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Does Your House Need Roof Ventilation?

Attic ventilation is critical to maintaining a comfortable home and keeping your energy costs low. If you’re unsure if your attic is properly insulated and ventilated, here are a few steps to get you headed in the right direction.

You can observe your roof to see what type of ventilation you have. Sometimes your roof will have vents installed directly on the roof. Other times, the ventilation is installed as a ridge vent. Ridge vents are very low-profile and are installed at the peak of your roof.

To check to see if your roof is properly ventilated, touch your ceiling on a hot day. If your ceiling is hot, that is a good sign your roof needs a ventilation upgrade.

Ice dams in the winter can be a sign of poor ventilation as well. Warm air in your attic space can melt ice or snow on the roof, where it will then refreeze and create a wall that prevents your roof from draining excess water.

Additionally, don’t forget to periodically check on the health of your ventilation. Sometimes problems can be caused by dirt or leaves clogging up the vent screens, or by tears in the screens. These can cause your ventilation to suffer.

Contact our office at (918) 558-ROOF (7663) to schedule an inspection or schedule a ventilation upgrade.