How to Install Vents on Metal Roofing

It’s a hot summer day. You are sitting on your favorite chair, with a cup of ice tea. The heat is excruciating. Your hair is wet and your shirt is drenched with sweat. You just had a bath yet you are still sweating like a pig. Does this sound familiar? Well the easy way to handle this is to have a vent in your roof. This way you get some air circulation in your place and you do not have to sweat after taking a shower.


Metal roofing emanates the most heat. This is due to the fact that metal is a good heat conductor. Hence it emanates heat. The heat in the atmosphere is absorbed to the metal roof. So the heat in the house will increase due to this. Hence you will have hotter summer days than usual.

To install your own vent, first you need to decide what type of vent you want. You have the wind turbine vents (usually installed at the peak of the roof to capture the wind with its turbine, this is turn causes the moisture and heat to be sucked out in the top of the house), plastic roof vents ( comes in the same colour as the metal), metal square vents ( helps to bring down the temperature), and the metal ridge vent (installed at the edge of the roof just below the ridge cap).

Now that you have chosen what type of vent you are getting, you need to decide where you are going install you vent. If the heat in your attic that is the issue that you need to look into, then you need to install the vent at the attic. However if it is the overall upstairs that you are looking at, then you must make sure that your vent is at a strategic place. This way the heat is absorbed throughout the whole upstairs of your house.

After this you have to mark the area on the roof with a marker of even a pencil. Now if you require a ladder please make sure you take the necessary safety measures. Using a measuring tape, get the length and width of your vent. Then mark your roof with the same length and width. Just to confirm your drawings, you could place your vent about your drawing. This way you can be sure.

The measurements are done, what remains is the sawing of the metal roof. Now you have to be careful because you would not want to increase the length or width of your markings. Now place the vent in the position and use a thin layer of tar to the edges. You also need to drill the starter holes to secure your vent to the roof. Some may apply some more tar on the perimeter of the vent. Now you need to seal the underside of the vent, just use the cover given with the vent. You can also drill in the starter holes to secure the underside of the vent.