Roof ridge vents help to effectively prolong
and protect a homeowner's roof from common culprits within the home, including
moisture and heat. Found on most new homes, roof ridge vents offer a
very simple and effective technology that many homeowners are relatively
uninformed about. Especially here in Texas, with the HOT summers, finding the
proper ventilation is very important!
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Homes without roof ridge vents have the issue of an
escape route for outside air flowing into the attic. The problem with
traditional roofing is that once the outside air goes into the attic, it has no
way to escape. Roof ridge-vent allows the outside air that enters to
escape out the top of the roof, preventing damage--such as premature aging and
cracking--to the attic and roof.
Moisture can be released from many activities that are
performed within homes, including running a washer, using a dishwasher or taking
a shower. Moisture is one of the leading causes of damage to rafters, shingles,
walls and insulation within homes. Roof ridge vents help to release
moisture from homes, which is especially useful during the winter when moisture
has a greater impact.
With the help of wind, a ventilation system is
created in the attic with a roof ridge vent. As wind passes over the roof ridge
vent, it draws air out of the attic. Fresh air is then drawn into the underside
of the vent, creating a circulation system of fresh air.
Most homeowners prefer the look of roof ridge
vents--which are sleek and blend in well with the other shingles--to other
forms of ventilation systems, which often consist of large fans, turbines and
Another benefit of roof ridge ventilation
systems is that they are effective without being used in combination with other
systems. Other types of ventilation systems, such as fans and powered
ventilators, can even have an adverse effect when used with roof ridge vents
because of airflow issues.