Proper Attic Ventilation and Roof Vents
Most property owners often overlook and underplay the important role of roof vents to their property. As a homeowner, you should understand that apart from your roof, gutter, sidings, and windows, another essential aspect of home protection is the roof vents. It is not a secret that most homeowners are unfamiliar with roof vents. If it is the first time you have heard of such terms, there is no need to worry, simply read further to learn more.
Functions of Roof Vents at Home
Energy Cost Reduction
You might not be aware that roof vents at home also help you save or trim down your power usage. Such function will likely be observed and useful during hot seasons. As the temperature outside your house increases, a properly vented roof will effectively allow the escape of the absorbed heat of your roofing material.
Thus, preventing it from transferring indoors and reducing the use of air conditioning units that will likely eat up more energy when your indoor temperature is similar to that of the outside environment.
Extends Your Roof’s Lifespan
You may not be aware of it, but your home’s roof ventilation contributes to the extension of the usable lifespan of your roof. Ice buildups or ice damming during winter if left unchecked and unfixed, it will likely result in damages to your roofing system, particularly to its eaves.
You may actually prevent such incident if you will properly ventilate your roof as it will help warm air escape before it has a chance to melt the snow or ice on your roof that will slide down to your eaves. Snow on the roof is normal during winter, but icicles on its eaves is never a normal and safe sight to behold.
Now that you already have a glimpse of the potential benefits a roof vent can have on the ventilation of your home, you should also recognize that these vents may come in different sizes and form. Knowing some of the most common residential roof vents will definitely help you come up with a decision. If you decide to purchase and install a roof vent for your home, here are some of your options.
Examples of Roof Vents
This type of roof vent may come in various names, such as Low Profile Vents, Louvers, Flat Vents, or Turtle Vents. Regardless of the names associated with it, this type of vent remains to be static for it has no moving parts. Box vents rely mainly on natural convection for it to operate. If you are looking to maximize this simple contraption, it is best installed as close to the roof ridge as possible in order to allow a maximum amount of heat and moisture to be released.
Power vents or otherwise known as Power Attic Vents (PAVs) both have motors and fan to drive hot air and moisture out of the attic. Unlike the box vent, this type of vent is more sophisticated as it is packed not just with motor and fan, but also of humidistat that will detect levels of humidity for automatic functioning.
This type of vent delivers a reliable air intake into your roof’s ventilation system. You will need to install them in soffits and eaves for efficiency. By doing so, you will observe an increased airflow, which allows outside air to enter the attic at the lowest point of your roof. For better results, it is highly suggested that you pair soffit vents with a continuous ridge vent.
If you really like to protect your home from damages or deterioration, having a roof vent at home will likely be beneficial for you and your budget. However, before deciding to have one, you can call on South Shore Roofing – the expert roofing contractors in Massachusetts. We will guide you through a variety of selection as well as the processes involved with residential roof vent purchase and installation. Call South Shore Roofing at (781) 826-7663 or visit us at 260 Washington St, Pembroke, MA 02359