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Last modified: 2022-12-06 | Approximate reading time 5 mins
One can easily think that residential roofs only need to remain leak-proof to be immune to the elements and guarantee the best home protection.
The truth is that your roof, and your attic in particular, have to be ventilated with fresh air to properly function. Roof baffles help improve attic ventilation, reduce your utility bills, increase your roof's lifespan, and much more.
Adequate ventilation derives from roof vents, which in turn enable air to flow in and out of the attic. Fresh, exterior air then seeps into the attic by way of the soffit or gable vents and exits through the ridge vent or the rafters.
This removes stagnant, moisture-laden air and allows for fresh, dry air to fill the space. Without baffles, soffit vents can become obstructed by roof insulation, thereby limiting the roof’s ventilation system from drawing in air.
On the market, the most popular models are:
When installing an attic baffle, you can then benefit from the following advantages:
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If you reside in an area where heavy snowfalls are a commonality, or if you have a metal rooftop, your chimney is at risk of serious damage. As a matter of fact, when snow glides off a roof, it causes major (irreparable, even) damage. A snow splitter essentially serves to protect your chimney and flashing by deflecting snow and ice away and around your chimney. It’s actually named a snow splitter for a reason: it literally cuts snow like a knife.
We all know how expensive repairing some of these damages (holes, water leaks, loose pipes, etc.) can be, some even leading to serious financial hardships. Therefore, putting in a roof baffle proves to be an easy, foolproof preventative measure. Given its easy installation and light weight, it’s a minimal-effort endeavour on your part, and one which will adequately protect your roof.
Made from heavy gauge galvanized steel (quite thick), said unit can be mounted directly above the chimney.
The first step consists of assembling your snow splitter. The snow splitter is sold disassembled; needless to say, you’ll need to slide the triangular pieces together.
For optimal results, mount your snow splitter to your rooftop by lining up its mid-section with the chimney pipe. Also, maintain a 5- to an 8-cm gap between the chimney and the snow splitter.
Then, secure your snow splitter to your rooftop with the appropriate screws – these will also be provided by the manufacturer. Before tightening the screws, apply a layer of silicone (joint sealant) beneath each tab in order to seal every screw hole on the roof’s surface.
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This type of baffle, intended for residential building projects requiring additional space for concrete work, provides a channel for proper airflow through the roof's soffit ventilation strip.
With this insulation stop, you can maximize your roof's durability and render it leak-proof. This unit features holes and markings that allow it to be easily folded, so that fresh air can flow in and out of the attic. And when combined with blow-in insulation or fibreglass insulation boards, your monthly heating and air conditioning bill will drop.
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A baffle with a storm-proof air intake vent is a rectangular vent designed for buildings requiring a fire-safe construction to minimize the risk of fires spreading in the attic. It’ll give you peace of mind and you’ll save time and money.
These baffles are available in 3 colours (grey, black, and brown) and they’re mostly found in:
The best thing about this type of baffle is that it gives homeowners the freedom of strategically placing them on the rooftop. Thus, the roof will be immune to heat and condensation buildup that could deteriorate parts of the building and render the respective component warranties null and void.
If you want to install this type of roof baffle, here’s our installation guide, with step-by-step instructions to make things easier for you:
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