The kind of vent installed on your roof is just as important as the type of shingle attached to its exterior. How do you pick the right vent for your roof? Here’s an overview of the common types of vents and their respective pros and cons:
Ridge vents blend in seamlessly with your roof because they look like shingles. To install them, roofers would need to cut away the top roof sheathing to create a three- or four-inch opening. They’ll then install a continuous ridge vent in the openings and cover it with shingles.
The Pros: If you’re quite particular about your facade’s curb appeal, inconspicuous ridge vents would be a good choice. Since ridge vents run along the roof peak, the distribution of air through this kind of vent is more even, helping keep roof temperatures consistent.
The Cons: Installing ridge vents takes longer than other types of vents, which is also why you need to make sure your roofers are qualified for the job. They’re also a bit more expensive, but given their minimal impact on your curb appeal, one could say they’re well worth the extra cost.
Low-Profile Roof Vents
Like ridge vents, low-profile roof vents also have minimal impact on a home’s curb appeal, but that’s because they’re usually installed at the back of your roof.
The Pros: They’re quite affordable and come in a wide variety of colors.
The Cons: Low-profile roof vents are not as efficient as ridge vents, which is why you’ll need to install several vents to ensure adequate roof ventilation. However, installing too many roof vents can affect the curb appeal. As such, low-profile roof vents might not be the best choice for large roofing systems.
Solar-Powered Roof Vents
Want an efficient cutting-edge kind of vent? Ask your local roofers about solar-powered roof vents.
The Pros: If you’re looking to go green, a solar-powered roof vent would be a smart investment. Most homes only require a single solar-powered roof vent, which is more efficient than ridge or low-profile roof vents.
The Cons: Solar-powered roof vents tend to be extremely noticeable. Plus, they’re dependent on a steady source of sunlight.
Having trouble picking a type of roof vent? Consult an experienced contractor.
Goodrich Roofing has been providing professional roofing services to local residents since 1946. To get a free quote, call us at (505) 219-4450. We serve homeowners in New Mexico.