Does Your Home Need Roof Ventilation?

You might find yourself asking if roof ventilation is actually worth it for your home. The short answer is yes, any home with an attic space would benefit from ventilation. There are a few reasons for this.

Good Airflow

Heat rises and when it does it gets trapped under your roof. Vents provide the heat with a way to escape, which promotes good airflow throughout your home. In the summer, this means your air conditioner doesn’t need to work as hard because the hot air is able to be pushed out of your home. In the winter, this airflow prevents the heat from melting snow on your roof. The reason this is important is because when it refreezes it can damage shingles and plug your gutters causing water to build up. The added weight can also cause damage to your roof.

Good airflow also allows your rooms to reach a better equilibrium. If your living room is always 10 degrees hotter than your bedroom, the culprit could be a poorly ventilated roof that keeps heat trapped. Good ventilation allows heat to escape, which means hotter rooms can cool down to the proper temperature.

Controls Moisture

Good airflow has the added benefit of controlling moisture levels throughout your home and in your attic. Stagnant air can lead to moisture building up in your attic. When this condenses out, it can penetrate insulation and wood which in turn can lead to mold and rot. This can cause your roof to start sagging and lead to damage to your shingles, which in turn lets more moisture in. It’s a vicious cycle that feeds on itself and can develop major issues.

If you need roof ventilation, one of our roofing experts would be happy to work with you to come up with a solution for your home. Contact us today for a free estimate so you can keep your roof in peak condition.