Your roofing ventilation is rarely thought of, but it has a serious importance to your home’s safety and efficiency. Depending on the climate changes where you live and the style of your home, we recommend you talk with your contractor to help decide which ventilation system is right for you.
During the winter, you want the warm air to stay in. In the warm summer months, you want the warm air to stay out and the cool air to stay in. This is why insulation and ventilation are so important. If your vents and insulation work together properly, they should reduce that “stuffiness” inside your home.
Vents & Ridge Vents
- Gable Vents – In some situations, gable vents don’t push out the air efficiently, allowing pressure to form in the attic. Some ventilation systems may only work on certain types of roofing, and your roofing contractor will know which type of ventilation system is perfect for your roof. Other times, installing double gable vents on each side of your home does the trick.
- Ridge Vents – Ridge roof ventilation systems are venting strips that sit along the top peak of your roof and are mostly seen on newer homes. However, if these are the vents that you would prefer on your home, you will also need to install soffit vents.
- Soffit Vents – These vents are often added to already existing ventilation systems to increase airflow. The soffit is is located on the bottom of the roof edge on both sides.
The style and design of your attic plays a huge part in the ventilation of your roof. If properly built, energy will be saved, no mold will grow, and no wood rot will occur. The air should be pushed along the roof deck and expelled through the deck vents. There should be 1 inch of air space between your roof and the roof deck to allow proper ventilation.
Safety & Efficiency
Energy efficiency and damage prevention are the main ideas behind the theory of roof ventilation. In a warmer climate like Tampa, roof ventilation systems release solar heat to reduce cooling costs and the strain on your air conditioning system. Meanwhile, the ventilation system also works toward circulating the air in your attic to prevent mold from having a chance to grow.