Your home’s roof provides protection from the elements. But to remain structurally sound and efficient, your roof needs its own protection—especially from summertime attic heat and moisture.
Your house is more than a home; it’s an investment. By ensuring your attic is properly ventilated, you can reap long-lasting benefits—and save money on cooling.
Why is attic ventilation so important?
There are several ways that a properly ventilated attic can make your home more comfortable and secure. For starters, ventilation can help to regulate airflow and temperature, extend the life of your roof shingles, and even make your home more energy-efficient when it comes to cooling during hot summer months.
Heat and moisture rise to the attic from other parts of your home and can become trapped if your attic is not properly ventilated. This could potentially lead to a long list of problems, including:
- Damage to rafters and wood fixtures
- Increased energy costs due to excess heat
- A lower lifespan of shingles, as they’re being overheated from both inside and out
- Damage from ice in the winter due to the freezing of trapped condensation
Plus, poor ventilation can damage your attic insulation, which is the main source of preventing heat from entering other parts of your home in the first place. Not only can trapped heat and moisture deteriorate your insulation, costing you money for replacement and potential repairs, but when your attic isn’t insulated the right way, it heats the rest of your house, raising the cost of cooling and air conditioning.
How do I ventilate my attic?
There are actions you can take to see if your attic needs ventilation. Start by looking at your roof and eaves to see if you currently have any vents. You can also feel your ceiling on a hot day to see if it’s warm to the touch; if so, you may have trapped heat in your attic.
Your best bet is to contact a local roofing expert like GKontos Roofing Specialists, based in Dutchess County and serving homeowners throughout the Hudson Valley and Westchester regions.
A roofing specialist can take the guesswork out of this important home-improvement by inspecting your eaves, roof, and attic to ensure your home is properly ventilated.
Summer in the Hudson Valley means hot, sunny weeks and plenty of rainy or humid days in between. While we can’t control the weather, GKontos Roofing Specialists can ensure your roof can protect your home, no matter what summer brings.
Contact us today to schedule your free estimate or if you have any other questions.