Attic Ventilation
in Richmond, Virginia

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When you replace your roof, it is important to make sure that your roofing ventilation and attic vents are up to date in order to avoid water damage. Additionally, the Advanced Attic Ventilation that Smallwood Renovations installs can help to better manage temperatures inside of your home. Preserve your house and protect your shingles with attic ventilation.

How Attic Ventilation Works

For a healthy attic that stays relatively cool, with low humidity, there are two basic requirements: an air intake and an exhaust.

As the hot air in the attic rises, it escapes through an exhaust vent that sits either along the roof ridge, or in raised vents. As the hot air exits it pulls cool air through the ventilation intakes (often times the soffit that surrounds the home). This keeps the attic safe and dry.

Different kinds of attic ventilation suit different climates and roofing styles the best. For the intensity of each season here in Central Virginia, Smallwood Renovations recommends a Filtered Plastic Ridge Vent. These ridge vents are constructed in such a way that heat and moisture escape, while snow and rain are kept out.

Types of Attic Ventilation Exhausts

Types of Attic
Ventilation Exhausts

Read about the different types of attic ventilation exhausts that we frequently use at Smallwood Renovations below. If you’re interested in the soffit options that we have for intake, you can look at the colors we offer here.

Ridge Vent


Ridge vents take full advantage of hot air rising. These rigid Polypropylene Filtered Plastic Ridge Vents allow heat and moisture to escape, while snow and rain are kept out. We recommend ridge vents with a roof replacement for the climate here in Central Virginia.

Power Attic Vent


Power attic vents use electricity to pull the hot air from your attic and disperse it outside. The biggest advantage of a power attic vent is a built in thermostat and humidistat that allows you to monitor the temperature and humidity of your attic in real time.

Turbine Vent


Turbine or “Rotary Vents” use the wind to pull heat and moisture from the attic. When the wind is blowing, turbine vents provide excellent ventilation. When the wind is not, they are less effective, but are still a great option since they require no energy or roof replacement.

Roof Louver Vent


Roof Louver vents can be constructed from plastic or aluminum. With an angled top, snow and rain slide off, while air escapes through the weatherproofed sides of the vent. Roof louver’s work particularly well on steep roofs.

Ridge Vent


Ridge vents take full advantage of hot air rising. These rigid Polypropylene Filtered Plastic Ridge Vents allow heat and moisture to escape, while snow and rain are kept out. We recommend ridge vents with a roof replacement for the climate here in Central Virginia.

Power Attic Vent


Power attic vents use electricity to pull the hot air from your attic and disperse it outside. The biggest advantage of a power attic vent is a built in thermostat and humidistat that allows you to monitor the temperature and humidity of your attic in real time.

Turbine Vent


Turbine or “Rotary Vents” use the wind to pull heat and moisture from the attic. When the wind is blowing, turbine vents provide excellent ventilation. When the wind is not, they are less effective, but are still a great option since they require no energy or roof replacement.

Roof Louver Vent


Roof Louver vents can be constructed from plastic or aluminum. With an angled top, snow and rain slide off, while air escapes through the weatherproofed sides of the vent. Roof louver’s work particularly well on steep roofs.

Part of a Roof Replacement

When you replace your roof, it’s important to address the attic ventilation at the same time to avoid damaging new shingles and maximize energy efficiency in your home. Like the roofing shingles that we use, our preferred attic ventilation products are by GAF.

Learn more about Smallwood Renovation’s unique qualifications for GAF Roofing Installation here.

Learn more about Smallwood Renovation’s unique qualifications for GAF Roofing Installation here.

 

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