Attic ventilation is a seldom-discussed yet important component of a roofing system. Every attic has unique requirements for ventilation, and a well-built and maintained attic can help prevent problems, such as excess indoor humidity and ice dams. As one of the expert residential roofing contractors in Colorado, The Roofing Company gives you a closer look at why proper attic ventilation is important.
The Importance of Keeping Out Heat and Moisture From the Attic
A balanced attic ventilation system should allow moist, warm air to vent out at the roof ridge and allow cool in air through specially placed vents. Keeping the attic cool and dry is important in preventing the following:
- Heat and Moisture Damage – The attic has structural components made of wood that are vulnerable to heat and moisture damage. These parts include the trusses, rafters and roof deck, which could warp with extended exposure to excess heat and moisture, leading to a weakened support structure, sagging roofline or, ultimately, a collapsed roof, requiring unplanned roof installation services.
- Damage to Attic Insulation – Trapped heat and moisture can be absorbed by the attic insulation and lead to damage. This could impact your home’s energy efficiency, resulting in increased monthly energy consumption as well as unplanned insulation repair expenses.
- Mold and Mildew Growth – A hot and moist attic is the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew, which could spread into your living areas, triggering allergies and possibly other respiratory issues.
- Ice Dams – During winter, trapped heat can raise the roof temperature to well above the freezing point, which melts snow, allowing it to flow down and refreeze as it reaches the cold roof edge. The accumulated refrozen water forms ice dams, which allows water to flow under the shingles and onto the roof deck, which could lead to water damage.
What We Can Do to Help
The Roofing Company has been providing expert roofing services to Colorado homeowners since 1976. In addition to our new roof construction and re-roofing services, we also have a repair division that handles all kinds of roofing issues, including such delicate tasks as correcting ventilation issues. With The Roofing Company, you can expect permanent solutions, not temporary fixes.
If you would like to know more about our roofing services, call The Roofing Company today at (970) 887-0104. You can also fill out our contact form to request a quote. We serve Winter Park, CO, and nearby areas in Colorado.