Most Arizona homeowners don’t typically think of their attic as a part of their roofing system, but it is actually an important aspect of your home’s structure! Basic science explains that heat rises and can collect in the attic of your East Valley home if you do not have proper attic ventilation. If you have ever been inside your attic on a hot summer day, you know it can feel like a sauna with excessive heat and moisture.
Heat and moisture inside the attic of your home can cause significant problems.
This is why having proper ventilation in place is incredibly important. Roof vents offer the heat and moisture an escape route to keep your roof and your home healthy. Based on your home’s design and roofing style, there are several different types of vents that can be used. Regardless of the type of home or ventilation you have, the ventilation will help lower the opportunity for an issue to form.
When your attic is not properly ventilated, it can cause damage to your roof, the structure of your home, and the systems that keep it functioning. Heat and moisture without an escape route can cause these problems:
An improperly ventilated attic creates the perfect environment for mold or mildew growth. This development can be formed on any of the surfaces in your attic, including the walls, insulation, and personal belongings. Mold formation in your attic can also cause health concerns.
Installing ventilation will help deter future mold growth, but it will not clean up the previously formed mold. Most homeowners can manage small mold outbreaks on their own, but mold forming in your attic can be more difficult. You may need a professional mold removal company to make sure the mold is cleaned up properly and completely.
Poor attic ventilation typically causes issues from the inside out. The longer you let the problems inside your home go untouched, the more damage it is going to cause. It can even work its way through your roofing system.
As moisture forms inside your attic, it can seep through the roof deck and dissolve adhesives used to hold it together. This can cause your roof to warp and sag between your rafters. It is important to note if you suspect your roof deck is spongy, you should not walk on it! A professional roofer can diagnose this issue properly and perform necessary repairs.
The excess heat in your attic caused by improper ventilation can also damage the underlayment to your roofing materials. Cracked shingles or tiles can be a sign of improper ventilation. Double check with your trusted roofer before you plan on replacing the underlayment only. Doing so could come with additional cost to add ventilation.
Additional Air Conditioning System Expenses
If your attic does not have proper ventilation, it will likely hold a lot more heat and for a longer time than an attic that does have ventilation. When your attic holds more heat, your air conditioner has to work overtime to keep the rest of your home comfortable. As your AC system is running more often, two things can happen to add expense to your monthly bills.
First, the more your cooling system runs, the more energy it uses. This will drive your monthly utility bills higher and cost you a bit more out of your pocket. Second, the more your AC system runs, the quicker it will wear down the unit and its components. As your unit wears down, this could cause a major expense if the unit needs replaced or frequently repaired.
If you suspect your attic ventilation is causing excess wear and tear on your AC system, you will not only want to call a professional roofer, but also an HVAC technician. They will be able to provide you a full report on your units and any necessary repairs to keep your home comfortable.
Seek Professional Support
Properly maintaining your roof is important for the health of your home and the systems to keep you comfortable. If you are in need of a roof repair or maintenance program, contact Craven Construction. Our team is available to professionally assess your home and provide you with the best attic ventilation for your roof. Schedule your FREE estimate today and make sure your roof is properly ventilated to last for years to come!
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