Ridge Vents & Roof Ventilation

Roof ventilation is a method that allows the efficient transfer of air to all parts of a building. Those with roof ventilation know its ability to get rid of the hottest air and having the benefits of cool fresh air. It also benefits by creating a drafty atmosphere.

During hot summer days, roof ventilation really comes in handy as it lets the cooler air into the house and allows the hot air to escape. When winter hits, the warm air moves downhill and creates uncomfortable living conditions for those residing in the home so, in such weather conditions, roof ventilation is the best option.

The summer months are typically warmer than the winter months for most homes across the United States. This heat is commonly attributed to ever-increasing energy costs. However, some feel that higher energy costs are caused by too many homeowners choosing to bypass venting their roofs in favor of cheaper roofing materials. For those who are willing to perform proper roof ventilation, energy costs can be greatly reduced.

The amount of ventilation needed depends upon the area of the home being ventilated and the existing roof ventilation. For example, a home with a loft area will require much more roof ventilation than a residence located on the top of an apartment building.

Lofts tend to be hotter due to the lack of a ceiling to keep heat within the attic area. However, attic areas can be made more energy efficient by choosing the right roofing materials.

A traditional ridge vent is basically a kind of external vent system that is placed at the top of a flat roof that allows cool, moist air to leave the building's attic. Typically, ridge vents are often found on commercial buildings with flat roofs.

Ridge vents help reduce the buildup of moisture in the attic and around other areas in your house. Moisture causes high energy efficiency costs because it reduces the ability of the house to cool and heat.

Also, moisture causes problems with mold and mildew, which are health hazards. Installing proper vents helps prevent this buildup of moisture and improves the air quality inside your home.

For the best roof ventilation and ridge vent services, you can visit Radin Services for the best results!

 

Styles and Brands of Ridge Vent

When it comes to the styles of ridge vents, you have plenty of choices. They are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials and can be made from a wide array of materials such as aluminum, copper, stainless steel, and wood.

You also have the option of going with timeless style or with one that incorporates a fan in the vent to push air into the space. If you have always wanted an exhaust that sits on your roof but were put off by the appearance of the traditional style, then these may be the perfect fit for you.

Today's modern ridge caps are much more appealing than ever before. The traditional black and white metal has been updated with sleek metal designs that are sure to appeal to many people.

In fact, some of these newer designs actually incorporate elements of design that are reminiscent of bat houses! Some of the newer models of the modern-day vent fans feature a handheld remote that is used to adjust the flow of air as well as the direction of the fan, which is nice if you want more flexibility when venting your attic space.

Basic Types of Roof Ventilation System

There are three basic types of a roof ventilation system

1.    Ridge Vent

A ridge vent is an outdoor type of vent, usually installed on the top of a slanted roof that enables hot, dry air to escape from the roof of a commercial building. Many ridge vented buildings are single buildings that have tall, steeply pitched roofs.

Commonly used in industrial buildings, such as industrial bakeries, food processing plants, printing presses, and chemical preparation laboratories, provide a valuable method of allowing warm, moist air to leave the building in winter and bring in cool, dry air in the summer.

In industrial bakeries, they provide a means of increasing airflow throughout the baking process without having to build an attic or other venting system to be used for this purpose. However, they're not limited to being used with bakeware or bake ducts - they can also be used to vent out waste gases.

Ridge vents are typically found in residential homes that have slanted roofs. They differ from intake vents, which are placed at the top of an attic or similar structure. The air is drawn up into the attic or other structure with intake vents.

The ridge vents, often located at the top of a steeply pitched roof, draw air directly upward and out of the house. The difference between the two makes for a more efficient way of ventilation which can reduce allergens, help control temperature, and save energy.

2.    Soffit Vents

Experienced roofers know that installing soffit vents can benefit your roof in several different ways. Improving the ventilation around your home will keep you comfortable and save money on energy costs.

Also, an increase in cross-ventilation will prevent icing from forming on your shingles, as well as in attic condensation. In warmer weather, your soffit vents will let cool, fresh air into the attic while your existing roof vents send the hot air out of the house. And no, you don't have to pull your blinds during these colder months!

Installing soffit vents and ventilation are easier than it seems, but one thing that you should always make sure of is that you get all the materials and components from the same place so that the entire soffit vent installation goes smoothly.

Ask around among your friends or family members to find out which manufacturers are best known for their quality products. Or, you can ask Radin Services, the best roofing professionals in Utah!

3.    Gable Vents

Gable vents provide passive cooling of both the roof and attic area. When the air is flowing directly perpendicular to a gable, it behaves like two double windows on either side of a closed space: cold air on one side, warm air on the other.

 

That is the basic design of any vent. The difference between a vent and a fan is that a fan uses a constant airflow and moves it rapidly from side to side. With a vent, the air stream can move in one direction indefinitely, without any directional variation.

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