Ever feel like you need to vent? Things just heat up inside you until you feel that you must have a release? At one time or the other almost everyone have. Most people don’t function well under that kind of duress. Well, without proper ventilation your roof is the same way. It doesn’t function the way it should either without a well-designed ventilation system.
During the summer months the space between the building structure and the peak of the roof heats up, and in the winter months it is the opposite. The idea of venting the roof is to remove or get rid of the hot air in the attic during the summer time, and in the winter to maintain the proper temperature of the roof structure itself. How well the ventilation system works for keeping the desired temperatures inside the interior of the house or building by a number of factors.
Control The Temperature
The most important factor to keeping a desirable temperature inside the interior of a structure is the insulation on the floor of the attic. Other factors are the types roofing materials used. The decking, and if it has an insulation space itself, for instance a grid between the decking and the roofing panels. Another factor would be if there is sheathing on the inside of the attic space on the ceiling and walls.
As for the ventilation system itself there are several types that work extremely well. The homeowner will need to do his or her research to determine which one will serve their needs the best. No one type of ventilation system is better than another. It all depends on the roof design and climate in the region.
One popular type of ventilation is the” low profile or turtle type” vent system. They are the most uncomplicated and inexpensive of the ventilation systems. They have no moving parts and simply allow hot air to escape as it rises to the top of the roof ridge where they have been installed.
Roofing Ridge Vent
Another type is “ridge vent.” Ridge vent runs along and over the length of the ridge on the roof. The ridge vent system folds over the ridge and also is assisted by vents on the underside of the soffit to draw the airflow inside the attic from the soffit to the ridge where it is released.
A professional roofing contractor can give you a free estimate on installing ridge vents on your home or business. Good roofers can install the roof vents and be done in a day.
Still another type is the “wind turbine.” It operates by the wind blowing inside louvers which causes it to turn drawing the hot air out of the attic. How many turbines are needed on the roof is determined by how much space you have in attic. They should be installed near the top of the roof in order to catch the wind blowing.
Still another is the “power vent.” Power vents have an electric motor that turns a fan that draws the heat out of the attic. Most power vents have a thermostat that turns the unit on when it reaches a certain temperature. Because the motor requires electricity it will have to have an electrical power source installed. There is also a “solar power” vent which works the same way only powered by the sun.
Go ahead and vent. Trust me you’ll feel better.