Ventilation can refer to a number of things. As far as your roof is concerned, you may have heard your roofing contractor talk about ventilating your roof or your attic. In a nutshell, ventilation is all about the flow of air. You can say that a place is well ventilated when it has a way for air to enter and exit the room, essentially allowing the place to “breathe.”
Adequate ventilation is the best way to combat the buildup of humidity in your roof and attic. Too much humidity can cause moisture-related problems on the most vulnerable parts of your roof. Here are a few important pointers from our experts at Elite Construction & Roofing on how to properly and efficiently ventilate your roof.
Types of Ventilation
Your roofing company may offer several types of ventilation systems for your roof. The most common types are mechanical and natural ventilation. In natural ventilation, you take advantage of wind currents and position your ridge, hip, and soffit vents so that they allow air to flow freely inside your roofing system. In mechanical ventilation, you use a series of blower fans powered by electricity to facilitate air circulation.
How to Ventilate Your Roof
Intake and exhaust vents are installed in many different areas of your roof. Along the soffits are the soffit vents, serving as an intake vent that allows cool outside air to flow inside your roof. Once inside, this air mixes with the warm humid air from indoors. Warm air naturally rises which is then pushed out of ridge vents that serve as your exhaust points.
Why You Should Ventilate
You don’t have to be a professional roofing contractor to know that moisture and humidity are the number one enemy of many types of roofs. Ventilation helps regulate the humidity inside your attic and roof protecting it from damage and, as a result, prolonging the life of your roofing system.
Find out how to properly ventilate your roof with the help of our team at Elite Construction & Roofing. Give us a call at (720) 712-1870 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Lakewood, Thornton, and Westminster, as well as other nearby areas in CO.