Attic Ventilation Systems
Attic Ventilation is one of the most, if not the most, important element in maintaining or reducing the energy usage of your home. As important as this topic is to our nation’s energy bill crisis, throughout our experience replacing roof’s for home owner’s, we discovered many shocking situations.
- Nearly 90% of newly constructed homes do not meet the minimum attic ventilation standards
- Less than 10% of roofing contractors are providing accurate attic ventilation information to consumers
- 2 out of 3 home owner’s purchase the wrong type of attic ventilation system for their home
The picture that you see above is a basic demonstration of attic ventilation systems and the various effects of heat and moisture in and outside of your home. Of course every home does not have a simple roof structure like the images above; therefore, a proper thorough analysis is critical to more complex roofing systems. As GAF/ELK Authorized Installers we can provide a ventilation system requirement that’s specifically customized to your home and your needs.
Our Game Plan
No other roofing company will take into consideration such significant details about your roof like Final Cut Roofing and Construction, LLC. We spend the necessary time with each customer to design an attic ventilation system that’s specifically customized based on several critical pieces of information that we gather. Our game plan is not only unique but it will be the most beneficial decision you will make for your home. Here’s our strategy:
- Know the amount of existing unblocked saufit vents
- Know the amount of cubic feet of attic space
- Know the direction the slopes of the roof is facing
- Know the steepness in the pitch of slopes on the roof
- Confirm if there are any patricians in the attic (walls separating attic space)
- Know which area(s) of the home that are the hottest
Failure to verify or give consideration to one or more of the above criteria during an attic ventilation system installation is an improper installation. It is absolutely a waste of valuable time, money, and resources. The shape, pitch, direction, and attic space of a roof are extremely important in making the right decisions of what type of products to install on the roof of your home.
The graph above is a demonstration of the cost of energy expected to rise in the U.S within the next 25 years. In 2009, our energy usage was in the neighborhood of $60 billion. In the year 2035, it is estimated that that number will easily double and jump in the neighborhood of $180 to $210 billion. The U.S Department of Energy estimates that the average person will increases their energy cost by at least 5% every year and up to 25% every 5 years. The contributing factors to the rise of your energy usage are things such as a growing family with new children, electronic devices (almost every home now has a computer), and of course bigger homes and living space to support the first two reasons.
The right attic ventilation system will dramatically reduce the amount of your energy usage. It’s a very simply scientific method proven to keep your home cool during the hot summer months, thus, lowering your usage of your A/C unit and furnace. A similar example would be of a car engine. The intake and the muffler of the vehicle keep the engine cool by allowing the proper amount of air through. The cooler the engine, the better gas mileage, which means less money to be spent on gas. The same concept is applied to your roof. The cooler your attic, the less radiated heat will transfer to the rooms below. This reduces the need to excessively run your A/C unit.
We developed a simply cost comparison formula to show you that you are not purchasing a attic ventilation system, but that you are investing in one.
Cost of average attic ventilation system upgrade: $600 to $1,000
Cost of average monthly electricity bill: $200 to $400 for a single family unit
Cost of saving on electricity bill with after market attic ventilation: 20% to 30%, that means you could save up to $120 a month on your energy bill!
Even at it’s lowest cost comparison of 20%, you’ll save $40 a month on your energy bill. Which means that in one year (12 months) you’ll save $480. In 2 years you’ll save $960 which almost pays for the entire installation. And finally, in 5 years you will save $2,400 on your energy bill. That’s a 250% return on your investment. This is not even factoring in the 5% or 25% rise in energy cost throughout the next five years. These savings are just an example based off of today’s current energy costs. At these staggering numbers, you can’t afford not to install an after market ventilation system upgrade. But you have to choose the right products for your type of roof that fits your needs.
We’re the experts at attic ventilation system upgrades. Give us a call and we’ll apply our proven techniques to show you how to reduce the cost of your energy consumption. As a bonus, you will prolong the life span of your roof dramatically and save money by avoiding unnecessary repairs.
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