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Vulcan Vents:
Stopping Embers in Their Tracks

Embers from wildfires even miles away have a knack for entering a home through the most vulnerable points— attic and crawlspace vents. Normal vents don’t do much to stop the threat  when a wildfire is near, but vents fit with Vulcan Vents block dangerous embers, flames, and heat from entering the home.

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Retrofitting Safety

At Ember Defense, we retrofit Vulcan Vents to existing vents that face the outside of your home, specifically the vents in your attic and crawlspace. Vulcan Vents are like normal vents in that they are open and allow for air to move freely for appropriate ventilation. However, the moment heat from a fire is detected, the Vulcan Vent screen coating is activated, the vent swells shut to block flames and heat from entering.

Blocking Danger

Vulcan Vents are like normal vents in that they are open and allow for air to move freely for appropriate ventilation. However, the moment heat from a fire is detected, the Vulcan Vent screen coating is activated. The intumescent coating expands in a honeycomb matrix structure to create a barrier that blocks flame penetration from getting into the home through the vents. A fine mesh screen backs the matrix to block the statistically larger threat, embers. 

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Your Home’s First Line of Defense

By stopping embers and fire from entering your attic and crawlspace, you significantly increase your chances of surviving a wildfire. Vulcan Vents become your home’s first line of defense from a fast-moving fire and embers that can burn the home from the inside out. Vulcan Vents can be installed on new construction and existing homes.

Here’s how fire-safe vents work:

When it comes to protecting your home from fire, you want the whole package. At Ember Defense, the main thing we provide to homeowners is a peace of mind. We make sure your home is ready to defend itself in the face of fire. 

California Fire Marshal Approved

Vulcan Vents have been independently tested at Western Fire Center Inc., a company run by experienced fire and chemical engineers dedicated to fire protection services. Vulcan Vents have been proven to help a home protect itself from embers, flames, and heat. These patented vents are the best in the industry, made with quality and tested in the top fire performance labs.

Building Code Approved

Vulcan Vents meet California building code SFM 12-7A of the California Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) fire code program. Chapter 7a building code requires homes in wild-prone areas to include attic vents that are resistant to embers and flames. Furthermore, Vulcan Vents are ASTM-rated which means they have been tested and proven to resist the entry of embers and flame penetration through the vent (E2886-E2886M).

Protecting your home starts with defense. 

Reno, Nevada

(775) 502-9160

Reno, Nevada

Marin County

(415) 573-2400

Marin, County

Continuous Vents

For soffits with long channel vents (the area between the roof and the siding) or eaves

Dormer Vents

For ventilation in attics (also called “eyebrow vents” or “round” dormers)

Eave Vents

For the areas of the roof that commonly reach over yards and gardens

Foundation Vents

Provide ventilation for evaporation from crawl spaces, cellars, or basements

Gable Vents

For walls topped with a triangular roof (vents can be customized vertically and horizontally)

Soffit Vents

For the undersides of enclosed eaves also known as boxed in eaves

SIGN UP FOR AN EVALUATION

Sign Up for an Evaluation

We will evaluate your home’s roof, siding, and windows for potential fire dangers. We take measurements to retrofit your home with ember and fire-resistant vents (Vulcan Vents), metal gutter guards (Valor Gutter Guards), and a biodegradable firefighting foam if necessary (Frontline Defense System).

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