What are They?
A ridge vent is a type of vent installed at the peak of your sloped roof. They run the entire length of your roof. Almost all shingled residential buildings will have roof vents. Roof ridge vents are an important component of a well-functioning ventilation system.
It functions to allow warm humid air to escape the attic of a building. This movement of air will create a balance that assists to reduce your cooling costs while at the same time helping to increase your roof’s lifespan by reducing potential damage to the shingles.
Importance of Roof Ridge Vents
Aid Air Flow
Ridge vents have an air space below them which allows air to flow along the top of the building under the roof, which usually contains an attic. Ridge vents commonly include an external baffle and an interior weather filter. The filter is important in keeping out dust and insects while the baffle creates external pressure that pulls air out of the attic.
A single or multi-pitch ridge vent is a one-piece rounded unit. It should be installed over all of the roof’s pitches.
Vital to the Ventilation System
Your roof protects your family from the elements but it needs proper ventilation. Adequate ventilation means that you prevent fungus, mildew, and mold from moving under the eaves and the attic crawl space. Moist air usually leads to wood rot. Wood rot can be caused by fungi that grow in the dark, damp environments. Soffits and vents which are under the eaves work hand in hand with the ridge vents in keeping the air moving. Warm, moist air usually comes in under the roof. Since heat will rise, it is pulled out through the ridge vents.
You can install a fan system or use this passive arrangement of the vents to keep your roof and attic from moisture. Proper insulation means that the cold or hot attic air is kept out of your home.
Worth Your Investment
Ridge vents are a worthwhile investment, regardless of the climate you live in. Ridge vents play an important part in preventing ice dams which cause costly damage. They also prevent excess heat from accumulating in your attic which can increase your cooling expenses. The initial cost of installing ridge vents may be daunting but you ultimately save more money by avoiding costly repairs and cooling expenses.
Call a Professional
When you do decide to install ridge vents, call a professional roofing contractor you can trust to do the work for you. An experienced roofer will help you find the right type of ridge vent for your roof.
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