Tips On Installing A Vent In Your Roof

By Scott Rodgers

An attic which is deprived of ventilation, can cause major flaws in the regular scheme of things. The importance of ventilation in the home architecture is something that cannot be ignored in the long run. The associated problems such as leaks and moisture molds, would somehow make you realize the essence of incorporating the ventilation feature in your home framework.

Hence, a vent is quintessential in the regular scheme of things and a lapse on that front could prove fatal for the entire setup.

Though the task appears to be daunting and complex at first sight but with proper logic and right set of tools, the project can be handled by even a novice like you. A hand-held hammer, a pry bar tool, a circular saw, pliers etc. would ease up the burden to a large extent. In addition, certain supplies such as roofing cement, sealer etc. need to be purchased as well.

Ground a ladder firmly and climb up to the roof. The spread of the roof which looks appropriate for the installation of the vent is detected first. Slip the business-end of the tool under the edges of the concerned shingle and push down the other end of the tool to uproot the nails. All the adjoining shingles are detached partially in such a way that no damage is done to them.

Once a ridge cap is rendered to the determined area, mark down the zone around the cap with a bright-colored piece of chalk. Leave out about 7-8 inches on either side of the ridge cap. This is because the size of the vent and it's associated base may be a bit larger than the anticipated size.

Bring in a circular saw to cut the roof from the line as marked. Make sure that the blade of the saw is set appropriately. A sharper blade would result in a possible damage to the underlying roof rafters as well. Once you have cut the setup, make way for the pry bar tool again to uproot the shingles.

Walk down to a local hardware store and purchase a new vent. It is likely that the salesperson would recommend a baffled vent to you. This is because a baffled vent is more efficient than the other types of vents. It prevents air from entering into the attic and at the same time, allows the hot air to escape out to the surroundings. Place the selected vent in position and nail it down. Envelop the vent with the shingles and apply some roofing cement on the setup to rigidify it.

Make sure that all the safety precautions are followed during the course of the project. - 29857

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