Roof damage can take many forms but proper attic ventilation is essential to the health and longevity of any roof. Inadequate ventilation can lead to several issues depending on the time of year and season. Ventilation is required to keep the attic cool during the summer and warm in the winter.
Here are a few common reasons to maintain proper attic ventilation:
A roof can deteriorate as fast as mold can start growing. Excess moisture from improper ventilation can come from moist hot air in the winter or trapped humidity built up from cooling a/c and appliances in the summer. This can all lead to major structural roof issues for you later on. Issues that can arise include; roof deck warping, and insulation damage to name a few.
During the hottest summer months, hot air travels from the outside into your attic and can remain stagnant. Your HVAC unit will in turn work harder to keep things dry and cool but will never have a chance to stay ahead. This all leads to higher energy costs for you down the road.
Dark and damp spaces in an attic provide a welcoming spot for rodents and pests. Even more so in the winter time when they are looking for shelter. Proper ventilation will discourage them from getting too comfortable.
Now that we have covered a few reasons for maintaining proper ventilation in your attic, here are a few options to consider for ventilation. There are several options to choose from depending on the roofing system you have.
Proper ventilation should factor your home's unique airflow and cubic space to work most efficiently.
Low Profile Roof Vents
Also known as "louvered vents” these vents have a low profile and feature a slant-back design to guard against weather infiltration. The number of these needed will depend on the square foot size of the attic. These come in several colors to match the color of your roof.
Ridge vents most often run the entire length of your highest roof peak. They have the appearance of shingles and are meant to blend into the roofline providing an aesthetically pleasing finished look. They provide an overall balanced air flow that can be unmatched by other types of vents.
These vents are most commonly associated with the look of a tin pot. They offer a few advantages when used properly. Their size can accommodate large amounts of air but only when wind is present. Because they rely on the wind to power their movement, they are best used in combination with other venting options.
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