Many different types of Vents should be found during a Home Inspection

Proper ventilation of the roof is of utmost importance to keep the temperature on both sides of the roof equal.

If you have a Home Inspection done and find that your home does not have enough ventilation, it implies that condensation will cause insulation and the roof to deteriorate.


There are different types of roof venting systems that the Home Inspector may find while performing a Home Inspection.  Depending on factors such as personal taste, cost and the personal needs you may have one or more of these different types of vents may be reported in your Home Inspection.

Basic Roof Vents

These ones are usually added close to the ridge line of the roof. They are so easy to install and they cover your current fixed vents. An example is copper dorm vents which are quite affordable and they can be custom made to fit your roof style as well as the home style perfectly. Since these kinds of vents do not have mechanical or electrical parts, you will not need to worry about them not working properly.

Continuous Ridge Vents

These are 10 foot long vents that go across the entire length of the roof top. Many newly constructed houses usually have these types of vents. They are easy to install and they easily match with the roof color. They are virtually unnoticeable from the street, something which makes them even more appealing visually.

Soffit Vents

Outside air enters the attic through the soffit vents, which are installed on the underside of the eaves–the part of the roof that overhangs the sides of the house. Other vents farther up on the roof then allow attic air to escape to the outside.

A Ridge and Soffit Vent combination is the most effective way to ventilate your roof and minimize the chance of “ice dams” that can damage shingles and allow water to enter the home.

Gable and Dormer Vents

These ones are specific to houses that have gables or dormers. You can get them in a variety of mediums including wood, aluminum and copper vents. They are usually screened and louvered in order to remove heat from attic areas. Copper vents tend to stand out for many people since they add value to any home and age beautifully. You will get them, and also the wood and aluminum vents, in a variety of colors and styles to match your home.


Wind Turbine Vents

The wind turbine vents are usually placed on the top of the roof and they catch the wind to spin the vane. During the spinning, heat and moisture are pulled from your roof. The only downside they have is that if the winds are too high, there are more likely to wear out quickly.

Whichever type of roofing vent you choose for your home, you will always find ways to make it part of the beauty of your home. Be sure to carry out a Home Inspection from time to time to make sure that your vents are in good condition to keep the temperature on both sides of the roof equal.