The wrong approach to attic ventilation can cause serious problems in your attic, and you may never know it until it's too late.
Ventilation is one of the most important elements of your attic and roof design.
But ventilation is much more than a simple breeze blowing through your house. It's a process that provides a steady, high volume of air movement. Proper ventilation requires an entire system of components, expertly designed to provide constant intake and exhaust of air.
Shingle manufacturers require proper attic ventilation in order for their shingle warranty to be valid.
You may not realize that shingles are made of an oil-based material. On a 90-degree day, an attic can reach up to 150 degrees. This super heating of the shingles dries their oils and causes the loss of the small stones, or granules, embedded in the asphalt to protect the shingles from UV-rays.
Once these stones come off, the asphalt is exposed to powerful UV rays, and the shingles will fail.
Installing proper attic ventilation:
- Reduces heat build up during the summer, and saves you money by reducing your air conditioning use.
- When the overhang or soffits are properly venting, the roof vents draw air from the outside of the home rather than interior the living space, reducing energy costs in the winter.
- Eliminates moisture that leads to black mold, mildew and wood rot.
- Protects against the development of ice dams in winter
- Extends the life of your shingles
- Helps prevent premature roof failure
- Protects the “R” value of your insulation
According to experts, ridge venting, along with balanced soffit ventilation, is the best solution for most homes, and the method recommended by quality shingle manufacturers.
Ridge venting is most effective when the ridge of your home is long enough to provide the correct amount of exhaust venting.
You may think because of the age and design of your home, you will never be able to properly vent your attic in this way. However, Juffs Roofing has encountered almost every situation and we will put our extensive experience with attic ventilation to work for you.
Why homes need attic ventilation:
Click here to view an electronic presentation explaining how attic ventilation can help protect your home. Learn why your home needs attic ventilation and how to select the proper attic ventilation products.
Ridge Vent Heat Buildup Test
Click here to learn how well or how poorly various styles of ridge vents perform in terms of minimizing heat buildup inside the attic. These tests were conducted at the University of Illinois.
Juffs Roofing is here to help you! Ask us about how to install a ventilation system and maximize the value you of your home.