Gable Vents

Gable vents built to protect.

Gable vents are the vents on the exterior walls of a home’s attic to allow for proper airflow. In the summer, the home may be cooled with air conditioning but heat rises, getting caught under the roof. The same can be said of the winter, however, extreme temperature shifts are even harder on an attic’s open space. Gable vents provide necessary ventilation to deter condensation which can lead to mold and mildew.

The difference between gable vents and ridge vents and soffit vents (also exterior vents under the roof) is that gable vents are meant to show, adding an architectural element to the home. However, this doesn’t mean that the vent openings should stay vulnerable.

Providing necessary attic ventilation,
but self-closing when it matters most.

Our fire and ember-resistant continuous vents for soffits provide the needed ventilation into attic space down the entire length of the soffit. 

Vulcan Vents are ideal for new construction in various materials and retrofit kits are available for existing continuous vents on the home. Strip vents such as ours do not use airflow-interrupting baffles, resulting in more venting per square inch. Our continuous vents for soffits feature a stainless steel ember screen and intumescent matrix that closes in the event of high heat. 

 

EverKem Fire Stop 814

Use EverKem Fire Caulking

  1. We recommend using EverKem 814+, intumescent fire caulking with all installation of Vulcan Vents.
    • Our round eave vents are the exception: EverKem 136, mortar based caulking should be used when mounting hardware isn’t an option and flanges are minimal.

  2. INSTALLATION: Prior to installing the vent, run a bead of EverKem behind the nailing flange to ensure an air tight seal where the vent meats the building material. This ensures that no gaps are present between the vent and your building material where flying embers might enter!

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Vulcan Vents are fire-stopping gable vents.

Make sure that the most exposed areas of the house have adequate protection in place in the case of ember attacks. The Vulcan Vent is equipped with a stainless steel ember-catching mesh screen and a honeycomb intumescent coating that expands and blocks flame intrusion and ember intrusion in high temperatures from a wildfire. 

The Vulcan Foundation Vent Flange Types: Vulcan gable vents let your attic breathe while providing essential ember-resistant technology. Plus, they look great! The ventilation system on a home should be the first line of defense when wildfire is near while still providing aesthetics. 

Vulcan gable vents will lead to the most efficient ventilation under roofing. On hotter days, lower vents can intake relatively cooler air when there is sufficient venting above the vents (soffit vents, eave vents, continuous vents) while exhausting hot air through vertical gable and dormer vents.

gable vent with stainless steel ember-catching mesh screen
closeup photo of fire-resistant vent honeycomb

Home safety starts with fire-resistant venting.

Due to an ember-catching mesh screen and an intumescent coating that expands in high heat, the Vulcan Vent is prepared to protect a house from dangerous embers and flames. The fire and ember-stopping technology are positioned behind the louvers, making for a safe and attractive gable vent. 

Vulcan Vents can be easily installed in a variety of construction material including:

  • Wood Siding
  • Stucco
  • Mil Core
  • Foam Back
  • Fiber Cement

Vulcan Vent Ember-Resistant Vents Include:

  • G90 hot dipped, galvanize steel (unless customized)
  • 304 stainless steel ember mesh
  • Vulcan honeycomb matrix with 1 hour intumescent coating
  • Galvanized pest abatement screen (some models excluded)

Gable Applications: Flange Styles

These installation examples showcase various flange styles and how they can be used to layer into a gable end application. We offer various flange styles for new and existing construction. Because our louvered vents are extremely durable and storm resistant, they also make a great choice when used as a foundation / crawlspace vent!

Flange Front Gable Vent

Stucco Gable Vent

Foam Back Gable Vent

Fiber Cement Gable Vent

Retrofit Applications

Pick the right flange for the job!

Not all flange styles are ideal for retrofit applications. This is due to certain flange styles being designed to go behind your building’s exterior cladding. If your shingles or stucco is existing for instance, it would be difficult to get the nail flange behind that material. If removing the existing vent is possible, a trusty “Flange Front”, or FF style is often used.

Retrofitting, or “home hardening” are terms often used when upgrading, or replacing an existing vent with a fire and ember resistant vent. There are many methods used to accomplish that goal.  We offer gable vents with a “retrofit flange”, designed to be installed over the face of an existing gable vent. [not shown]  However, there are other options to consider.

We offer our Vulcan Honeycomb Matrix (VM Series) as a standalone product. This is our most flexible option. Installation is simple; simply cut to fit and then, install from the back side of the existing vent. This method can be used to retrofit gables, dormers, and even foundation vents. You can find the instructions here.

