5 Problems Caused by Poor Attic Ventilation

5 Problems Caused by Poor Attic Ventilation

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Approximately nine out of ten homes in North America don’t have proper attic ventilation.  Many people don’t realize it, but attic ventilation can greatly affect your home’s insulation, temperature, and the life of your roof.

During the hot summer months, improper ventilation leads to high energy costs.  In rainy, humid months, it can lead to a build-up of moisture which leads to deterioration of walls and insulation.  The American Institute of Architects estimates that 90 percent of homes in the U.S. have unacceptably high levels of moisture.

Proper ventilation can be achieved through windows, skylights, and vents.  Here are a few other damages that can occur:

  • Shingle Damage:
    In the summer months, heat can build in excess of 160°F in a poorly ventilated attic.  This causes the roof to deteriorate and the shingles to fry.  Do you know if your roof was damaged by this summer’s heat? Call a roofing expert who can spot deterioration you may miss.
  • Wood Deterioration:
    The excess heat and moisture will also lead to warping, cracking, and the breakdown of wood infrastructures.
  • Interior Damage:
    Wallpaper, paint, and trimming will undergo stress due to the heat and moisture, causing damage to the interior of your home.  You may not realize that an issue with your attic is causing this damage, but a roofing expert can investigate the true cause of the problem.
  • High Energy Costs:
    Attic ventilation is affordable and will most likely pay for itself.  You will begin to see the decrease in your energy costs (and possibly other home repair costs) once you achieve proper ventilation.
  • Premature Damage:
    Proper ventilation will prolong the life of your air conditioner, roof, shingles, and paint.

If you think attic ventilation may need to be improved in your home, call Fessler Home Improvement for a consultation. You can reach one of our friendly staff members at our Murfreesboro location by calling (888) 473-0630 for ideas or an estimate.  We guarantee all our roofing and home improvements and strive for excellence in everything that we do.

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