Proper attic ventilation provides a continuous flow of air through the attic protecting the insulation and keeping the temperatures in the living spaces lower. This flow occurs through the air intake (eaves or soffits) and out through the air exhaust (at roof ridge).
The US Federal Housing Administration recommends 1 square foot of attic ventilation for every 300 square feet of attic space. This amount of ventilation should be evenly divided between the air intake and air exhaust. Contact Aledo’s Roofer to schedule a free inspection of the ventilation in your attic.
Your home requires adequate attic ventilation to ensure a long life. Improper ventilation in the Aledo summers can cause temperatures in your attic to reach well over 160 degrees. This high temperature damages the attic structures by warping and cracking the wood frame. The heat will travel into the ceiling of the living spaces causing damage to interior paint, wallpaper, and siding. The excess heat will also “fry” your roof deck and shingles. The heat can even start to damage the exterior siding on the attic and eventually your home. Proper ventilation is also necessary to reduce the load on your HVAC unit by moving that super-heated air out of the attic.
In the winter, the appliances that cause moisture buildup, showers, washers, and cooking vapors can contribute to moisture buildup in the attic. If this moisture is not adequately dried, it will cause mold and mildew on the attic frame. It can also condense and fall onto the insulation, resulting in damage to the insulation. Furthermore, the moisture can damage the roof deck and cause buckling of the shingles and felt.
There are many different options when it comes to roof ventilation, trust Aledo’s Roofer to recommend the right option for you. We can install flush and recessed mount vents for gable wall and other hard to ventilate areas. If your house has inadequate soffit ventilation, we can install a solar powered intake booster vent. For our customers who think green, we carry a line of ventilators that run on solar energy that provides increased airflow to reduce the heat or moisture in the attic. There are also gable mount power attic ventilator that are a smart choice because they do not lessen the attractiveness of your house and they are the easiest power vent to install.
The other very important component of the area above your living space is insulation. You want a well insulated house to keep the house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Call Aledo’s Roofer for a free attic insulation inspection.
There are many types of insulation, but what is most important is the R-value which is calculated from standardized tests that determine how the the material resists heat flow. Usually the better the performance, the more the insulation costs. Many people have concerns over what ingredients are in the insulation. Rest assured, Aledo’s Roofer uses a superb blow-in product that fits your budget and your lifestyle.
We recommend cellulose , 85% recycled newsprint that has been shredded and fluffed up, and 15% borate-based fire retardant (borates are non toxic and resist mold and pests). It is sprayed on damp and had a higher R-value than fiberglass and costs the same. Cellulose also limits air movement and prevents drafts. Cellulose can reduce air leakage by 38% and required 26% less money to heat and cool than fiberglass insulation.
Radiant barriers are installed in homes in warm climates, like our lovely North Texas Summers, in attics to reduce heat gain and reduce HVAC cooling costs. The barriers are highly reflective materials that reflect the radiant heat instead of absorbing the heat. Radiant barriers reduce radiant heat gain by using a reflective surface that faces an open air space. The reflective surface cannot have dust accumulation or it will perform poorly. The sun’s radiant energy is primarily what makes a roof so hot, that radiant energy is then transferred to the attic through conduction of the heat through the roofing materials.
Radiant barrier is made from a highly reflective material such as aluminum foil that is applied to one or both sides of a surface material. Radiant barrier is easier to install in new home construction, but it is definitely do-able in an existing home in the attic. It is best to have a certified installer. Let Aledo’s Roofer do this very important and time intensive process for you, we have the education and experience to make radiant barrier a win-win purchase for you.