Having an energy-efficient home is extremely important. It can save money on energy costs today and for many years to come making it a sound investment. Especially when it comes to home improvement. That being said, it’s important for homeowners to understand how to make their home as most energy-efficient as possible. One of the ways to ensure energy efficiency is to have proper roof ventilation. Since roof ventilation can seem overwhelming, we have created a short guide on everything you need to know about roof ventilation here at Ypsilanti Roofing Company.
Everything You Need to Know About Roof Ventilation in Ypsilanti Michigan
The biggest problem when it comes to roof ventilation is that many people simply don’t understand the importance of it. But having the wrong ventilation for your roof or having roof ventilation that is blocked in some way can lead to all sorts of problems including mold growth and premature failure of your roof. Here are some key points to consider about roof ventilation on your Ypsilanti Michigan home:
The common belief is that roof ventilation solely removes and regulates heat. While ventilation does regulate heat in your home, it also serves additional purposes. For example, proper ventilation also reduces moisture and ultimately protects your home from material and structural damage.
During the summer, you might notice that the temperature of your home seems to increase as you move towards the upper areas of your home. While this can be attributed to the physical principle that heat rises, it also deals with roof ventilation. While the temperature of your home will always increase as you move towards the upper areas of your home, proper ventilation ensures the temperature doesn’t get that high and isn’t that different in each area.
For example, when the temperature is 90 degrees F outside, a home without proper ventilation could reach a temperature of 150 degrees F at the highest point. This is because there is no heat regulation; instead there is only conduction that is occurring through the roof.
Contrary to a home without proper ventilation, an energy efficient home will only reach a high of 75 degrees F at the highest point inside during a day in which the outdoor temperature is 90 degrees F.
Additionally, roof ventilation regulates moisture. This is largely due to the principle that warmer temperatures are a breeding ground for moisture, which could lead to damages, such as mold. A great ventilation system will ensure a home is completely insulated from warmer, more moisture-dense air. Instead, your home will be full of cooler, drier air that is safe and healthy to breathe in.
One of the most popular roof ventilation systems is the ridge vent. These vents are designed with maximum efficiency in which it does not matter where the wind is blowing or how strong it is. In other words, these vents can properly operate and provide continuous, uniform, temperature-regulated air, under any weather condition.
Additionally, these vents are one of the least noticeable ventilation options. In fact, shingles can even be placed over it, so these vents easily blend in with your roof and do not disrupt the overall design.
Another popular kind of ventilation is static vents. These vents are perfect for vaulted ceiling homes and operate as intake and exhaust airflow. In fact, the roofing industry highly regards this type of vent and often recommends it for people who want a simply design and optimum features.
Lastly, power vents are a smaller-scale, motor-based wind turbine designed for optimum roof ventilation. Contrary to wind turbines, power vents use either sunlight or motors to operate. That being said, you will have to utilize a thermostat control in order to turn it on and off. While this ultimately saves energy, it can be inconvenient to have to remember to turn your ventilation on and off. That being said, power vents are a great option for smaller homes, vacation homes, and homeowners who want to have energy-efficient ventilation while also being eco-friendly and conscientious.
If you’re concerned about the ventilation on your roof be sure to call us today at 734-291-0165 for a roof inspection. We can inspect your roof and look for problems including the ventilation for the roof. We also offer free estimates on roofing projects in Ypsilanti Michigan. Call Ypsilanti Roofing Company today for more details.