The ventilation throughout your home and your roof is important for regulating the humidity and the airflow throughout your roofing systems. Roof insulation can have a lot to do with the overall ventilation in your home. It helps to keep your home at its coolest in the summer as well as the warmest in the winter. Proper ventilation can help to prevent damaging your roof and make sure that you can save on costs throughout your home.
Why roofs are vented:
Attics or the small area above the upper area of your home are considered to be unheated spaces. Proper ventilation is required to help control the internal temperature of your home. A roof vent is essential to reducing the expansion of your roofing materials and to slow down the overall aging of materials like asphalt shingles. When these materials have the chance to expand this can lead to issues like leaking and the chance that they will need immediate replacement. Vents will continue to circulate the coolest air through the eves that leads to less chance of structural damage within your roof, ice dams and more.
How ventilation is installed:
Vent openings throughout your roof can be easy to install and is often a fan that’s driven in the attic that can cool the area quickly. Vents deliver air efficiently throughout the roof ventilation system. There is usually a rage outlet where air will exit the ceiling just above the slope of the roof. These types of ventilation lead to proper airflow and a preservation of roofing materials.
Flat roofs explained:
No matter what type of ventilation you are using, you will need access to a turbine or vent duct across the roofing surface. It also needs to have sealant that will prevent water from flowing into the home. Flat roofing systems have the edge of ventilation that requires no extra ventilation in the eves, this can minimize the size of the vent system in your roof.
Be sure to contact a professional if you feel as though your roof is not receiving optimal ventilation, if you have a problem with your roof vents or if you have an older style roof system.
This post was written by Reggie Reed! Reggie is a state certified roofing contractor and co owner of Reggie Reed Roofing, a Clearwater roofing company. He is a 4th generation roofing contractor. RR Roofing offers a wide variety of roofing services for Residential homes, apartment complexes, condos, commercial buildings, churches and more. Reggie enjoys dedicating his spare time to helping underprivileged youth in his community and traveling with his family and friends.