If you want to keep your roof in good shape, you need to make sure that your roof has proper ventilation. Proper ventilation prevents the frame of your roof from suffering from roof rot and mildew growth. Proper ventilation also helps prevent ice dams in the winter and helps reduce your cooling costs when it is hot outside. There are various tools that you can employ to improve the ventilation in your roof.
#1 Ridge Vents
Ridge vents are designed to be installed at the peak of your roof. For example, if your roof slopes, at the top of the slope is where the ridge vent are installed. Hot air rises inside of your attic, and vents located on the top of a sloped roof are a perfect place for all of that hot air to escape. This helps damp and warm air leave your attic instead of getting trapped and causing moisture issues.
#2 Soffit Vents
Another type of vent that you can use to improve ventilation are soffit vents. Soffit vents are designed to go under the eaves on your home. Soffit vents actually are used to draw air into your attic. These vents are designed to promote air flow in your attic by drawing fresh air from the outside into your attic. This can help cool off your attic and prevent moisture buildup in your attic.
#3 Gable Vents
Gable vents are another type of vent that works great in an attic space. They are installed on the exterior walls, not directly on your roof. Gable vents are designed to allow air to flow both in and out of your attic.
#4 Powered Fans
In addition to vents that allow the free flow of air in and out of your attic space, you can also install fans. Fans are powered by electricity or another energy source, and are a more regulated way to get air to flow in and out of your attic. With attic vans, they can both draw in cooler air when needed, and push out hotter air when needed. They allow air to flow both in and out of your attic in order to achieve the right temperature and humidity levels.
Setting up proper ventilation in your attic will help keep your roof in better shape. A well-ventilated attic will help keep your home cool in the summer, warming in the winter, and will ensure that your roof doesn't rot and mold from the inside out. Talk to a roofing contractor to find out more.