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Roofing Ventilation 101: A Quick Look at Ridge Vents

When it comes to preventing moisture damage, your roof’s ventilation system is just as important as the shingles protecting your home. The roof replacement contractors at A Cut Above Exteriors, elaborate more on the importance of adequate roof ventilation via ridge vents below. 


Why Adequate Roof Ventilation Is Important

Keep in mind that moisture can still accumulate in your roof via the air entering your home. The warmer the air is inside, the more moisture it can hold. And if it isn’t able to exit your roof and attic, the excess moisture might contribute to a damp environment that’s fertile breeding ground for mold and wood rot. 

Ridge vs. Box Vents 

Given the importance of roof ventilation, shouldn’t all roofing systems have them? Well, traditional roofing systems tend to have less-efficient ventilation systems than standard compared  to newer roofing systems. As such, if your home has been around for quite some time, it’d be a good idea to have a roofing company inspect your roof. 

There are two types of roof vents: box and ridge vents. Most roofing contractors would recommend ridge vents over box vents because of several reasons: 

  • Cost efficiency

    – For traditional ventilation systems, manufacturer warranties require a square foot of ventilation for every 150 square feet of attic space. Ridge vent systems, on the other hand, need only a square foot of ventilation for every 300 square feet of attic space. 

  • Performance

    – The fact warranties require less square footage hints at ridge vents’ higher efficiency. 

  • Curb Appeal

    – Since ridge vents are installed along the edges of the roof, they won’t disrupt your facade, making them a great choice for homeowners who’re conscious of their curb appeal. 

To make sure you get to enjoy all the benefits ridge vents have to offer, only hire a qualified contractor for all your roof work. 

A Cut Above Exteriors offers a wide range of professional roofing services. To request a free estimate, call us at (503) 334-0733 or leave us a message here. We serve homeowners in Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR, as well as the surrounding communities. 

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