What are the Different Types of Roof Vents?

Not many people understand that venting is very important for any type of building but in particular those buildings that are used for housing.  Homes need to have proper ventilation in order to regulate the temperature of the home as well as during cooking to allow smoke to escape.  Because of this, many different types of ventilation are available and each offers its own benefits.  The following are some of the different types of roof vents for homes:

  • Soffit Vents – Have you ever seen a piece of screen material underneath the eves of a house or apartment?  These are soffit vents and they are down facing so no moisture can get into the area between the top floor and the roof.  In most homes this is the attic area but there are many new homes being made without a proper attic so the space is typically used only for insulation and ventilation.  This vent allows for air to flow freely either helping to cool or heat the home.  It is meant as temperature regulation.
  • Ridge Vents – A more popular type of vent is the ridge vent because this venting style encompasses the entire length of the roof and is hidden by shingles so that they are not exposed to the elements.  The shingle covering also means a more aesthetic look for the vents because they are hidden.  When you have full vent coverage such as the ridge vents, you can be assured that all areas of the attic or space is vented completely.
  • Roof Turbines – The big daddy of all vent systems, the roof turbines are used not only one single family homes, but also on large apartment complexes because of the venting power that they offer.  You have probably seen these in neighborhoods around the country and did not even know what you were looking at.  They are dome shaped with what look like fan blades protruding out of them.  Because of the light weight aluminum material, they can move easily with just a small breeze to ventilate the home.

All homes and buildings need to be vented in order to save on utility bills and to regulate the temperature in them.  It is also important to keep homes dry and will help them to last longer because there is less concern of wood and building materials becoming too dry or too wet during inclement weather.

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