To help keep ypour roof healthy, proper ventilation is key. Proper ventilation extends the life of your materials – it keeps them cooler in the heat of the summer and warmer in the cool of the winter. It will also keep moisture from forming in your attic, which can harbor all kinds of nasty pathogens , putting you and your family's health at risk. Also, not properly venting your roof can be an expensive problem to solve after the fact, so make sure you ask your roof installation contractor about how your roof and attic will be vented during the installation process.
How Vents Help
Attics need fresh air to breathe and stay healthy ust like we do. Installing the proper vents can accomplish this. You're going to have two types of vents – intake and outlet. Intake vents are installed lower than the outlets so that a sort of vaccum is created that takes fresh air in the intake vents and circulates it out at the higher outlet vents. This creates a constant air flow that keeps fresh air circulating throught your attic, allowing it to breathe and keeping your materials healthy.
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How to Figure the Right Ventilation
It is possible to have too much ventilation, so determining what you need for your particular roof is important. You need the exact amount of ventilation in order for your roof to be as energy efficient as possible. You need to know where the vents need to be placed and what size vents you're going to need. You will need to hire a professional, licensed roofing contractor to configure the correct vents and locations you need.
Checking For Ventilation Problems
Look for these signs that your attic may not be properly ventilated:
- Moisture on the underside of the roof or rafters
- Any kind of mold growth
- A feeling of higher humidity in your attic
- Rusted nails in the rafters and trusses
- Water stained wood of any kind
If you see any of these issues or signs, you should call a professional, licensed roofing company as soon as possible to inspect your attic and roof to give you a solution to the problem. Your family's health and the lifespan of your roof could depend on it. For the best service possible and someone you can trust to give you good advice, give us a call at Mikku and Sons Roofing at (623) 465-1068.