There are many parts that make up a roofing system, with each one playing a significant role in protecting your home. Attic ventilation is one of these parts that is needed in order to make sure that the attic space and roof remains in good condition. However, there are a few myths about attic ventilation that need to be cleared up.
Myth: The more attic ventilation you have, the better.
Fact: While having attic ventilation is necessary to prevent moisture problems and for the overall health of your roof and attic, there is a limit on how much ventilation each home should have. Having too much will put your home at risk for roof leaks and storm damage from harsh winds. Therefore, each roof is different and will need to be assessed by a professional roofer
Myth: Attic Ventilation will remove warm air from your home during the winter.
Fact: There are some people that believe roof vents will contribute to heat loss and thus, higher monthly heating bills. However, no heat should be lost due to attic ventilation. If your heating bills are increasing due to new roof vents being installed, then your attic space clearly has an insulation problem. Your home’s heating system should not be heating your attic at all, so heat loss from this space needn’t apply.
Myth: Roof Ventilation is an easy DIY.
Fact: Adding in an additional roof vent to increase attic ventilation is something no homeowner should do. First, an expert roofer will need to assess how much ventilation your home needs based on the square footage of your attic and roof. After that, an expert installer would need to properly install each vent so it can do its job without subjecting your roof to water leaks and damage. If it costs thousands of dollars to replace a roof, why put it at risk for a shortened lifespan with DIY?
Attic ventilation is an important part of the roofing system that should be a part of EVERY homeowners’ roofs. When your roof needs additional ventilation or repair, contact Preferred Exterior. To learn more or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.