3 Types of Residential Roof Vents You Can Choose From



Did you know that your roof needs to breathe just like you do? Yes, we said it. Proper ventilation is crucial to the life of your roof. Adequate ventilation regulates the temperature and moisture levels in your home. Heat and moisture build-up can cause damage to the following areas of your roofing system:


  • Rafters
  • Sheathing
  • Shingles
  • Insulation
  • Raising energy costs


Damage to these areas on your roof can cause mold and mildew problems. Proper ventilation can help prevent many of these common roof problems. Vents are installed at the base of your roof, and near the top as well. There are a few different types of vents that you’d find on your roof and that needs to be checked out. Although you could possibly DIY this project, hiring a reputable roofing contractor means that they have experience with multiple types of roof vents and they know exactly what to look for during your inspection.


Here are 3 popular roofing vents that you may see on yours.


Intake Vents



Residential intake vents are used to allow outside air to enter into attics and ventilation spaces. Intake vents are located along a roof assembly’s lowest eave at or near soffits or eaves. These roof vents usually work best with exhaust vents that are located at or near the peak of your roof assembly. These vents promote free movement of air into the ventilation spaces and should be not blocked by other materials like insulation.


Exhaust Vents



Air exhaust roof vents are used to allow air in attics and ventilation spaces as they exit the exterior. They should be placed at the roof’s ridge or high point. These are best used as stated above with intake vents. Ridge vents and static vents are popular exhaust vents that are usually installed along the length of a ridge and near the ridge of a roof.


Turbine Vents



Wind Turbine vents aren’t static vents because they have moving parts. They are available in differing degrees of quality and we always recommend the top brands. As some homeowners have experienced the squeaky noises of inexpensive turbines. A turbine is installed directly on the top of a roof and uses wind power to suck hot and humid air out of the attic.


These are 3 of the most popular vents roofers come across on residential roofs. A few others that may be found are cupola vents, powered vents, and gable-end vents. 

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