Homeowners generally tend to think about attics as an extra room for storage, however, attics actually play an important role in controlling the temperature of your house by aiding ventilation by means of circulating the air to keep it fresh and to reduce moisture levels. A poorly built attic can lead to a number of serious, not to mention, expensive problems. In this article, trusted roof contractor Fields Roof Service enumerates the X most common problems caused by poor attic ventilation.
1. Shorter HVAC Life
As mentioned above, your attic is designed to aid in the proper ventilation of your home. A poorly designed attic will cause your HVAC system to work overtime and shorten its lifespan. An HVAC system forced to work harder will also lead to higher utility bills.
2. Roof Damage
Without proper ventilation, your attic can trap excess heat which can cause dry-rot that can eventually lead to underlayment damage, cracked shingles and granule loss which in turn can lead to a major roof leak if not addressed properly.
3. Ice Dams
A too-warm attic can cause snow on your roof to melt and then refreeze near the edges creating an ice dam. This blockage can prevent melted snow from draining allowing snowmelt to accumulate on your roof and damaging it.
4. Mold and Mildew Growth
Proper circulation is vital in keeping moisture levels down in the interior of your home. A humid environment can encourage mold and mildew growth and can cause respiratory problems for you and your family.
5. Damaged Roof Decking
Roof decking is the foundation of your roofing system that connects it to the rest of your house. An improperly ventilated attic can trap excess moisture which can dissolve adhesives that hold the decking together causing your roof to sag or warp.
If you notice any of these problems due to poor ventilation in your attic then do not hesitate to call in your trusted roofer Fields Roof Service. Give us a call at (253) 200-5981 or fill out our contact form and let one of our experts address the situation right away before it turns into a major headache.