Without adequate ventilation, heat can accumulate in your roof, drastically shortening its lifespan. Read on to learn some tips on maintaining optimal airflow inside your roof.
Your Roof and the Attic
Your roof and attic always go hand in hand. Roof ventilation ensures warm moisture-holding air continuously flows out of the attic and cool air enters the attic, keeping it cool and dry.
How Roof Ventilation Works
You won’t be able to maintain optimal airflow in your roof and attic if you don’t know how roof ventilation works. A standard roof ventilation system consists of exhaust and intake vents, which are either installed in the roof itself or the attic. Cool air enters the attic through the intake vents and warm humid air exits through the exhaust vents—a properly designed roof ventilation system should strike a balance between the number of exhaust and intake vents.
Having just the right amount of vents pressurizes the attic, preventing air-conditioned air from exiting your home too quickly. To ensure there’s optimal airflow in your roof and attic, we recommend having a qualified contractor inspect your roof and attic to see whether it was properly.
Different Kinds of Vents
Keep in mind that intake and exhaust vents can also deteriorate as they age, so you might need to have a contractor replace these as well. Listed below is an overview of the most common types:
- Ridge vents – Ridge vents have a baffle or an extra chute which can improve airflow and provide added protection from rain. Plus, since they’re hidden from view and don’t disrupt the exterior design
- Static vents – These are horizontal vents that allow air movement.
- Gable vents – These are installed in your attic and can be used alongside other kinds of vents.
One more thing: make sure to hire a qualified contractor—it takes a certain level of expertise to calibrate your roof ventilation system, after all.
Cantrell Roofing, LLC, a GAF® Master Elite® contractor, offers a wide range of professional roofing services, including torch down roofing. To request a free consultation, call us at (903) 848-9494 or leave us a message here.