As many homeowners know, a dry attic is the best kind of attic. What homeowners don’t know is that roof turbines are one of the best ways to keep moisture out.
What are roof turbines?
Roof turbines are vents that remove humid air from your attic — eliminating mold, mildew and wood rot.
Why do you need roof turbines?
During winter months, warm air rises into your attic. Without proper ventilation, the extra moisture in the heated air will cause wood rot, mildew, mold and exterior problems like ice dams. Roof turbines remove attic moisture and reduce the risk of costly roof damage. During summer months, turbines eliminate hot air from your attic, helping you cool your home.
Do roof turbines require maintenance?
Some turbines have ball bearings that need occasional lubrication. A simple application of WD-40 should do the job. If you’re shopping for roof turbines, look for models with enclosed, self-lubricating bearings. Rust can be a problem with some turbines. Aluminum models are largely rust — and tarnish — resistant.
How do you install roof turbines?
If you have the DIY know-how, installing a roof turbine is simple: Remove the shingles around the turbine’s location, drill a ventilation hole, screw the turbine down and add sealant and flashing to prevent leaks. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself, call a pro to tackle your turbine installation.
What are the benefits of turbines?
Roof turbines limit attic moisture and prevent mold, mildew and wood rot-related damage to your home. Your turbines are also wind powered, meaning they don’t require electricity to benefit your home.