How to Check for Proper Home Ventilation
ventilation can cause damage to your home that may go unnoticed. A careful inspection of a few key areas can help you avoid premature structural decay. Our Paradigm Roofing team can correct air flow deficiencies to protect your home and improve energy efficiency. Here are a few tips on how to be sure you have proper circulation in your attic.
Damage From Moisture
Insufficient air flow traps moisture, which can be harmful to the insulation and structure of your home. Check for mold or mildew, take note of any musty odor and look for evidence that sections of the attic floor have been wet. Examine the hardware, as too much humidity could cause it to rust, endangering critical joints. Be sure there is no sagging of the roof decking; drooping and softening are signs of decay and can create treacherous conditions for anyone who may be on the roof.
Temperatures in a poorly ventilated attic can climb above 150 degrees Fahrenheit. This extreme heat finds its way into the home and causes your HVAC system to work overtime. High utility bills could be a warning sign of insufficient ventilation. Shingles can also suffer from the effects of sweltering temperatures. Check for cracking, curling or loss of granules.
A blanket of snow or ice coupled with heat escaping from the house can create a cycle of freezing and thawing that eventually leads to water getting under the roof. Inspect these areas for possible damage:
- Interior and exterior walls
Even dark spots in paint or wallpaper could signal a problem.
Proper Air Flow
Our experts at Paradigm Roofing can evaluate your current ventilation and make necessary changes to assure adequate air flow in your attic. Call us at 972-542-7774 for a free consultation. You can save on utility bills, live more comfortably and protect the structure of your home.