If you’ve been researching the benefits of roof ventilation systems, you’ve probably felt overwhelmed by all of the available information. While there are countless reasons for installing roof vents for metal roofs, it really comes down to three major benefits. Read on to see a breakdown of just how much ventilation can help with the efficiency, condensation, and ice dams of your roof.
Improved Energy Efficiency
It’s no surprise that the majority of your home’s heat escapes from your roof. Even if you have great roofing materials and all of the best insulation, that only takes care of your energy costs during the winter months. To keep your home from absorbing too much heat in the summer months, you can install a ventilation system. Instead of simply reflecting the heat to keep it out of your attic, vents help to remove any gained heat at a faster rate. As a result, you end up making your home cooler and more comfortable without spending more on your air conditioning costs.
Decreased Condensation Accumulation
When you boil water on the stove, take a shower, or wash your clothes, moisture gets trapped in the air of your home. Eventually, it moves upwards and finds its way into your attic if you don’t have a 100% reliable vapor barrier in your ceilings. After all of the warm, moist air reaches your attic, it condenses on any cold surface. In the end, you’re left with an accumulation of water that causes mold, mildew, and other microbial growth. Fortunately, you can drastically reduce the amount of condensation in your home by keeping it well ventilated.
Reduced Chance for Ice Dams
For homes in colder climates, you need to be concerned with ice dams, which is another great reason to install a ventilation system. When warm air from inside your home reaches your roof deck, it leads to snow melt. Although this might seem ideal, the water runoff refreezes as it makes its way down your cold metal roof. As this occurs, you have to look out for damage and dangerous ice dams that force any melted snow into your home. With proper ventilation, however, you can keep your attic the same temperature as the outside so that the snow doesn’t melt.To find out more about how your metal roof could benefit from a ventilation system, get in contact with Cochran Exteriors right away! You can pick up the phone to give us a call if you have any questions about our products and services, or we could provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate for your ventilation installation after you submit our simple online form.