Roof ventilation is a commonly overlooked aspect of the home that serves some very important purposes. Improper roof ventilation can lead to a shorter lifespan for your roof, higher utility bills, and other inconvenient problems throughout the home. Take a look at some of the most important ways proper roof ventilation will benefit your home!
Maintaining Temperature Inside the Home
Roof ventilation helps to circulate the air in your attic. It’s no secret that attics tend to get quite toasty during the warmer summer months. The sun beats down on a dark roof, and before you know it, the space below is hot too. Roof ventilation works to circulate that hot air out of the attic before it affects the temperature of the rest of your home. Without this ventilation, your AC will have to run more often and for more extended periods of time to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the home. That means higher utility bills and a home that’s less environmentally conscious.
Lower Humidity Levels
When humidity enters the attic from outside or from the main living area of your home, it can turn into condensation on cooler surfaces. This humidity will lead to attic surfaces that deteriorate more quickly as a result of water damage. Any items you store in your attic could be damaged by the humidity too. The best way to prevent water damage as a result of humidity is to keep the air in a space moving, limiting the humidity. Roof ventilation provides that airflow to your attic space so that humidity from both inside and outside of the home can be circulated, rather than causing condensation and water damage.
Ice Dams and Water Damage
In the winter, it’s not uncommon for ice and snow to settle on your roof. The bottom layer of snow will be the first to melt since it’s the closest to the heat in your attic. Without proper roof ventilation, that melting process will happen too quickly in certain areas and then refreeze at the edges of your roof and gutter system. This can create an ice dam, making it harder for melting ice and snow to drain properly from your roof. The water left behind will get backed up under your shingles and can even cause water damage in your attic. By using roof ventilation, your roof will allow snow and ice to melt at a steady pace without any ice dams forming.
Contact Doing it Right Roofing, Siding & Remodeling near you to schedule a consultation and learn more about roof ventilation in your home! Upgrading your current ventilation system or getting new roof vents installed is a cost-effective way to extend the life of your roof and lower your utility bills all at the same time.