Why you Should Consider a Ridge Vent System for your Attic or Roof

Why you Should Consider a Ridge Vent System for your Attic or Roof

You can save money on your energy bills and make your home a healthier place to live with the best roof ventilation systems. A vent is responsible for either exhausting stale air from your attic space or bringing fresh air into your home. The ridge vent is an airspace of two inches made of cardboard that enables air to flow from the soffit to the peak. It allows the area below the roof to be cooled. Without the Ridge Vent, an air space like this would conduct heat day in and day out, leading to your roof overheating and reducing its life.  

What is a Ridge Vent?

An air vent installed at the peak of a roof is known as a ridge vent. This vent is installed by first cutting an air slot in the roof deck at the peak. The ridge vent covers this air slot. A ridge vent runs across the entire span of your roof line at the peak. As ridge vents are located at the roof's peak, they are perfect for letting hot air escape. Due to their length, they have a lot of surface area, which allows them to expel a lot of heat. Providing continuous exhaust ventilation help prevent wind-driven rain and snow, insect infiltration, and debris accumulation in the attic. 

How do Ridge Vents Work?

Ventilation is essential in ensuring a clean and cozy internal environment. When hot air stagnates, mildew and mould can grow. Ridge vents are valuable for venting your attic because you want to get rid of hot air containing moisture.  

Exhaust-style vents are generally installed near the top of your roof because hot air rises. The ridge vent is the most common exhaust vent in modern roofing systems. You need hot air to leave your attic to keep your home healthy and your roof long-lasting, but hot air tends to be stubborn. Since it won't leave without being forced, we need something to act as bouncers. The cooler air comes to the rescue.  

An excellent ventilation strategy includes fresh, cool air (through intake ventilation). Your attic space is cooled by intake vents placed lower on the roof line than exhaust vents. Intake ventilation will help push stubborn hot air out of the attic space since cooler air enters underneath hot air (and hot air rises). Cool air acts as a bouncer using intake vents (like soffits).  

Use Ridge Vent System for Your Attic and Roof

Many homes can benefit from ridge vents depending on how much exhaust ventilation they require in the attic space and how their roof is designed. For example, a house with an extensive ridge line will likely be appropriately ventilated with ridge vents. 

In addition to their design, location on the roof line, the surface area covered, and cost and commonality, ridge vents are some of the most popular exhaust vents available. If your home's architecture allows it, we highly recommend it. You can stand on them because they are so strong! They provide extra protection against snow build-up due to their strength.

Hire Reitzel Insulation

Our installers take all precautions to ensure your project is completed correctly. If you plan to install this system in your home, ensure you have enough space in the cavity to accommodate the required ventilation system. Call Reitzel, and we'll ensure you're properly taken care of. Let's work together on the next project.

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