Soffit, Gable & Ridge Vents – We Offer Installation for Effective Attic Ventilation

It’s understandable that roof vents get overlooked as a house project, as people are often more stressed thinking about their roof and keeping their home dry. However, a well-ventilated roof may make life easier and better for anyone in your home. Proper attic and roof vent installation can help decrease heating and cooling costs. But they can also extend the life of your roof shingles and tiles and improve the comfort inside the house.

Let’s start with a properly ventilated roof. It allows warm moist air that might be trapped in the attic to escape, which in turn decreases pressure on your overall a/c system. In colder weather, ventilation works hand in hand with your attic insulation. This ensures that when the temperatures dip in Florida, ice dams don’t form on the eaves of your roof.

Allstate Construction Roofing installs and repairs ridge ventilation systems and other types of roof vents. We are Southwest Florida’s expert attic ventilation contractors, with the latest materials for roofing solutions that include roof replacement, roof repair, and more.

Contact us for a free inspection for ridge ventilation installation in Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, Naples, and throughout Florida.

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Roof Vent Installation – Home Costs

For roof vent installation service, one thing to keep in mind for this kind of home improvement is cost. Cooling costs can be affected by roofing vents and roof ventilation, so considering the cost of the process as homeowners can be crucial. So how do roof ventilators estimate the price for a roofing system installation project?

Roof ventilation installation can vary in a home, but there are key factors that homeowners will want to be aware of in the roof estimating process.

  • Pitch
  • Size
  • Accessibility
  • Materials

These are key factors that will impact your roof sheathing project’s cost, whether the size space being worked on is over a laundry room or an attic space.

Square foot space, cost of materials, the pitch of your home, and accessibility more or less will determine the overall cost of the service needed for your roof.

To really understand your home’s expected cost, reach out for more information on your first free inspection. We’ll cover the steps to get started and put together a quote for any necessary work so we stay on the same page.

Purposes of A Vent

Vents, from gable vents to ridge vents, serve several purposes in your home. They work to extend the life of your shingles and prevent ice dams in the colder months. They come in handy in handling moisture buildup, preventing rot, and can be especially effective while living in a pandemic. Having the right vents in place, like a gable vent, can lower your overall energy bills.

As you consider ventilation service, you might be asking yourself how you can tell that your ridge vents aren’t working. Proper use of ridge vents (or your chosen vents in your metal roof ) can help reduce moisture to escape with better airflow. Moisture, contained in warm air, can condense roof sheathing after seeping up into an attic space during the winter. This is going to be a telling way to see if you need better home ventilation.

As homeowners, the type of insulation service you consider for your roofs can make an enormous difference. You only have one roof, and proper use of vents come in handy to keep your shingles around for a long time.

Types Of Roof Vents

There are different roof vent types and strategies for achieving effective ventilation in the roof. Here’s a brief overview so that you are on the same page as your contractor when looking at specific types to have on your home:

Ridge ventilation 

ridge ventilation installation service

While this is not always easy to see, the open area for the ridge ventilation is the space that resides on either side of the ridge caps.

Vents along the roof peak ridges are probably one of the most critical and effective vents in any “passive” (non-electric) roof system. They’re usually installed on the roof peaks. Hot air that accumulates in the attic rises and escapes outside through the vents.

As hot air moisture leaves, fresh air from the outside is pulled into the attic through vents in the soffit (see below). A ridge vent needs to have a sufficient intake of cool air to work correctly. As it sends hot, moist air out, it takes in the fresh, cool air that will flow into an attic. This equal use of hot and cool air helps the overall ventilation work properly.

If you have an asphalt tiled roof, the soffits are likely covered by a layer of tiles. The heat buildup in your attic increases naturally to the roof peak and escapes through your ridge vents.

Soffit vents

soffit vent system

Soffits typically run in a continuous pattern beneath the eaves. If a continuous strip-type vent wasn’t included, a circular or rectangular shaped one might be installed instead.

