When it comes to extending the life of your roof, attic ventilation is a must. Alpine Roofing offers the professional attic ventilation Toronto homeowners have come to depend on. These systems function by pushing continuous, outside air into your attic in order to remove heat and moisture. Proper ventilation means your roof and attic stays cooler during those hot summer months, and it also prevents frost from building up beneath your shingles in the winter. As well, attic ventilation will extend the life of your shingles, prevent roof rot, and slow the deterioration of your roof over time.
Some common types of ventilation include:
Natural Attic Ventilation
Using a combination of insulation and vents, this natural attic ventilation keeps roofs cool in Toronto by allowing the natural flow of outdoor air into the attic. It’s important to remember to not block air flow in the eaves by covering soffit vents with your insulation. Use both rafter vents and soffit vents to maintain cool air flow.
Attic Fan Ventilation
An attic fan draws in cooler air from outside in order to cool down your attic while at the same time pushing out the hot air. It’s important that your attic is well-sealed so that attic fans don’t suck up conditioned air from your house as this can cause your air conditioner to work harder and increase your energy bill.
At Alpine Roofing, we understand the benefits of installing proper attic ventilation in Toronto residences. Not only will your attic and roof be kept cooler during the summer months, but it can also save you money on roof repairs in the future.
Other benefits of proper attic ventilation include:
Preventing damages from the buildup of ice dams
Lessening the potential for condensation that can lead to wood rot and wet, ineffective insulation
Preserving the overall structural integrity of your roof and attic
Reducing heating and cooling bills
Improving air quality and reducing health problems like asthma, allergies, colds and sinus conditions
Not sure if your attic is properly ventilated? Alpine Roofing has a few tips. Be on the lookout for these signs that may indicate your attic is unventilated or under ventilated:
Check your eaves and roof for vents. Don’t have any vents? Then you need some. Some vents are harder to see than others so make sure to do a thorough search.
Feel your ceiling on a warm, sunny day to see if it’s hot. If it is then your attic is even hotter and requires better ventilation.
See thick ridges of ice on your eaves during the winter? That’s a sign of poor ventilation and can lead to ice dams that can damage your roof’s structure.
Take a flashlight and inspect your attic during the winter. If you see dampness or frost, you need to improve ventilation. These signs indicate warm air has escaped your living space to the attic, carrying moisture with it.
Attempting to ventilate the attic on your own can be very difficult if you are not a professional, and you may not even realize you are causing more harm than good until the damage has been done. Why take the risk? Instead, hire the Alpine Roofing professionals for your attic ventilation project.
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