In our previous blog, we touched on poor ventilation being a problem for roofs based o various factors. These seemingly small details play a large role in your roofing system’s functionality and should not be overlooked. If your home is old or has a roof that hasn’t been upgraded in a long time, it’s important to inspect your roof and attic’s ventilation system to see if everything is working. This includes:
- Checking for cracks and holes in any grilles
- Ensuring that all motors in any ventilation fans are running properly
- Confirming if there are enough ventilation units
It pays to inspect your ventilation system and explore options to improve it. Here are a few reasons why having a good ventilation system in your attic matters.
Because Poor Ventilation Raises Energy Bills
Roofs that trap in heat raise energy bills in the summer. When heat rises, it reaches your roof and is supposed to escape through the vents. However, when there aren’t enough vents or if the vents are broken, clogged, or damaged, there won’t be enough traffic out of them. As a result, heat gets trapped in your attic and keeps your home’s internal temperatuare higher than it needs to be. Your HVAC detects the higher temperature in the home and runs more often. This raises energy bills and wears down your hvac more quickly. When such a simple solution can save you money in these areas, it’s a no-brainer.
Because Bad Ventilation Causes Ice Dams
Attics with inadequate ventilation don’t just cause problems in the summer. They can also cause ice dams that lead to the premature wear of your roof. Attics without a solid ventilation system can cause uneven “hot spots” on the roof during the winter that can lead to damaging ice dams. When some of the ice melts then refreezes again, it can weigh down the roof and gutters and even damage your shingles. This is a completely preventable situation that can save you a lot of money in costs when the weather thaws the ice.
Because Cracked Grilles Can Invite Pests
Any breach in your roofing system, whether it’s in your soffit, eaves, or roofbed itself, can invite undesired guests into your home. Cracked ventilation grilles can easily let in pests like termites, wasps, carpenter bees, ants, rodents, and other home-destroying pests. Over time, even the best vents can wear down after being exposed to seasons of summer heat and winter frost. It doesn’t cost much to replace these units. Both the grilles and the labor required are minimal, but the payoffs are excellent.
Install New Ventilation with Noble Roofing
There are 7 types of roofing and attic ventilation that our team can install to improve the air flow and efficiency of your system. Ask us about these options and other solutions available on the market:
- Ridge Vents across the roof’s peak
- Off Ridge Vents
- Box Vents/ Louver Vents
- Electric Attic Vents
- Solar Powered Attic Vents
- Roof Turbines/Whirlybirds
- Cupola Vents
- Soffit/Intake Vents
Whether you’re looking for better form or function, or simply feel that a new roof is in order, trust Noble Roofing, the preferred choice for roof replacement in Centreville VA and surrounding cities. Give us a call at (703) 404-0505 to speak with our roofing experts. You can also request a free estimate through our online request form today.