When was the last time you gave some thought to the things you keep in your attic? If you are like the majority of homeowners, it probably wasn’t all that lately, and if it was, it was probably simply about what you have stored there. If you are like the minority of homeowners, it probably wasn’t all that recently. However, despite appearances, the attic is actually a very significant component of the home. If your attic does not have adequate ventilation, you could end up spending a lot of money to fix the problem and suffering a significant amount of property damage.
Because of this, it is in your best interest to have an understanding of the significance of putting soffit and ridge vents in your attic for the purpose of ensuring the health and safety of your home!
The Vent in the Soffit
Under the eaves, or the overhanging portions of a roof’s edge, a house’s soffit vents can be found. Eaves are normally made of wood. Your attic receives cool air from these vents, which, in turn, helps to minimize the amount of general heat and moisture that could otherwise be present.
Not only does this keep things cool, but it also helps avoid things like mildew, mold, and wood rot, all of which can be extremely costly in the long run if they are not addressed in a timely manner.
When it comes to homes that have either a vented or non-vented soffit, it is essential to check the functionality of the baffles, since these are the components that enable air to go all the way up to the attic. If the vented soffit does not have a baffle, then air will be unable to move freely and will be impossible to enter the attic.
Soffits That Are Not Ventilated
Naturally, if you have an older property, you can have soffits that do not have vents in them. Instead of enabling fresh air to enter the house, this design keeps all of the air outside where it belongs. Non-vented soffits have a greater propensity to keep your house warmer, which may be a significant drawback for homeowners in Maryland during the summer months when the temperature tends to soar. In addition to having an impact on the level of comfort experienced within the home, this also has the effect of driving up the amount of money spent on energy to cool the house.
Be sure to have a trained expert take a look at your home, particularly if it is an older home or if you are simply unsure as to whether or not it has a soffit vent. They will be able to tell you what kinds of soffits you have and put you in the appropriate route if you want to install vented soffits on your home. They will also be able to tell you the kinds of soffits you already have.
The ridge vent is an additional method of ventilation for roofs. The ridge vent is an opening in the roof that runs along the peak of a sloped roof and serves the purpose of allowing moist, warm air to escape from the attic. If it weren’t for this vent, all of this air would be trapped in the attic, which would shorten the life of your home’s construction.
Combining Ridge Vents and Soffit Vents into One System
Vents in the soffit and ridge provide a system that, when combined, enables fresh air to enter the attic while simultaneously allowing warm air to escape the space. This ventilation system helps bring in air and lets it escape; as a result, the soffit vents and the ridge vents are pretty dependant on one another for the proper operation of the ventilation system. After all, if there wasn’t a soffit vent, there wouldn’t be any way for cool air to be transported into the attic, and if there wasn’t a ridge vent, there wouldn’t be any way for the air to go out of the attic once it was heated up!
When it comes to taking care of not just your roof or attic, but also your entire home, remember that having the appropriate ventilation is the most important factor! Before beginning the process of replacing your soffit, the RoofPRO professional who will be assisting you will ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of your home’s ventilation system.