Here in Eastern Massachusetts, finding a balance between enjoying fall activities while checking things off your winter to-do list is essential. The thought of your home’s ventilation likely hasn’t crossed your mind in a while, but this is the time of year when it’s most important to examine your attic to prevent the possibility of an ice dam formation.
But really, that’s just one of many reasons investing in your attic ventilation is a smart move. When your attic is adequately ventilated, you extend the lifespan of your roof, heighten your comfort level at home, and save a serious chunk of change in heating and cooling costs.
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Is My Attic Poorly Ventilated? How Would I Know?
If you’re noticing that your home’s temperature is difficult to regulate, no matter how high or low you set the thermostat, it could signal that heat is trapped in your attic. This happens when roofs aren’t appropriately vented, and hot air has nowhere to go but back down into the living spaces of your home. Not only will this make your home uncomfortable, but it also puts extra strain on your HVAC unit, which drives energy costs.
Condensation on the underside of your roof is a telltale sign that you have a moisture problem in your attic. This can eventually lead to wood rot, mold growth, and other serious issues. If you see condensation, make sure to take action immediately and consult a professional.
Visible Roof Damage
If you can see rust, leaks, or other damage to your roof, it’s a sign that your attic ventilation is insufficient. Poorly ventilated attics can cause the nails, flashing, and duct straps to rust, resulting in damaging leaks. In extreme cases, the weight of the trapped moisture can cause the collapse of your entire roof.
Why It Important To Repair My Air Ventilation Before Winter?
Fixing any potential issues with your ventilation prior to winter is imperative for avoiding the dangers of ice dams. Ice dams form when the heat from your attic melts the snow on your roof. The water then flows down to the edge of your roof where it refreezes, creating a dam. This process can cause serious damage to both your roof and home. Luckily, it can be prevented by ensuring proper ventilation.
Ice dams cause a leaking roof, leading to soggy attic insulation, stained ceilings, and peeling paint. In addition, the plaster on your floors becomes warped and unsightly. You may even notice cracks forming in your walls.
How To Improve Your Attic Ventilation
Install Additional Ventilation
If you don’t have any attic ventilation or think your current system is insufficient, the best thing to do is install additional vents. A few different types of vents can be used, including gable vents, ridge vents, soffit vents, and solar-powered vents. Consult a professional to determine which type of vent is best for your home.
Upgrade Your Insulation
Adding more insulation to your attic is another excellent way to improve ventilation. This will help keep the heat in your home from rising into the attic and make it easier for any existing ventilation to do its job.
Examine Exhaust Systems
Make sure that the ducts connected to the kitchen, bathroom, and dryer vents all lead outdoors through either the roof or walls, but never through the soffit. These exhaust systems can often become blocked, preventing hot air from escaping and eventually leading to attic damage.
Handling repairs on your own can be costly, time-consuming, and create more problems down the road. To ensure that your attic ventilation is up to par, contact a professional roofing company.
Need a Hand? Contact REI Roofing!
The REI Roofing team works quickly and efficiently to easily assess your situation. We’ll identify any potential problems with your ventilation and offer solutions to keep your home comfortable and protected throughout the calendar year. If you want to get started on your Eastern Massachusetts roofing project, contact REI Roofing today.