Nuisance wildlife, such as bats, squirrels, and raccoons, are commonly found nesting in residential roofing systems. Their habits and lifestyles will cause a wide range of damage to the roofing system, as well as, the interior areas of the home they access through the roof. It is important to protect your home from wild animal tampering and infestation in order to prevent costly and unwanted renovations that come out of your personal pocket.
To gain an idea of what you can do to reinforce your roofing system to withstand possible wildlife meddling, continue reading to learn 4 types of roof vents that are excellent for the job.
❶ Ridge Vents
Ridge vents have a newer, more modern style that many homeowners like. Not only do they come in a large selection of colors and styles, they allow hot air to escape the attic areas, which is why many roofing contractors like to use them. However, they are not the best at keeping small wildlife out unless they are foamed to the structure. If you have nuisance wildlife problems, consider choosing a ridge vent that requires little to no foam, such as the GAF – Cobra Vent.
❷ Gable Vents
Just like most other roof vents, gable vents are available in a wide range of options. Since these vents are designed to let hot air emit from the inner areas of the home, they are also frequently accessed by bats and other small nuisance wildlife. In order to prevent this problem, it is recommended to have the gable vents sealed with a screening material or wire mesh for added protection against animal infestations.
❸ Soffits Vents
Soffit vents are a great option for those who have bats around. Not only do they work well at keeping bats and other small animals out, they are designed to take in cool air, which is a must for roofing vents. But because they do not release hot air, soffit vents are usually coupled with other vent types.
❹ Turtle Vents
Turtle vents may have a funny name, but they are an excellent roof ventilation option for homes threatened by nuisance wildlife meddling. Also known as old style roof can vents, turtle vents are great for bat and small rodent problems, and even helpful with insect control since they are slightly screened from the inside. However, these screens can come lose or split overtime, so it is important to have them repaired by a licensed Indianapolis roofing company.