What do you really know about attic ventilation? At Semper Solaris, we have noticed that there is a lot of confusion swirling around the role of a home’s attic when it comes to a roofing system. That’s why we want to debunk some of the most common myths we hear from people. Keep reading to get the low down on some attic misconceptions you may have bought into!
Vents Are Only Important During the Warmer Months
This myth has homeowners believing that they really only need good roof ventilation when the climate is warmer. Many believe that the main purpose of proper ventilation is improving energy efficiency. Though this is one benefit of ventilation, that isn’t its main purpose. In fact, things like home insulation, amount of sun your roof is exposed to, and even roofing materials will all be more impactful in regards to energy efficiency. So why is attic and roof ventilation important? It helps extend the life of your roof, helping warm air escape properly in the winter and keeping your roof evenly vented to keep your roof and attic cool in the summer. This does play a part in reducing energy costs, as well as maintaining moderate indoor temperatures, rather than extremes.
Roof Vents Mean You Have Good Ventilation
Another myth that is often bought into is the idea that if a home has roof vents, then it has good ventilation. Unfortunately, it isn’t this simple. Various homes may require slightly different roof vent types as well. There are ridge vents, gable vents, and more to select from. That is why it is important to go beyond simply having roof vents and ensuring you have the right roof vents. Some vents are more affordable initially, while others are more effective in keeping the airflow going. Typically, the most effective roof ventilation strategy is to utilize a ride-and-soffit continuous system, which will be fine-tuned for each specific roof.
The More the Merrier
If vents are good for your roof and attic ventilation and efficiency, the more the merrier, right? Wrong. This myth has homeowners believing they need to be overly aggressive with ventilation. True, poor ventilation can lead to reducing energy efficiency, potential mold and mildew due to moisture build-up, and other issues, but loading up on vents can also cause damage. Each vent creates a vulnerability where leaks can occur, increasing the risk of moisture problems and other complications. When it comes to vents, you want to take the Goldilocks approach – not too few, not too many, but just right for your roof and attic.
Proper attic ventilation can help promote optimal indoor air quality and ensure your roof is in top condition. Think your home ventilation may need an update? Talk to the roofing team at Semper Solaris today to learn how we can help!