- By: Eric Thomas
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Many homeowners don’t understand roof ventilation, and who can blame them? There are several different kinds of vents for a roof, including ridge vents, whirlybirds, soffit vents, gable vents—the list goes on! But what are these vents and what do they do for your roof?
Let’s start with explaining the types of vents you need for your roof. Your roof needs vents for both intake and exhaust. Soffit vents function as the roof’s intake vent and allow outside air to come into the attic. These vents are located underneath the eaves of your house.
Your roof will also need either ridge vents or whirlybirds to serve as your exhaust vents, allowing hot and humid air to escape your attic. Ridge vents are located along the ridge or peak of your house. Whirlybirds, also known as turbine vents, are the vents you see spinning on the roofs of most homes.
In addition to intake and exhaust vents, there are also gable vents. Gable vents are a kind of combination vent and you will find those in the gables of your house. Along with the venting functionality they provide, gable vents also add to the architectural elements of the home.
A roof that is not properly vented can cause the attic to become excessively hot. These extreme temperature changes can cause buckling of the roof decking from expanding and contracting. Poor ventilation can also cause condensation to build up in the attic, possibly leading to mold problems in the future.
If you need help with your roof’s ventilation or have any additional questions, please feel free to call us at 501-804-6934 or fill out our Contact Us form.
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