Proper ventilation in your attic plays a vital role in the overall performance of your roof, irrespective of the shape and complexity of the roofing system. It ensures the attic is cool in the summer and dry during the winter season to prevent damages that could threaten your roof's longevity and your family's health. The significance of proper attic ventilation is one of the primary reasons you need a trusted roofing contractor for all repairs, installation and maintenance of your roofing system. Here are some key roles of a well-ventilated attic on every roof.
Improper attic ventilation will aid the formation of ice dams during cold seasons, and issues like that are never in your roof’s best interest. Ice dams are caused when snow melts on your roof, and its major consequences are blocked drainage and leaks. When your attic is adequately ventilated, it maintains a consistent temperature on the roof by circulating cool outside air in the attic space, lowering the risk of ice dams and excess moisture.
Your attic is designed to provide all-season benefits. While it prevents the formation of ice dams in cold climates, it should also prevent heat buildup during hot weather. The attic gets extremely hot on hot days, and adequate ventilation allows this hot air to escape, preventing the transfer of excess heat to living spaces below, which would translate to discomfort and higher cooling costs.
When the attic gets the right amount of ventilation, it reduces the amount of energy needed to warm the home during cold seasons, the same way it lowers cooling costs during hot weather.
Like condensation and leaks, insufficient ventilation can also bolster moisture buildup in your attic. The side effects of moisture include mold growth, wood rot, faulty insulation and damaged roofing materials. Proper attic ventilation will ensure moist air is not trapped in your attic, thereby reducing the risk of the abovementioned side effects.
If proper attic ventilation will protect the roof’s insulation, prevent ice dams and leaks, and keep the wood from rotting, it’s safe to say that it protects the entire roofing system.
If you are not looking to void your warranty, then you must keep to the requirements, terms and conditions of that warranty. Most roofing material producers specify proper attic ventilation as a condition for warranty coverage. Failure to adhere to these attic ventilation requirements, especially during installation, could void the warranty, leaving you responsible for subsequent repairs and replacement.
Generally, proper attic ventilation involves a balanced system of intake and exhaust vents.
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