Roof installation is a big part of house renovations and new buildings. Roofs are not shingles one on top of the other. They are complicated systems and require a lot of careful work and attention to details. One wrong thing in roof installation process can lead to permanent damage or inconveniences. Attic ventilation is one of the elements that should be done and done well. It doesn’t matter whether you are going to use the roof space or no, attic ventilation is absolutely essential for many reasons.
Most homeowners tend to cut expenses when they see the big roof installation bill. Attic ventilation should always remain on the list. For the rest of the things that you are saying goodbye to, consult with your roof contractor first.
Attic ventilation will differ depending on what kind of climate you live in. Your roof contractor will explain to you how it works. But, if you want information beforehand then we will share with you some of the advantages of the well-ventilated attic.
Temperature control in the house
Heating systems in winters and air conditioners in summers work non-stop and yet sometimes it’s still cold in the house or very hot. You can keep increasing and decreasing the temperature and paying a high electricity bill. But it won’t solve the problem permanently.
You need to handle the problem from the root and deal with temperature regulations. Poor attic ventilation is the root of the issue. Proper ventilation lets fresh and cold air into the attic at the and in the meantime. It also exhausts hot air, thus making sure that moist air doesn’t stay in and keep your house hot.
In the winter, the ventilation system mixes the cold outside air with the relatively warmer air of the attic and maintains the warm temperature.
Roof repairs are not fun and homeowners want to avoid them as much as they can. Heat and moisture are common causes of roof damage. Here is what happens when heat stays inside the attic for a long time. The heat bakes the shingles and damages them. Damaged shingles in their turn can let water or other destructive elements that will slowly become worn down.
Attic ventilation keeps temperature steady and doesn’t let it get too hot. Cold air mixed with the inside-attic air also prevents snow melting and ice buildup, so you can also stay away from water leakage of any kind. With proper attic ventilation, your roof will serve you many more years.
If 50 years ago energy efficiency was not a big deal, nowadays before buying every appliance or installing anything in your house that requires electricity to function, homeowners look at energy efficiency labels.
The biggest energy “consumers” in your house are your heating system and air conditioner. They are on almost 24 hours a day and depending on how cold or hot it is, you may use it more some days than the others. With good attic ventilation, you can significantly reduce the energy cost and save both money and electricity.
As we have already discussed, attic ventilation manages the temperature in the house, so you don’t extra high or extra low settings on your HVAC systems. Not only is this energy efficient but also environment-friendly. Cut your electricity usage with proper attic ventilation.
No more excess moisture
Besides hot and cold air, moisture can also gather in roof space and lead to different problems. For one thing, you will constantly feel mold and rot in the house when it’s warm outside. In the cold and snowy season, because of moisture, ice will build up on the roof. Attic ventilation maintains constant air circulation and the hot air doesn’t remain in your house resulting in humidity and lack of fresh air.
Moreover, excess moisture can seriously damage your roof by causing degradation. By letting moisture stay in your house, you also under the risk of mold growth and respiratory ailments.
Attic ventilation may sound like an additional effort but without it, your roof is going to be worn out and the air in your house very heavy. So, make sure your roof contractors take care of it.