Roof ventilation is something that can benefit your home in all seasons and can be a critical addition to the build. Roof ventilation is a key factor in the life of your roof. There is a lot of information out there on the subject – so let us break it down for you.
There are many reasons roof ventilation is important. One of the main benefits of roof ventilation is expelling the hot air that builds up in the attic. Venting helps keep the temperature at a moderate level in the attic, allowing the air conditioning unit to cool the home more efficiently. This keeps your house cooler in the summer – which is something that all Oklahomans can appreciate.
Another reason for ventilating the roof is to prevent moisture from building up in the attic. All homes produce large amounts of moisture into the air. Moisture comes from showers, sinks, bathrooms, washing machines and many other sources. Without proper ventilation, trapped moisture in the attic can lead to mold. Excessive moisture caused by poor roof ventilation and attic insulation can deteriorate your entire roofing system from the decking and supports to the underlayment and shingles. Without proper ventilation asphalt shingles may develop cracks, blisters, and premature granule loss.
Proper ventilation in the roof can help prevent issues such as ice dams that can develop on the eaves and valleys of roofs. The water that backs up behind an ice dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.
A balanced ventilation system is very important. Roof top ventilation is there to expel air and moisture but cannot operate properly without intake ventilation. Intake ventilation usually come from soffit vents but can also be achieved with eave/edge vents. Our roofing professionals will help ensure you have a working and balanced ventilation system.
Options for rooftop ventilation:
There are many types of roof top ventilation and the size and design of your house will contribute to the decision to choose one type over the others. We can help you choose the right ventilation for your home.
Traditional box vents and wind turbines are widely used and can ventilate properly but are limited to how much air they allow to exhaust. Many times homes with these types of vents do not have enough vents.
Ridge vents are a great option to help ventilate your attic. They are installed at the very top of your roof and let the air circulate out of the attic naturally. If your home design allows for ridge vent it can a very effective type of ventilation.
Another great option for proper attic ventilation is having a roof top solar fan installed. There are many roof ventilation fans on the market, but we recommend Remington Solar Attic Fans. Remington offers the best warranty in the business and some of their products qualify for tax credits. They also have an installation option to hardwire the fan into your home’s electrical system for days when the sun isn’t shining.
If you have questions about ventilating your roof, give us a call – we can answer any and all questions that you may have about your roof.