Ridge Vents and Roof Ventilation2018-10-18T13:27:07+00:00

Your roofing system is incomplete without adequate ventilation

American Dream Home Improvement installs soffit, gable & ridge vents for worry free attic ventilation

Roof ventilation is often overlooked, as people tend to be more concerned about their roof staying leak-free and keeping their house dry. But, do you know that a well-ventilated roof can help lower heating and cooling costs, and that a lack of roof ventilation can have serious repercussions?

Why is Roof Ventilation Important?

Adequate roof ventilation is of crucial importance to the overall maintenance and protection of your home.

  • Air flow

Ridge vents have an air space beneath them that allows for air to pass along the top of the building under the roof and escape. This, in conjunction with a ventilation system, reduces moisture and stagnate air. 

  • Ventilation system

Proper ventilation prevents mold, fungus, and mildew from developing in attic and crawlspace areas.  The same conditions that contribute to mold also contributes to wood rot. 

Soffits and vents work in conjunction with the ridge vents to help keep air moving. The heat rises and is pulled out of the air vents.  

Proper insulation combined with a strong ventilation system keeps the air in your attic, whether it be hot or cold, out of your home and reduces your heating and cooling costs. 

Ridge Vents and Roof Ventilation
Ridge Vents and Roof Ventilation

More Benefits of Roof Ventilation

  • Roof ventilation works to your advantage year round.
  • Air Flow and ventilation is evenly distributed below the roof.
  • Ventilation systems blend well with the roof and in some cases can be quite decorative
  • Weather changes will not affect vent and its effectiveness.

Energy savings

  • A properly ventilated roof allows hot air in the attic to escape, reducing the demand on your air conditioning system during the summer months.
  • In the winter, sufficient roof ventilation combined with good attic insulation will keep the roof surface cold, helping prevent snow melting and then freezing to form ice dams.

What kind of roof vents are available for my home?

Box Vents:

Box Vents also called Low Profile Vents, Louvers, Flat Vents, or Turtle Vents are static vents. This means they have no moving parts. The vent is installed over a hole cut out of the roof. They create an opening for the rising hot air and moisture to escape through. 

Wind Turbines:

Wind-driven turbine vents work much like box vents, except that they move more air than box vents – when the wind is blowing. The spinning action, triggered by wind, draws hot air and moisture up out of the attic.

Power Vents:

Power ventilators have motors that turn fans to pull hot air and moisture out of the attic. Some come equipped with adjustable thermostats and/or humidistats which come on when the attic reaches a certain temperature. 

Ridge Vents:

Ridge vents have no moving parts and as indicated by their name, are installed on the ridge of the roof. A ridge vent should run the entire length of the roof’s horizontal ridge, blending into the roofline for a more attractive home. Ridge vents combined with under eave venting (soffit) is the most efficient system you can install. 

Soffit Vents:

Soffit Vents provide a means of air intake into the roof’s ventilation system. They are installed in soffits and eaves and are most effective when used in conjunction with a continuous ridge vent.

Cupola Vents:

Many times when you see Cupola vents, they are for decoration and serve no true purpose. However, they can be functioning static roof vents. They sit atop a high ridge and frame an opening in the roof system, allowing hot air and moisture to rise and escape the building. They are limited in their abilities and usually fill a support role to another roof vent system.

Ridge Vents and Roof Ventilation
Ridge Vents and Roof Ventilation
Ridge Vents and Roof Ventilation

American Dream Home Improvement installs and repairs ridge vents and other types of roof vents. We are the leading roofing contractor for roofing solutions that include roof repair, roof replacement and more.

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