Roof vents are vital in keeping your roof in tip-top shape for years. However, not many homeowners fully understand what they are, how they work, and why they are necessary.
What Is Roof Ventilation?
Roof ventilation systems allow continuous airflow through the attic. They are important for homes as they regulate temperature and mitigate the impact of extreme weather conditions all year round. Ventilation helps maintain the temperature in a roof through different seasons by letting out hot and wet air from the attic that causes condensation and leads to rot and mold. A well-installed roof ventilation system offers numerous benefits for your home that will not only extend the life of your roof but also allow you to save money.
There are different types of vents that may create airflow mechanically or naturally:
Wind Turbines – These rely solely on the wind to create airflow.
Box Vents – These are installed in a hole on the roof and allow hot air to rise and moisture to escape.
Soffit Or Eave Vents – This type is installed into the eaves to allow cool air to enter there while letting hot air exit through ridge vents.
Ridge Vents – These are installed along the roof’s horizontal ridge. A ridge vent helps distribute hot and cold air throughout the roof to keep its temperature balanced.
The Benefits Of Roof Ventilation
Homes can benefit from roof ventilation throughout the year, regardless of the weather.
1 – Prolong The Life Of Your Roof
Both extremely cold and extremely hot temperatures can cause damage to your roof. A ventilation system will help mitigate such problems.
Snow causes icicles to build up on the edges of roofs and gutters, harming the entire roof system. Ice damming happens because the combination of heat from the attic and from the sun melts the snow on your roof. The water then runs down and refreezes toward the edge of your roof where it is cool.
You can prevent that from happening with a ventilation system that will keep your roof’s temperature in check. A ventilation system will allow hot air from your heaters to escape so your roof does not get too hot.
During the summer, your roof and attic will become even hotter. When the attic heats up too much, your roofing material will get damaged from the inside out, which will cut your roof’s life span in half. By allowing hot air to escape, a ventilation system helps maintain the temperature and prevent extensive damage.
2 – Reduce Energy Costs
Much of the discussion concerning roof ventilation systems involves temperature. You can expect that a roof ventilation system will also have an effect on your home’s indoor temperature. It lets heat escape so your house stays cooler during the summer, thereby reducing the workload of your air conditioner. With an excellent roof ventilation system, you will find that your electric bills during the hot summer months are lower than usual.
Need A Roof Vent?
A high-quality roof ventilation system will keep you comfortable and your roof system healthy for years to come. Prepare for the coming winter by having a roof ventilation system installed today. Contact ACR Contracting, Inc. to find out what our team can do for you.