If you have an unfinished attic, it’s likely that you don’t give it much thought when it comes to home improvements—but that can be a costly mistake. Most homeowners know quality attic insulation helps keep energy costs down, but there is another important feature your attic needs: proper attic ventilation.
Without it, your attic is susceptible to mold, mildew, and other moisture-related damage. Since you don’t spend much time in your attic, you probably won’t notice there is a problem until it is fairly advanced.
Taking proactive steps ensures an adequately ventilated attic to avoid these problems.
What Is Attic Ventilation?
Attic ventilation is nothing more than providing routes through which air can circulate in and out of your attic rather than becoming trapped inside. The ventilation should be sufficient to meet minimum codes and provide the correct ratio of intake vs. exhaust.
Typical homeowners will not know how to strike the correct balance, but qualified professionals from a replacement roofing company will, and they can help you achieve the proper venting to protect your home and improve energy efficiency.
Why Proper Attic Ventilation Matters
Attic ventilation isn’t just a seasonal matter; it’s important in both summer and winter.
When the temperatures rise, you want your home to be cool and comfortable. To achieve that, you turn up the AC. Without proper ventilation, your HVAC system will have to work harder, leading to wear and tear on the system and higher utility costs.
As the temperature goes up and the sun shines down on your roof, it raises the temperature in your attic. If this air has no means of escape, it will eventually push down into the house, making the temperature in the main part of the house higher. While attic insulation will certainly help, attic ventilation is another important step.
With that build-up of hot air comes condensation, which can damage your roofing materials and lead to a mold infestation.
During the winter months, moisture is also an issue as the hot air that rises becomes trapped and, as during the warmer months, can lead to mold. Another potential winter hazard is ice dams, which can cause serious damage to your roof.
The good news is that once proper ventilation is installed, you’ll avoid the problems mentioned above and enjoy a more comfortable home.
Master’s Home Solutions provides highly-reviewed roofing and attic ventilation services. We’re proud to be GAF roofing contractors and to deliver expert installation of these premium roofing materials.
Contact us for an assessment of your attic and for recommendations about how to better protect your home. Call today or fill out our online form now to get started.
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