Why is Attic Ventilation Crucial

October 19, 2022

When building a roof, if the attic isn’t properly ventilated, all your money will be wasted! You must be wondering why attic ventilation is so crucial and what it has to do with roofing? A properly ventilated roof gives way to a steady airflow that keeps the roof functioning properly and keeps the overall internal temperature of your home within bearable levels. Why else is attic ventilation important? Let’s discuss.

It Prevents Condensation and Mold Buildup

Everyday tasks like cooking and bathing produce a lot of moisture inside our homes. Some external factors, such as excessive rain, also create an overall damp environment. These moisture vapors are in the form of warm and damp air that moves upward toward the ceiling. In houses where there is improper attic ventilation, the moisture gets trapped inside and turns into condensation on the underside of the roof. This process, if left untreated, gives rise to mold and mildew growth in the house. 

So, if your attic or roof is properly ventilated and has an insulation system, it prevents condensation and the growth of mold and fungus.

It Is Energy Efficient

During summer, when the outside temperature goes up, so does the temperature inside our homes. As a result, we resort to using air conditioners. However, if your roof or attic does not have proper ventilation, the heat gets trapped inside our homes, making it warmer and causing the air conditioning to work more than usual. 

So, if you want your home to be cooler and your electricity expenses to go down, make sure your roof is ventilated. Or better, invest in a solar-reflective cool roof to reduce roof temperature and heat transfer in your house. 

It Increases Your Roof’s Lifespan

A roof is supposed to last anywhere from 25 to 50 years! However, poorly ventilated attics can affect your roof. It can cause mold growth, heat buildup, and moisture retention, which can cause the underlayment to swell or rot, affect the wood framing, and crack the shingles. This increases the chances of the roof collapsing or the shingles coming off.

So, if you’re getting high-quality roofing products for roof building, make sure there’s proper attic ventilation

Inadequate Ventilation Can Nullify Your Material Warranty

Every new roof comes with a warranty; if your roofing material gives in or fails within a specific time, the manufacturer replaces or repairs it without charging anything. However, if you don’t have a proper ventilation system, the manufacturers will likely declare your warranty void. In such a case, you will have to pay for a roof replacement or repairs from your own pocket.

Attic ventilation is a serious component of an effective roof. If ignored or not done properly, it can result in grave consequences. The damage caused by improper ventilation not only puts your health and safety at risk but can be heavy on the pocket too!

So, stop putting yourself and others at risk, and get a proper attic ventilation system. Give IBEX Roof a call so that we can help insulate your roof better than ever!

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