Attic ventilation plays a major role in the health and lifespan of your roofing system, regardless of the local climate. It can also affect your interior’s comfort, home maintenance costs and energy bills.
Effective ventilation in an unfinished attic typically involves placing intake vents along the soffits and exhaust vents near the roof ridge. This allows the air to continuously flow through your attic. Cooler air enters through the soffit vents and warm, humid air leaves through the roof ridge.
The Importance of Ventilation to Your Roof
With sufficient ventilation, you don’t have to worry about excessive heat and moisture causing damage to your attic and the rest of your home. Too much moisture buildup in the attic can cause damage to the structures of your roofing system and also lead to mold.
Since warm air properly escapes, your heating system doesn’t need to work as hard to keep your interior comfortable. This can translate into significant energy savings. Extremely hot attic temperatures can cause premature aging to your roofing shingles. Today’s leading shingle manufacturers recommend proper attic ventilation on asphalt shingle installation. To ensure your roof is installed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, make sure to hire a reputable provider of roofing services.
Signs of Improper Ventilation
A sudden increase in your heating and cooling costs can be a sign that your attic insulation is filled with moisture and losing its effectiveness. You may also see obvious ice buildup along your roof edge during winter months if you have insufficient insulation. Rust and corrosion on metal components of the attic and HVAC system parts can indicate ineffective attic insulation.
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