Soffit vents run along the soffit and are usually parallel to the eaves. They work together with ridge and gable vents and promote proper roof ventilation.

These vents are usually made in grille form, and they run the length of the soffits. They are installed along the eaves of your roof.

Soffit vents play a big part in the ventilation of your roof. They are there to help allow fresh air from the outside into the attic, as hot moist air leaves the attic through vents that are higher. The cooler air from outside flows into the soffit vent and pushes the more humid air outside at the same time.

Currently, there are two types of soffits available, continuous and individual. Continuous soffit vents are long and narrow and will run the length of the soffit itself. They work well for narrow eaves but can be used in just about any home.

Individual soffits can be cut down to fit directly between the soffit joists as needed. They tend to be very popular because they are easier to install on a personal basis.

Gable-end vents

gable end ventilation system

Your roofing contractor may recommend and install a gable end vent like the one shown above if your airflow is subpar.

A gable-end vent is screened and installed near the peak of the gable end. It serves two functions and can allow warm air out of the attic or fresh air in. The purpose it serves depends on the breeze and temperatures.

Powered attic ventilators (PAVs).

attic exhaust fan vnetilation system

Sometimes referred to as an attic exhaust fan, PAVs come in several forms. They can be secured to the attic floor or gable end. PAVs contain an electric fan that is typically controlled by a thermostat. It works to exhaust hot air from the attic on those warm Florida days.

A PAV isn’t typically necessary if your roof has a correctly sized ridge and vents in the soffits – that were installed correctly. A PAV will exhaust warm air from the attic on hot summer days but it also consumes electricity. That means it may suck cooled air from your living spaces or leaks in the attic floor.

For this reason, many home energy experts recommend a passive roof vent over active ventilation with a PAV. Allstate Construction Roofing is here to assist you in picking the right type for your house.

How A Roofing Structure Is Installed

As homeowners, you might be asking questions about how these projects help keep your shingles and home in the best condition possible, especially during COVID-19 when we’re all home more. Below is a short guide to what often goes into an installation.

Different tools and materials are used, such as roofing nails, a pry bar, jigsaw or reciprocating saw, shingles, ruler, ladder, drill, drill bit, etc.

Pro contractors use these tools to improve the roof use of your home. Some projects undertaken by contractors may be easy to install, while others may be more complex, even requiring the use of a different drill bit, unique material, or requiring an innovative way to build. Whether it’s a complicated roof ridge or a ridge vent that needs work, necessary safety precautions will always be used during a contractor’s service on your home.

If you’re curious about some of the actual steps of the roof ventilation may, you can read through several of the key steps below:

  • A saw is used to cut specific lines that are placed. Cuts are made through the wood and shingles in the process.
  • The shingles will then be loosened around the hole that was created.
  • The contractor or you (if you’re doing the work yourself) will then need to turn the vent upside down and use caulk on the flange.
  • The bottom side of the piece will be left exposed and will be followed by some shingle work.
  • The piece will need to be secured to the roof.

For more information on Allstate Construction Roofing’s services that are available, in addition to vent repair and replacement, visit the article here that provides more detail on the projects we handle.

Install Roof Vents To Ensure A Long-Lasting Roof Over Your Head

Do you have a roof that is not ventilated properly? It may be time to ask a roofing contractor for help. We can use ridge, soffit, or gable-end vents to improve the ventilation in your roof. And the best news is that they can be installed to your existing roof or while we complete a roof replacement project.

The pro-specialists at Allstate Construction Roofing can help you choose the right type of vents and get to work on your home. No matter the project, from a roof ridge to hole repair, we put our pro knowledge to work. We can install and repair roof vents and improve your attic ventilation, no matter the square foot size of your home.

Our professional roofing services, including roof replacement, are available throughout Southwest FL, including Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, Naples, and nearby. As a source for Southwest FL, we work to keep your home in top condition. Call us at 1-866-ROOF-NOW to get a free inspection on any of your roofing needs.

Allstate Construction Roofing™ is an independent contractor and is not an affiliate of Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt, LLC or its affiliated companies.

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