4 Reasons Why Your Attic Needs Airflow

Have you ever climbed into your attic on a summer day and noticed that it’s hot and stuffy? While attics aren’t the most comfortable area in the home, the truth is that they are not meant to be treated the same as your main living quarters.

  A Hot Attic Can Damage Your Roof, Raise Your Energy Bills, and Create Condensation Problems.

A Hot Attic Can Damage Your Roof, Raise Your Energy Bills, and Create Condensation Problems.

Have you ever climbed into your attic on a summer day and noticed that it’s hot and stuffy? While attics aren’t the most comfortable area in the home, the truth is that they are not meant to be treated the same as your main living quarters.

While it’s important to create an airtight seal to conserve energy in the home, this isn’t the case for attics. The attic space and roofs are designed to breathe. If the attic is hot and stuffy, this is a sign that your energy costs might be going through the roof—literally.

These are the primary reasons why an attic needs airflow all throughout the year:

Reason #1: A Hot Attic Can Damage the Roof

Did you know that a poorly ventilated attic can produce temperatures that reach 150 degrees in the summer? This is 50 degrees higher than an attic temperature should reach. If the attic space becomes too hot, it can damage your roof. Asphalt shingles can withstand relatively high temperatures but they begin to buck, curl, and even crack once they reach their breaking point.

If this situation occurs, you might be looking at roof replacement sooner rather than later.

Reason #2: You’ll Pay Astronomical Utility Bills

Who wants to choose between using the air conditioner or paying crazy high utility bills? Unfortunately, an attic without airflow may force you to make this choice. When air becomes trapped in the attic, your air conditioner must work harder to cool down your home.

Before you know it, you’ll open your mailbox and discover an unpleasant surprise with your next electric bill.

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Reason #3: Condensation Can Accumulate in the Attic

When the attic is hot and stuffy, this is the perfect climate for condensation to form due to humidity. When the attic is humid, condensation can collect in areas such as the beams in the attic, wood floors, interior walls, and even the underside of the roof sheathing.

This is a problem because the moisture can eventually rot the wood in the attic. What’s even worse is that the moisture can cause mold and mildew to form, which is costly and potentially dangerous to remove. 

Reason #4: You’ll Get More Ice Dams in the Winter

It’s June and thankfully we aren’t thinking about ice dams right now. However, this is a reality during the wintertime for poor to no ventilated attics.

Ventilation is needed during the winter so the roof doesn’t get too warm. A warm roof in the winter will melt the snow and ice dams can accumulate at the top of the gutter system, resulting in damage to both the gutters and the roof.

The Solution? Choose Efficient and Well-Ventilated Roofing Systems

UWD is a partner of Owens Corning, offering quality roofing and sufficient ventilation for energy savings. If you’re thinking about roof replacement this summer, get in touch with us today for a free quote.