It’s important that every roof has the proper ventilation. In fact, it’s absolutely essential to extending the life of your roof. If you don’t have sufficient ventilation in the winter, ice may gather on the edge of your roof, causing damage to the structure underneath. It can also lead to the growth of mold when the weather gets warmer. Installing turbine ventilators in your roof will help you prevent those types of damage by balancing the airflow distribution in the attic.
What is a Turbine Ventilator?
A turbine ventilator may look sort of intricately made, but the way that it works is very simple. It is a round shaped vent that houses a circular fan that is powered by breezes or wind. When the wind blows in a specific direction, it causes the fan to turn which draws air from the attic and disperses it. There are many benefits that you will enjoy when you install turbine ventilators. Let’s look at some of them.
The Benefits of Turbine Ventilators
- There’s no need for an energy source. Turbine vents will not add anything to your electric bill, because they don’t need an energy source to work. They are called passive vents, as they only need a breeze to turn the fan and move air (which is usually present even on days when it feels relatively calm).
- You’ll have improved attic ventilation. It’s important that roof vents move the humid, warm air from attics to outside. Otherwise, you run the risk of having moisture problems like mold before you know it. Because turbine vents are affixed directly to attic spaces, they are able to get rid of the humid air efficiently. This benefit is especially recognized in the winter months when the warm air that rises needs to be dispersed.
- They are a good alternative to ridge vents. You may have seen ridge vents, which are slits along the ridges below a roof. Ridge vents can be very effective at removing hot air from attics, but there isn’t always room for them. Turbine vents are a good alternative in those situations. They can be installed in just about any roof or attic area, and there is generally plenty of room for them.
- They don’t often break down. Aside from large debris, there isn’t much that damages turbine vents. They have a very long lifespan and only require minimal maintenance.
- They come in different colors. You may be used to seeing only silver turbine vents on rooftops on older roofs. These days, there are different colors to choose from, so it’s easy to match the color to your roof for better aesthetics.
Roof Turbine Vent Maintenance
While there is very little maintenance required and turbine vents last a long time, they do age. You may notice certain indicators of age like rust, wear or making a small squeaky sound after a period of time – especially when they are exposed to heavy storms or humidity. Generally, all it takes to get rid of the squeak is a little bit of an oil like WD-40. However, the new, higher-quality turbine models usually don’t develop this problem.
Use Professional Turbine Vent Installation
Installing roof turbine vents involves intricate cutting around shingles, placement and the application of sealant. This type of installation is a job best left to the professionals. At R2 Roof Guys, we have the knowledge and experience to install turbine ventilators quickly and effectively to improve the ventilation in your attic.
In addition to turbine ventilator installation, we offer new roof installation, roof repair, roof inspections, aluminum gutter installation, and skylight installation. The R2 Roof Guys team is always available to help Dallas-Fort Worth residents with any roofing problem or project. Contact us today to get started at 214-405-4396.