Roof vents can help exhaust moisture from inside your home due to a kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, and more. Luckily, these vents are easy to find (at your local home improvement store) and easy to install using just a few tools. Here, our roofing repair experts share the steps for how to install a roof vent:
What you’ll need to install a roof vent:
- Drill, drill bit
- Roof vent
- Marking pencil
- Hammer, nails
- Jigsaw or reciprocating saw
- Pry bar
- First, head up to your attic and determine where you want to install your roof vent.
- Drill a hole upward through the middle of the area you desire and leave the drill bit sticking up through the roof so you can find it from the outside.
- Next, position your ladder against your home and climb up to your roof.
- Locate the drill bit.
- Using your ruler, measure the open area of the vent (the part that will sit flush with your roof).
- Next, using your drill bit as your center, use your ruler and a marking pencil to measure the same size space onto your roof.
- Use your jigsaw or reciprocating saw to cut along the measured lines. Cut through both your shingles and the wood underneath.
- After that, use your pry bar to loosen the shingles surrounding the hole.
- Turn your vent upside down and apply a thick bead of caulk to the flange.
- Slide the top and sides of your vent underneath the surrounding shingles and leave the bottom side of the vent exposed and laying over the shingles.
- Next, hammer in a nail every few inches to secure the vent to your roofing structure.
- Secure any loose shingles around the area with nails.
- Repeat steps 1-13 for any other roofing vents you’d like to install.
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