Changing the Way Your Roof Vents Warm Air

Roof vents disseminate warm, moist air from your attic out of the top of the roof. You will have one or two vents just for the attic itself, and a vent for every bathroom in your home that contains a bath or shower. Most homes have vents on the slopes of the roof, but those types of roof vents are quickly being replaced by vents in the ridges of the roof where the slopes meet the peaks. You may want to consider making these changes to your own roof. Here is how this conversion is completed and why it is a good idea.

Why You Will Want This Done/Benefits

When you remove the vents from the slopes of your roof, you remove the obstacles that cause snow and ice to build up around the vents. Instead, the snow and ice slip from the slopes of the roof when it begins to melt. No melted snow and ice get into your attic or the ceilings of your bathrooms because it falls directly away from the slopes of the roof and away from where the new vents are along the peaks of the roof. 

How to Hire a Residential Roofing Contractor and Replace the Current Roof Vents

The first step is to hire a residential roofing contractor. This vent project is a fairly simple and straightforward one, so you should not be charged for a complete re-roofing. Find and hire a residential roofing service that can replace just the vents and move them to the peaks of the roof. 

Next, the contractor will work from within your attic, where the vents are secured, to remove the vents. Then he or she will cover the holes in the attic with boards and seal the edges of the boards to prevent drafts and bugs from entering your home. From the outside, the contractor will remove the vent components from the slopes of the roof. Then he or she will patch these areas and put fresh shingles over the tops of these areas. 

Finally, the contractor will lift the shingles and roofing material off the peak of the roof. Special vents that are shaped to fit the peak of a roof are installed. They are covered over with special vent covers that prevent moisture from entering if precipitation were to ever fall directly onto the vents. The rest of the peak ridge is covered with shingles and roofing insulation.