Why Roof Ventilation is Important for Your Home

A Clear Lake TX roofing contractor would advise you that your home must have adequate roof ventilation throughout the attic in every season. This freely flowing circulation is necessary to balance the outdoor air temperature with the temperature of the air retained in the attic by your insulation.

Ventilation Requirements

Never cover the attic soffit vents with insulation. Although you might think this is keeping your attic warm in winter and cool in summer, it is actually making your HVAC system work harder, which increases your utility bills.

Ventilation Benefits

If your roofing system does not have proper ventilation, it can attract and promote the growth of fungus, mold and mildew. Given enough time, these nasty pathogens will damage your roof. Then, they could rot your roof supports and attic walls. Without adequate ventilation, you might be facing an emergency Clear Lake TX roof repair. The mold and mildew can also work its way into your HVAC system where it can be spread throughout your home very quickly. A mold infestation in your HVAC vents can sicken your entire family if it is not dealt with properly. Proper ventilation reduces moisture buildup in the attic. This lessens the likelihood that fungus or mold will colonize.

Ventilation also prevents a buildup of carbon monoxide in your attic. High carbon monoxide levels can kill you while you sleep. It is critical to keep the air circulating in the attic and to install a carbon monoxide detector in your home.

A Clear Lake TX residential roofing company, such as Paramount Roofing, can install special roof-mounted fans or passive vents to guarantee that your attic stays ventilated. Ridge vents fit directly in the peak of a sloped roof. They are recommended for most roofs. If there is insulation on the attic floor, you should have rafter vents or baffles installed. They fit between the rafters or in the junction of the roof and walls. They will keep the air flowing all year long through the soffits.

If your attic is well ventilated, your roof will last longer. Your HVAC system will not have to work so hard to keep your home comfortable, which will extend its life as well.

Paramount Roofing has been helping residential and commercial customers keep their attics ventilated for decades. Call us at 713-748-4000 to have one of our skilled technicians come to examine your attic and your roof. Having a regular seasonal inspection can keep your home comfortable and help you to avoid the inconvenience and cost of a Clear Lake TX roof repair.