Here we discuss different types of roof vents for a better environment for your home
It is imperative to have both intake and exhaust vents installed to take advantage of proper roof ventilation. However, if the home’s architecture does not allow both the vents to be installed having only an exhaust vent is still better than nothing. This is part 2 of different types of roof vents.
What are Exhaust Vents?
- As the name indicates, the exhaust vent removes the stale air out from your attic space which would otherwise lead to bad odor and growth of mold.
Exhaust vents are usually placed towards the top of the roofline. In modern roofing systems, a ridge vent is the most commonly installed exhaust vent.
Types Of Exhaust Roof Vents
- Consult with an experienced roofing specialist when considering the best exhaust roof vent for your home. Here are some common types of exhaust roof vents.
- A ridge vent is installed at the peak of the roof and covers the entire span of the roofline. Ridge vents allow the hot and stale air to efficiently escape out of the attic space.
Ridge vents are situated at the highest point of the roof. They are capable of expelling large amounts of air because they run across the entire roof.
Off Ridge Vents
- Just like ridge vents off ridge vents are placed close to the crest of the roof. But off ridge vents are more similar to box vents. Off ridge vents are small in size and cannot be installed as high on the roof. This makes them less effective than other full ridge vents.
Off ridge vents available on the market are about 4 feet in length. When the actual ridgeline of the roof is small, it is advantageous to use off ridge vents. For homes with a lot of peaks, valleys, and dormers, the use of off ridge vents can come in handy.
- Box vents are much more popular vents as compared to off ridge vents. To add extra ventilation, these are installed in bunches across the roof. They are named box vents because of their square design.
Box vents are available in a variety of sizes so that you can choose the one that goes with your space. Box vents come in handy when the roof has lots of different sections or has a more complicated roofline.
Hard-Wired Powered Attic Vents
- Powered attic ventilators have electric-propelled fans that help expel the stale air out of the attic space. They are popular for their ability to effectively pull the hot air out.
Solar Powered Attic Vents
- Solar-powered attic vents are good for reducing the electricity costs associated with older hard-wired vents.
But they are either too powerful or not powerful enough. It is rather better to use more natural and tested methods of exhaust vents for your roof.
- Roof turbines or whirlybird vents were invented by British Inventor Samuel Ewart in the early 1900s. These vents work by activating and spinning their interior blades when the wind is blowing at the speed of 5 to 6 miles per hour.
On the downside, the roof turbine won’t work on days with slight or no breeze. In addition, plenty of roof turbines will be needed by homes for impactful ventilation.
- These are less popular types of exhaust vents because of their intricacy, cost, and certain other factors. They are available in different shapes and styles. They add a nice character and charm to the home’s architectural design so many Italian-inspired homes have cupola vents built into their roofline.
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