What Are My Roof Ventilation Options?

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Roof Ventilation

Roof ventilation is an important consideration for each home. Not only does it help to reduce heat in the summer months, but it also prevents increased moisture throughout the cooler months in South Florida. Proper ventilation is vital to keep your attic in a healthy and environmentally stable condition. Maintaining a stable temperature in your attic will help to optimize the energy-efficiency of your home. There are many different roof ventilation systems available. Unsure about which one will be best for your home? Read on to find out which one will be best for your roof.

Ridge Vents

Ridge vents act as a static vent system and are installed on either the peak or ridge of your roof. They tend to run along the entire edge line of your roof and are thin in shape. When used in conjunction with intake vents, they become particularly effective in providing ventilation to your attic. Ridge vents are easy to maintain as they don’t contain any moving parts. They also tend to create uniformed ventilation by preventing any hot or cold spots in the attic.

Box Vents

As with ridge vents, box vents are also static. They are installed over a hole cut out of the roof. By making use of naturally occurring heat, they create an opening for the hot air to escape. Box vents need to be installed close to the ridge of the roof as this enables the maximum amount of heat to be released. Box vents are typically quite small which may result in a number of these vents beings required to provide adequate ventilation.

Power Vents

Also known as PAVs, power vents contain motors that turn fans to drive hot air out of the attic. Some of these units are available with adjustable thermostats which turn on the fan when a certain temperature is reached. They can also be installed with a humidistat that detects the levels of humidity and triggers the fan to turn on. The downside is that power vents require electricity to work. However, this can be easily solved by installing a unit with built-in solar panels. Power vents are fairly quiet and can be forgotten about easily. This can be to the occupant’s detriment as sometimes the motor can malfunction without anyone knowing.

Cupola Vents

Cupola vents carry the added benefit of being highly decorative. They are located at the top of ridges and are effective in drawing out heat and moisture once installed. Keep in mind that although these vents can frame an opening in the roof, they are limited in their functionality and you may require an additional vent system to have adequate ventilation.

At AABCO Roofing, we can offer you expert advice and service when it comes to choosing the right combination of roofing ventilation systems for your roof. We are the South Florida roofing experts and pride ourselves on high-quality workmanship. Call us today at 954-426-8500 and let us take your roof to new heights.

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