Excessive moisture problems are the number one reason why homeowners call for emergency roof repair service. One question that has baffled so many people, however, is from where does all this moisture come? The answer is actually pretty simple. Any activity involving water like washing clothes, cooking or taking showers increases your indoor humidity. As the warm air inside your home rises to the attic, it takes the humidity along with it. This hot and humid air gets trapped in your roofing structure and condenses into moisture.
While there is no way to avoid daily activities that generate moisture, there is a way to prevent it from damaging your roof. This is where roof and attic ventilation helps. Vents and registers provide the hot and humid air a way to exit the roof, avoiding the many problems that they cause.
Soffit and Ridge Vents
If you’re getting a roof replacement, always ask your roofing company about installing vents in your soffits and roof ridges. These are the primary air circulation channels that regulate the humidity levels inside your attic. Experts recommend installing one soffit and ridge vent for every 150 square feet of attic space, with about 3 feet of space away from the edges of the roof.
Vents are usually installed in the soffits so they can remain unseen. While it is possible to install them on the fascia board, this can make them largely conspicuous. Moreover, the fascia is typically where the gutters and eavestroughs are fastened, leaving no room for adequate ventilation.
Contact your roofing contractor about regular maintenance and cleaning of your vents. If possible, you can schedule this at the same time your gutters and downspouts are cleaned. Make sure that the positions you choose for the vents are not obstructed by nearby trees or buildings to maximize their airflow.
At Jeff Woods Construction, we can help you aerate your attic with the right amount of soffit and fascia ventilation. Give us a call at (931) 345-2285, or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Crossville and other neighboring communities.