Ventilation in your roof is probably not something that pops into your mind very often and most homeowners only view their attic as an extra space for storage. But little do they know that attics actually play a crucial role in maintaining your roof’s integrity, your family’s overall comfort, and even how much you pay for heating and cooling. In today’s post, trusted roof repair experts Silver Leaf Contracting LLC shares how good attic ventilation can have a positive impact on your entire roofing system.
Why Good Attic Ventilation is Important
Proper ventilation promotes air circulation throughout your home with the use of a series of intake and exhaust vents. The most common type of vents for roofing in use today are ridge vents but there are many different kinds available on the market.
Ask any roof repair expert and they will tell you that effective attic ventilation provides year-round benefits for you and your family. A properly ventilated attic will be cooler during the summer and warmer during the winter.
If you have poor attic ventilation, the heat from the summer sun can cause an unhealthy buildup of excess heat which may reach up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit even on a moderate 90 degrees Fahrenheit day. This overheating, combined with moisture, can cause many roofing problems including cracked shingles and damaged decking. Excess heat in your attic can also radiate to other parts of your house causing your air conditioning system to work harder which translates to higher utility bills.
During winter, in areas where the temperature drops below freezing, good attic ventilation helps maintain a “cool” roofing system by properly mixing cool air from outside with attic air to allow for less snow melting on your roof. A too-warm roof during winter can cause snow to melt and refreeze near the edges of your roof creating ice dams.
If you are suffering from poor attic ventilation or are building a new house and want to make sure that your ventilation system does its job correctly, then turn to one of Ohio’s most trusted roofers, Silver Leaf Contracting LLC. Give us a call at (330) 236-4010 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our roofing experts.