Importance of Attic Ventilation in Roof Leak Prevention

Importance of Attic Ventilation in Roof Leak Prevention

Attic ventilation is an important part of home construction, yet most homes have either no ventilation or not enough of it. Inadequate attic ventilation can lead to a host of problems, with roof leaks being among the most common.

In order to prevent these issues and extend the life of your roof, you need an attic that literally “breathes.”

Why Is Attic Ventilation Important

With proper attic ventilation, you allow for warm, moist air – which naturally rises – to safely escape your home rather than building up in the form of condensation. This helps you keep humidity levels under control, which not only helps maintain the health of your roof, but also helps to keep home heating and cooling costs more manageable.

Without proper attic ventilation, warm and moist air has nowhere to go, creating potentially dangerous attic conditions in the form of condensation, mold and mildew. This, in turn, can make your paint blister and peel, compromise the structural integrity of your attic, create weaknesses in your roof and reduce the efficiency of your insulation.

Another problem that can result from improper attic ventilation is specific to the winter months: ice damming. A lack of attic ventilation can cause ice to build up in your eaves and gutters, which can buckle or fall off under the weight, causing serious and expensive damage to your home.

Have Your Attic Ventilation Checked

If you’re unsure whether or not you have adequate attic ventilation, or if your attic is unventilated, consult a professional roofing contractor. A small investment today can save you thousands of dollars down the road, not to mention hours of inconvenience.

Call All Roofing Solutions for help!

We are a reliable, affordable and honest provider of residential and commercial roofing services. We serve customers throughout Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania, and are happy to offer advice about attic insulation or other roofing issues.

Contact us to schedule an appointment or speak with a representative. Call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania.

3 Comments

  1. Posted May 22, 2014 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    You make a good point. I don’t think homeowners pay much attention to proper attic ventilation. That is, until they start noticing mold.

  2. Posted May 23, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Agreed with the above poster – this is a huge deal here in Florida and not something that should be skimped on or taken lightly – if you live in a humid region of this country then attic insulation and ventilation is a must! Best of luck in 2014 guys!

  3. Posted May 24, 2014 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    This is a concern here in Florida, especially with all the humididty and mold concerns. Ventilation in the roof is key. Great article!

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