One of the many ways to ensure the functionality of your roofing system is to install intake and exhaust vents. But with so many types of vents on the market to choose, you might be hard-pressed to find the right set for your new or existing roof. In this blog, local roofing company Ken Morton & Sons LLC explores the different types of roof vents used in residential homes and the considerations to keep in mind when making your choice.
Types of Roof Vents
The following are some of the most common vents used in residential roofing systems:
- Ridge Vent. Installed at the peak of the roof where two roof planes meet, this type of exhaust vent is built within the roofing structure.
- Soffit Vent. Installed under the roof’s eaves, it is the most common type of intake vent that draws fresh air into the attic. Together with the ridge vent, it plays a critical role in promoting roof ventilation.
- Gable Vent. This type of vent is installed on the gable vent of the roof and is often used together with the other roof vent types.
- Turbine Vent. This type of exhaust vent is powered by the wind, making it a perfect choice for homes situated in areas experiencing high winds. It spins as wind passes over it, creating suction that draws hot air from within the attic.
What to Keep in Mind When Making Your Choice
Several factors must be considered when choosing vents for your roof. These are the following:
- Type of Roof. The vents typically found on a pitched roof are different from that of a flat roof.
- Size of the Attic. It is an important factor to consider when determining how many vents you need and where they should be placed. Roofers follow this particular rule of thumb on roof ventilation: one vent per 150 square feet if there is no vapor barrier installed (300 square feet if there is one).
- Mechanical vs. Natural. There are two primary methods to create air circulation within the attic. Natural ventilation is usually the most common, as it utilizes the stack effect, which draws fresh air in via the intake vents and expels stale attic air via the exhaust vents.
For your residential roofing needs, turn to Ken Morton & Sons LLC. Count on us to install a GAF roofing system complete with the necessary components, including a set of intake and exhaust vents. You can also count on us for your siding replacement needs. To learn more about what we can do for you, give us a call at (856) 582-8800, or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Pitman, NJ.