One of the most important aspects of proper home construction is ensuring that the attic is adequately ventilated, which can directly affect the longevity of the roof and drastically reduce heating and cooling costs. If the attic is not properly ventilated, homeowners could experience a variety of problems, but one of the most common problems is roof failure, which can be extremely costly to repair. Homeowners are encouraged to contact a River Oaks roofing specialist to inspect the roof and attic area and ensure that it is sufficiently ventilated. If damage to the roof is caused by improper ventilation, homeowners might be surprised to discover that it could void their roof warranty.
One of the main reasons ventilation is such an important issue to the home is that it allows air to properly circulate. If the ceiling feels warm on a sunny day, or if it feels cold during winter weather, chances are that the attic is not properly ventilated. Because warm air rises, inadequate ventilation will not allow it to escape, and moist air could become trapped and cause dilemmas in the attic and roof.
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Mold and mildew may begin to grow as a result, causing health problems for homeowners if it is not removed. Air that is not allowed to circulate can cause heat temperatures in the attic to exceed 150 degrees Fahrenheit, especially during the hottest summer months. This not only increases electric bills but can also cause roofing materials to overheat from the lowest layer upwards, which can result in entire roof aging prematurely. Some of the most commonly installed types of attic and roof ventilation equipment are attic turbines, ridge vents, can vents, power vents and soffit vents.
Proper ventilation is a necessity for the eaves, each layer of the roof and the ridge in order for heat and moisture buildup to be released. However, homeowners should be aware that different roof designs and features might call for different ventilation formulas, such as the specific shape of the attic and the overall square footage of the house. This is one of the many reasons it is recommended that a qualified roofing contractor be contacted to inspect the area. For example, if the roof design is a hip model, roofing contractors might need to allow for more ventilation because hip roofs feature larger volumes of space that require a very specific system of allowing air flow in order for it to properly circulate.