The first thing every homeowner should know about the roofing system and the attic ventilation is that they’re connected. That’s why – when the attic ventilation is somehow compromised – it can negatively affect the longevity and performance of the roofing system.
How Attic Ventilation Affects Your Roof
The attic ventilation is a crucial component in any roofing system. But it’s not enough that it’s present in the system: it should be properly installed and maintained as well. Ventilation helps keep your roof dry and cool by preventing heat and moisture buildup resulting from the system’s constant exposure to the sun.
Without proper attic ventilation, excessive humidity can rise and bake the roofing shingles overhead, causing them to age prematurely. What’s more, this can encourage mold and rot inside the attic, not only weakening the roof structure, but allowing for poor indoor air quality and a number of health risks as well. With enough damage, you may find yourself investing in a roof replacement sooner than expected.
Myths About Attic Ventilation
There are a couple of misconceptions floating around about attic ventilation, and these wrong ideas can have a crucial, adverse effect on roof longevity and performance. One is that more attic ventilation is always good. Not exactly: the attic should have just enough ventilation to ensure proper airflow. Too much ventilation creates vulnerable areas where leaks can occur. Another is that attic ventilation is only useful in warm months. Nope, attic ventilation works to prevent moisture damage during the cold season as much as keeping your roof and home cooler during hotter months.
What You Should Do
To keep your roof in good shape, make sure to deal with possible attic ventilation issues promptly. American Roofing & Construction, LLC can help you with this. We’ll perform a comprehensive inspection of your roof and attic, provide you with a detailed and accurate roof estimate and – should we find issues in ventilation – recommend the necessary solution.
Aside from gutters and roofing installation, American Roofing & Construction, LLC can also work on your attic ventilation needs. We proudly serve the areas in and around Raleigh and Southern Pines, NC. Call us today at (910) 964-0114 (Southern Pines) and (919) 917-2118 (Raleigh), or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation.