A great

roofing contractor

knows that paying attention to minor details can save a homeowner some serious headaches – and big repair expenses. This is just the case when it comes to gable vents, a type of vent installed on the exterior wall of an attic.

Underventilated Attic = Uncomfortable Home

An attic can be a very uncomfortable place, especially during weather extremes. Good attic ventilation is crucial during these times. During the summer, when attic temperatures can reach 150 degrees on a very hot day, hot attic air pressing down on your home’s interior can make it very difficult for your HVAC system to keep your home cool. If your attic is not properly ventilated, the problem will be especially apparent in the upper level of your home.

Moisture can be another issue in an underventilated attic. During the winter, condensation can build within the roof framing and drywall, leading to mold growth, dry rot and structural failure.

Gable Vents Can Help, But Beware of Damage

Gable vents promote proper air circulation in an attic year-round. Unlike other types of vents which are designed to be inconspicuous, gable vents are meant to be decorative and add an architectural touch to a home’s exterior. They are usually placed at the peak of a roof, and come in many interesting shapes and sizes. However, it’s important to keep an eye on the condition of gable vents with routine inspections.

A mesh screen is usually installed over a gable vent to guard against insects and other animal intruders who might be looking for a new home. If this screen isn’t installed or the screen or vent itself becomes damaged, you might have to deal with the unpleasant effects of weather and animals inside your attic.

Don’t Overlook Gable Vents for Attic Ventilation

This broken gable vent was allowing animals and weather into the attic. Roofing & More removed the old vent and installed an attractive new vent that’s weather- and animal-resistant!

Call for Professional Assistance With Attic Ventilation

If you need help with installation or repair of a gable vent, give Roofing & More a call today at (703) 828-1620. During your free consultation, we can give you the information you need to make smart decisions about your home!