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Roof Turbines

Roof turbines are essentially a vent that is installed directly on top of a roof and uses wind power to draw hot and humid air out of the attic. Unlike a ridge vent, which runs across the top of the roof’s peak, a turbine has a series of vanes that spin as wind passes through them. The purpose of either, however, is instrumental in maintaining a healthy roof – to eliminating mold, mildew and wood rot.

Especially during winter months, when warm air accumulates into your attic, failure to have adequate ventilation, leads to extra moisture in the heated air which will cause wood rot, mildew, mold and exterior problems like ice dams. By removing this extra moisture, roof turbines reduce the risk of costly roof damage. And when it is hot outside, roof turbines reduce energy costs by helping you cool your home.

In comparing roof ventilation options, roof turbines are a good bet as they cost less to install that ridge vents, often are less likely to leak – they require less surface area – and with good wind can work more effectively than ridge vents. They also don’t require much maintenance, don’t need to be covered in winter months, and if anything, may only need occasional lubrication. Some models even have enclosed, self-lubricating bearings.

Installing roof turbines is not typically difficult – especially if you are somewhat handy. Basically you have to first remove the shingles around the turbine’s location, drill a ventilation hole, screw the turbine down and add sealant and flashing to prevent leaks. And if crawling on your roof to install a roof turbines is not your thing, they don’t cost much to be installed professionally. What they do cost is well worth it in the value and protection they provide your home.

This article is brought to you by Blue Sky Solar and Roofing, a solar and roofing company based in Aurora, Colorado. Blue Sky specializes in solar energy, sustainable roofing options and excellent customer service.

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