There’s a lot of components that make up your roof system. No matter what type of roof you have, most of these components are the same. Roof vents, and ventilation in general, are an important part of any roofing system. Let’s look at what roof vents are and how they help your home.

More About Roof Vents

Roof vents are also known as attic vents. They’re installed to promote air flow and ventilation in an attic, which leads to insulation for the home. In most jurisdictions, roof vents are essential and required for homes. When roof vents are working properly, they help your HVAC system work properly and save you money. When they aren’t worked properly, then you can have issues with heating and cooling your home.

There are three types of commonly used vents: Gables, soffit and static. Let’s look at each.

Gable roof vents are the least effective although they’re used in most homes. They come in different shapes and colors, giving homeowners they quickest route to match their home and roof. Soffit roof vents are installed under eaves, where gutters are typically installed. They are easy to install but can cause issues with gutter systems. Static roof vents are typically installed in rows along the face of a roof but since they penetrate the roof, they can eventually lead to leaking during heavy storms.

Depending on where you live and what’s required by city building permits, you may have to use a certain type of roof vent. Make sure to check with your roofer to ensure you’re investing in the right type of vents. If not, this can lead to issues when getting your roof inspected and can lead to failure if certain conditions aren’t met.

Work with your roofer to ensure your entire roofing systems works together and is up to code when having your roof replaced.