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How Attic Health Affects Your Roof

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Whoever thinks about attic health?

Did you know that poor attic ventilation can damage your roof?

Do you know if your attic is ventilated?

When we think of roof damage, we usually conjure up images of heavy snow, hail, ice, and wind—things that cause damage from the outside. But did you know that poor attic ventilation can wreak havoc from the inside? 

Your attic is part of your house like any other room, and it’s the space closest to your roof. That means that an unhealthy attic directly affects your roof’s condition. Mold and mildew, ice and water buildup, and excessive heat in your attic can all cause serious damage to your roof.

Issues with Poor Attic Ventilation

Without proper ventilation, your attic can collect excess moisture. Excess moisture can come from buildups of rain, ice, and snow. This can cause the structural parts of your attic to rust or rot, which creates leaks. Leaks weaken the structure of your attic and your roof. Moisture buildup also causes mold to grow, which can not only affect deteriorates the structure of your roof, it can make the air in your home unhealthy.

Ways to Ventilate Your Attic

A properly ventilated attic ensures that both the space itself and the roof above remain cool and dry.

Two of the most popular methods for ventilating your attic are natural ventilation and mechanical ventilation. Natural ventilation includes ridge vents and turbines, directing the natural flow of air. Mechanical ventilation includes installing electric fans on your roof. If you live in an area that gets a lot of rain and not much wind, this might be a better option.

Roofing Companies in Ann Arbor Can Help

Looking for someone to inspect your attic and roof?

Wilderness Construction is one of the most outstanding, locally-owned roofing companies in Ann Arbor. If you’re looking for a complete, comprehensive roof inspection, call (734) 429-0616 or submit a request for a free quote here.

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