What is a Ridge Vent and Does Your Roof Need One?
A ridge vent is a roofing structure that helps to release heat from the attic. The ridge vent on your roof is a key component for proper ventilation and air circulation in your home, helping with cooling down your house during hot summer days. This blog post will discuss what ridge vents are, how they work, why you need them, and how to install one on your own!
What is a Ridge Vent on a Roof?
A ridge vent is a roofing structure that helps to release heat from the attic. It’s important for proper ventilation and air circulation in your home because it will help with cooling down your house during hot summer days.
The ridge vent on your own roof is a key component of this process. Ridge vents are typically made of metal and it’s important to have one that can handle the amount of heat your attic is releasing.
How does a Ridge Vent Work?
A ridge vent works by releasing the hot air from your attic and bringing in cool fresh air. Heat rises, so it is important to have a roof ridge vent located near the peak of your roof.
The ridge vent is placed at the ridge of your roof and will usually have an intake on one side to suck in cool air in from outside, and an exhaust hole on the other end that blows warm air out into the atmosphere. Ridge vents can also be used for reducing wind resistance, or deflecting wind, which can reduce the amount of snow or other debris that gets pulled into your roof and attic.
How Do You Know If You Need a Roof Ridge Vent?
If your home has less than 13 inches between the roofline and insulation in the attic, then there may be an issue with venting. Ridge vents are also important when you have an older roof, which may not be insulated as well. Installing ridge ventilation might help to reduce the amount of heat that builds up in your attic space, allowing for more comfort in your home.
A ridge vent allows air to flow through your attic and out into the atmosphere, helping you maintain a cooler temperature during hot summer months. It also prevents heat buildup in your home that can cause mold or termite issues for example, and it helps reduce moisture from getting trapped.
Do Gable Vents Interfere with Ridge Vents?
Another reason to install a ridge vent for your roof is if you have gable vents. One question that many homeowners ask is whether ridge vents interfere with gable vents. The answer, in general, is no; ridge and gable venting are complementary methods of ventilation. Gable vents by themselves are not an efficient ventilation system. Roof Ridge vents will help to improve your energy efficiency.
Ridge Vents and Snow
Ridge vents are a good option for roofs that get heavy snowfall. Roof ridge vents can help a roof shed snow instead of accumulating on top. They direct the flow of snow off your rooftop and onto other parts of your property, minimizing the chances of damage to your roof from heavy snow.
How to install a Roof ridge vent?
To install a roof ridge vent, we measure the ridges height and ridge depth. Your roofer can use a simple tape measure or roof ridge measuring stick for this step.
Next, we drill four holes on either side of your ridge line at equal distances apart from one another. The ridge vent should fit snugly in these pre-drilled holes with an overlap on each end of it.
Make sure to leave a gap no bigger than 1/8 inch in between ridge vents, to allow for expansion. Any gap larger than this could lead to rain or snow entering the attic.
After that, hip and ridge shingle will be applied over the ridge vent from edge to edge.
You should also wait at least 24 hours before removing any excess sealant from around the ridge vents edges.
Should I add a Roof Ridge Vent?
Ridge vents are not just for when you need to replace your roof. You can also have them installed as a preventative measure if you want the energy efficiency of your home improved and don’t know where to start. Roofing specialists will help provide insight on what type of ridge vent is best for your roof needs without breaking the budget!
The best way to determine whether you should consider ridge vent installation is by talking to the professionals at All phase Roofing and Construction. Whether its time to get a roof replacement, maximize the air flow in your home, or become more energy efficient, contact the professionals at All Phase today!