If you’re thinking about roofing restoration, it’s best to work with a reputable roofing contractor. Hiring a licensed and certified contractor ensures quality work and materials that will last a long time. You can also rest assured your contractor can install the vents necessary for a healthy roofing system.
There are different types of roof vents that your contractor can install on your roof to prevent it from becoming a heat and moisture trap. Here are some of them:
Soffit vents can be continuous or individual. They are quite popular, available in aluminum or vinyl, with different types and styles. Soffits are the cover under your roof’s overhangs, sometimes mistaken for the eaves. Soffit vents are a good choice because they provide good airflow during hot weather while also protecting your roof against moisture and ice dams.
If you want your roof ventilation system to really be effective, combine soffit vents with ridge vents. As fresh air enters the roof through the soffit vents, it pushes hot and stale air out through the ridge vents, which are higher. These are both static vents, so they let air flow through naturally.
Wind Turbine Vents
These are what you might know as whirlybirds. They are known for being very powerful vents. They rely on wind power so there’s no need for a motor or the use of electricity. Make sure to get a high-quality wind turbine vent to avoid that annoying squeaky sound common among cheaper versions.
These are not installed exactly on the roof but on the vertical side wall near the roof ridge. It’s installed on the gable. They are not as effective as other static vents like soffit and ridge vents because gable vents need strong winds to work. They are nevertheless good vents.
A motor is installed inside the attic to blow the heat out. These are, therefore, not static vents, as they rely on a power source to work. They are quiet and effective, but you’ll have to pay for additional power used by the vent, and they tend to draw up the air conditioned air from inside your home. If you don’t want added electricity expenses, the solar-powered type is a good choice for the long term.
These are usually used if you have an open attic. They do require some cutting into the roof for the low-profile box units to fit, so if you want these vents, be ready to pay more for the roof work. Your roofing contractor might not recommend these vents because of the extra work, longer timeframe, and expense.
Cupola vents are available in many different designs, including some with glass to double as skylights. They can be traced back to barns in the 1800s when farmers needed a way to vent the moisture generated from cow manure. If you want your vents to be charming as well as effective, these are for you.
These are installed at the ridge of a greenhouse. You can get manual- or automatic-closing vents. They have to be closed during winter so the warmth generated by plants and heating systems does not escape. You can find solar-powered types.
Whichever ventilation system you choose, make sure it’s the one that’s perfect for your roof’s functionality, your area’s climate, and your home’s design. Get in touch with Quality One Roofing Inc for your roof repair and replacement needs. Call us at these numbers: Malvern: (610) 489-3057, Newtown: (215) 493-4550, Princeton: (609) 921-8868, New Castle: (302) 656-1618 or leave us a message using this form.