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10 Different Types Of Roof Vents (Part 1)

Here are different types of roof vents for a better environment for your home

The roof vents play a significant role in extending not only the lifespan of your roof but also lowering overall consumption and cost of energy. Some types of roof ventilation systems are more effective than others. We have discussed 10 different types of roof vents so you can take advantage of proper ventilation.

Styles Of Ventilation

  • There are two basic styles of ventilation: intake and exhaust. Both of these ventilation systems play a critical role in enhancing a roof’s ventilation ability. Therefore, it is important to understand how they work before choosing a type of vent for your home.

Intake Vents

  • Intake vents are installed to bring fresh air into the house. Intake vents are positioned lower on the roofline as compared to the exhaust vents.

Intake vents make your home’s environment clean and fresh by pushing the stubborn hot air out of the attic space. This hot air is replaced by cool air which in turn thrusts the hot air out of the home.

Types Of Intake Ventilation Solutions

  • Unlike exhaust vents, there are fewer options of intake ventilation for your roof. However, for adequate ventilation, it is advisable to install intake vents with proper exhaust vents.

Exhaust vents will be discussed in detail in part 2 of this article. Here are some intake roof vents for you to consider.

Soffit Vents

  • Soffit vents are by far the most popular and favorite intake ventilation systems that are preferred by home builders and roofers. The reason behind their popularity is that they are inarguably the most effective intake vents that give value for money. Homebuilders include soffit vents in their home’s blueprint when the home’s style allows for it.

They are installed on the eaves underneath the roofline. There are two different types of soffit vents that are effective in bringing in cool air. These include:

  • Continuous Soffit Vents
  • Individual Soffit Vents

Gable Vents

  • Gable vents are one of the classic styles of intake ventilation that partially function as an exhaust system. These vents work on the phenomenon of horizontal or cross-ventilation to circulate the air through the attic space. In this way, air flows in through one side of the attic and hot air goes out through the other side.

A gable vent is usually compatible with a gable style of roof in which a vent can be placed on each side of the home. These vents come in different shapes and styles however, triangular-shaped gable vents are most common.

Over Fascia Vents

  • types of roof ventsOver-fascia vents are a relatively newer form of intake roof vents. These are primarily designed for roofs without sufficient-sized eaves to fit soffit vents. These are placed directly below the starter row of shingles and above the fascia board and gutter.

They have a small surface area and are about ½ inch in height, however, they stretch across the entire bottom of the roofline. Over fascia, vents are ideal for homes where soffit vents cannot be used. They can also be used in combination with soffit vents on more complex roofs.

Drip Edge Vent

  • Drip edge vents are similar in design and effectiveness to fascia vents. However, drip edge vents differ from fascia vents because of the place they are installed. These are good for roofs where soffit vents cannot be installed. The installation of drip edge vents is a complicated process and requires professional skills.

If you’re in the market for a new roof, be sure to contact our roofing professionals at Simple Home Improvements. Give us a call at 866-849-2599 for all sorts of affordable Roofing Services. We are located in New Jersey

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