Man caulking ridge ventIf you have a sloped roof, you need ridge vents. Ridge vents are important part of a home’s ventilation system. They are installed at the peak of a sloped roof to allow for ventilation of moisture or damp air to leave the attic structure.  Ventilation to your attic is of paramount importance, as it prolongs the life of the roof and in the long-term, your house. When heat and moisture become trapped in an attic space, it may cause your roof to crack and age more quickly. Moisture in a trapped space also breeds mold spores and mildew and can become a welcoming breeding ground for insect infestations.

Any activities using water that occur in your home such as showering, doing dishes, or laundry or running warm water create warm, moist air. We all know that warm air rises, and as it goes through the vents in your home, it will eventually end up in the attic. Ridge vents release this warm air and prevent it from becoming trapped in your attic. In warmer months, without having a proper ventilation system in place, your air conditioning unit can work overtime due to the warm air that becomes trapped in an attic space. For this reason, ridge vents are worth their money in the long run, as they help to curb your home’s utility costs.

Ridge vents also help to prolong the life of your insulation, drywall and siding. A properly vented attic space prevents warm air from becoming trapped in the insulation and drywall. For this reason, ridge vents are just as important during the colder winter months as they are in the warmer seasons.

If you live in an area that is prone to snowfall, you may find yourself concerned about snow and ice blocking the ridge vents. Due to the nature of the vents moving warm air out of a building, the warm air melts any possible buildup and enables a clear path for optimal ventilation.

Properly installed ridge vents can increase energy efficiency and prolong the life of your roof system. Ridge vents also allow for a streamlined and aesthetic look for your rooftop, helping improve the overall look of your home’s exterior.

If you are looking for more information on ridge vents and how they can improve the life of your roof and home, contact us at Crown Builders. We have a professional team of experts who are ready to help answer any questions you may have, in addition to providing you with a free estimate. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction, and referrals are 70% of our business. Happy customers make us Charlotte’s #1 choice for siding, windows and roofing for nearly 20 years.