Installing the 3 Types of Roof Vents

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A roof vent can help prevent moisture from building up in your attic and causing damage to the structure of your home as well as your roof. It can also help you save you money in energy costs since it provides an outlet for hot air to escape without penetrating the rest of your home.

New homes are usually built with roof vents in place, but there may be a need to install one down the road. Here’s what you need to know about roof vent installation.

Determine the Type of Vent Needed

The vent you choose to install will determine how you need to install them. You can consult a professional contractor to get specific instructions. But here are the basics on a few of the styles and installation requirements on some of the more common roof vents.

1. Ridge Vents

These vents are installed directly at the ridge where the peak of the roof is. They are called ridge vents because they replace the ridge shingles. These types of vents are fairly effective.

2. Gable Vents

These type of vents aren’t used as often anymore because they tend to be less effective than other styles. They are triangle-shaped vents that are installed in the gable right under the peak. The problem with these vents is that the air only circulates right around the vent.

3. Soffit Vents

These are one of the more popular roof vent choices. These vents incorporate a screened panel to keep pests out. They also have an aluminum panel punched with louvers in the face. This allows air flow to be more efficient. To install soffit vents, cut holes in a rectangle shape directly in the soffit and screw the vent in over the hole that was cut.

If you’re in doubt about the best type of roof vent to install, consult with a home architect or a contractor to find the best design. You can then begin the installation process.