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Attic Ventilation and Roof Damage

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Do you know that poor attic ventilation can cause significant roof damage? Attic ventilation in both cold and hot temperatures is significant in protecting your roof. Attic ventilation will help reduce the moisture in the attic. If the attic is too cold, it will further freeze the shingles in winter. In contrast, if the attic is too warm in the summer, it will bake the shingles making them crack or break. If the attic is having warm air in the winter, the snow and ice on the roof top will melt and cause ice dams. This in turn will damage your roof.

Ventilating your attic is a good idea in our region to ensure proper temperature in the attic. Ideally, attic temperature must be the same as outside temperature through out the year. This will protect your roof from inside. Proper ventilation of attic will allow cool air via the eave or soffit of the roof. In addition, ventilation will push out hot and moist air from the attic via the ridge or other exhaust vents.

The moisture in the attic can be reduced by proper attic ventilation. If there is too much moisture in the attic, it can cause molding and result in algae growth under the roof which in turn will damage the roofing shingles. Excessive moisture can damage the attic and roof and eventually your home. Hence, ventilating your attic is essential.

Proper ventilation comprises of a balanced system. This includes exhaust vents to push out the hot air and intake vents to get outside air inside the attic. Intake vents are as crucial as the exhaust vents to ensure a balanced ventilation system. The overall energy consumption in the house can be controlled by proper attic ventilation. Roof damage can be minimized with proper attic ventilation.

Spring is the right time to perform a roof inspection and protect your roof from further damages. Contact Olde Town Roofing at 309-517-1676 or 309-738-5550 for a roof inspection and get expert opinion on the status of your roof.


2 responses to “Attic Ventilation and Roof Damage”

  1. […] Proper insulation is also a key component to prevent ice dams. In general, one square foot of attic ventilation per 300 square feet of attic floor space is recommended as the standard insulation practice. […]

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