At Absolute Home Solutions, we work hard to ensure your home isn’t just beautifully maintained from the outside. We want to make sure that what’s happening under your roof is also maintained and working to prolong the life of your home and your HVAC unit(s). Roof ventilation is one of the easiest things homeowners overlook or honestly, never think about at all. Roof ventilation can cause a host of serious problems for your home as well as the people inside.
- Mold & Mildew – expensive to eradicate and dangerous to everyone inside your home. The humid environment of an attic is the perfect place for moisture to get trapped without proper ventilation.
- Rust – probably wondering what would rust in your attic? Thinking about your stored belongings?? How about those nails and fasteners that are literally holding your roofing shingles in place. Rust and corrosion allow for a slow water seep, meaning sometimes water damage is unnoticed for years causing extensive damage and excessive mold.
- Ice Dams – Ice that can form along your roof’s edge from improper ventilation and warm air escaping where it shouldn’t. This ice then prevents melted snow from draining off the roof. With nowhere to go, that water is trapped and can leak into your home.
- HVAC wear & tear – an attic with no air flow means your home is much harder to keep cool in summer and warm in winter, which causes your HVAC unit to work twice as hard.
- Saggy or spongy roof decking – Moisture trapped inside your roof decking from those rusty nails can cause soft spots where moisture is held.
- Shortened roof life – The heat and moisture caused by improper roof ventilation will allow your roof decking to dry-rot and will shorten the lifespan of your shingles and underlay.
All of these issues are expensive fixes! Average cost for just a roof vent can be under $1000. Depending on the complexity of your home and how it is currently vented, roof ventilation can be a very inexpensive way to protect your home. The best options for keeping your home and attic well ventilated are:
Soffit Vents – which allow for intake ventilation are designed to keep pests out while allowing air to move freely.
Exhaust Vents– which allow hot and cold air to be expelled from the attic at its highest point.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have about your home’s roofing ventilation. We can also schedule a free consultation to determine how inexpensively you can take better care of your home! From your roof repair to window repair and installation and deck builders, we can help with everything in between. Give our team at Absolute Home Solutions a call today.