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December 24, 2021

Roof Vents 101: Everything You Need To Know

A roof vent is an essential part of any home in Florida. It allows hot air to escape, keeping your home cooler in the summer and preventing moisture damage. But with so many different types of roof vents available, it can be tough to know which one is right for your home.


In this blog, we'll discuss the different types of roof vents, how they work, and the benefits of replacing your old vent with a new one. Let's get started!


What Is A Roof Vent?


A roof vent is an opening that allows air to enter or escape from your attic space. You can typically find them near the highest point of your roof. One use them to expel hot air, moisture, and insects from your home.


Now, you know what roof ventilation is. So how does it work?


There are two types of roof ventilation- natural and mechanical. Natural ventilation relies on the wind to move air through the attic space. Mechanical ventilation uses a fan to move air through the attic space, which is ideal for homes located in areas with little or no wind.


Types Of Roof Vents


The type of roof vent you choose will depend on your home's climate and the type of insulation you have. For example, if you live in a warmer part of Florida, i.e., South, you'll need a roof vent that allows hot air to escape. Conversely, in the colder parts, i.e., North, you'll want one that allows warm air to enter your attic space.


There are four main types of roof vents:


  1. Ridge Vent: A ridge vent is a long, slanted vent that runs the length of your roof. It's designed to allow hot air to escape from your attic space, helping to keep your home cool. It has multiple overlapping flaps that are opened when the wind blows, helping to push hot air out of your home.
  1. Gable Vents: A gable vent is a rectangular-shaped opening in your roof that's typically enclosed by two diagonal pieces of metal or plastic. The enclosure keeps out water and debris while allowing air to escape. They're typically used in combination with ridge vents to provide optimal airflow.
  1. Soffit Vents: Soffit vents are located on the underside of your roof and allow air to enter your attic space. They work best when combined with ridge and gable vents to create a continuous airflow.
  1. Attic Fans: An attic fan is a motorized roof vent that draws hot air out of your attic space, helping cool your home. They're typically installed on the attic floor and can help to reduce cooling costs.


Benefits Of Roof Ventilation


There are several benefits to installing a roof vent in your home:


  1. They help keep your home cooler in the summer by allowing hot air to escape.
  2. A good vent prevents moisture damage by removing excess heat and moisture from your attic space.
  3. They help reduce cooling costs by allowing cooler air to enter your attic space.

If you're looking for a way to keep your home cooler in the summer and reduce cooling costs, installing a new roof vent is an excellent choice.


Replacing An Old Roof Vent


If you're considering replacing your old roof vent with a new one, there are a few things to keep in mind:


  1. You'll need to determine the type of roof vent best for your home.
  2. Knowing the size and shape of your existing roof vent is important.
  3. You'll need to know the size and shape of your roof.

If you want to learn more about the best types of roof vents for your home, SouthShore Roofing & Exteriors are here to help. Our team is ready to answer any questions and offer free quotes for any work that needs to be done.

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