Is your attic properly insulated and ventilated? If you’re not sure, it’s time to find out. Your attic is a major factor in the performance of your roofing system. It’s where insulation and ventilation products work together to maintain household moisture and adequate temperature. Without proper attic insulation or ventilation, heat and moisture or cold frost can be trapped in the attic for weeks at a time, causing significant damage to your roof and home!
Why is Insulation so Important?
Attic insulation is the key to a comfortable and energy-efficient home. In colder weather, it helps keep warm air inside during winter months so you don’t have cold spots in your house or HVAC system struggling with increased demand for heating capacity; while in warmer seasons attic insulation helps keep the hot air outside from entering your home, keeping it cooler in the process. Attic insulation can also help you save money on your energy bills. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that homeowners who properly insulate their homes properly could save up to 30 percent on cooling costs and 20 percent on heating costs!
How Does Proper Insulation Affect my Roof?
Attic insulation helps maintain a consistent temperature on the roof deck. This is important, as it can help extend the life of your roofing shingles and other roofing materials. Excessive moisture can cause the roof decking to warp and buckle, which will shorten the life of your roof. A balanced ventilation system is also necessary to prevent moisture build-up in the attic..
What are the Benefits of Balanced Ventilation?
Balanced ventilation helps keep excessive household moisture and heat out of the attic. A balanced ventilation system includes both exhaust and intake vents that work together to create a flow of air. Attic ventilation helps to prevent the formation of ice dams on the roof, which can cause water damage to your home. Attic ventilation also helps to reduce the load on your HVAC system, which can save you money on your monthly energy bills.
How do I know if my attic is properly ventilated?
You can tell if you have an imbalance in your attic ventilation by checking for these signs:
– Exhaust fans are running all the time or not at all
– The attic is very hot in the summer or very cold in the winter
– There is condensation on windows or ceilings below the attic
If you see any of these signs, it’s likely that your attic isn’t getting enough ventilation.
If you’re worried that your attic may not be properly ventilated and is affecting the overall health of your roofing system, contact The WNY Company today. Our roofing specialists will be happy to evaluate the condition of any roofing system and recommend an appropriate course of action to repair any flaws we find. Call us today at (716) 776-7663 or visit our contact page.