Even if you use adequate insulation, your metal and steel prefabricated building can be susceptible to condensation and heat transfer – especially if you opt to use metal as your exterior siding. Your building needs proper ventilation, and ridge vents are an optimal solution.
Roof ridge vents help to release moisture from buildings. As wind passes over the roof ridge vent, it pulls air out. Fresh air is drawn into the vent’s underside creating circulation.
One of the most important benefits of a ridge vent system is that it helps to balance the temperature of your building. Warm air rises. The air temperature at your roof will always be warmer – especially during the summer months. A ridge vent allows this warmer air to escape and create a natural air flow.
In cooler months, the vent design allows the pressure of the cold air outside to prevent the warmer interior air from escaping. It helps you achieve energy efficiency. Ridge vents are very helpful for areas of the country with high humidity. The system helps to remove the conditions that form mold and mildew. You also may find that ridge vents reduce or even prevent the problem with condensation forming on your windows during cold weather.
Reduces Indoor Pollution
We humans already spend about 90 percent of our time indoors each day, including the amount of time we spend in vehicles. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that depending on your location, the quality of indoor air can be up to five times worse than outside air. According to the EPA, indoor concentrations of some pollutants have increased in recent decades due to such factors as energy-efficient building construction (when it lacks sufficient mechanical ventilation to ensure adequate air exchange) and increased use of synthetic building materials, furnishings, personal care products, pesticides, and household cleaners.
Roof ridge vents allow air to move out of your building naturally, as the wind blows over your roof. It acts as an exchanger, pulling out interior air that may contain pollutants.
Keeping Out Unwanted Guests
Today’s new ridge vent designs offer excellent airflow without creating an invitation for rats, squirrels or other rodents access into your building. Older vents required traps or screen that reduced airflow, which basically defeated the purpose of having a ridge vent in the first place.
Miracle Truss® designs support ridge vents. The clear-span trusses also support the ability to add skylights and even solar panels. We’ll work with you to ensure that your DIY building kit has the appropriate engineering for your area. That’s one of the main reasons why we ask where you’re located and what you plan to use one of our buildings for when you request free information. Learn more about the building options we offer.