Use our simple, step-by-step guide below to properly seal your roof vents.
Necessary Tools To Seal Roof Vents
You will need these two tools for this task:
- Caulk gun.
Steps For Sealing Roof Vents
Follow these steps to seal the roof vents:
- Use the pocketknife in order to scrape rough edges and sharp points from the upper end of the plastic vent pipe.
- Cut away any old caulk located around the vent pipe. Use your knife blade to scrape the pipe smooth and clean.
- Apply a thick bead of lap-seal caulk around the seam.
- Do this right between the vent pipe and old rubber gasket.
- Run a second bead of caulk below the first bead you applied.
- Slide the replacement rubber gasket over the pipes, then press it down tightly to the flange.
Types of Roof Vents
Some kinds of roof vents are more beneficial than others, but each one has the basic task of either taking out stale air from your attic “exhaust” then allowing fresh air into the home “intake”. Below are a couple types of roof vents.
Gable end vents are made of wood and are installed on the outside wall of your attic under where the 2 slopes of the roof converge. This vent is reliant on the wind coming from the outside to push the air in and out of the attic.
These work by allowing heat to emanate out of the roof through convection.
Meaning as heat in the attic rises, the hot air gets moved out through the vents. You may also hear these vents referred to as turtle vents.
Ridge vents get cut into the ridge of the roof and run the complete length of it.
This style of vent is favorable since they aren’t seen from the ground. Whereas they’re extremely favorable, the disadvantage to this vent is that if doesn’t have a filter, insects, debris, rainwater, and snow can get inside the attic.
A louvered roof offers safeguarding from the weather and creates an attractive visual interpretation of your outdoor living space. When the aesthetic and architecture of the home is important to you, a louvered roof replaces the notion of a conventional patio cover with a design aspect that enhances the overall look and feel of your home and outdoor living spaces. Louvered roofs are roofs designed with slanted horizontal slats that are able to be opened and closed whenever you wish.
Proper ventilation can help keep your attic cool by pushing out overwhelming hot air from the inside and letting in cool air from the outside. This hinders the hot air from going downward inside your home and increasing the temperature – or your electric bill, as you keep turning on the AC. Roof fans help aid in this issue.
SOLAR ROOF VENTS
Solar powered vents are similar to powered vents; however, the sun is their power source.
These vents are ideal from an energy saving standpoint, but they turn off when the solar powered battery is being charged.
The main issue is that the solar panel isn’t going to hold a charge long enough to run the vent all day long because of the power required to run the motor. So, when the battery is recharging, you might end up running your air conditioner more, which is going to lead to higher electric bills.
TURBINE ROOF VENTS
Turbine vents work through convection for moving the air in your attic around even when it’s not windy.
If this type of vent is installed correctly, your attic air is circulated around 10-12 times each hour.
Considering turbine vents have curved slats on them and are open-aired to your attic, there is concern that the elements, insects, or debris can get into your home through them. Nevertheless, they’re designed so that none of this happens unless the vent gets damaged.
A soffit vent is just a vent installed underneath your home’s eaves (referred to as the soffit) that allows fresher outside air to be drawn into your attic. Just about every home is fitted with some sort of roof vent at the peak of their roofline, they could be individual roof vents, slope roof ventilation, and a lot of homes have gable-end vents additionally. These offer some ventilation, but when used together with a soffit vent, they work a lot more efficiently.
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