Since your roofing system is one of the most integral parts of your house, you should pay attention to every element — especially your roof vents. Your roof vents are responsible for eliminating the air that has entered the attic. They get rid of moisture and condensation issues, which may damage the structural integrity of your roof. Not to mention, they also have a key role in the appearance of your home’s exterior.
There are two types of roof vents: passive and active. Take note that passive vents have three sub-categories, which means you have four types of roof vents to choose from overall. To help you choose the air vent that best fits your roof, Home Pro Exteriors, known for professional roofing and siding contractor experts, will discuss each type in this article.
If you’re looking for an aesthetically-pleasing roof vent, you may want to consider ridge vents. Ridge vents are designed to look like shingles because they run across the length of the roof peak. They make sure that air is the only thing to enter the roof, preventing other outside elements, such as critters and debris. Since they run along the length of the roof peak, ridge vents provide an even distribution of air and guarantee a more even temperature in this part of your home.
Roof Turbine Vents
Also known as metal pot vents and roof exhaust fans, roof turbine vents are best known for their large rotating blades. These blades remove hundreds of cubic feet of air every minute. This type of roof vent is highly recommended for those in windy regions. Due to the high speed of airflow, the soffits must be kept clear to allow new air to enter the roof at the same speed that it is leaving. Roof turbine vents may not be suitable for all roof types, but if you have the right facilities, you may want to consider aluminum solutions with lubricated ball bearings.
Low-profile vents are sometimes referred to as louvered vents. These vents are the most common type of roof vents in residential homes. If you are planning a roof replacement, you should consider using low-profile vents as part of your roof ventilation system as they are relatively cheap and easy to install. Many homeowners install low-profile vents to the rear of the home to reduce visual impact, but they may need to install multiple vents because they suck air from a localized area. For roofs up to 1,000 square feet, you may need to install at least four low-profile vents.
Electric and Solar-Powered Roof Vents
Are you interested in roof vents that help reduce your utility bills? You may want to try electric and solar-powered roof vents. They are eco-friendly and work faster than some of the passive alternatives. However, the electric options rely on electricity, while the solar-powered options rely on sunlight. If you have no power, or if there’s no sunlight, these vents may not work. They also work best if the roof is tightly sealed. If not, the conditioned air may be sucked out as well.
When choosing your roof vent, it’s best to consult an experienced roofing contractor. They will guide you on what type of roof vent works best for your home. As such, you may want to talk to our experts at Home Pro Exteriors. Our roofers also provide quality roofing services, including roof repair and more. Call us today at (845) 343-1777 or fill out our contact form to set an appointment. We proudly serve homeowners in Monroe and the surrounding NY areas.