Roof vents are essential in keeping your attic protected against water damage. They allow warm, moist air to escape from your home. During the colder months, a common question that homeowners ask is whether they should cover these vents or not.
Should You Cover Roof Vents in Winter?
During winter, the vents will lower the temperature of your attic. However, this does not mean that your home will suffer from damage or experience energy loss. Covering your vents during the colder months would actually do more harm than good because moisture will have no way out of your attic. It’s the same for other types of ventilation on your roof, such as rafters, metal pot vents, turbines and soffits. These vents all contribute to good air circulation, which is necessary for protecting your attic and roof from harsh winter conditions.
Why Keep Your Vents Open?
With sufficient ventilation, your roofing system will last longer. With open vents, cold air can enter your attic during winter. This matters a lot, especially if you live in a cold climate with heavy winter precipitation. The snow on your roof will melt if the attic is too warm during winter. When this happens, the melted snow will flow to your gutters and refreeze. The constant freeze-thaw cycle will compromise the structural integrity of your roof and gutters.
Many homeowners cover their vents during winter in fear of losing heat in their home. Your attic may be exposed to the cool outside air, but other parts of your home will not be. It means that open vents will not cause an increase in your energy costs.
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