A roof ventilation system provides a continual flow of air through the attic space. It does not only affect the life of your roof but also the heating and cooling system of your home as well as its annual utility spending. Here, a trusted roofing contractor discusses the importance of having a properly installed roof ventilation system in your living space.
Why Is Roof Ventilation So Important?
It is natural for warm air to rise, so if your attic is not adequately ventilated or insulated, it is only a matter of time before the living portions of your house become predisposed to the negative effects of heat buildup in the attic. These include overheating the roof decking and speeding up the aging of roofing shingles. When hot air in the attic cannot escape to the outside, it eventually transfers to the interior of the house, which forces the air conditioning to work twice as hard as normal.
In the colder months, condensation can develop in the attic if there is no proper ventilation. This can result in wood rot and mold growth. Warm air trapped in the attic also causes snowmelt to refreeze at the eaves, forming thick ridges of ice called ice dams. At the sight of ice dams, immediately call a roofer to address the problem before it leads to major leaks and water damage.
Types of Roof Vents
When designing a roof ventilation system with a roofing contractor, you may encounter many types of roof vents. Some of the most common ones are:
- Ridge vents are installed at the peak of the roof, running its length.
- Soffit vents are installed at the bottom edge, just under the eaves.
- Turbine vents are installed between the rafters.
- Gable vents are installed on the exterior side of the wall.
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