All You Need to Know About Metal Roof Vents
- On July 6, 2022
Most building owners who consider installing metal roofs think about installing metal roofs; however, they never consider how to keep their roofing dry. A ridge vent is an ideal way of keeping your roofs dry. Metal roofs will keep your home warm during winter and cool in summer. Furthermore, they last for decades and will attain their maximum capacity. Having ridge vents on your metal roofs allows them to breathe and keeps them free of moisture. The ridge vents will eliminate water vapour and allow air circulation. Installation of ridge vents is necessary if you want your metal roofing to last longer. In addition, a metal roof ridge vent offer many other benefits too.
What Is a Ridge Vent?
A ridge vent refers to a vent that is installed on the top of metal roofs to allow humid and moist air to pass through. If the air is not able to escape from the roof, it can quickly degrade the quality of roofing materials.
Ridge vents are made from permeable materials that enable the free flow of air from the attic. They are installed at the roof ridge, and that is where they get their name from. The ridge vent is usually covered using a metal roof vent cap.
What is the Purpose of Metal Roof Vents?
The main purpose of ridge vents is to enhance air circulation. Ridge vents are designed to allow damp and warm air to escape from your attic and bring in fresh air from the outdoors. These vents can create a balanced temperature that will significantly decrease indoor pollution levels in your house.
Ridge vents can also help keep your metal roofing dry after it rains. When properly installed, ridge vents will enhance energy efficiency and lower your energy bills. In addition, they will keep insects, wasps, bats, and bees out of your attic.
Working or Ridge Vents
Ridge vents usually work together with soffit vents installed on the underside of the eaves of your home. They will also help in transferring fresh air to your attic. Ridge and soffit vents usually work based on the “venturi effect.”
The warm air will naturally rise and go out of the ridge vent. The cool air will then come from soffit vents and flow inside the building. This creates a circulation flow and assists in ventilating the entire building.
Benefits of Metal Roof Vents
With ridge vents installed on your metal roof, cool and moist air will be able to escape. Since the amount of condensation and heat are reduced, you will feel more comfortable. Ridge vents also protect your roof from the development of mold and rot, extending your roof’s lifespan. When the roof does not have ventilation, it can cause ice damming which may result in severe damage.
Ridge vents are also safer for your metal roof since they are manufactured using fire-resistant materials and do not clog from outside debris and dust.
Dangers of Not Having Ridge Vents
When moist air fails to find a way out, it will settle inside the building. As a result, your metal roof will become a breeding ground for mold and mildew. When you have no ridge vents, you will not get fresh air inside the building when all your windows are closed. Ridge vents promote air circulation even when all windows on the building are closed.
How To Install a Metal Roof Ridge Vent
The installation of a metal roof ridge vent requires professionals. Installing your ridge vents is much easier when done during the metal roof installation process. However, ridge vents can also be installed on existing metal roofing systems.
A ridge vent is just one part of adequately ventilating your roof and attic space. For the ridge vent to work efficiently, it needs passive airflow and intake care coming into the attic space through roof or soffit vents and other attic ventilation. Always work with a professional like Ironclad Roofing to ensure your ridge vents are properly installed.
We Offer the Best Accessories for Metal Roofing in Ontario
If you want to install a metal roof in your home or commercial building, Ironclad Roofing can help you out. Our company has many years of roof installation experience, and you can rest assured we will do the job right.
At Ironclad Roofing, we stand behind our products by providing a 50-year, fully transferable warranty for all new roofing systems we sell and install. We use durable materials to produce metal roofing panels and accessories that will last.
We use unique ridge vent systems that ensure adequate ventilation along your roof. Our steel roofing panels contain industry-leading paint that does not curl, crack, corrode or lose curb appeal, and are available in four colours. Talk to our team today to speak to professional and friendly employees who will help you choose and install the right metal roofing for your building. Contact us today for a free quote.