Although several homeowners may think that once they have spent a few thousand dollars on replacing a shingle roof, they will not need to give it a second thought for the next 10 – 20 years. However, this is not the case. To ensure that the warranty on their new shingle roofing remains in force, property owners will need to see to it that there is sufficient ventilation passing through attic space at all times.
Keeping a constant flow of air through a home’s attic space is not only crucial for maintaining a warranty on a shingle roof; it will also prevent dampness and condensation from accumulating in the insulation material over time. Over time, the excess condensation will not only cause the attic to become damp; there is a strong chance of black mold developing, which will spread to the rest of the house in little to no time.
Shingles that are exposed to excessive heat from an attic could warp or even loosen prematurely, resulting in a homeowner having to perform repairs sooner than initially anticipated. Installing an appropriate attic ventilation system will help prevent both of these scenarios from occurring.
Another significant benefit of using the correct form of attic ventilation is that it has been shown to reduce indoor temperatures during summer by as much as 40 degrees. This means that the home’s HVAC system to air-conditioning units will not have to work nearly as hard as they did before to keep the property at a comfortable temperature indoors.
Not only will a home’s HVAC and air-conditioning units no longer have to work as hard as they did before having attic ventilation installed; it will result in homeowners being able to reduce their summer energy bills by as much as 20% as well. Over the course of a year, this could amount to a few thousand dollars, depending on the size of the home in question.
When an attic starts heating up, all of the roof’s underlayment beneath the shingles also gets extremely hot. Over time, this results in it becoming extremely brittle and ineffective.
Keeping attic temperatures as low as possible will prevent all of this from happening and ultimately extend the useful lifespan of a home’s roof. In some cases, installing attic ventilation has been known to extend a roof’s life by as much as 10 years.
Homeowners who want to have attic ventilation systems installed must ensure that they have the work done by accredited, licensed and insured roofing contractors. If you are a homeowner and you want to learn more about installing attic ventilation, feel free to contact our team of experienced roofing professionals at your earliest convenience. They will always be on hand to assist you.