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How To Install A Range Hood Vent

Whenever you decide to become a Hibachi chef and show off for your friends and cook a great meal for your friends and family in your kitchen, ensure that your kitchen is going to be able to handle the steam, oil splashes, and smells from your work. Basically, you will want to ensure that your kitchen space will be completely ready for hardcore cooking so that when everything is said and done, your kitchen feels, smells and looks great.  A big part of that is a range hood and vent system.  This post will show you how to install a range hood vent.

With that being stated, let’s cover the right way to vent your kitchen hood so that you don’t have a bunch of unwanted moisture and messy stains in your kitchen. It is important that you vent your hood which makes sure that any grease, vapors, fats, and smoke that is made when you cook will not cause unsightly stains and unwanted settlement to be on your ceiling of your kitchen.

What A Range Hood Is

A range hood is basically vented using special ducts that will run through your roof and sometimes in the exterior of your home. The duct work is normally done within the walls and it is vital that everything is water and air tight. This means that you won’t have to fix any issues once everything is installed.

If you happen to be adding a range hood and are planning go through your roof, then you will have to have a duct that is properly that will run through your ceiling and inside of your attic as well as though the roof where the right safety precautions will be taken while on the roof.

Range Hood Vent Installation

Installing a roof vent will require you either doing it on your own if you are handy and are able to be safe or hiring a roofing contractor to do it for you.  Artistic Alloys & Design custom designs, fabricates, and installs all of our range hoods for your convenience.  Our team ensures the installation is correct so you get the maximum benefit from your new range hood.

Most ducts will be 10 inches wide and shaped in an accordion round duct. You will also need a 10-inch roof vent, made from painted steel and not plastic. You need to figure out where you are going to place your roof vent, as it needs to be 3 feet from the nearest roof items such as chimneys, skylights, bathroom vents, and away from the valleys of the roof and between rafters.

A roof vent that is not installed correctly can cause roof leaks which means that you have to repair the roof to deal with the issue.

Also, you want to make sure that your kitchen vent is 5 feet your roof eaves. That means 5 feet from the slope of the roof and away from the edge.

Once you have found the right location for your vent and it has been marked, drill a hole into your roof from the inside of your attic which is located between 2 rafters. Once the hole is drilled, you will have to cut the right sized opening to fit the hood vent either round or square shaped based on the design.

Once the hole has been cut, you will need to remove the roof shingles on the sides of the opening and at least 3 rows above the hole. This allows you to apply flashing to your hood vent.

Install your vent and then seal the underneath of the flange using roofing caulk or sealant. Then you will need to add flashing on both sides and above the vent, then add the shingles. You will need to seal between the top of the flange and the bottom of the shingles. That is all there is to it. Now connect your duct to the roof vent.

The overall procedure for a range hood vent in a metal roof is going to be similar to asphalt shingle roof, but it will be much easier to work with when compared to shingles. So, if you happen to have a metal roof, then it is recommended that you hire a professional to install the vent. Most regular roofers are not really trained to do the work correctly, and most of the times they will damage your metal roof.

Installing a Hood vents through outside walls

This is very similar to installing your vent through your roof, but it’s a bit different.

It is assumed that there is vinyl siding on your home, and for any other siding types the installation is quite similar. You are going to need the right ducts as well as a vinyl vent. You can also use a dryer vent too, but it could be too small as a typical dryer vent is only 4 inches wide.

You can purchase a vinyl mounting box that comes in 12 inches by 18 inches. You will need to cut a round hole at the right size for your duct. Then attach the vent using the mounting box using flat head screws that are quite long and do this between 2 inches and 3 inches apart around the mounting box.

Next, apply clear roofing caulk or exterior caulk to create a seal between the vent and the mounting box. You will have to trim the vent flange to be able to fit the mounting box. Once your vent has been installed and then sealed, you will just need to attach your duct and then it is complete.

Custom Range Hood Installation

At Artistic Alloys & Design we assist you in coming up with the perfect design, hand fabricate it in our shop, bring it to your home, and install it for you.  We will create the wall mount or island range hood of your dreams.  Help your property stand out from the crowd with a custom designed range hood from Artistic Alloys & Design.  Call (480) 941-2611 today for custom range hood installation in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, or any of the cities in the valley.

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