Types of Roof Ventilation Vents for Your Home

No one likes to feel overheated. Though that can happen at any time of the year (for my friends who dress in layers or the buildings that turn the heat up too high), but summer is especially dangerous for overheating. Thankfully, we can dress down, grab some ice water, turn on the AC, or go for a dip in the pool to cool off. But houses are a different matter.

To keep a house from overheating, you will need to have the right ventilation to let the hot air escape through your roof without letting in the weather or letting out your indoor heating or cooling. Read on to learn about the different roof vent options.

Box Vents

Box vents, or low profile vents are static vents with no moving parts. The vent covers a hole in the roof. This hole allows hot air and moisture to escape while the vent prevents anything from getting inside the house.

Wind Turbines

Similar to box vents, the wind turbine vent sits over a hole cut in the roof, but this vent has a moving part. The wind causes a spinning action that draws even more hot air and moisture out of the house. 

Power Vents

Now let’s move into a more dynamic ventilation system. The power vent has a motor driving fans that pull out hot air. Think of this as an active version of the wind turbine vent. The good power vents come with adjustable thermostats that automatically turn on when the heat in the attic crosses a threshold temperature.

Ridge Vents

Roofers install ridge vents on the edge of the roof and have no moving parts. The vent runs the horizontal length of the roof’s edge. The extent of the vent helps it blend into the roofline. 

Soffit Vents

Soffit vents’ big job is to draw air into a roof’s ventilation system. This vent gets installed in the soffits and eaves of a roof. The soffit vents work most efficiently with ridge vents.

JLM Contracting handles sheet metal fabrication projects to help homeowners get the most out of their roofs. If you need a new sustainable roof, give us a call today at (586) 756-4133.

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