Proper attic ventilation is essential to a roofing system’s longevity. What you may not know is it can also help you save money, especially during the summer season. Residential roofing contractors 1st Class Roofing, Inc. shares a look at how such savings are possible.
Heat and moisture tend to collect in the attic area. Since heat tends to rise, it tends to collect at the roof ridge, which needs to be vented out. Sloped residential roofing has ridge vents that vent out hot and moist air from the attic. The resulting difference in air pressure pulls cool and fresh air through the vents at the soffit, creating continuous ventilation. Inexperienced roofers commit the mistake of not matching the soffit vents with the ridge vents, which results in inefficient ventilation. A capable roofing contractor can correct this post-installation.
Heat and Moisture Damage
A typical sloped roofing structure is mostly made of wood, which makes it vulnerable to damage caused by heat and moisture. The cellulose in timber expands and contracts from temperature changes and readily absorbs moisture. Prolonged exposure to trapped heat and moisture can lead to permanent warping, which can result in structural damage, with roof repair costs in the same ballpark as a roof replacement.
Warm and moist environments also encourage mold, mildew and fungal growth, the latter of which can cause dry rot. With a properly ventilated roof, your roof is much less likely to suffer these problems, saving you from spending money on repairs.
A properly ventilated attic can also help you save on your energy bills. Trapped heat and moisture in the attic can increase indoor warmth and humidity levels. Your air conditioning system will then need to pump out more cool air to make up for the difference, which results in increased energy consumption and higher energy bills. Proper attic ventilation eliminates trapped heat and moisture in the attic. This means your air conditioner won’t have to be overworked all the time during summer, resulting in energy savings and a much more comfortable home.
1st Class Roofing, Inc. is one of the leading family-owned roofing contractors in Central Florida. Give us a call at (863) 656-0218 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Lakeland, FL and the surrounding areas.