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Modesto Roof Vent Installation & Repair

Roof vents are integral to a home’s ventilation system. They operate continually, day and night. The vents are designed to remove hot air from the home and is a way to reduce the heat that is built up on the roof and in the attic.

Ventilation usually comes in two types: natural and mechanical. Natural ventilation relies on the stack effect (warm air rises and leaves the building through a lack of resistance). Mechanical ventilation is needed in areas with poor air quality where the air can’t escape on its own. 

Below we’ll cover some of the most popular roof vents that we install. There are many others to choose from as well so if you need help, give us a call. 

Types of roof vents

Mixed Exhaust Vents

Vents should be installed both high and low on your roof to maintain proper ventilation and air movement. The high vents are the exhaust vents that let the air out. Meanwhile, the lower vents allow the air in and this creates a circular air movement that keeps your roof well ventilated. When different styles of vents are installed, this can “short circuit” the air movement and result in improper ventilation. 

Ridge Vents (Most Common Exhaust)

A ridge vent is a long vent installed along the ridge of your roof. They blend in well and work well on roofs with longer and simpler lines. They’re very common in Modesto, CA, and work well for venting attics. 

Off Ridge Vents

An off-ridge vent is similar to a ridge vent but is installed off of the ridge (peak of the roof). They’re not popular and not something we recommend as they’re less effective than ridge and box vents.

Box Vents 

This type of vent is very popular. It’s placed just below the top ridge of your roof and installed in a line along your roof. Just a few of these isn’t enough to vent your attic so you’ll need to have a roofer tell you how many to use for your roof. 

Box vents are small-sized, can be strategically installed to cause minimal disruption to your roof, and work very well for complicated rooflines. 

Powered Attic Vents

Also called powered attic ventilators, these are electronic vents that pull the air out of the attic very well. However, they do add a little money to your electric bill so there’s a tradeoff.

Solar Powered Attic Vents

These remove the electricity costs associated with the powered attic vents and work well for cooling your roof. You’ll need an experienced roofer to determine which fans to use when deciding which solar-powered vent or electric-powered vent to use because it’s easy to get one that’s too powerful or too weak – both of which are a problem. 

There are many other types of roof vents to choose from so contact one of our professionals today to learn more and get help deciding on the proper ventilation system for your roof. 

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