Ventilation Installment & Repair for Homes in Illinois
Why Is Attic Ventilation So Important?
Attic ventilation might seem like a minor consideration, but when properly installed, it can extend the life of your new roof. Most building codes and roofing manufacturers require proper ventilation for warranty purposes. The most effective ventilation is a balance between intake (eaves) and exhaust (roof) as the warm air in the attic rises and is released through the roof vents it pulls in cooler air from the eave vents which keeps the attic temperature cooler.
Proper ventilation can also help to prevent ice dam formation in winter months by keeping the inside attic temperature closer to the ambient temperature outside. Intake vents are normally installed in the eaves or soffit areas of the home to bring in cool air to the attic space. Exhaust vents are located high on the roof to let the warm air escape the attic.
Several types of intake and exhaust vents are available depending on the structure and needs:
- Intake vents come in many sizes and shapes, round pop in vents, rectangular cornice vents, continuous soffit vents and lanced panels for use with maintenance free vinyl or aluminum soffit and fascia systems.
- Exhaust vents also come in various styles from static roof vents, turbine vents, power attic ventilators (which are controlled with a thermostat and some models also have a humidistat control option which is highly recommended especially in winter months) and continuous ridge ventilation systems.
With proper intake and exhaust ventilation systems in place not only helps to prolong the life expectancy of your roof but will also save you hundreds of dollars in heating and cooling costs.
To discuss the whether the ventilation is up to standards in your home, contact Euclid Roofing and receive a Free Estimate on your residential ventilation needs.