Attic ventilation is one of the most important aspects of a functional roofing system. Its primary responsibility is to let air circulate properly and reduce moisture levels, keeping water-related damage at bay. In this post, V. Nanfito Roofing & Siding, your trusted local roofing contractor, explains what you need to know about roofs and attic ventilation.
Why Are Roof and Attic Ventilation Important?
Here are the main reasons it pays to invest in quality roof and attic ventilation:
- It helps regulate temperatures in the attic, which then contributes to balancing the temperatures in other parts of your home.
- It provides an escape route for unnecessary indoor heat, allowing you to maintain your home’s energy efficiency.
- It prevents moisture buildup beneath your roofing system. This is especially true during winter when condensation can be a common occurrence, causing damage to the materials in your attic.
Different Types of Roof Vents
Vents usually come in two major forms: those placed at the lower edge of the roof (intake vents) and those found at the peak (exhaust vents). Other types of roof vents include:
- Ridge vents – They are typically located along the peak of the roof, making them an ideal exhaust vent.
- Soffit vents – As their name implies, they are found on the soffit of the roof or the underside of a roof’s overhang.
- Gable vents – They are placed on roof gables to further help indoor air circulation.
As a rule of thumb, there must be one vent for every 300 square feet of attic area if you have a vapor barrier in your attic. If you don’t have it, then one vent should be installed for every 150 square feet of attic area.
For any of your roofing and attic ventilation needs, you can always turn to V. Nanfito Roofing & Siding. We offer top-notch roofing services, from roof repair and maintenance to complete replacements. Give us a call at (203) 639-1634 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to working with you.