5 Types of Active Roof Vents

Feb 15, 2022 | Roofing Work

Are you getting ventilation for your attic, but the different types of roof vents are overwhelming you? Getting the wrong roof vent for your house can cause a lot of damage, so it is important to go with the one that suits your needs. A roof vent is important to allow airflow in your attic and prevent your roof from overheating or moisture buildup. But worry not, we will list some types of active roof vents that you can decide on, depending on your budget and preference accordingly.


Why Are Roof Vents Necessary?

Roof vents are short for roof ventilation, and they are essential for attic ventilation, which frees your house of heat.  With attic ventilation, your house is filled with fresh air while the heat escapes. It is important because you will have fresh air flowing through your home with attic ventilation. Therefore, for attic ventilation, roof vents are necessary.

You can go for any one of these types of roof vents:

Active: exhausts the air from the inside and pulls it from the outside.

Passive: relies on natural sources, like wind, to move the air through your attic.


Types of Active Roof Vents:

Active roof vents are of many types. They allow good airflow in your house by pulling out humid or moist air. They include:


1. Turbine Vents

They are also known as whirlybirds and are one of the oldest types of vents. They require wind movements and air pressure instead of electricity to work. These vents spin to allow air to move in your attic and pull the hot air out. If your house is in a windy area, they are ideal! It is inexpensive and needs 5 mph to work. If installed correctly, it can allow airflow for hours!


2. Power Vents

Power vents are low-profile vents powered by electricity. They push humid air out with the help of a fan. But keep in mind that they may sometimes need new motors to run. Also, during winters, run them with a humidistat to avoid condensation. They also come in two types, solar and hardwired.


3. Solar Powered Vents

They are similar to power vents, but they are powered by the sun instead. They can help save energy and work efficiently when there is more sunlight. Although solar powered vents might stop working when charging, so they won’t run all day.


4. Hardwired-Power Vents

They are connected to your home’s wire, but you can operate them through a switch. They automatically exhaust the air, but they can also cost your AC its performance. Hardwired vents are common types of powered vents.


5. Ridge Vents (With a Baffle)

Ridge vents need a cutout in your roof, and they cover the roof’s entire length. As a result, they are not noticeable from the ground. We can consider it an active vent if it has a baffle to allow airflow by providing a channel. Also, be mindful to prevent your attic from insects and debris by adding a filter in your vent.



There are active and passive roof vents. Active roof vents pull out humid air and allow airflow in your attic. So if you want an active vent, you can contact us, Kraft Roofing and Construction, at 346-345-4335.