Florida’s summer heat can make your home’s upper floors very hot. The heat trapped in your attic can cause discomfort, whether you have storage areas or rooms with access to the attic.
You can reduce the negative effects of extreme temperatures at your highest level by ensuring your roof has proper ventilation.
Is your home stocked with enough? Here are the facts.
How Roof Ventilation Can Help Your Home
Attics are often thought to be stuffy spaces. It might not seem that much, as most people don’t spend much time there. However, “stuffy” indoor air can cause havoc in your home.
Air that has been left in place for too long can cause a stuffy smell and feel. This can lead to problems depending on the temperature. Extreme heat can damage roofs by warping or causing shingles to shift. This can make your home warmer and make it harder for your air conditioner to cool your home.
Warm air from your home can rise up to your roof’s underside during winter snowfall. This causes the snow to melt and trickle down your roof. Once it reaches your roof’s colder edges, it will then freeze. This creates an ice dam that prevents water runoff from reaching your roof and causes it to build up. This is the perfect recipe to cause roof leaks.
Roof Vents: The Benefits
Roof ventilation offers comfort as one of its greatest benefits. The heat trapped in your attic can cause your air conditioner to run constantly, and hot air can get into other rooms. You’ll know how costly it can be to keep your home cool if you’ve spent any summers in Florida. It is more likely that your air conditioner will die sooner if it runs continuously than it does if it is only used when it is really needed.
Roof ventilation is also important to maintain the roof’s life expectancy and other components. It stops moisture and condensation forming which can cause damage to your roof’s wood framing.
Ventilation allows air to escape so it doesn’t affect the integrity of your roof and other parts of your home. You can expect lower energy bills and a longer roof life if air can move freely in the attic.
How to tell if your roof ventilation is adequate
Roof ventilation is a common feature in most homes. There are occasions when roof ventilation is not adequate or compromised. How do you know if your roof ventilation is adequate?
These are some of the things you should be looking for:
- An abrupt increase in your energy bills is often due to attic insulation becoming wet and unable to do its job effectively.
- Your roof will have a ripple-like or wave-like appearance due to moisture and warping.
- There are signs of rust and corrosion on metals in your attic. This could include light fixtures, nails or electrical panels.
- Water damage evidence, such as staining or condensation, can be seen.
- There has been a noticeable decline in indoor air quality
Your roof ventilation may be the cause of any of these symptoms. To determine if your attic is the problem, our team will gladly come to inspect it. Call us today to set up a consultation.
This post was written by a roofing professional at KCG Roofing. KCG Roofing is a premier roofing contractor in Florida! KCG Roofing has the experience and expertise to replace or repair your roof with quality materials and excellent craftsmanship. All our roofs are backed by a 15-year leak-free guarantee, the highest in the industry. We have been family-owned and operated for over 40 years. Click here to learn more.