What’s in your attic? The attic is the most overlooked area of the home. Making sure yours is properly ventilated and insulated will keep you and your roof more comfortable.

Attic Ventilation

Essentially, you want your attic to be the same temperature as the outdoors. With poor ventilation, heat and humidity can build up in your attic and lead to a host of problems including the following:

Ice Dams

Ever notice a massive icicle? If you see a build up of ice near the gutter or roof this is an ice dam. Ice dams destroy shingles and the problem should be corrected with attic ventilation, air sealing and insulation. Check out All About Ice Dams for more information.

Roof Damage

A cool roof lasts longer? All roofs wear out and eventually fail. However, keeping your roof cool with ventilation helps prolong the roofs life and prevent premature wear and shingle curl.

Condensation

Attic have frost in the winter? Excessive frost on the underside of the roof deck is a sure sign of poor ventilation and insulation. Where there is frost and moisture, black mold is sure to follow

Mold and Rot

Black discoloration on the roof? In our climate, adequate ventilation is critical to preventing mold and mildew on the underside of the roof deck. After adding ventilation, air seal attic penetrations to prevent warm moist air from migrating into the attic and condensing on the roof.

Getting a Cooler Attic

In addition, a ventilated attic stays cooler during the Summer months and your home will stay cooler as well. The air conditioner will not have to work as hard and you’ll save on cooling bills. A properly ventilated attic will allow humidity to escape and keep your attic and insulation dry. When adding ventilation it’s important to make sure your attic has similar levels of low and high venting.

Insulation and Ventilation for Greater Comfort

For more information on ventilation, attic ventilation, insulation, condensation, or any other ‘tions, or any questions give Comfort 1st Insulation a call (833) 244-7283, email info@comfort1stinsulation.com or fill out our contact form. We’re certified and accredited professionals with the experience and knowledge to provide the best Insulation System tailored to your needs.