Home ridge vents run the entire length of your roof, at its peak and allow air to circulate underneath the roof in order to prevent any buildup of moisture. A ridge vent can also blend in with your metal or shingle roofing so that it isn’t noticeable as a part of your roof’s peak.
The low profile design of a ridge vent can actually fit under shingles and typically will not be seen from the ground. This is especially true for a ridge vent on the roof of a two-story home.
Ridge vents contain an air space beneath their design, which allows for airflow along the top of your home, underneath the roof — which usually contains an attic.
A proper ridge vent will include an external baffle and an interior weather filter. The filter keeps out unwanted debris such as insects and dust while the baffle creates external pressure in order to pull air out of your attic.
A multi-pitch or single ridge vent is a one-piece rounded unit, which should be installed over each of the pitches on your roof; including garage roofs and other parts of a building or home that is designed with several roof levels. It is usually fabricated from co-polymer resins and other similar materials to achieve flexibility.
While your roof does, indeed, protect your home, it also needs ventilation in order to prevent fungus, mildew, and mold from moving into the area under the eaves as well as the attic crawl space. Warm moist air can also lead to severe wood rot, which is oftentimes caused by a fungus that grows in dark, damp environments.
Vents and soffits under the eaves work in tandem with your ridge vents to keep air moving properly. This means if warm, moist air comes in — which is normal and typically happens under the roof — it will be pulled out through the ridge vent, as heat naturally rises.
You may also opt for a fan system or simply allow this passive arrangement of vents to keep your attic and roof dry. Beyond ventilation, though, you can always rely on proper insulation, which will also keep your attic air — no matter if it’s hot or cold air — out of your home.
Eagle Watch Roofing, serving Newnan and neighboring North Georgia communities, will help you find the right type of ridge vent for your roof. It’s important to note, that while ridge vents last for many years, they may need occasional replacement.
Ridge vents are simple for professional roofers to install, however, this is never a do-it-yourself job. Contact Eagle Watch Roofing for more information on all types of roof ventilation for your home.
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