Instructions for How to Install a Roof Vent

Roof vents are an inexpensive way to improve the general atmosphere of your home all year long. In the summer, the vents release the heat that builds up in your attic, giving the rest of your home a cooler, more comfortable feel. In the winter, roof vents allow excess heat to lift from the attic, which cuts down on moisture in the attic, helping prevent the formation of potentially damaging ice dams on the roof.

Now, follow these steps at below you can install a roof vent by yourself at home.

Step 1, Hammer a nail in the spot where you wish to install the vent. This should be approximately 18 inches from the peak of the roof and centered between two rafters. Wear safety goggles during this step and for the remainder of the installation.

Step 2, Measure the opening of the vent piece. Use a reciprocating saw to cut a hole in the roof–approximately one-half inch larger than the measured vent opening–at the spot where you pounded the nail through the shingles. To make the cut more accurate, draw a chalk outline of the size you need.

Step 3, Remove the shingles and use a reciprocating saw to cut a hole in the board that is exposed.

Step 4, Loosen the shingle adhesive by placing a pry bar between the shingles that are next to the hole. Use the pry bar to remove any nails, as well.

Step 5, Apply a layer of roof cement to the four sides of the hole.

Step 6, Insert the vent into the hole. Secure the bottom edge of the vent to the roof with roofing nails.

Step 7, Squeeze roof cement into the area where the shingles align with the new vent. Place a small amount of the cement on the nails that are holding the vent to the roof.

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