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Many assume that the roof is only there to keep the home dry. But a well-ventilated roof can boost your home's energy efficiency, improve interior comfort, and extend the lifespan of shingles.
Klaus Roofing Systems by Buck Buckley installs and repairs ridge vents as well as other types of roof vents. Contact us to schedule a free roofing estimate. We proudly serve Wisconsin homes in Milwaukee, Waukesha, New Berlin, and nearby.
A properly ventilated roof allows hot attic air to escape, which reduces the demand of your air conditioning system. In the winter, ventilation works with insulation to keep the roof surface cold - this ensures that snow won't melt on the roof, freeze, and form ice dams on along the eaves.
Ridge vents are usually covered by a layer of shingles when installed on an asphalt roof. Warm attic air naturally rises to the roof peak and escapes through the ridge vents.
There are different types of roof vents and strategies for achieving reliable roof ventilation, including:
Ridge vents are commonly installed on the roof peak and are probably the most important vents in any "passive" or non-electric roof ventilation system.
The vents allow hot attic air to rise and escape outside the home. In the photo, the ridge vent openings are the continuous space on each side of the ridge cap.
Soffit vent grilles run parallel to eaves along the soffit. This system works with ridge and gable vents to promote effective roof ventilation. Soffit vents let outside air into the attic so that warm air can exit through higher vents.
Most vents run continuously under eaves. But rectangular or circular vents can be installed in soffits where there is no strip.
A gable-end vent is a screened vent installed near the peak of a gable end. The screen allows hot air to exit the attic and fresh air to enter, depending on the outside breeze and temperature.
If your attic doesn't already have efficient airflow, then a roofer may recommend a gable-end vent.
If you're not sure whether your roof is well-ventilated, contact Klaus Roofing Systems by Buck Buckley for a free roof inspection. Once we've identified your roof ventilation issues, we can recommend the perfect solution.
We provide professional roof repairs and roof replacements to Wisconsin homeowners in Brookfield, Mequon, Oconomowoc, Elm Grove, Delafield, Richfield, Franklin, and nearby. Schedule a free estimate to see how we can improve your roof!