What is Roof Ventilation? Does Your Home Need it?

Did you know that most homes in America do not have proper roof ventilation? According to roofing experts, poor roof ventilation can not only cause premature roof damage but also create unsafe living conditions for homeowners. To help you get a better understanding of what roof ventilation is and how it can benefit you, we’ve created this roof ventilation 101 guide, which aims to highlight the importance of proper roof ventilation.

Roof Ventilation 101

Simply put, roof ventilation is the process of installing a series of strategically placed vents that work to provide a means of allowing outside air to flow in and out of your home’s attic or ventilation spaces. Depending on the climate, the purpose of your roof venting project can be to maintain a colder temperature for your roof so that you can avoid issues such the formation ice dams created and excess moisture in your attic. On the other hand in a hot climate, roof ventilation works to reduce your home’s cooling load and relieve some of the strain put on your air-conditioning system.

Here are a few essential benefits of roof venting:

  • Helps to extend the life of your roof
  • Lowers your energy costs
  • Reduces indoor temperature extremes

Common Roof Ventilation Myths

Like most things in life, there are a few myths surrounding roof ventilation that we feel are important to dispel. So without further ado, let’s dive into the top three myths surrounding roof venting:

  • Roof vents are only for extremely cold or warm climates

As we’ve mentioned before, roof vents work well in both cold and warm climates, but what many homeowners fail to realize is that you don’t have to live in an extreme climate to enjoy the benefits of roof venting. Roof venting can benefit homeowners who live in warm, cold, and mixed climates.

  • Roof vents remove warm air during the winter

Since heat rises, many homeowners mistakenly think that their vents will let hot air escape their home during the winter. But, in reality, poor insulation is usually the culprit for heat loss during the winter rather than venting.

  • You can’t vent an EPDM roof

While venting an EPDM roof may be slightly more challenging than venting other roofing material, you can definitely add vents to the rubber roofing of your Bucks County, PA home. Since venting an EPDM roof requires more skills, we recommend seeking the help of a professional roofer rather than going the DIY route.

Book Your Roofing Services Today!

Looking to avoid requesting emergency roof repair services in Philadelphia this winter? Give C.R.Thompson Roofing a call today at 215-375-7904,and we’ll walk you through how a roof ventilation system can help you save money on your repair costs.


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