Does My Attic Need Better Ventilation?

Posted on March 13, 2019 · Posted in Roofing Education

Roof ventilation is something you may not think much about. However, it can be an important part of keeping your home moisture-free and your roof protected. It also helps to reduce your cooling bills and aids in reducing ice dam presence in the winter. Here’s what you need to know.

Do You Need Roof Attic Ventilation?

The roof needs good ventilation throughout the year. During the warmer months, heat builds up in these areas. Having a ventilation system can help reduce the home’s energy use, while also protecting the shingles from damage. If the ceiling of your home feels hot on any given day, then you likely need to install them.

You also may notice evidence of the need for roof ventilation during the winter months. For example, thick ridges of ice may develop along the eaves – which indicates there’s poor ventilation present, allowing warm air to get out. This can create a dangerous situation where ice forms. If you notice any dampness or frost on the rafters or the roof sheathing, you need to improve the ventilation there.

A Variety of Options Exist for Most Homes

Even if you have a roof that isn’t typical, you still need to consider proper ventilation. For example, when it comes to roof ventilation with no attic, there are still solutions available to properly vent your home. These are generally installed under baffles to help reduce the presence of heat. And, there are numerous options for roof ventilation in finished attic spaces. You do not have to see them, nor do you have to worry about them causing damage to the interior of the attic space.

If your home’s roof doesn’t seem to have any roof vents, allow a roofer to refer you to a professional building analyst who can provide guidance on how many and which locations you need them. If you have vents present, but you are noticing these signs anyway, it may be time to consider upgrades or additional options. Your building analyst can make suggestions for all types of roof ventilation systems based on the needs and size of your home.

You Don’t Have to Make the Decision on Your Own – Call Our Team for Help

Attic ventilation isn’t something to overlook. In cooperation with the experienced technicians at Horch Roofing, a new roof ventilation system can be installed safely. Call us today to learn more about the options for your home.

Work with your roofing professional at Horch Roofing to learn more about the products that are right for your needs. Horch Roofing is Midcoast Maine’s largest and most experienced roofing contractor. We provide metal roofing, asphalt shingle roofing, EPDM rubber roofing, and seamless gutters for both residential and commercial roofing projects. We also offer free roof estimates or job estimates. Horch Roofing has been roofing homes on the coast of Maine since 2003.  We serve the communities of coastal Maine from our headquarters in Warren. You can call us at (207) 273-1111, visit us at 2414 Camden Road, or contact us online.