Did you know that there are several types of roof vents that are best for residential use?

In today’s blog post, let’s get to them one by one to also see the bigger picture and know why these elements are deemed as extremely valuable.

Not many are familiar with the different types of roof vents. This is because they aren’t as popular as the relatively more common ones like windows, gutters, siding, etc.

Even if roof vents are not that famous (yet), they shouldn’t be taken out of the picture. They add significant value to your Calgary AB home because of the role that they play.

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Ready to learn more about the types of roof vents that will suit your needs? Keep reading.

Getting To Know: What Are Roof Vents?

Are you wondering what are those mushroom-like elements that you see on top of houses? Well, they are called roof vents.

Those protruding parts of a roof can go both ways. They add to the aesthetic and also play a crucial role in keeping the entire property’s temperature regulated.

How do they work?

Roof vents have two key functions. As the name implies, they have something to do with attic ventilation. For one, they let the cool air penetrate the roof and lets it travel down the attic space.  It also serves as an exit point of warm and moist air.

Sound uncomplicated, right?

These elements help improve the airflow condition to maintain the right temperature inside your house.

Different Types Of Roof Vents For Your Home

Here we go! As a hands-on homeowner, it pays to know know what types of roof vents are going to be useful for you because they come in varying appearances, shapes, sizes, etc.

We’ve shortlisted the most popular choices in the residential roofing industry.

Box Vents

Box vents are usually positioned near the roof ridges simply because that’s the exact area where they can efficiently release heat and moisture.

How to distinguish them? They are static. Meaning, they do not have any moving or rotating part.

Home vent window on the top of roof.

Box roof vents are easy to spot because of their shape.

Box vents are available in different colors and in hard plastic or metal.

Wind Turbines

As the name implies, wind turbines are powered by natural airflow. Wind drives their motion helping release air faster.

The stronger the wind intensity is, the more effective they become as roof vents. The turbines are responsible for driving out hot air which they replace with a cooler breeze.
If you’re considering them for your home, you need to know that they produce disturbing noise. This is inevitable given that the turbines are driven by natural air.

They can be used for residential properties but if you can’t bear the sound, you can skip this option and just leave them for industrial purposes.

Off-Ridge Vents

Similar to box vents, off-ridge vents are also non-moving but they are longer and thinner in appearance. They stay in place and regulate temperature as is.

For maximum efficiency, you need several off-ridge vent units for your home.

Ridge Vents

Following box and off-ridge vents, this one is a static type as well.

Ridge vents appear like a pyramid. Some may not even notice them because they could blend with the roof’s design.

There is an underlying purpose as to why they come in a pyramid-like shape. This helps distribute airflow more evenly especially if there’s a huge interior space.

If you’ll notice, the two other static types of roof vents tend to concentrate on specific areas only. (This isn’t a bad thing as well. They are positioned in areas which badly need them like the kitchen or bathroom, for example.)

Soffit Vents

Soffit vents are like your “Robin” to the “Batman”.

They basically support the main ventilation system. They’re called soffit vents because they are positioned in the soffits and eaves. These types of roof vents work in the background to help improve the airflow but they cannot stand alone.

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Cupola Vents

We mentioned above that vents can add up to a roof’s design as well.

We’re serious. They really do. For instance, cupola vents are installed to improve the overall curb appeal.

vent on the roof with tile roof

Cupola vents are mainly decorative but they also have a contribution to the ventilation process.

Like soffit vents, they can also contribute to the whole ventilation system but they cannot do it on their own.

Power Attic Vents (PAVs)

Power Attic Vents (PAVs) are the more modern types of roof vents. They require electricity to function and they also have motors that drive the motion.

PAVs are known for having these fans that rotate and release hot air and moisture.

If you want an alternative to wind turbines that can be noisy, you can choose PAVs. They don’t produce any disturbing sound. However, this can be a disadvantage as well. Problems are more difficult to discover because they hardly make any unusual sound.

For more high-tech facilities, they go with PAVs. They are after its adjustable thermostats that gives them the power to control the temperature. There are built-in humidistats also. Moreover, there’s an option to automatically set or prompt the desired temperature.

While PAVs sound too technical, they can still be used for homes especially if you have a huge property.

For people who are seeking sustainable types of roof vents, PAVs are the solution. They can connect to solar panels for increased energy efficiency.

Why Roof Vents Matter

Now that you’re already familiar with the different types of roof vents, it’s now time to understand why they matter.

Roof vents are special. They may exist as a small part of your roof but the role they play is critical in keeping the roof’s health stabilized.

ongoing house construction with ridge vents

Roof vents help balance the temperature inside the attic and your home.

We identified three main reasons why you should give importance to your roof vent:

To Minimize Energy Consumption

Did you know that properly installed roof vents can help you save money? How?

Dependency on cooling appliances will result in high electricity bills. But if you have a properly installed roof ventilation system, you wouldn’t have to rely on these types of equipment all the time.

Thanks for roof vents, the temperature is regulated accordingly. Trapped heat can linger and prompt you to max out your AC unit temperature level. Good thing, roof vents release them regularly.

To Have A Clear Attic Area

In movies, most attic would smell musty and “old”? That’s true if there’s moisture penetration.

Thanks to roof vents, you don’t have to relive these movie scenes because attic spaces should be moisture-free.

Aside from the smell, this is crucial because moisture can cause different serious water damages like leaks. Molds can also proliferate which can be harmful to your health.

To Prevents Ice Dam Build-up

Calgary AB residents are no stranger to thick snow. While snow may come and go, it can leave ice dams that are destructive.

Improper ventilation can trap heat in your attic which will also cause the ice of freeze and melt away in unwanted areas.

Ice dams add weight load to your roofing and could also create damage to property. If you have a functional ventilation system, you wouldn’t have to worry about these things.

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Final Words

There you have it. We hope you enjoyed learning about the different types of roof vents.

Because you also read about the role that they play, you’ll never look at roof vents the same way ever again.

As a final reminder, take note that regardless of what types of roof vents you choose, the performance will highly depend on the installation process. Hence, you need to hire a credible roofing company with a good track record in handling roof vents.

For all your roofing needs and requirements, you got one number to call: 587 315 6811. No Payne Roofing Inc. is the most trusted Calgary-based roofing contractor. You can also check out some of our recent projects.