Proper attic ventilation will prolong the life of your roofing system. It allows cold air to come in while pushing out warm and humid air generated by your kitchen, bathroom and the people inside it, especially during the winter months. When considering ventilation for your residential roofing, it is important to take note of common mistakes to avoid serious damage in the long run. These mistakes include:
Bagging wind turbines in winter – During winter, there’s more water vapor being produced by people inside their homes. This vapor should be released to the exterior that is why we should allow the wind turbines to work even in winter months.
Mixing different types of exhaust vents on the same roof – This will short-circuit the ventilation system, reducing efficiency and increasing air leakage. The second exhaust interrupts the flow of air by leaving a big space in the attic unventilated.
Placing exhaust vents low on the roof as intake vents – This ventilation mistake does not do anything to remove hot and humid air from inside the house. This actually increases the chance of leaks, early degradation and roof repair.
Incorrectly matching the vent to the house’s architectural design – Matching the roof with a corresponding roof vent could also be based on the house’s architectural design. For example, ridge vents can run the entire horizontal length of homes with a generous ridge line. If the roof type is cut up, then a single detached louver or vent can be installed.
Cutting the wrong sized hole for the vent – Each roof vent varies in size and installation process. In some cases like the soffit vent, smaller holes have to be cut out, while in turbine vents, it has to be the same size holes. Cutting the wrong size will ensure that the installation is a failure.
Attic ventilation is a serious matter to discuss with a reputable roof contractor. For roof concerns involving ventilation, replacement or metal roofing, you can turn to My Roofing. Call (817) 912-5500 today for a free, no-obligation inspection.