When your roof has become worn, or the damage from weather and other outside factors has taken its toll, it's time to replace your roof completely. A residential roof replacement project is a chance to correct the wrongs in the old roof. Ventilation is usually an issue in older roofs, causing poor indoor air quality and mold infestation. This guide will help you learn about the features to include in your roof replacement so that you'll have proper ventilation in your home:
1. Add Vents in the Eaves, Soffit, and Fascia
Adding vents here will help release hot air trapped inside your attic. These areas trap warm air and are typically dark, which means they heat up quickly and hold onto their heat longer. A high-quality roof replacement can help improve ventilation by including these vents.
If you have a gable roof, make sure you get vents under each peak of your roof. Vents in the fascia and soffit also aid in the higher circulation of air.
2. Add Ridge Vents
To ensure proper airflow, you should ensure that your new roof has ridge vents. These long tubes run along the top of your roof and direct cool air into your attic. If you don't have them, consider adding them to your new roof replacement. Ridge vents add more efficiency to a home's cooling system; they're well worth including if possible.
3. Install Roof Turbines
A turbine is a device that uses an energy source, such as wind or water to generate mechanical power. A roof turbine uses wind power to rotate, and this movement draws air upward, causing a cooling effect. Turbines are ideal ventilation features if you want to cut costs in your roof replacement since they do not require power and the attendant energy bills.
4. Install Gable Attic Fans
Gable attic fans are installed through a hole cut into a home's gable wall. The fan draws fresh air into the attic and pushes stale air out, which helps keep rooms and attics cooler. Some models are wired directly to your home's electrical supply, while others run on batteries or solar power. Some gable fans feature remote controls that make it easy to control when and how often you push fresh air into your attic.
5. Install Solar-Powered Roof Attic Fans
Solar-powered attic fans allow you to ventilate your home without worrying about costs. Solar-powered fans eliminate energy costs, making them ideal for solar-powered or off-grid homes.
A new roof should offer better energy efficiency and indoor air quality than your old one, so you should have features to promote ventilation. Call a roofing contractor to discuss features to include in your residential roof replacement.