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"Yes," In Yakima it is very important. Here are some reasons why.

The Importance of Ventilation

  • Good ventilation creates a cooler attic, especially important in Yakima's hot summers
  • An overheated attic, combined with moisture, can damage roof decking and roofing shingles, causing them to distort and deteriorate prematurely.
  • Good ventilation creates a drier attic in Yakima's cold winters and helps prevent ice dams from forming.
  • Good ventilation serves two main functions:
    • Moves hot air next to the roof deck out of the attic in the summer.
    • Dilutes and removes the moist air in the winter before it can cause damage.

Different Types Of Ventilation

There are several major types of roofing ventilation, each with its own advantages and disadvantages:

Standard Metal Vents

The least expensive option, but only provides ventilation in the immediate area where the vents are installed.

Standard Metal Vents

Gable Vents

The wind must blow directly into one vent in order to get the air flowing across the attic and out the other vent.

Gable Vents

Turbine Vents

Experiences the same problems as the static metal and gable vents but generates a greater airflow than the static vents.

Turbine Vents

Power Fans

Power fans provide a high volume airflow. However, they take energy to operate, so they create an ongoing expense. Also, fans controlled by a thermostat will usually operate only in the summer. These fans do nothing to remove the moist air that accumulates in the attic during the cold winter months.

Power Fans

Ridge Vents - the Most Ventilation for the Money

A ridge vent is positioned along the entire length of the roof peak. In addition to being excellent exhaust vents, ridge vents blend in with the roof line, making a more attractive home. Years of research has proven that ridge vents with external baffles, combined with undereave venting, provide the most efficient and effective roof ventilation system you can install.

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