The Importance of Proper Attic Ventilation During the Summer


The attic is more than just a storage space. It is also an important component of your roofing system that must not be overlooked. After all, it contributes to your home’s comfort, especially in the summer season and plays a significant role in extending the whole system’s service life. With proper ventilation, you can achieve all of this while saving money in the process.

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In today’s post, Achten’s Quality Roofing, your local roof contractor, explains the importance of attic ventilation this summer.

Lowering Energy Consumption

You may have the best roofing material installed on top of your home, like the Timberline® Cool Series® shingle or another product from GAF. Yet, it is not enough to regulate indoor temperatures. Still, healthy ventilation is necessary to allow your home to circulate air, taking in fresh air while removing heat and moisture efficiently. On a hot and humid day, the roof’s underside can feel like a furnace.

Turning your AC unit on helps solve the problem, but keeping it on just to maintain that level of comfort can result in higher energy bills. Many roof replacement pros agree that a hot attic takes more energy to cool than one that is properly ventilated.

Maintaining the Roof’s Overall Health

Without much-needed ventilation in your attic, the heat within the space can cause shingles to curl, buckle or blister. When this happens, the roof’s defense against wind resistance and UV light is compromised, resulting in its potential failure early on in its service life.

A well-ventilated attic prevents moisture from getting trapped inside. Of course, water can be a bad thing for the building materials that make up your home. Materials such as metal and wood, when exposed to water, are prone to corrosion and rot, respectively. The latter is of particular concern since it serves as a breeding ground for mold growth.

This summer, attic ventilation should be a priority if you are looking to replace your roof system. For this, turn to the experts from Achten’s Quality Roofing. A GAF Master Elite® contractor, we’re dedicated to finding solutions that fit your budget and lifestyle.

Call us at (253) 539-7663 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.