You’re ready to install a new roof and you know ventilation is top priority.

Looking for a quick guide to the most popular roof vents? We’ve got you covered! This reference will help you make the best choice for your home build and desired look.

#1: Box (“Turtle”) Vents

box or turtle vent

What to know: 

These box or “turtle” shaped vents are usually installed as close to the roof ridge as possible.

Keep in mind these aren’t a “continuous vent” so their air flow isn’t what you can expect from a ridge vent- or a ridge and soffit combination. If you’re only using box vents, most homes will need to install multiple units to get the adequate air flow needed to prevent mold or mildew issues.

Want to know more about how air flow matters to your home? Read our Smart Homeowner’s Guide: Mold Myths and Risks Here. 

#2: Turbine Vents

Turbine vent

What to know: 

Squeeeeeak! Although newer models don’t have as much of a problem with rust and wear, the biggest downside to turbine vents is they do require regular maintenance to keep them moving freely (and quietly).

Good news for folks looking passive ventilation: wind power works. You don’t need to spend the money on solar-powered vents to keep your roof and attic healthy. When it comes to your roof and attic: wind and natural convection are the way to go.

#3: Ridge Vents

Ridge Roof

What to know: 

Ridge vents are our top pick for new roof installs. As a continuous vent, they give your roof and attic even, all-over ventilation. Plus, they blend into the roof itself for a clean, tidy look.

If it’s possible, we recommend pairing ridge vents with soffit vents. Why? Because in a mixed-climate like Pennsylvania, the combination is a perfect match for both our high humidity in the summer and snow/ice in the winter.

#4: Soffit Vents

Attic Soffit

What to know: 

Soffit vents aren’t usually installed as stand-alone ventilation, but are a great supporting vent that maximizes convection in your attic.

Roof installation is a great time to upgrade. Thinking about adding soffit vents? We can help.

Want to learn more about the importance of soffit and fascia? Read up on it here.

#5: Powered Vents

powered vents

What to know: 

This is a large, powered fan installed between the rafters in your attic that helps “suck out” the air- much like a bathroom vent.

The problem? The science just doesn’t add up. Read more about how powered vents work here. 

#6: Solar Powered Vents

Solar vent

What to know: 

Solar is gaining in popularity, but powered roof vents (solar or otherwise) still don’t beat out properly sized and installed ridge and soffit vents. And for the price? If you’re looking to add ventilation to an existing roof, box and turbine roof vents work just as well and cost significantly less. In this case, you don’t need the gadgetry to get the job done.

In our article “Your Healthy New Roof”, we mentioned that ventilation is no “one-size-fits-all”. That’s why you need a contractor who can assess not just your roof, but how your roof, attic, home build, and your family’s use of your home work together.

Looking for a great contractor who can not only replace your roof…but make sure you have the ventilation your home needs? We’re right here.

Learn more about our roofing services here or dive into our Ultimate Residential Roofing Guide.

Or get to the top of our schedule and give us a call at 570.345.0406 to get a bid for your project. We’d love to help you create a healthy, worry-free home.

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