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Research shows that most homes do not have proper roof ventilation and this can lead to severe roof damage. If your attic is not properly ventilated your energy bills can go through the roof. Contact a roof specialist to help you examine the roof. You can also have an energy audit conducted to determine if you have enough attic vents.
The intent of venting roofs varies depending on the climate. If you live in a cold climate the purpose of ventilations is to maintain a cold roof temperature to avoid ice dams created by melting snow and to vent any moisture that moves into the attic space. If you live in a hot climate, ventilation is important to expel solar-heated hot air from the attic or roof to reduce the building cooling load and to relieve the strain on your air-conditioner. If you live in a mixed climate, ventilation services either role.
If your attic and roof does not have the proper ventilation there is a lot of damage that can occur to the inside of your home. If you pay attention to what is happening inside your home you can usually tell if your home does not have the proper ventilation. Check the temperature of your roof and attic. If the temperature of your attic is the same as the rest of your living space you have a problem. The best way to tell if the temperature is wrong is by measuring the thickness of the existing insulation. This will help determine if there is a possible problem with your ventilation. Check your attic’s ventilation during the winter by taking a flashlight and checking for condensation and damp spots. If you have ventilation and this is occurring this probably means that there is a leak in your ventilation that needs to be sealed. During the summer touch your ceiling. If your ceiling is hot it means that there is little to no ventilation and the sun’s rays are cooking your roof’s shingles.
If you live in a climate that changes during the seasons chances are you will have some issues with your ventilation. The easiest way to tell occurs with the changing temperatures. Water dams during the winter come together to cause icicles to form. They appear beautiful but it can do a lot of damage to your gutters and roof by pulling down shingles. This damage can move on to leaks that can cause water damage to your roof, ceiling and walls.
Prevent water dams by first preventing the upward migration of warm air. Seal air leaks between the heated part of the house and the attic. Air leakage usually come from trap doors, plumbing stacks, chimneys, electrical wiring and unsealed pot lights. Install foam insulation or caulking will help block leaks. Add a thick insulation blanket of fiberglass or cellulose between the joists in the attic to keep the warmth in the lower part of the house where it belongs. Adding extra insulation to your attic is the best way to ensure that the attic temperature is distinct from the temperature in your living space.
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