Attic ventilation is not something we often think of when it comes to home ownership. Instead, we may be saving for that new kitchen remodel, a new paint job, or some energy efficient appliances. While all of these things are well and good, we may just want to bump them down on our list until we get that attic ventilated.
Here are three things reasons why:
Attic ventilation reduces moisture buildup when there is snow on your roof. Living in Colorado, we spend much of the year with two extremes: blazing sun, and snowpack. As far as your roof is concerned, both of these conditions can lead to some serious roof deterioration. But when snow accumulates on your roof, you have more to consider than simply roof damage. Snow holds in moisture, and moisture that can’t escape leads to two things: mold and water damage. How do you offset this? The best way to prevent mold and water damage when snow collects on your roof is to ventilate your attic. By adding airflow close to the roof you prevent the moisture buildup, and help your roof dry out much faster. And as far as your roof is concerned, the sooner you can get the snow off, the better.
Attic ventilation reduces risk of mold. With the combination of fierce hailstorms and heavy snowfall Colorado gets every year, we shouldn’t be surprised that one of the biggest challenges we face is preventing mold. Anywhere moisture collects and airflow is reduced mold can grow. For this reason, the more ventilation you can put in your house, the less likely you are to face a mold problem down the road. And yet when ventilating a home, the attic is typically one of the last places people consider. But this is also why you should put attic ventilation first on your list of ways to prevent mold.
Attic ventilation is needed with asphalt shingle roof systems. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) website, asphalt shingle manufacturers’ warranties may make coverage conditional on meeting their minimum ventilation requirements. For this reason, the NRCA recommends that homeowners consult manufacturers for specific ventilation requirements when selecting an asphalt shingle product.
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