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Do You Need Roof Ventilation?

Do You Need Roof Ventilation?

“You need better roof ventilation now more than ever. Why? Two words — summer and winter.”

Today’s modern houses are built with modern technology in mind. There’s an assumption that an air conditioning unit is all you need to be comfortable. As such, homes are designed and built to be more airtight. Windows, doors, insulations, house wraps — modern building materials and techniques make our shelters impermeable. Unfortunately, this breeds houses with poor natural ventilation.

What does this mean for your home? A lot.

 

WHAT HAPPENS WITHOUT PROPER ROOF VENTILATION?

You need better roof ventilation now more than ever. Why? Two words — summer and winter.

SUMMER

During summer, our attics are under attack from above and below. As the searing sun penetrates the roof, it heats the air inside the attic. Moreover, the air climbs up the attic as the temperature rises. This turns your attic into an oven. The built-up heat radiates down your house. From above, premature shingle deterioration. From below, an air conditioning unit that works extra to keep your house cool.

A constantly high energy bill may be a head-scratcher, but an expensive roof replacement may make you want to band your head against a drywall.

WINTER

Winter presents a different set of problems for a house without proper roof ventilation.

A closed-off house prevents fresh air from coming in. But more importantly, air moisture climbs up the attic. If there’s any wood up there, you should expect it to rot faster than it should from the moist air. Wet or moist insulations also lose its R-value. R-value is the measure of an object’s ability to resist the conductive flow of heat. Greater resistance comes with a larger R-value. After cold winter without proper roof ventilation, you should anticipate a hotter summer. Last but not the least, a moist attic creates a rich breeding ground for mold and mildew. This is dangerous for you and your family.

 

HOW TO ACHIEVE PROPER ROOF VENTILATION?

Proper roof ventilation requires proper roof vents.

There’s already a wide variety of roof vent designs to choose from. There are roof vents powered by motors, electricity, or wind. Some roof vents don’t need power at all. It all depends on your house’s ventilation needs. Some houses can’t survive without a motorized roof vent sucking hot air and moisture out of the attic. However, some houses work well with just some smart roof designs that incorporate ventilation.

The wrong kind of vent would be more trouble than it’s worth it. For example, some roof vents designs may not work with your roof if it means you would be more susceptible to rain.

That’s why you only trust professionals to give you advice on this. Consult with a professional on what kind of roof vent would work best with your house.

Above All Roofing is equipped to give you both the expert wisdom and high-quality service that you can expect from only the best. If you’re looking for the right people for the job, you’ve found them.