Roof vents are an essential part of your roofing system. Designed to circulate air through your attic and enable it to exit your home, they are quite instrumental in keeping your attic space from becoming cold — which prevent damage to your home as well as an increase in your energy use.
During winter, though, you may be wondering if you should cover up your roof vents. In this post, roof installation expert De Palma Construction offers the best way to deal with your roof vents as well as some tips on maintaining your roofing in winter.
What to Do With Roof Vents During Winter
For many roofing experts, covering the roof vents is not a necessary thing to do. In fact, this can even lead to moisture getting trapped inside your attic and consequently damaging your home.
Regardless of the type of vents that you have on your roof — whether soffit, rafter, turbine, or metal pot vents — you should not cover your roof vents during the winter. Keep in mind that the vents are meant for proper air circulation. And during winter, moisture inside your home is much more likely to rise into the attic. So keeping your vents closed will only trap moisture in there, which can potentially cause mold problems.
Other Roof Maintenance Tips for Winter
Winter precipitation can cause a variety of issues on your roofing. But by performing roof inspection and keeping your roof vents open, you can avoid many of these problems and ensure your roof system is safe from certain forms of damage.
To give you a clearer picture, open vents can ensure that cold air will continue getting into the attic during winter. This prevents the attic from getting too warm during winter. This will cause the frozen precipitation on your roof to not melt, drip down to your gutters, and refreeze. Keep in mind that ice in your gutters can break them up — a problem that you would surely want to avoid in winter.
With several years of industry experience, DePalma Construction can assure you of quality work and customer satisfaction. We offer a variety of roofing services ranging from roof replacement to storm damage repair. Call us at 717-638-1131 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.