is right for your commercial roof.

Ensure proper installation and thickness: Insulation’s effectiveness is determined by its R-value, its resistance to heat flow. Installing the correct insulation thickness to get the R-value your roof requires is vital. Professional commercial roofers do this every day, and you can rely on their expertise to ensure the insulation in your roof has the R-value it requires.

Address thermal bridging: Thermal bridging happens when heat passes through beams and other structural elements and bypasses the insulation. Professional roofers know how to mitigate this by placing insulation across the entire roof.

Best Practices for Ventilation in Roof Space

Accurately assess the ventilation needs: No two commercial buildings are the same, which means each building has its own requirements. Ventilation needs are determined by function, location and design. The expert Hixon roofers in Augusta perform detailed assessments on commercial buildings to determine the proper ventilation for your roof.

Install adequate intake and exhaust vents: To prevent moisture buildup in your roofing system, there must be a balance of intake and exhaust vents. Intake vents let fresh air into the attic space, and exhaust vents allow moist air to escape.

Inspections and Maintenance: Over time, vents can become blocked and roofing components can get damaged. Regular inspections and maintenance by expert professional roofers can identify problems and get them fixed before major damage occurs.

Rely on the Hixon Commercial Roofing Experts

There’s a good reason Hixon is the best choice for roofing in Augusta and beyond. Our commercial roofers are highly trained experts who use the best practices for insulation and ventilation in commercial roofs. We want your commercial roof to last as long as possible and provide your building with protection and comfort. Contact Hixon today to discuss your commercial roofing project.