The heat of your home accumulates in the attic. Consequently, it’s vital for air vapors to be released from the house to prevent mold. If the air cannot escape, problems arise such as deteriorating shingles. One way to improve air circulation is with the help of a ridge vent. If you need a roofing company in Damascus to inspect your attic ventilation and roof, Cox Roofing can take on the task. We serve customers across Montgomery County.
The Importance of a Roof’s Ridge Vent
A ridge vent works year round to efficiently ventilate an attic space. When the weather is warm, the ventilation keeps the house cool which saves money on cooling costs. When the weather is cold, the ventilation prevents ice dams and ice by keeping the attic cool, so the snow doesn’t melt. A ridge vent works best with a vented soffit. This combination allows the air to flow up through the soffit and out of the ridge which results in vertical ventilation. You can also achieve a horizontal draft by using gable vents which are wall vents on either side of the attic that allow a breeze through. You should avoid having both a gable vent and a ridge vent because they’ll cancel each other out.
When it’s Time to Replace the Ridge Vent
Aluminum ridge vents have an outside nail line which leaves the nails exposed. The nails rust and move out of the plywood because of the expansion and contraction as well as being exposed to the elements. Additionally, an aluminum vent may separate from the roof due to heavy winds. This gap causes roof leaks. When the ridge vent is damaged it can’t do its job correctly and you need a professional to take a look.
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