Soffit, Gable & Ridge Vent Installation

It’s understandable that roof vents get overlooked as people are often more stressed thinking about their roof and keeping their home dry. However, a well-ventilated roof may make life easier and better for anyone in your home.

It allows warm moist air that might be trapped in the attic to escape, which, in turn, decreases pressure on your HVAC system. In colder weather, ventilation works hand in hand with your attic insulation to keep your home at an even temperature.

Allstate Construction Roofing Inc. installs and repairs roof vents. We’re Southwest Florida’s expert roofing contractors with comprehensive roofing solutions, including roof replacement, repair, and more.

Contact us today to get a free roof inspection for ridge or attic vent installation in Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, Naples, and throughout Florida. You can also call directly at (239) 317-2000 if you have further questions!

Roof Vent Installation Costs

HVAC costs can be affected by roof ventilation, so considering the cost of the installation process is crucial to understanding your investment.

Roof ventilation installation can vary, but there are key factors that homeowners will want to be aware of in the roof estimating process, including:

  • Pitch
  • Home size
  • Accessibility
  • Materials

Call Allstate Construction Roofing Inc. at (239) 317-2000 for a free roof inspection. We’ll explain the vent installation process and provide an accurate quote.

Purposes of a Roof Vent

Roof vents serve several purposes in your home, including:

  • Extending the life of your roof
  • Improving airflow in your attic
  • Preventing moisture buildup and rot
  • Lowering your energy bills
  • Improving home comfort

Ventilation and insulation can make an enormous difference for your home’s well-being. You only have one roof, and roof vents help keep your roof in good condition throughout it’s life span.

Types of Roof Vents

There are different roof vent types and strategies for achieving effective ventilation in roofs:

Ridge Vents

Tile roof with ridge ventilation

While this is not always easy to see, the open area for ridge ventilation is the space that resides on either side of the ridge caps.

Vents along the roof peak ridges are probably one of the most critical and effective vents in any passive or non-electric ventilation system.

They’re usually installed on the roof peaks. Hot air that accumulates in the attic rises and escapes outside through the vents.

Ridge vents need cool air coming in to work correctly. As they send hot, moist air out, fresh, cool air will flow into the attic through intake vents. This equal use of hot and cool air helps the overall ventilation work properly.

Soffit Vents

white roof soffit vents

Soffits typically run in a continuous pattern parallel to the eaves. If a continuous strip-type vent wasn’t included, a circular or rectangular-shaped one might be installed instead.

Soffit vents play a big part in the ventilation of your roof. They are there to help allow fresh air from the outside into the attic, as hot moist air leaves the attic through ridge and gable vents, which are higher. The cooler air from outside flows into the soffit vent and pushes the more humid air outside at the same time.

There are two types of soffit vents available:

  • Continuous soffit vents are long and narrow and will run the length of the soffit itself. They work well for narrow eaves but can be used in just about any home.
  • Individual soffit vents can be cut down to fit directly between the soffit joists as needed. They tend to be very popular because they’re easier to install.

Gable Vents

white gable roof vent

Your roofing contractor may recommend and install a gable vent if your home’s airflow is subpar.

A gable-end vent is screened and installed near the peak of the gable end. It serves two functions and can allow warm air out of the attic or fresh air in. The purpose it serves depends on the breeze and temperatures.

Powered Attic Ventilators

solar powered roof vent

Sometimes referred to as an attic exhaust fan, PAVs come in several forms. They can be secured to the attic floor or gable end.

PAVs contain an electric fan that is typically controlled by a thermostat. It works to exhaust hot air from the attic on those warm Florida days.

A PAV isn’t typically necessary if your roof has a correctly sized ridge and vents in the soffits — that were installed correctly. It will exhaust warm air from the attic on hot summer days, but it also consumes electricity.

That means it may suck cooled air from your living spaces or leaks in the attic floor. For this reason, many home energy experts recommend a passive roof vent over active ventilation with a PAV.

Allstate Construction Roofing Inc. is here to assist you in choosing the right type of roof vent for your residence. Contact us online or call (239) 317-2000 to schedule a free roof inspection in Southwest Florida.

How a Roof Vent Is Installed

Different tools and materials are used, such as roofing nails, a pry bar, jigsaw or reciprocating saw, shingles, ruler, ladder, drill, drill bit, etc.

Some projects undertaken by contractors may be easy to install, while others may be more complex, even requiring the use of a different drill bit, unique material, or requiring an innovative way to build.

Here’s what you can expect during your roof ventilation installation:

  • A saw is used to cut specific lines that are placed. Cuts are made through the wood and shingles in the process.
  • The shingles will then be loosened around the hole that was created.
  • The contractor will turn the vent upside down and use caulk on the flange.
  • The bottom side of the vent will be left exposed and will be followed by some shingle work.
  • The vent will need to be secured to the roof.

Whether it’s a complicated roof ridge or a ridge vent that needs work, necessary safety precautions will always be used during the service.

Call Allstate Construction Roofing Inc. at (239) 317-2000 to request a free roof inspection today!

Install Roof Vents To Ensure a Long-Lasting Roof Over Your Head

Do you have a roof that is not ventilated properly? It may be time to ask a roofing contractor for help. We can install ridge, soffit, or gable-end vents to improve the ventilation in your roof. And the best news is that they can be installed to your existing roof or while we complete a roof replacement project.

The professional team at Allstate Construction Roofing Inc. will make your roof ventilation service as easy as possible. We can take care of all your roof vent installation and repair needs to ensure your peace of mind.

We proudly service properties throughout Southwest Florida, including Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, Naples, and nearby areas.

Schedule a free roof inspection for any of your commercial or residential roofing service needs by calling (239) 317-2000 today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need a vented roof in Florida?

Yes, you need a vented roof. Heat rises, and with our climate, the heat and humidity will accumulate within your attic.

A vented roof will release it from your home, helping you enjoy improved comfort and lower utility bills.

Further, unvented attics can void your roofing warranty.

Do I need more than one roof vent?

Yes, for optimal ventilation in attics with a vapor barrier, we recommend following the manufacturer’s recommendation for placement and spacing.

What are the differences between natural and mechanical roof ventilation?

Both will introduce fresh air into your home to help you maintain optimal comfort. Natural roof ventilation relies on wind to circulate air through your attic. This is the most common type of ventilation.

Mechanical roof ventilation uses electric-powered fans to draw fresh air into your home. Your roofing contractor will recommend a mechanical vent if the architecture of your home doesn’t support natural ventilation.

What are the signs of failing roof vents?

  • Water stains on the attic ceiling
  • Moldy and mildewy odors in the attic
  • Missing or damaged shingles around the roof vent
  • Damp or soft spots on the roof near the roof vent
  • Pests in your attic
  • Hot and cold spots in the upper levels of your home
  • Rust in your home

Left unresolved, leaks and other roof vent issues can lead to considerable damage to your roofing structure, insulation, and personal possessions, so don’t wait to request roof vent replacement or repair from a trusted roofing company.

Will roof vents fail in high winds?

Heavy rain from storms and hurricanes can enter your home through roof vents. Gable vents are more susceptible to water intrusion, so ridge vents are better suited for Florida homes.