Historically, the most common type of roof ventilation is the “Static” or “Box” vent. This type of vent is exactly what it sounds like: box shaped vents that remove damaging heat and moisture from the attic. One reason that they are so popular is because they provide a very economical way to ventilate your attic. Box vents are ideal whenever you have an open attic. The vents must be placed very close to the ridge of your roof. Installation is simple, quick, and easy.
Continuous venting ridge is a type of ventilation that allows outward air flow along the ridge or peak of a roof. An opening is cut along the desired ridge line and the continuous ridge vent is laid over the opening and sealed with standard ridge cap shingles. Having the entire ridge line open for venting allows more air to flow out and, in turn, will allow better ventilation of the attic space. Installation is more difficult, time consuming, and expensive; but the performance and more finished look speaks for itself.