What Is a Gable Vent?

Most all homes are equipped with multiple vents. You will find them on the underside of your soffits and you will have one on a gable end. Some older homes may not have gable vents because building code standards at the time the house was built were not as strict as they are now.

Location

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Gable Vent

A gable vent is typically found on the end of a house, over the garage. A gable is the portion of a house that comes to a peak. Many homes will have multiple gables and some have multiple gable vents.

Features

A gable vent comes in different sizes and shapes, depending on the builder and the design of the home.

Materials

The gable vents found on the average home are made out of wood and have screen wire backing.

Function

A gable vent is designed to allow hot air to escape from the attic. Attics become extremely hot in the summer and a way is needed for that air to escape.

Potential

Without gable vents, attics are a potential source for fires if there is no way for constant extreme heat to escape.


Debbie Tolle

Based in Oklahoma City, Debbie Tolle has been working in the home-improvement industry since 2001 and writing since 1998. Tolle holds a Master of Science in psychology from Eastern Illinois University and is also a Cisco-certified network associate (CCNA) and a Microsoft-certified systems engineer (MCSE).