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Greeley Roofing: Article About Maintaining Attic Ventilation

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Do you have enough attic ventilation? If you don't know the answer to this important question, then you may be putting your property and loved ones at risk. Attic ventilation is arguably the most important factor in protecting your Greeley roofing system from a variety of serious issues. Building codes in most areas dictate that homeowners have a ventilation ratio of at least one to 150. This means that for every 150 square feet of roof space, you need 1 square foot of attic ventilation. The following offers some helpful tips for checking your attic ventilation and what to do if you find any problems.

There are several types of vents available: gable, ridge, soffit, and static or roof-line vents. Each has its own set of pros and cons, and the type you install will depend on factors such as location, weather patterns, climate, seasonal changes and roofing contractor. Many roofing professionals use a combination of soffit and ridge vents as a continuous system for effective air circulation, but these systems don't necessarily work for every home type and location.

You may be tempted to check your attic's temperature to determine if your vents are working, but a hot attic can be misleading. The time of year, sunlight received and location can all affect your attic's internal temperature. Instead of checking the temperature, look for signs of trapped moisture and check for a musty smell.

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Both of these signs indicate a problem with the ventilation. Next, check your insulation near the area where your attic floor meets the rafters. Properly vented soffits need a baffle in order to provide unobstructed airflow.

You might want to install your own roof ventilation system using DIY tutorials and information from your local hardware supply store. However, any time you climb onto or cut out space in your roof, several risks are involved. You could damage the roofing system by puncturing an area by accident, and this would allow unseen moisture to wreak havoc on your roof over time. If you're unsure about your abilities, then contact a roofing specialist for assistance.

When you call, remember to ask the right questions. Contractors offer varying levels of service, and some may not have the experience to properly ventilate your attic according to local codes and your personal needs. In order to ensure a quality job, call at least three separate companies and ask about their experience with venting roofs. Check whether they have the supplies on hand, how long the job will take and their recommendation for a full weatherproofing system. Maintaining your roof begins with making sure that water and moisture don't build up in your attic and cause serious problems down the road.

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