What Ventilation Options Should I Consider During A Roofing Renovation?

When you contact roofing renovation contractors, you may be focused on having new roofing tiles placed or on issues with leaks and beams in the home. Though these are valid reasons for a roofing renovation, ventilation should be considered as well. Before you look over this issue, or just let your contractor make the choices for you, consider the following ventilation options and what you should know about each one.

Gable Vents

You may know that a roof vent can help, but what you may not consider are gable vents. Gable vents are used when you have split-level homes and areas in the roof where one part is higher than the other. The gable vents are placed at a center point of the attic wall. They can be in triangle shapes, oxygonal, or circular. You can also find gable vents in a number of materials including timber and vinyl. The key to remember about these vents is they are just vents. They work in conjunction with a fan system to give more ventilation to larger roofing areas.

Solar Roof Vents and Fans

One of the ways that many people are saving on their energy costs is to go with a solar-powered roof vent and fan system. In general, roofing ventilation kits are powered by electricity. However, some homeowners may be concerned about electrical issues due to the weather, like extreme heat and cold. This may be an issue that you are concerned with along with not wanting to pull large amounts of energy for your ventilation system during intensely hot months of the year. A solar-powered option will work by capturing the sun's energy, storing it, and using it to power on and off the fans and ventilation units in your roof. The units can be set to turn on when a certain temperature is reached or during specific times of the day.

Ridge Vents

Ridge vents are an option if you don't want a roof vent on the top of your home and also do not want or need gable style venting. Ridge vents run across the ridges of the roof line and come in two options. One of the options offers an extended wind baffle which basically pulls wind up and over the ridge vent. This causes a low pull to drag the hot air out of the attic area. The other option is a unbaffled ridge vent that allows air to flow in the attic area and help cool the area along with the ventilation.

These are just three of the options. If you are ready to start your roofing ventilation and renovation, contact your roofing contractor for pricing, work estimates, and options.