An Easy Guide to Proper Roof and Attic Ventilation

Start from the Inside

Before you climb up onto your roof to check its ventilation, start with what’s below it – your attic. Proper attic maintenance can do a lot for your home, including improve ventilation.

How to Maximize Attic Ventilation

  • Ask your roofer to help you install attic vents or exhaust vents
  • Make sure existing vents aren’t being blocked by furniture or boxes
  • If necessary, use fans to keep air moving through vents

DIY Roof Ventilation

Now on to the main event – your roof. For bigger ventilating projects, you’ll want to consult the professionals, but there are steps you can take to ventilate your roof as a homeowner. Here are a few basic do-it-yourself tricks to keep your roof ventilated.

Keep Your Roof Ventilated By:

  • Regularly clearing off dirt and debris
  • Making sure your gutters are clean so they can funnel water away from your vents
  • Making sure your roof and shingles are properly maintained
  • Checking with your roofer to see what kinds of vents you can install

Why Roof Ventilation Matters

We like to feel comfortable indoors, and we like to keep things at the perfect temperature. Our HVAC systems work hard to make that happen, but sometimes they need a little help. That’s where ventilation comes in. Hot air rises, and as hot air accumulates in your home, it moves towards your roof, where ventilation lets it safely escape your home and make room for cooler air from your air conditioner.

Plus, a properly ventilated roof can remove another potential source of excess heat – your shingles. Your roof is exposed to a lot of sun, and on hot summer days, the surface of your roof can get dangerously hot. With proper ventilation, your roof can stay cool and prevent that accumulated heat from entering your home.

For help with bigger ventilation projects and more information about roof and attic ventilation, give us a call at (972) 200-9426. We’ll help you keep your roof cool and your home comfortable!