There is a misconception that if you have the proper insulation in your attic crawlspace, that is all you need to help stop humidity. Insulation is a huge consideration and is vital in reducing the chances of humidity buildup and other energy-related issues. You still need a bit more to help to reduce issues caused by heat and changing temperatures. The way you handle these extra energy issues is with proper roofing ventilation. You may already have ventilation but need some upgrades. Here are some of the ventilation upgrade options to consider for your residential roofing.
If you have a multi-level roof, then ridge vents may be ideal for your ventilation. There are several reasons. One of the main reasons deals with the size of the vents. These vents can be made to fit the length of the ridge. There are many sizes available, but if you need custom sizes, you can have those made as well. A ridge vent, due to its size, can push out more of the hot air in the attic space. This means you are getting the maximum amount of hot air moving outward and away from the space. For multi-level roof pitches, this can be ideal for removing the hot air from the space and helping it from remaining trapped in the smaller spaces.
Roof turbines are one of the most common styles of roofing ventilation. The turbine is a round ventilation system with open ridges to allow airflow. As the wind blows, the turbine works to move hot air out of the attic space. These require no power which is ideal for many homeowners. They are also ideal in areas that receive a large number of windstorms or a general breeze throughout the year. You may see these turbines on older homes as well as used on small coastal and mountain homes where breezes are more common.
Solar-powered ventilation comes in several designs and sizes. The key component of solar-powered ventilation is that it runs off the grid. As long as you have sunlight, you will have a ventilation unit that works. The power is registered when there is a certain temperature in the attic space. When it reaches that temperature, the solar-powered ventilation unit kicks on. The ventilation unit moves the hot air out and cools down the area. The system turns off when the temperature has gone back down.
When you are ready to make the ventilation upgrades to your residential roofing, contact your area roofing contractor. They will schedule an installation date and answer any questions you have regarding the proper ventilation of your roof. If you are uncertain about what type of ventilation you need, your contractor can give you insight and suggestions for what may work best for you.
Contact a local residential roofing service to learn more.