Do not underestimate the importance of ventilation. As HomeAdvisor.com says, “Few things are more misunderstood about the home than attic ventilation. In essence, all ventilation is about circulating air to keep it fresh and to reduce moisture levels. About 90 percent of homes in the US have unreasonably high levels of moisture. Understanding whether your home could benefit from some form of attic ventilation might just be, if not a life-saver, a roof saver.”
Even someone who isn’t savvy when it comes to particulars about home building and home maintenance would stop to process HomeAdvisor’s above comments. The fact that 90% of US homes hold higher moisture levels than what’s deemed ideal or proper for a home sends the wide-eyed look to even the most confident of homeowners.
Put simply: Ventilation matters.
Proper Ventilation is Calculated, Not One Size Fits All
Too many people believe all ventilation is created equal. This is not true. Proper ventilation is calculated based on attic space square footage, whether the ventilation was properly installed and if a home needs a ridge vent for ideal ventilation, whether or not that ridge vent exists and is properly installed. Lomanco adds that “proper ventilation consists of 50% intake ventilation placed near the lower part of the attic space, and 50% exhaust ventilation placed near or at the roof peak. The exhaust ventilation should be at least 3 feet higher than the intake vacation.”
What’s a ridge vent and why is it important, you ask? Expert Home Report discusses the importance of a ridge vent on the roof, and points out the following:
- “When a ridge vent is installed, the damp, warm air that accumulates in the attic has a way to escape.”
- “This ventilation prevents your home from gathering excessive moisture that can lead to the formation of mold and mildew.”
- “A ridge vent on your roof prolongs the life of your roof.”
- A ridge vent on your roof “helps to moderate the overall temperature of your home, increasing your energy efficiency.”
Hire The Best Roofers
The importance of hiring a roofing company that understands the importance of ventilation and pays attention to roofing and construction advancements isn’t just wise; it’s crucial.
Companies like Nitro Roofing & Construction stand ready for your call. Nitro, for example, offers 0% financing up to 21 months (OAC), 100% free quotes, and no obligation. A phone call to Nitro is the first step you need to take to ensure the quality of your roof and ventilation, in general, sits at the highest level possible.