You’ll find several types of ventilation systems installed in your home. You’ll have exhaust fans in your bathroom to prevent mold and mildew as well as in your kitchen so that the smell of certain ingredients and meals won’t linger within the area for too long. You’ll also find intake and exhaust vents in a well-built roof, and they’re meant to keep your home nice and cozy despite the outdoor weather. They’re also designed to protect your roof which can otherwise lead to premature damage and a costly roof repair!
Having adequate roof ventilation keeps the heat from building up in your attic during the summer. Too much heat beneath the roof can affect your shingles and roofing materials as it leads to a faster deterioration rate. It also prevents moisture and condensation from forming during the winter season. If there’s too much moisture in the attic, it can lead to wood rot as well as mold and mildew.
Common Types of Roofing Vents
Different types of roof ventilation systems are designed for different purposes. They’ll use various types of vents depending on the type of roofing system. below are some of the most common types.
- Static Vents – Also known as “stationary vents” or “can vents,” they’re one of the most common types of vents available. They consist of a metal cover over a hole cut into your roof deck.
- Gable Vents – These vents are seen at the siding closest to the base of the roof replacement. They’re meant to let in the airflow from side to side in an attic.
- Ridge Vents – This is another common type of roof vent that can also be effective as long as you have proper intake vents installed. They’re installed on the top-most parts of a sloped roof, which are usually the ridges.
Telltale Signs of Winter Ventilation Damage
Even during the winter months, your roofing vents are susceptible to damage if they’re not properly maintained. Ice dams are one of the most common, as they can occur when melted snow runs down the roof’s slope and refreezes at the eaves. If you have intake vents installed at the eaves, the water can seep in and when it freezes, it can expand and cause unwanted damage to the vents. Another sign is damp insulation, which means there’s condensation forming in the attic. Too much moisture means there aren’t enough vents to facilitate proper airflow or some of your vents are blocked/damaged.
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