Many homeowners are not aware of the importance of roof and attic ventilation. In order to protect your attic and roof deck from damage due to condensation, proper airflow is very important. As the temperature of the air outside your home fluctuates, it’s natural for condensation to form underneath your roof. If this condensation sits for too long, it can cause water damage to the wood structure of your home. Rot and mold are common problems associated with condensation build up. By ensuring that are flows properly out of your roof structure and attic, you can avoid any costly water damage from condensation.
Generally, there are two methods for attic ventilation used by roofing contractors, natural and electric. For both methods, a stack will be installed protruding from your roof. This vent allows warm air to be released from the underlying structure of your roof.
A natural vent system will rely on wind to regulate the intake and exhaust of air from your attic. However, an electric system will require a power source to power a fan that will manage the flow of air. Both natural and electric ventilation systems can be very effective. If you’re not sure which types of system is best for your home, consult your trusted roofing contractor. Whichever method you decide on, it’s incredibly important that you have some type of ventilation system in place, and that you take care to ensure that it is always in good working order.
As an added benefit, proper roof ventilation can also help you save on your energy costs. Roof vents expel warm air out of your attic, which can help keep the inside of your home cool. As a result, your HVAC system does not have to work as hard to maintain a comfortable temperature indoors.
Understandably, many homeowners do not give much thought to their attic ventilation. It isn’t until they begin to experience issues due to moisture damage that they realize that their roof ventilation system has not been working properly. The good news is that issues resulting from poor ventilation are easily avoided. When you have your roofing system inspected by a professional contractor regularly, they can quickly pinpoint any issues with your attic ventilation. Roof inspections should be performed by a quality roofing contractor at least twice per year. Roof inspections are the best way to avoid paying for serious roof or water damage down the road. The earlier your roofing contractor can spot an area of concern, the faster it can be remedied.
For more information about attic ventilation, or to schedule a professional roof inspection, contact our office today. Our team of highly-trained roofing professionals is always standing by to answer any questions that you might have about your roofing system, including proper ventilation. If your roof is in need of inspection or repair, we offer some of the most competitive prices you’ll find combined with the top-rated service that we are famous for. Contact us today for your free quote.