Ridge Vents & Roof Ventilation Contractor in Newark, Westerville, & Central Ohio
We install soffit, gable & ridge vents for effective attic ventilation
It's understandable that roof ventilation is often overlooked, as most people are simply worried about their roof keeping their home dry. However, a well-ventilated roof can make life easier and better for those living beneath it. Proper roof and attic ventilation can lower heating and cooling costs, improve interior comfort, and grant a longer life to roof shingles.
In the summertime, a properly ventilated roof allows hot air in the attic to escape, reducing the demand on your air conditioning system. In the winter, ventilation combines with good attic insulation to keep the roof surface cold, so that snow won't melt on the roof surface and then freeze to form ice dams along the eaves.
Klaus Roofing of Ohio installs and repairs ridge vents and other types of roof vents. We are Central Ohio' expert roofing contractors for roofing solutions that include roof repair, roof replacement, and more. Contact us for a free quote for ridge vent installation in Columbus, Westerville, Newark, and throughout Ohio.
Types of roof vents
There are different types of roof vents and different strategies for achieving effective roof ventilation. Here's a brief overview:
Not always easy to see, the openings for a ridge vent are the
continuous space on either side of the ridge cap
Installed along the roof peak, ridge vents are probably the most
important vents in any "passive" (non-electric) roof ventilation
system. Hot air that accumulates inside the attic rises by
convection and escapes outside through ridge vents.
As hot air escapes, fresh outside air is drawn into the attic
through soffit vents (see below).
On an asphalt shingle roof, ridge vents are usually covered by a
layer of shingles. The warmest air in the attic rises naturally to
the roof peak and escapes outside through the ridge vents.
Soffit vents may run continuously under eaves. Rectangular or
circular vents may be installed in soffits where a continuous
strip-type vent was omitted.
Soffit vents run parallel to the eaves along the soffit. These vents
work with ridge and gable vents to promote good roof ventilation.
Installed along the eaves of the roof, these vents are usually in
the form of grilles that run the length of each soffit.
By admitting outside air into the attic as warmer air leaves the
attic through higher vents, soffit vents play a major role in
effective roof ventilation.
If attic airflow is insufficient, your roofer may recommend a gable
end vent such as the one shown.
Installed near the peak of a gable end, this screened vent can allow
hot air to leave the attic or fresh air to enter, depending on
prevailing breezes and temperature conditions.
Powered attic ventilators (PAVs).
Sometimes referred to as attic fans, PAVs come in several forms.
Some are designed to be mounted on the roof, while others mount in
the attic floor or the gable end. All PAVs contain an electrically
powered fan (usually controlled by a thermostat) that exhausts hot
air from the attic on hot summer days.
A PAV should not be necessary if a roof has properly sized and
installed ridge and soffit vents. While a PAV will definitely
exhaust hot air from the attic during hot weather, it consumes
electricity, and can actually suck cooled air from the living space
through leaks in the attic floor.
For this reason, many home energy experts recommend passive roof
ventilation over active ventilation with a PAV.
If your roof is not well-ventilated, ask a roofing contractor about improving roof ventilation with ridge, soffit or gable-end vents. All of these roof vents can be installed in an existing roof, or when your roofing is being replaced.
The specialists at Klaus Roofing of Ohio can help you choose the right type of roof vents for your home. We can repair or install roof vents and improve your attic ventilation.
Our professional roofing services, including roof repair, are available throughout Central Ohio, including Grove City, Delaware, Marysville, Reynoldsburg, Hilliard, Galloway, Springfield, and nearby. Call us at 1-844-745-9493 to get a free quote on any of your roofing needs.
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