The state of your roof has a huge impact on the condition of your attic, and in turn, your attic can affect many factors of your roof. It’s important to understand attic maintenance for your home and the most effective ways to keep it in tip top shape.
Insulation is the most effective way to control the temperature in your attic. Without proper insulation, if it’s too cold or too hot, your energy bill will through the roof…literally. Avoid mold and mildew with a well controlled and maintained insulated attic.
Adequate attic ventilation is extremely important and often times overlooked.The primary function of ventilation is to let excess moisture and humidity escape from the home.
Moisture fills the air in our home from cooking, showering, and running appliances such as, dishwashers and clothes dryers. This warm humid air migrates upward and eventually into our attic space. If there is no place for this moisture to escape, it becomes trapped in your attic. This trapped hot and moist air can have a detrimental effect to the integrity and aesthetic appeal of your home. It could even decrease the life expectancy of certain building materials.
Absence or lack of proper attic ventilation forces this trapped moisture to permeate the roof decking and rafters. When the moisture content of wood in your attic reaches a certain level, rafters and decking begin to sag. As a result, you end up with a drooping or sagging look to your roof, which greatly impacts the appearance or “curb appeal” of the Home.
Inadequate attic ventilation can also decrease the life of asphalt composition shingles by as much as 50%. Good ventilation allows for cool air flow underneath the roof deck and cools the shingle. Shingle manufacturers will not warranted their products without the minimum required “Net Air Flow” for your attic size.
Gutters that are a bit on the older side may have worn down and developed leaks or holes, which defeat the purpose of gutters all together. For more information on attic ventilation and what we offer, click here!
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