Need a little help? Head over to our Installers page to see our rapidly growing list of trusted contractors that can tackle the job for you!

Vulcan Vent
Features

Honeycomb matrix closing technology with ember-catching screen mesh built into galvanized steel frame

Open louver design for high airflow (NFVA). Protection from wind-driven rain and snow with a classic look.

Designed to meet the new California Building code State Fire Marshal (OSFM) 12 Chapter 7A of the California Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) fire code program

Passed the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) E2886 to effectively block ember entry

It’s time for your home to protect itself.

Flange Styles

Standard Finishes

G90 Galvanized, Stainless, Copper, Bonderized

Mfg. Part # Description NFVA(square inches) Flange Style Cut Out(inches) Spec. Sheet(download) Sample Image
VG1412FB 14" x 12" FOAM BACK FLANGE recessed 1-1/2" 58 Foam Back 14 X 12 download icon view icon
VG1412FC 14" x 12" FIBER CEMENT FLANGE recessed 3/8" 58 Fiber Cement 14 X 12 download icon view icon
VG1412FF 14" x 12" FLANGE FRONT 58 Flange Front 14 X 12 download icon view icon
VG1412FM 14" x 12" FLANGE MIDDLE recessed 1-5/16" 58 Recessed 14 X 12 download icon view icon
VG1412R 14" x 12" RETROFIT FLANGE recessed 2-5/8" 58 Retrofit 14 X 12 download icon view icon
VG1412S 14" x 12" FLANGE SET BACK 3/4" STUCCO 58 Stucco 14 X 12 download icon view icon
VG1418FB 14" x 18" FOAM BACK FLANGE recessed 1-1/2" 86 Foam Back 14 X 17.5 download icon view icon
VG1418FC 14" x 18" FIBER CEMENT FLANGE recessed 3/8" 86 Fiber Cement 14 X 17.5 download icon view icon
VG1418FF 14" x 18" FLANGE FRONT 86 Flange Front 14 X 17.5 download icon view icon
VG1418FM 14" x 18" FLANGE MIDDLE recessed 1-5/16" 86 Recessed 14 X 17.5 download icon view icon
VG1418R 14" x 18" RETROFIT FLANGE recessed 2-5/8" 86 Retrofit 14 X 17.5 download icon view icon
VG1418S 14" x 18" FLANGE SET BACK 3/4" STUCCO 86 Stucco 14 X 17.5 download icon view icon
VG1424FB 14" x 24" FOAM BACK FLANGE recessed 1-1/2" 115 Foam Back 14 X 23.5 download icon view icon
VG1424FC 14" x 24" FIBER CEMENT FLANGE recessed 3/8" 115 Fiber Cement 14 X 23.5 download icon view icon
VG1424FF 14" x 24" FLANGE FRONT 115 Standard 14 X 23.5 download icon view icon
VG1424FM 14" x 24" FLANGE MIDDLE recessed 1-5/16" 115 Recessed 14 X 23.5 download icon view icon
VG1424R 14" x 24" RETROFIT FLANGE recessed 2-5/8" 115 Retrofit 14 X 23.5 download icon view icon
VG1424S 14" x 24" FLANGE SET BACK 3/4" STUCCO 115 Stucco 14 X 23.5 download icon view icon
VG148FB 14" x 8" FOAM BACK FLANGE recessed 1-1/2" 29 Foam Back 14 X 7.5 download icon view icon
VG148FC 14" x 8" FIBER CEMENT FLANGE recessed 3/8" 29 Fiber Cement 14 X 7.5 download icon view icon
VG148FF 14" x 8" FLANGE FRONT 29 Flange Front 14 X 7.5 download icon view icon
VG148FM 14" x 8" FLANGE MIDDLE recessed 1-5/16" 29 Recessed 14 X 7.5 download icon view icon
VG148R 14" x 8" RETROFIT FLANGE recessed 2-5/8" 29 Retrofit 14 X 7.5 download icon view icon
VG148S 14" x 8" FLANGE SET BACK 3/4" STUCCO 29 Stucco 14 X 7.5 download icon view icon
VM1424 14" x 24" NFVA DEPENDANT ON OPENINGS Dependant Retrofit, Vulcan Matrix N/A download icon view icon
VM2424 24" x 24" NFVA DEPENDANT ON OPENINGS Dependant Retrofit, Vulcan Matrix N/A download icon view icon
VM4824 48" x 24" NFVA DEPENDANT ON OPENINGS Dependant Retrofit, Vulcan Matrix N/A download icon view icon