Roofing vents are an important part of any roof, and provide ventilation not only to your attic, but your entire home. Properly functioning roofing vents provide higher air quality, lower indoor temperatures in the summer, and reduced humidity to your home. Ridge and turbine vents are two of the most common types of roofing vents available, and each have a distinctive set of advantages and drawbacks, even though they work to provide the same function. Understanding what both ridge and turbine vents have to offer can help you decide which type of roofing vent is right for your home.
Ridge Roofing Vents
Ridge roofing vents are vents which are installed on the peak of the roof, and usually run for the entire length of the roof. They provide a constant stream of ventilation into your home, and since they are positioned at the uppermost point of your roof, are extremely effective at removing heat from your home in the summer months. They will provide the same amount of ventilation no matter the weather conditions.
However, because they take up such a large portion of your roof, and require the peak of your roof to be removed before installation, ridge roofing vents tend to be more expensive and take longer to install when compared to their turbine counterparts. Furthermore, ridge roofing vents are usually insufficient to properly ventilate your home on their own, and often require vents to be installed in the soffit of your home as well, further driving up costs.
Turbine Roofing Vents
Turbine roofing vents are spinning vents installed on your roof. They take up much less surface area than ridge roofing vents, which makes the installation process both quicker and cheaper, but also can provide a greater amount of ventilation to your home when the wind is blowing. They are usually sufficient on their own, and do not need a secondary venting system to be installed to work properly.
However, turbine roofing vents will provide very little ventilation if the wind is not blowing, much less than ridge roofing vents will. This can be a problem for homeowners who have homes which are sheltered from the wind. Additionally, as they have moving parts and extend out of your roof, it is much more likely for a turbine roofing vent to become damaged in some way due to falling debris or weather exposure, which can increase the likelihood of maintenance and repairs, driving up long run costs. Contact a roofing contractor for more information.
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