Did you know that attic ventilation is crucial to keeping your roof safe and sturdy? It’s the ventilation that keeps moisture levels low and ensures that the air continues to circulate through the home. However, many people don’t understand attic ventilation fully and believe a handful of myths that we would like to address today. If you are looking for a roofing company Clarksville can trust, be sure to call the professionals at Sparks Roofing today!
Myth: More Ventilation is the Best Ventilation
It might be easy to think that more is better, but this is certainly not the case when it comes to attic ventilation. While not enough ventilation can lead to moisture problems and poor energy efficiency, too much ventilation can be just as bad. The vents in your roof create vulnerable spots for leaks to cause damage. Having too many of these seams in your roof can even lead to blowouts during major storms and allow sparks to enter your home that could possibly set it on fire. So, how much ventilation do you need? Always talk to one of the professionals at Sparks Roofing to find out exactly what you need for your roof. Typically, you need about one square foot of ventilation for every 300 square feet of ceiling space. With the combination of air resistance and other interferences, the entire vent opening does not really count as vented space.
Myth: Roof Vents are Only for Homes in Warmer Climates
A common misconception about roof vents is that they are only to help the energy efficiency of a home during the summer. While a good roof ventilation system can do this, it doesn’t make too much of a difference when other factors get in the way (such as shingle color and sun exposure). The greater benefit of a solid roof and attic ventilation system is the stability it can give your home through the colder months. This is when it’s more likely for water damage and condensation to cause problems in your home.
Myth: Roof Vents Let out Heat During the Winter
You may think that, since heat rises, the warmth of your home will escape through your attic ventilation system during the winter. However, if this is happening, it is due to poor insulation – not the vents! Check to make sure that your furnace is not heating your attic, and that you don’t have poor insulation. An attic’s bad insulation usually means that air thick with moisture is sitting in your attic and forming condensation on your roof. This can lead to rotting wood and a damaged roof!
Myth: Having Roof Vents Means I Have Roof Insulation
Depending on what kind of roof vents you may have, they may not be doing your home any favors. The type of vents your home should have depends on how the wind blows over your Clarksville home, how the roof is shaped, and which way the home faces. Some vents are perfect for one home but have no obvious benefits for another. That’s why it’s always best to contact a professional to be completely sure which one you need for your roof.
If you want to learn more about attic and roofing ventilation, be sure to contact the professionals at Sparks Roofing today! We can help your roof protect you and your family better. Call now!