Hi y’all! As you likely know, the DC Metro area can get bitterly cold or extremely hot and humid. This is why effective home heating and cooling during the winter and summer months is imperative, and ventilating your home as well and roof is a must.

Why Ventilate Your Roofing System and Home?

Many roofing and home efficiency problems stem from poor attic ventilation. Poor airflow often contributes to substantially higher energy bills during the summer when hot attic air transfers to the living spaces. Overly hot attics can also cause splitting and damage to timber and other roofing materials.

During the winter months, adequate attic airflow is necessary to stabilize attic temperature with the temperature outdoors. If your attic temperature is above the freezing mark (when outdoor temperatures are below freezing), snow on your roof melts and re-freezes at the eaves. These ice dams, as they’re called, can cause damage to your roof and gutters.

Roof Ventilation Features Can Be Installed

In addition to ample attic airflow, an experienced roofing contractor such as American Cowboy Roofing knows that you also need to properly seal and insulate your attic to completely separate your conditioned spaces with attic air. Sealing air leaks with caulk, weather-stripping and spray-in foam prevents air movement. Insulating to R-60, as suggested by the federal Energy Star program, helps block heat transfer between your attic and living spaces, too.

The following attic ventilating features can help provide your attic with adequate free airflow:

  • Ridge vents: Ridge vents allow natural airflow underneath the roof deck, which helps prevent overheating and moisture buildup.

  • Roof vents: Roof vents allow hot and moist attic air to escape, which helps prevent damage and premature aging to the roofing system.

  • Intake vents: Intake vents promote natural air movement into your attic. Intake vents should be clear of obstructions, such as leaves, nests, and insulation.

  • Mechanical fans: Ask us if your attic needs mechanical ventilating fans to provide ventilation in addition to natural airflow. Solar-powered fans are available to reduce energy costs, too.

If you want all the benefits of great attic ventilation, contact the best roofing contractor for the job–American Cowboy Roofing! We can inspect your roof and make sure it is well ventilated for the long haul. We can help with roof replacements, but we also help you maintain the roof you already have to put that off for as long as you can. With over 50 years’ experience, a Virginia Class A license, and a Certified CertainTeed ShingleMaster, we will give you an honest expert roof evaluation and quote. Call American Cowboy Roofing at 703-999-1916 or email info@AmericanCowboyRoofing.com and you too will be saying YAHOO!



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