Improved attic ventilation

The solid-state condition of any roof is not just determined by the quality of the roofing materials installed. Underlying factors like insulation and ventilation are just as critical, the Herald-Standard of Uniontown, PA notes.

Homeowners are often interested in projects to improve the aesthetic appeal of their homes, particularly those that may increase the curb appeal of their properties. But some projects, including improving attic ventilation, can benefit a home even when they aren’t especially eye-catching.

Attic venting preserves the life of a roof while improving the energy efficiency of a home. Although it may seem counterproductive to let air into the attic when you are sealing drafts elsewhere in the home, there is rhyme and reason to venting an attic throughout the year.

Residents of Columbus should take the importance of attic ventilation into account even before they consider owning a house. Temperatures in the Arch City creep below zero during the winter months, with January the coldest at past five degrees. The cold winter also brings the danger of ice dams, threatening to strain the roof and your house to intolerable limits. When you’re having sleepless nights about the condition of the roof and attic ventilation, professionals at roofing in Columbus, Ohio such as the good people at Muth and Co. Roofing can help.

A ventilation system basically comprises a network of vents or ventilation strips built into the edge of the roof to maintain continuous airflow in the attic. The airflow helps keep the attic nice and dry, preventing rot and mold from forming. A Columbus, Ohio roofing contractor may have other options such as putting the vents under the eaves to manage the airflow better.

The article noted that some homeowners prefer having attic fans installed, which activates upon reaching preset temperatures, to keep the area cool and dry. However, it is advisable to consult the preferred contractor about the device because setting up will require running wires into the insulation.

(Article Information and Image from Improve attic ventilation to benefit roof, energy efficiency, Herald-Standard Journal, 24 January 2014)

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