If you have ever spoken to an experienced roofer before, it’s very likely that you might already know the importance of attic and roof ventilation. Vents in the roof are often placed on the ridges and under the soffits. These areas serve as entry and exit points for air circulation within your roofing system and are necessary to regulate the humidity levels in your roof.
Without proper ventilation, the moisture from hot humid air could reach dangerous levels inside the structure of your roof. This could lead to a number of problems, such as mold growth and wood rot.
Too Much of a Good Thing
While installing vents around your roofing system is good, you don’t want to overdo it. Vents are a great way to circulate air, but, at the same time, they are also possible points of penetration for water and can cause leaks. Too many entry and exit points in your roof can also be dangerous during days of high winds or strong storms, resulting in blowout problems in your roof. Talk to a roofing professional to determine the right amount of roof and attic ventilation for your home.
Roofing Vents and Energy Efficiency
There’s a widespread belief that installing vents in your roof can lead to a drop in energy efficiency. The reasoning behind this myth is that warm air could rise and escape through your roof. The truth is, in a properly insulated roof, the heat of your furnace or boiler would not be reaching your attic at all. In fact, when combined with adequate insulation, roofing vents can even improve your overall energy ratings.
Installing vents in your roofing system is just one step in a complete roof care and maintenance regimen. Don’t forget to call your local roofers for regular inspections at least once a year to ensure that your roof remains in good condition for as long as possible.
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