When it comes to the metal building accessories your company relies on to keep spaces comfortable and healthy, commercial roof vents are a great option. Not only do they encourage healthy airflow and require little to no maintenance, but they do so while tucked away safely atop your metal building’s roof. In other words, they offer ventilation benefits without added costs — and without becoming unsightly eyesores.
Of course, it’s all about determining the right commercial roof vents for your metal building and its purpose. (And there are quite a few options available.) At Metallic Products, for instance, we offer both power ventilators and traditional non-powered varieties. Read on for some high-level insight aimed at helping you understand your options for commercial roof vents.
Traditional non-powered roof vents rely on gravity and natural airflow to usher fresh, clean air inside of your metal buildings while moving hot, stale air — or air contaminated during manufacturing processes — out. With few (if any) moving parts, maintenance remains at a minimum. Meanwhile, their non-powered nature means these vents operate virtually noise-free. Of course, within the non-powered category, there are vents engineered for specific roof types, building needs and the like. Options include, but are not limited to, the following:
Power ventilators, as the name suggests, use electricity to encourage healthy airflow inside your buildings, and to move fumes, contaminated air and unwanted heat and humidity up and out. Roof-mounted versions are often known as attic fans, and feature built-in thermostats that allow them to power on when their services are needed — and shut off automatically once conditions are right. Although power ventilators remain relatively low maintenance, the fact that they contain moving and mechanical elements mean they do require more TLC than their non-powered counterparts. Their powered nature also means they make a bit more noise. Again, a number of options are available when it comes to your roof-mounted power vents. Those include, but are not limited to:
Determining the right type of roof vent for your company’s needs is just the beginning. You’ll want to make sure the final product you purchase has the capacity to manage your airflow needs. (In other words, you need to make sure it’s the right size.) We recommend contacting a metal building ventilation pro to discuss the throat sizes and other considerations that come into play. Another thing you’ll want to factor in? Your building’s overall aesthetic. Most roof vents come in a range of available colors and finishes, making it easy to blend them into your look. After all, while function is more important, form matters, too.