It is crucial that your attic space is properly ventilated – most people are aware of this important fact, yet very few people are aware of why it is actually so important. By the end of this article, we hope you will be thoroughly educated in why proper roof ventilation is so important.
It’s important that air can flow freely into and out of your attic. You need to keep the correct air balance within your roof space, or else the air in your attic will heat up if it is left to sit. Moisture within the air will settle within your attic on joists and other supports, and once moisture gets inside your supports it will weaken them. The warm air will also make your entire home a less comfortable place to be.
In truth, most roofs are under ventilated. Air is supposed to be drawn in through your soffits and eaves, and exhausted through a roof air vent or a ridge cap. It is recommended that for every 300 square feet of attic space that you have, you also have at least one square foot of intake and exhaust.
As mentioned above, if air has nowhere to go, then it will heat up if the sun is shining upon your roof. In a well-ventilated roof, heated air escapes the roof, allowing cooler air to pass in. This keeps the heat in your attic down.
This heat will ‘encourage’ the rest of your home to heat up too. If you live in a warm or hot climate, then your air conditioning system will have to work overtime in order to compensate for the heat that is being created by your enclosed attic space.
In addition, moisture in your home that will naturally rise with the air and will end up in your attic where it will condense, due to the heat. This causes structure warping and promotes the growth of mold and mildew.
If you have problems with ventilation in your roof, then we hope that you will consider the services offered by our team here at RAM Residential Remodeling. As well as improving the ventilation in your roof, we can help you with a variety of other services related to siding, gutters, windows and much more. To learn more, please contact us at (586) 731-9830 or use our online contact form.