Whenever homeowners think about protecting your roof from moisture damage, durable roofing materials are usually the first thing to come to mind. However, you shouldn’t forget that moisture can enter and accumulate in your roof and attic via the air flowing into your home. The warmer the air inside, the more moisture it can hold. If humid indoor air can’t exit your home, the excess moisture can create a damp environment that’s the perfect breeding ground for mold and rot.
An adequate roof ventilation system makes sure moisture doesn’t accumulate. Vents are an integral component of any ventilation system. In general, there are two types: box and ridge vents. In this post, the roof repair contractors at A&A Services explain why most roofers recommend the latter over the former.
Traditional vs Newer Roofing Systems
Considering how important roof ventilation is, shouldn’t all roofing systems have an adequate ventilation system? The ventilation systems found in older or traditional roofing systems are usually less efficient than the ones in newer roofing systems. That’s why if your home has been around for quite some time, it’d be a good idea to have a professional contractor inspect your roof and possibly conduct roof repair work.
Ridge Vents vs Box Vents
If your contractor noticed that your roof doesn’t have enough adequate ventilation, they might recommend adding or replacing roof vents. Most roofing contractors would recommend installing ridge vents instead of box vents because of their:
Cost efficiency and performance – Manufacturer warranties require traditional ventilation systems to have a square foot of ventilation for every 150 square feet of attic space. On the other hand, ridge vent systems need only a square foot of ventilation for every 300 square feet of attic space. The fact warranties require less square footage suggests ridge vents are more efficient.
Curb Appeal – Since ridge vents are installed along the edges of the roof, they won’t disrupt your home’s exterior design, making them a smart choice for those concerned about their home’s curb appeal.
A&A Services, a company with over three decades of experience, offers professional exterior services, including roof repair services. To request an estimate, call us at (978) 219-2343 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Salem, Peabody, and Andover, MA, as well as the surrounding communities.