For every homeowner that stays up to date with our blog, there’s one subtle roofing fact which you should always be aware of before making any repairs or replacements; that is: your roof’s need for proper ventilation.
When ventilation has been installed properly in the attic of your home you will be provided with ventilated air that will circulate freely all year long. Here are a few other ventilation tips to consider before having a roof installed (or replaced) by a roofing company in Newnan, Georgia:
Specific Ventilation Needs
Your attic’s soffit vents (AKA small wall holes and/or slits) should never be covered with any or all of the insulating materials that are used to lock in both warm or cool air.
It’s important to allow natural air to circulate under your roof in order to prevent a large build-up of melted ice and snow (only applies if North Georgia receives snow or ice this winter) which can thaw and then freeze inside your gutters, causing what is known as ice dams.
When air is allowed to circulate through your attic space during the winter, it will warm the space in order to prevent both freezing ducts and ice dams throughout the season.
Benefits of Proper Roofing Ventilation
When air is allowed to circulate throughout the attic area (at any temperature) your home is provided with a significant balance between the heat that is held in by your insulation as well as the outdoor temperature. This also saves energy at the same time, since your air conditioning and heating ventilation systems are not forced to work overtime.
A roofing system that does not have the proper ventilation will create a moist breeding ground for mildew, fungus and mold. These pathogens could ultimately find a way into your HVAC system and can also lead to wood rot in your roof supports and attic in the future.
The correct ventilation system also prevents the buildup of carbon monoxide and provides more oxygen. While your HVAC system should have a fan to circulate air through your home, a CO2 detector is still recommended.
Fans and vents
Passive vents or special roof mounted fans can both be used to circulate clean air through your home’s attic space all year long. This can include special ridge vents and passive roof vents that fit below your roof deck.
If your attic’s floor is covered with insulation material, you might be in need of baffles or rafter vents, which are placed between the area where the roof meets the walls and the rafters; ensuring clean air circulates through your soffits.
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