We all know that hot air rises. When this happens the air needs somewhere to go. Warm air is moist and that moisture is what causes the growth of bacteria we do not want in our homes. Without somewhere to go, this warm air will collect during the days of summer and make it much more difficult to keep your home cool; leading to rising energy costs.
Not only will sufficient ventilation protect your roofing, but all aspects of your home. Let's face it, our home is our safe place for our families. Putting the damage poor ventilation can do to roofing material aside, you must ensure sufficient air circulation or it will eventually lead to mold and fungus. We all know the health risks mold and fungus cause. If you find that there has been a long term problem with your venting, MCAS Roofing suggests having a professional roofer come in and determine if the air quality of your home needs to be tested.
The most basic way to ensure a well vented roof is with non-mechanical solutions. A Gable Vent is a cutout that has vents in it so that the warm air has somewhere to move out. Under the roof lines of the home there are also vents all around the house known as Soffit Vents. There are small circular holes right under the lip of the roofing. They allow the cooler air to enter your home and repace the warm air moving out the Gable Vent. Additionally, there are better alternatives that should be used in conjunction with non-mechanical ventilation. An attic fan can increase the air flow and force the warm air out. These come in a variety of types and a professional roofer, such as MCAS Roofing can help you find the mechanical fan that is best for
Make sure that your roof is properly ventilated because as you can see it makes a big impact on the longevity of your roofing and on the energy use for your home. Go in your attic, feel the air, look for the vents. If the air feels too hot, too cold, or if it smells musty call a roofing professional. Also, if you do not see any ventilation, make that call and ASK MCAS!