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What Are Baffles in the Attic?

Attic vent baffles are essential to ensuring your home remains well-ventilated and reduce the moisture at the top of your home. To ensure your attic is well-ventilated, you’ll want to ensure it’s correctly aired out.

So what are attic baffles exactly? As you continue reading below, we’ll go more into depth about how attic baffles work, why they are essential, and where they are needed.

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What Are Baffles in the Attic, and How Do They Work?

Attic baffles provide airflow through specific areas of your attic. You may think attic baffles are insulation, but this is incorrect. Attic baffles can protect your attic insulation in a vented roof system.

Attic baffles, also known as rafter vents, give direct airflow to your attic space. You may come across Attic baffles made from

  • Plastic
  • Foam
  • Cardboard

Homes constructed with traditional or vaulted ceilings require attic baffles if they have vented roofs with

  • Closed eaves
  • Ridge vents
  • Gable vents

When the wind blows, attic baffles will direct the airflow from soffits to either the rigid vents or gable vents, or sometimes both. Baffles keep warm air from contacting your attic insulation to prevent heat transfer. In addition, the attic baffles also prevent the insulation attic from clogging soffits.

Are Attic Baffles Important?

To have a properly insulated roof, you’ll want to ensure you have attic vent baffles. While every home may not have soffit vents and baffles, you may consider having them to prevent moisture, mold, and mildew and save on future repairs.

Here are more reasons why attic vent baffles are necessary: 

Improves Air Quality

Having attic insulation baffles will enhance the air quality inside your home. Proper attic ventilation will usually help prevent heat and moisture from becoming trapped in your home.

Hot air will always move upwards to your attic while retaining more moisture than cold air. Any moist air from rooms below will rise into your attic in the winter. When you don’t have proper airflow, the water will sit on the more excellent surfaces of your attic and cause a damp environment that could lead to mold growth and air quality issues.

Extends the Life of Your Attic

Your attic area serves as a shield between your roof and the interior of your home. This is why it’s essential to ensure you are taking the proper steps, including attic cleanups, to extend the life of your attic.

Having improper roof ventilation may create damp conditions, which can further lead to mildew. Mold and mildew become present when wet conditions begin to feed on your attic materials; this includes wooden rafters that support your roof.

Insulation attic baffles will allow you to insulate your attic without blocking vents. Attic baffles will ensure that proper air is circulating, allowing your attic to stay dry and prevent damage. 

Prevents Ice Dams 

Ice dams aren’t talked about nearly enough; however, they can cause damage to your gutters but can be avoided by having proper ventilation on your roof.

You may be wondering, “what exactly is an ice dam?” An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms on the edge above your roof’s home. When the snow melts off of your roof, this may allow it to refreeze and build up again.

When the heat rises from your ceilings to the attic, this will warm your roof and cause snow from the higher end to melt toward the edges and form an “ice dam.” To prevent ice dams from damaging your gutters, you can properly ventilate your attic using attic baffles.

Where are Attic Baffles Needed?

When using attic baffles, they should always be used in unconditioned attics or ventilated roofing systems. 

Unconditioned Attics (Cold Attics)

A cold attic area is where the attic insulation is in the ceiling area of your home. When the attic is cold, the outdoor air is cold. By keeping your roof cold underneath, the snow that has built up on your roof will not melt. This can often lead to water infiltration and ice dams, as we discussed earlier.

When attic baffles are in place, they help retain your insulation and keep it from falling within the soffit. Attic vent baffles also allow air to pass above your insulation. If you have blown-in insulation on the top of the ceiling, your attic vent baffles should reach an extension of at least six inches above the top of the insulation to ensure they stay unblocked. 

Ventilated Roof Systems 

When you have a finished attic space or cathedral ceiling, you can ventilate the underside of your roof deck. Ventilating the bottom of your roof deck will again help cool the bottom of your roof to prevent ice dams from occurring. In addition, they will also allow cool your roof when it’s hot outside.

If the surface of your roof is hot, this will degrade your shingles at a faster rate. Attic baffles will create a structure that allows for air to flow while still allowing your insulation to become installed within your rafter bays. Some attic vent baffles will even give you a surface for installing spray foam insulation.

Why Should You Choose Master Attic to install Your Attic Baffles

Installing attic vent baffles may seem challenging. The structure of your ceiling and roofing system are both crucial areas of your home, and adding attic vent baffles can become dangerous unless handled by a professional.

Attic vent baffles are no DIY task, so you should call our trained technicians at Master Attic. For over twenty years, we’ve served New Jersey and the Eastern Pennsylvania area with your home’s attic or crawlspace needs.

Our team ensures your attic remains calm and clean, while saving your family money on future energy costs. With customer care our top priority, you can rest easy knowing that our service is safe and effective. 

Contact Master Attic

If you have any questions or concerns, Contact Master Attic today for a free in-home estimate on attic vent baffles. 


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