The Basics Of Roof Ventilation

Were you aware that having proper attic ventilation can help extend your roof's lifespan? If so, you will need to know about the basics of roof ventilation and the different types of vents that are available to you. 

Active Vents Vs Passive Vents

Attic vents are going to be described as active vents or passive vents. An active roof vent is going to have some sort of action that helps draw the air out from your attic, such as a spinning turbine. There are also electric-powered fans, which run to help pull the air out of the attic. This helps guarantee that the attic is being ventilated.

A passive vent doesn't have any way of moving the air out of the attic, except through the hole created by the vent. These often have the caps that look like a UFO saucer is on your roof, and simply cover the opening of the vent. It works by allowing the hot air to rise and escape through the vent

An active roof vent is always going to be the better choice for ventilation. The more air that you're able to get out of the attic will be better for your roof. The temperature will stay lower in the summer, you'll have less condensation in your attic from trapped heat, and your roof will last longer as a result.

Ridge Vents

A ridge vent will work best when you have cathedral ceilings on the top floor of your home, and there is not much space in your attic. The vent sits at the peak of the roof, and passively allows the air to escape as it travels upward. 

Solar Powered Vents

You can get an electric-powered vent without running electrical lines to your attic. This can be done by installing a solar-powered roof vent. It has a small solar panel that is capable of generating enough electricity to turn the fan on an active vent. It's a great choice for adding an active vent to an existing home when it needs to be retrofitted into the existing ventilation point. 

Turbine Vents

A great way to install an active vent without electricity is with a turbine vent. These stick out of the roof and are more noticeable, but they use the wind to spin the turbine that draws the air out of the home. Since it doesn't require electricity, it's easy to install a turbine vent on an existing home when the attic needs more ventilation. 

Reach out to a roofing company like Iconic Roofing  LLC to learn more.