You have a few choices when it comes to finishing your Cedar Air Vent.
• Solid Color Stain
• Semi-transparent Stain
• Water repellant preservative and Oil.
We suggest you Click Here (2.5MB size) to download a copy of the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association's Guide to Finishing Western Red Cedar.
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Installation of our Vents and Shutters may be accomplished simply using a Surface Mount method. It is not necessary to frame the opening.
Cut through the siding and underlying cladding so that the vent hole is no larger than the inside dimensions of the vent frame.
If the siding is smooth the vent can be mounted over the siding if not then cut the siding around the outside of the vent, the vent opening is still cut to the inside dimensions of the vent frame. The vent will then be seated directly on the cladding/sheathing underneath the siding.
All Vent sizes on this site refer to the OUTSIDE measurements of the vent. A 12"x18" Rectangle has a real vent area of 9"x15" and that would be the maximum vent opening you would cut.
Attach the Vent to your building using a quality construction adhesive such as PL Premium. Follow the instructions carefully to get a good bond.
To ensure the adhesive sets firmly we also recommend you use a minimum of one #8 screw at the top and bottom of your vent or shutter to hold it while the adhesive sets.
The adhesive is going to do the main work of holding the vent to the building, the screws provide additional support only.
Make sure you pre-drill holes for screws to prevent the cedar from splitting.
Finally caulk around the vent to get a good seal between the surface of the building and the vent.
So what does the term 6/12 pitch mean? The 6 means that for every 12 inches of horizontal run, the roof rises by 6 inches - it's that simple.
Knowing the pitch of your roof is vital to ordering the proper sized Pitch Vents.
To calculate the pitch, all you'll need is an 18- or 24-inch level, a tape measure, and pencil.
Installing Surface Mount Gable Vents
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