Why Is Proper Roof Ventilation So Important for Your Home?

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You’re probably aware that most attics and roofs these days are vented. But did you know that some homes still don’t have properly functioning ventilation, or worse off, don’t have ventilation at all?

While this may seem like an odd thing to contemplate, having an adequate ventilation system is actually extremely important no matter where you live.

Roof ventilation is what keeps your home cool and comfortable in the summer and nice and warm in the winter. It minimizes the risks of roof damage while helping to eliminate moisture in your attic, thus preventing mold and mildew growth. Simply put, roof ventilation allows your home to breathe by letting the fresh air enter your home and the stale air exit. 

With that in mind, here’s more on the importance of roof ventilation, along with its many benefits.

Why Are Roof Vents Needed?

If your home has an attic, then ventilation is necessary as it allows for proper airflow in the area. During hot summer days, your ventilation system will help keep the roof and the underlying materials cool, which will slow down the aging of your asphalt shingles. But that’s not all. Roof vents are just as important in winter.

By keeping your roof cool, the ventilation system will prevent the snow on top of it from melting and forming ice dams that can cause water damage. But even if it doesn’t come to water damage and leaks, there’s still the additional weight of the ice dam that your roof may not be able to handle and that can lead to structural damage. 

Fortunately, roof ventilation is here to prevent all these issues. Follow along to learn some of the biggest benefits of proper roof ventilation.

1. Extends the Life of Your Roof

In the winter, a functioning ventilation system will help the warm air escape before it gets a chance to melt the snow on your roof, which would likely result in ice dam formation. We’ve already mentioned the dangers of ice damming on a roof, so it goes without saying how important this is for your roof’s overall health and longevity.

Moreover, good ventilation will benefit your home when it’s hot outside as well. As the temperatures outside skyrocket, so will the temperature on your roof. Combine a hot roof with a poorly vented attic, and it will inevitably result in a sweltering hot attic.

This type of heat buildup can also easily damage your shingles and decrease their life cycle. But with an evenly and properly vented roof, the hot air will be able to escape and keep your roof and attic cool and healthy.

2. Reduces Energy Costs

As the temperatures outside keep decreasing, most homeowners prefer to shelter away from the cold by staying comfortably warm inside their homes. This is exactly where roof ventilation comes into play.

A good ventilation system will prevent your home from overcooling (or overheating during the summer) by allowing the air to flow naturally and thereby keeping your HVAC system from working overtime. And you know what this means. A heating and cooling system that works less will lead to significant energy savings! So, not only will you be able to enjoy a comfortable home, but you’ll save a bit on your monthly bills, as well. Talk about a major benefit!

3. Reduces Indoor Temperature Extremes

Have you ever walked upstairs in your home and felt a drastic change in temperature compared to your living room? This is what you often get with a poorly vented roof.

These types of indoor temperature extremes are frequently attributed to the weather outside, but they rarely have anything to do with the weather. They’re actually a direct result of poor (or no) ventilation. Once you have your roof adequately vented, though, the hot air will be able to escape, the cool air will enter, and your home will be much more comfortable year-round.

4. Helps Avoid Moisture-Related Issues

Typically, when air stagnates in the attic, moisture will condense and settle on the wood framing and insulation. This will create an ideal atmosphere for mold and mildew to set in. As you may already know, mold thrives in damp spaces, and since damp insulation will also likely clump, it will start to lose its effectiveness.

With the help of attic ventilation, when the air enters the soffits, it will slowly move along the underside of your roof sheathing. And as it keeps flowing across it, it will prevent moisture-related issues and minimize the chances of condensation. Over time, the airflow will reach the top, exit through your ridge vents,  and leave you with a healthy, problem-free attic.

Final Thought

An adequate ventilation system is vital for the well-being of your home and everyone inside it. Not only will it maintain optimal comfort levels in your home, but it will also prolong your roof’s lifespan and keep many possible roofing issues at bay.

If you’re concerned that your roof might be lacking sufficient ventilation, or you’ve noticed some of the issues we’ve mentioned here, be sure to call Revived Exteriors today. Our skilled and experienced roofers in Aurora IL will come to have a closer look and let you know of your options. No matter the issue, we’ll make sure that your home reaps all the benefits of proper roof ventilation.

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