ROOF VENTILATION: WHAT IS IT?
Roof ventilation is the air that flows from outside, through your attic and outside again. The outside air flows through the soffits, which are located beneath the roof’s overhang, and flows up into your attic underneath the roof and back out again through your roofs’ exhaust vent. Houses need proper ventilation in order to function properly. Ventilation helps dissipate attic moisture during the summer and winter months while keeping your living areas comfortable.
WHY IS ROOF VENTILATION IMPORTANT TO HOMEOWNERS?
Ventilation is important to homeowners because without the proper ventilation in your roof and attic, you not only lose energy but it is costly. Proper ventilation allows the air to flow continuously throughout your roof and attic providing benefits for your home.
- Controlled flow of air through your attic
- Protects the efficiency of the insulation
- Helps keep temperatures comfortable in the living space
- Reduces the load on your air conditioner
- Reduces energy bills
IF I DON’T HAVE PROPER ROOF VENTILATION, CAN IT CAUSE DAMAGE TO MY HOME?
Yes, it can and probably will to not only your roof and attic but to other parts of your home.
- Premature aging of your roofs shingles, resulting in fried or blistered shingles
- Buckling of roof decking
- Warping, cracking, breaking down or rotting of wood framing
- Damage to exterior and interior paint or wallpaper
- Mildew and mold growth
- Ice Dams
- Excess moisture build-up which can soak the insulation reducing effectiveness
9 OUT OF 10 HOMES ARE NOT PROPERLY VENTILATED
It is estimated that 9 out of 10 homes in North America are not properly ventilated. Why? Because most homeowners are not aware of the impact of roof ventilation. Proper ventilation can affect the home’s longevity. The U.S. Federal Housing Administration (FHA) recommends a minimum of at least 1 square foot of attic ventilation (both intake and exhaust) for every 300 square feet of attic space.
TYPES OF ROOF VENTS
- Exhaust Vents: Ridge vents, Power Vents and Static Vents
- Soffits Intake Vents
- Electric and Solar Vents
- Turbine Vents
Northwest Roofing will install a balanced ventilation system that includes both intake and exhaust vents. Contact us for a free estimate on your roof ventilation or ventilation upgrade. Northwest Roofing doesn’t cut corners, is surprisingly affordable, and reliable. Read what our loyal customers say about us. We have a BBB Business rating of A+. Why take chances with any other roofer? We stand behind our work. It’s a small investment that will deliver tremendous benefits.