In this Attention to Details in Roofing article, we start discussing attic ventilation for homes in the Wichita, KS area including McPherson, Hutchinson, and Newton. We will cover this topic over a series of articles as we discuss in depth the importance of attic ventilation.

What to know about attic ventilation

Unfortunately, most homes in North America are not properly ventilated. This area is commonly overlooked during roof replacements due to the average contractor cutting corners to save money, and many homeowners are simply unaware of the benefits of proper attic ventilation. Not only does improper ventilation lead to premature roof degradation and decking damage, it can also result in mold, ice dams, wasted energy, and more. These negative results apply to homes in both warmer and cooler climates.

What are the benefits of proper attic ventilation?

By having a properly vented attic space, the home and/or home’s roof system will reap many benefits. A good contractor will take the time to explain the importance of proper ventilation as well as the following benefits:

  • The home will meet building code (e.g. for Sedgwick County, KS). All current building code books specify attic ventilation with a specific amount required per roof system, dependent upon intake and exhaust.
  • Ventilation allows cool fresh air to enter the attic space and hot moist air to escape. Hot moist air causes many damaging side effects such as decking damage and premature degrading of the roof shingles.
  • It will save energy on heating and cooling the home. By having a hot attic, the air conditioner will have to work harder to control the interior space below it.
  • Proper ventilation will help prevent mold growth. If moist air is trapped in the attic space, it is a breeding ground for mold growth.

These are just some of the negative outcomes you will see with an imbalanced attic ventilation system. As we continue our series on ventilation, we will further explore building codes, types of ventilation including both intake and exhaust, and more.

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