How to Install a Roof Vent

How to install a roof vent

When it’s time to install a roof vent, the process is relatively simple if you don’t overthink it.

Roof vents are a must when installing or repairing a roof. The air in houses is filled with moisture and roof vents allow a place for that moisture to escape. This prevents rot, decay and mold and mildew buildup. After you’ve determined how many roof vents you’ll be installing and where on the roof you’ll be putting them, the next step is to get that thing installed.

Here’s how to install a roof vent:

The tools needed are

  • Hammer
  • Screw gun
  • 4″ hole saw
  • Caulk gun
  • Nail bar
  • Utility Knife with hook blade


Mark your spot:

To begin, get in your attic and put a screw all the way through the roof so you know where you’ll be putting the roof vent.

How to Install a Roof Vent


Remove the shingles:

Grab your crow bar and remove the shingles around the location you’ll be installing the vent. Make sure to be extra careful in this step so you don’t damage the surrounding shingles.

How to Install a Roof Vent


Drill your hole:

Center the drill bit around around the screw we put in during step one and drill through.

How to Install a Roof Vent


Place your vent:

Screw the base into the roof vent and lay the vent where you’ll be installing it, then place it in the hole you’ve just drilled.

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Cut shingles around the roof vent:

Use the shingles you cut before and mark around the roof vent so you know where you’ll be cutting. Use a box cutter to cut the shingles around the marks.

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Caulk the old nail holes:

Prevent moisture from getting into the roof by caulking the previous nails’ holes. Now you’re ready to nail your shingle back in.

How to Install a Roof Vent


Nail the base shingles in place:

Replace the shingles that the vent will be placed over and thoroughly caulk the nail holes to ensure a secure seal.

How to Install a Roof Vent


Place the vent base in place:

Place the base of your roof vent back in the hole and attach the top section using caulk to keep it in place.

How to Install a Roof Vent


Get the roof vent secured:

Nail the roof vent into the roof, making sure it’s’ completely secure to the roof. Once this step is completed, you’re almost done. Now, you’ll cut around the back of the roof vent and replace the last shingle.

How to Install a Roof Vent


Pro tip!

Use insulated piping to avoid moisture from building up. This is especially important in areas with harsh winters. This will further keep your roof from rotting and decay.

How to Install a Roof Vent


You’re good to go!

Now the roof vent has been installed and secured, while voiding moisture buildup from new and old screw holes.

How to Install a Roof Vent


Now you’ve got a roof with a properly installed roof vent. To see more tips and tricks that we share daily follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Products used:

  • Broan roof vent
  • Insulated 4″ piping
  • Waterproof caulking
  • Roofing Nails

Considering Professional Installation vs. DIY

When it comes to installing a roof vent, the process can seem straightforward, but it’s important to weigh the benefits of hiring a professional versus tackling it yourself.

DIY Approach: Opting for a do-it-yourself installation can save you money, but it comes with its own set of challenges. You’ll need various tools, such as a hammer, screw gun, and hole saw, and you’ll have to navigate tasks like shingle removal and precise drilling. While this approach can be satisfying for those with some construction experience, mistakes can lead to water leaks and roof damage that can cost a lot more than hiring a professional.

Professional Installation: Choosing to hire a professional roofing contractor ensures the job is done efficiently and accurately. They have the experience, tools, and materials needed for a seamless installation. Professionals can advise on proper vent placement and use insulated piping to prevent moisture buildup, especially in harsh climates. While it may involve a higher upfront cost, professional installation offers peace of mind, long-term durability, and protection against potential roof issues down the line.



At Carlson Projects Inc., we specialize in roofing and remodeling solutions right here in Lincoln, NE. Our experienced team is dedicated to providing top-notch craftsmanship, unmatched expertise, and exceptional customer service. Whether you need a new roof, a roof vent installation, or any remodeling project, we’ve got you covered. Don’t compromise on quality—contact us today to transform your home with Carlson Projects Inc. and experience the difference firsthand. Your dream home is just a call away!



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