Is Your Attic Properly Ventilated
A Proper Fort Worth Attic Ventilation System allows a continual flow of outside air through the attic, protecting the efficiency of the insulation and helping to lower temperatures in the living space. It consists of a balance between air intake (at your eaves or soffits) and air outtake (at or near your roof ridge). To insure proper air flow through the attic you need to have the proper amount of air intake as well as air outtake.
It is estimated that 9 out of 10 homes in North America do not have proper attic ventilation because most people are unaware that attic ventilation can impact the longevity of their entire home! For example, in the summer, improper ventilation can cause attic heat to build in excess of 160°F. This super-heated air eventually penetrates the ceiling insulation into the living area below.
Types of damage that can result include:
- Premature aging of your roofing system (“fried” shingles)
- Warping, cracking, or breaking down of wood framing
- Damage to siding, exterior or interior paint, and wallpaper
Attic Ventilation Helps With Efficiency
A Properly Ventilated Fort Worth Attic can help reduce the load on your air conditioner by moving the super-heated air out of your attic before it builds up and causes damage.
In the winter, various household appliances, bathtubs, showers, and cooking vapors can contribute to excess moisture build-up. Improperly ventilated attics will allow this moisture to collect and cling to the underside of the roof. The moisture will condense and fall, soaking the attic insulation and reducing its efficiency.
Additional structural damage can include:
- Roof deck warping and rotting of the wood frame
- Mildew growth
- Buckling of shingles and felt
Finally, most manufacturers’ warranties are voided due to improper attic ventilation.
Call Lighthouse Residential Roofing, LLC today for a free attic analysis.