The Virtues Of Ridge Vents And Gable Vents

As we creep slowly through the wet season here in Toronto – the rainy months of April and May, that is – thoughts naturally turn to concerns about mold buildup that can easily occur in the hot summer months. Typically, if you live in a traditional pitched roof house, then you very likely have an attic that you like to use for storage. While it can be a relief to have expansive storage space right on the premises where you live, it can become very stressful if mold, the weather or even furry little critters, start to infiltrate the attic wreaking havoc and jeopardizing your cherished belongings. In light of this concern, we highly suggest upgrading – or at the very least inspecting – your ventilation systems to make sure they are up to snuff this spring and summer.

Our roof repair experts in Toronto are extremely well versed in all types of roof vents, and have a preference for ridge vents and gable vents when it comes to efficiently airing out your roof and attic space without letting in the outside elements. Ridge vents are very sophisticated vents that integrate perfectly with the sleek ridge of your pitched roof. Ideally, these vents are installed when the roof is initially put in, as it is built into the structure itself. Whirly-bird ventilators and square-top ventilators can also get the job done, but you need to install quite a few of them for the desired result and they are still not as all-powerful as the mighty ridge vent!

If you want to improve attic ventilation this spring and summer, one of the best ways to accomplish your goal is to install gable vents, which, like ridge vents, seamlessly blend in with the exterior architecture of your home. Gable vents are composed of slatted louvers – you simply replace a chunk of your house’s siding with the vents and presto! You’ve got a hidden ventilator airing out your attic. Some people even like the aesthetic of the slatted louvers along the wall of their home, as a sort of functional accent. Most of these gable vents should have molded in screens that prevent debris, critters and insects from getting into your roof or home. While the vents are narrow enough that squirrels and raccoons probably wouldn’t be a problem, bees and hornets love to fly into these types of vents and make a home. This can be a pain in the butt, and a pain wherever the bees sting you when you’re trying to remove the nest!

Ventilation is not only important for protecting the wellbeing of your stored belongings, it is also important for the safety and preservation of the structure of your roof and home. Once moisture seeps into the plywood beneath your shingles and yields mold, the lifespan of your roof is severely reduced. Furthermore, mold can quickly spread inside of your house creating bigger problems and even attacking your respiratory system.

Roof and attic ventilation is no joke, so call us to learn more and book a roof inspection with one of our experts today. The rainy seasons are upon us, so batten down down the hatches and be patient: summer is almost upon us!

A Brief Guide To Ventilating Your Roof

As we’ve discussed extensively here on the blog before, Canada’s climate presents property owners with a unique set of challenges. As any roofing company in Toronto knows, our long cold winters are punctuated by hot, wet summers and mild, moldy fall months. The summer months are upon us at the moment and the city is heating up – today as I write this the temperature has climbed above thirty degrees and the air is extremely muggy!

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Ventilation

A few months ago we discussed the hazards of poor ventilation systems in homes and the common signs you may experience if your home is poorly ventilated. Since we know you are already aware of how critical this system is to your home and your roofing system, we will save you the lecture this time; however, if you have yet to read our Professional Roofers blog piece on this, we highly recommend that you go back and read it – it’s certainly worth the read. For this particular blog, in keeping with our series on the various components of your roof, we are going to discuss what roofing ventilation is, as well as the numerous types of vents you may find on your home and how to identify each.

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Toronto Roofing Problem # 1 – Poor Roof Ventilation

We at Professional Roofers understand how crucial it is for you to keep your roof in good working order: we know that you value your roof and work hard to maintain it year round. Despite this, there are many potential threats to a roof’s integrity that many homeowners are unaware of, so we decided to write several pieces on some of the lesser-known culprits of roof damage.

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