Proper Attic Ventilation: Quick Overview For Homeowners

Proper Attic Ventilation

Proper Attic Ventilation:

In today’s post, our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss the importance of proper attic ventilation. Maintaining a proper attic ventilation system in your attic is essential for protecting the efficiency of your home and also for helping establish a comfortable living area. There needs to be a balance between the air intake and air exhaust near your roof edge. The combination between proper building insulation and purposeful flow of air is the most important component of a durable and energy efficient home.

Types of Damages That Can Occur:

Types of Damages

There are several types of damage that can result from improper ventilation. These are:

  1. Premature aging of your roofing system.
  2. Breaking wood framing.
  3. Damage to your exterior or interior paint.

Our team advises not to undermine the importance of proper attic ventilation. Do not assume that completely blocking the air out of your home is the best decision in the long term. This is a mistake homeowners often make when installing their insulation.

Types of Ventilation:

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There are different types of ventilation that you can consider:

1. Attic Fans:

These usually reduce the heat in your attic by bringing in cooler outside air from either soffits or gables and pushing hot air to the outside. You need to ensure that your attic doesn’t have blocked soffit vents and is well sealed from the remainder of your house. Otherwise you may witness that your attic fans suck conditioned air from your house and use your air conditioning to cool off your attic area, which is very costly and inefficient.

2. Rafter Vents:

Our team strongly advises to cover your attic floor and seal air leaks. They also ensure that the soffit vents are clear and there is room for outdoor air to move into the attic from the soffits and out through the gable or ridge vents. Installing rater vents is as simple as stapling them straight to the roof decking. They should be placed at the point where your ceiling reaches your floor.

3. Ridge Vents:

Ridge vents are usually installed at the top of a sloped roof and allow hot, humid air to escape a building’s attic. A well set up ridge vent will increase energy efficiency and prolong the life of your roof. There are generally two types of vents: metal ridge vents and shingle-over vents. To ensure that a ridge vent works according to your expectations, it needs to have proper intake of fresh cool air, and equal flow of exhaust. Before you begin installing ridge vents you need to remove cap shingles and any wood sheathing. Then you can proceed with the installation of the shingle or metal ridge vent.

Food for Thought:

Food for Thought

Keep in mind that proper ventilation is as important as good insulation of your home. Locating air leaks is as important as ensuring you have a good ventilation system in place. Leaking air is damaging both in the winter when warm air rises up and eventually escapes to your attic, as well as during the winter when cold air can be sucked from your attic. So make sure that you focus on both proper insulation and ventilation in order to increase your home efficiency and prevent any potential damage.

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Proper Roof Ventilation is Important: Our Experts Explain

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Proper roof ventilation is by far the most overlooked aspect of home maintenance by homeowners. Most homeowners fail to check if they have proper roof ventilation when considering repairs and other similar projects. One of the main reasons why it is overlooked is location. It is a hard to reach place. Access to roof is not always easy and same goes for the attic. Our experts go over proper roof ventilation in today’s post, and help homeowners better understand why it is so important.

What Does a Proper Roof Ventilation System Do?

In order to explain proper roof ventilation to homeowners, our experts here at American Standard Roofing came up with a simple explanation:

A proper roof ventilation system effectively stops moisture build-up in the winters on your roof, and lowers your temperature in the summers inside your home. It plays a key role in making any home’s cooling and heating systems more efficient. This not only increases the life of your roof, but also cuts down cost making it a friendly affair for your wallet.

It is also interesting to note that most homeowners think that once a roof is built or repaired, it is sufficiently ventilated. More importance is given to insulation than proper ventilation of roof. While insulation is extremely important, a proper roof ventilation is an important part of the equation as well.

Signs of Bad Ventilation in Your Home?

Signs for Non Proper Roof Ventilation

Our experts here have identified a few indicators that might point towards lack of proper roof ventilation. These are:

  1. If you feel there is excessive heat in the attic area during summers.
  2. If you spot mold or any kind of natural growth under your roof and attic area. These is usually due to dampness cause by lack of ventilation.
  3. If you see frosting on sheathing, rafters or other items in the attic. This can indicate a lack of air ventilation.
  4. If you spot water droplets from edge of nails. While this can also point to a leaking roof, this can also indicate a lack of proper roof ventilation.

Benefits of Proper Roof Ventilation:

Our team here is a big advocate for proper roof ventilation. Here are some benefits that homeowners reap:

DurabilityA properly ventilated roof lasts longer than a non-ventilated roof. It helps stop build-up of ice and dams on the roof which can cause damage to the roof and shingles. A big build up of ice is also bad for the entire building.

Airflow: A proper roof ventilation provides additional air-flow. This is beneficial both in summers and in winters. In summers it circulates the air keeping the temperature down. In winters additional air flow means dampness will not set in the building materials. Added air flow also means less damage to insulation in attic area.

Moisture lock: As explained above, proper roof ventilation also helps in protection from moisture. Moisture is the biggest enemy when it comes to roofing. It causes the building material to rot, consequently increasing repair costs. A well ventilated roof makes sure that air flow doesn’t allow moisture in the materials. A proper roof ventilation system also makes sure air is circulating adequately in both winters and summers.

Don’t Have Proper Roof Ventilation? Call Us!

Our experts strongly advise to check your roof for proper ventilation. If you think it needs work done, contact roofing professionals. If you’re wondering, homeowners can easily add on a ventilation system to an existing roof. If you’re roof has started showing signs of damage and you feel you might need a roof replacement, now is a good time as any to call us.

If you are not sure about your home’s roof ventilation, give us a call. We are roofing professionals with over 36 years of experience. We can help. We also do free roof, siding and gutter estimates. Give us a call today.