How to Tell Your Attic Needs More Ventilation

Attic Ventilation

In most homes, the attic is one of the most overlooked areas. This is because it is often out of sight and therefore considered out of mind. What many homeowners don’t understand is that improper attic ventilation can easily push your energy bills through the roof and distort your budget. Installing roof vents can help cool your attic space thereby preventing severe damage.

Why Attic Ventilation is Critical

According to roofing experts, many U.S. homes don’t have the right roof ventilation structure and this causes roof damage over time. According to the Federal Housing administration, a square foot of ventilation is needed for every 300 square feet of attic space.

According to professional roofers, excess heat usually builds up in the attic and because it has nowhere to go, it creates excess temperatures well over 150 degrees during summer. This leads to scorching of the roofing materials thereby leading to premature replacement. Poor ventilation in the attic can also result to condensation and buildup of mold and mildew.

In attic ventilation, the ultimate goal is to get your attic temperatures as close as possible to the outdoor air temperature. It is very important not to cover your attic vents with insulation because this will effectively prevent outside air from coming in as well as the attic air from going out. It is also important to have plenty of intake vents above the eaves so that they can deliver the intake ventilation past the insulation to the exhaust vents where the heat is finally released.

Improper attic ventilation can void roof warranties as well as lead to very expensive roof replacement. The best way to ensure you are safe as far as attic ventilation is concerned is to contact roofing contractors who will come and assess your ventilation needs. To determine whether you have enough attic vents, these professionals can conduct an energy audit.

If your roof is badly damaged and you want it replaced, you will have to pay depending on the size of your home. On average, the cost of materials and installation is anything from $2,000 to $8,500. When compared with the cost of roof inspection which varies from free to about $200. It is therefore much cheaper to have your roof inspected and your insulation needs determined other than sticking with your poorly ventilated attic and paying the cost of the entire roof replacement.