Installing Gable vents can be just the Solution
If the attic heat is not removed, the life of the roof shingles can be
dramatically shortened, which could lead to roof leaks and water damage to the
home. Also, anything stored in the attic can become damaged due to the excessive
heat build up.
If the stagnant moist air is not
taken out of the attic during the winter months, condensation can form in the
attic. This condensation can then cause mold and mildew to grow in the attic.
The formation of mold and mildew in the home can cause health problems for the
occupants and can be extremely expensive to remove.
Installing Gable Vents - Types
Installing gable vents are a great alternative to ridge vents, as they
can add some charm to the home. Gable vents are passive venting systems that
come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Rectangular and octagon shaped ones
are fairly common. Gable vents are constructed out of wood, vinyl or metal
and have slats or louvers on them to help prevent wind, rain and snow from
entering the attic. In addition, they typically have an insect screen on the
back side of them (the side that faces the attic) to prevent insects, bats
and other rodents from entering the attic space.
Some of the more elaborate
models have fans that sit on the backside of them to help push the attic air out
of the home, and to draw new air into it. For example, one side of the home may
have a gable vent that sucks new air into the attic, and the other side, a gable
vent to push air out of the attic.
Installing gable vents is preferably
done when the house is being framed. However, installing gable vents on an
existing home can also be done. It just involves a little more work. To install
gable vents in an existing home, you will need to build a 2x4 / 2x6 frame
structure for it into the existing gable end of the house. You then will need to
cut out the home siding and sheathing to slide the gable vent into the framed in
opening. After installing the gable vent you will have a little work in
re-attaching siding to the home and installing flashing and caulking around the
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