Ridge Vents vs. Box Vents

Whether you are building a new home, are having maintenance performed, or need a complete roof replacement, you may be faced with the decision of either ridge vents or box vents for ventilating hot air from your attic. While one of the major concerns in this decision is the overall look that you are going for, there are also many practical reasons as to why you would choose one of these vents over the other. Rather than just blindly choosing one, whether basing your decision on price or aesthetics, it can be helpful to understand the pros and cons of each so that you can make a choice based on what is actually the best solution for your home.

Box Vents

One of the most common types of roof vents is the box vent. This type of vent is exactly what it sounds like: boxes that remove damaging heat and moisture from the attic. One of the reasons that they are so popular is because they provide a very economical way to ventilate your attic, especially if you have good soffit ventilation. Box vents are ideal whenever you have an open attic and must not be placed very close to the ridge of your roof. This makes installation simple, quick and easy.

Ridge Vents

Ridge Vent with Ridge Cap Shingles

Ridge Vent with Ridge Cap Shingles

Although their overall purpose is the same, ridge vents are fundamentally different from box vents in a number of ways. The first, and most notable way that they differ is in placement and form factor. A ridge vent is a type of attic ventilation system that is installed at the very peak of a sloped roof in order to provide a safe outlet for hot, humid air. This type of vent is most commonly seen on residential buildings with shingles and a sloped roof. Whenever ridge vents are combined with excellent soffit ventilation, it can create a consistent flow of air from your soffit and out through the ridge of your roof.

Similar to box vents, ridge vents are non-mechanical. This means that you do not have to worry about bothersome breakdowns and maintenance to preserve and repair moving parts. Unlike a box vent, ridge vents are typically installed in a way that makes them almost impossible to see unless you are specifically looking for them. For this reason, they are very popular with anyone who wants a sleek, seemingly seamless roof. If you have small ridges, however, be advised that ridge vents may not be right for you.

Although much of the decision to use either ridge vents or box vents lies in personal preference, your local roofing contractor can be of great help when it comes to determining whether or not one or the other is better for your home. If you want to have your roof installed with a lifetime warranty,

By understanding the basic form and function of each type of vent, you can better choose the system that will ultimately provide your home with the most efficient level of ventilation possible. This will not only aid in keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, but also in controlling humidity in your home. By paying attention to these details, you can reduce your energy bills while increasing your level of comfort at the same time.

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