Homeowner Handbook: Winter Roof Vent Tips

Winter is here. And while North Carolina winters are usually mild, you should still be prepared for possible snow or ice storm, starting with your roof vents. Read MTB’s roof vent FAQs below.What do roof vents do?
Your roof vents act as the gateway between your attic space and the outdoors, and help ensure that moisture doesn’t build up.
Should you cover your roof vents during the colder weather?
Short answer: NO.
Why should I leave my roof vents uncovered?
A lot of people think they should cover their vents to prevent heat loss from their home. But because most attics are insulated, the heat from the rest of your home won’t be able to enter the attic easily. Therefore, the cool air from outside should not affect your indoor air and energy consumption.
What would happen if I covered my roof vents?
If your roof vents are covered, your attic space could get warm and wet, which could lead to potentially dangerous and costly conditions. That’s why it is essential to keep your roof vents open. This will help keep your attic temperature in a good range and prevent water from building up underneath your shingles.
When should I do maintenance on my roof vents?
Summer bodies are made in the winter, and the same can be said for preparing your home for the winter. Your roof vents are critical for the well-being of your home year round, so use the tips from this article throughout the year.
What does roof vent maintenance entail?
Removing debris from your attic fan
Removing debris from your exhaust vents
Removing debris from your under-eave
If all of these pathways are clear, air can flow freely from your attic. Stay tuned for more homeowner tips from your friends at MTB.