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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 combustion process when embers are near, but vents fit with Vulcan Vents block dangerous embers, flames, and heat from entering the home.

retrofitted vents

 

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 intumescent coating expands in a 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. 

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. In fact, if your home was built in California after 2016 in the wildland urban interface it likely already has Vulcan Vents. If not, Ember Defense can retrofit Vulcan Vents to existing vents. 

 

Here’s how fire-safe vents work:

 

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California Fire Marshal Approved. 

Building Code Approved.

Proven to Work in Real Situations.

Vulcan Vents are the only vent we trust.

California Fire Marshal Approved. 

 

Building Code Approved.

 

Proven to Work in Real Situations.

 

Vulcan Vents are the only vent we trust.

Ember Defense can retrofit Vulcan Vents on all the external-facing vents of your home including:

  • Continuous Vents for soffits (the area between the roof and the siding) or eaves
  • Dormer Vents for ventilation in attics
  • Eave Vents for the areas of your roof that commonly reach over years and gardens (ideal places for fires to ignite when embers land)
    • Eave vents come in round configurations as well as custom dimensions
  • Foundation Vents for your crawl space, cellars, or basements
  • Gable Vents for walls of your home topped with a triangular roof. Retrofitted vents can be customized vertically and horizontally
  • Soffit Vents for the undersides of arches, balconies, beams, cornices, or vaults

The expanding honeycomb material in Vulcan Vents that is activated with heat is made with two milliliters of aluminum which makes them lightweight, strong, and ideal for good airflow when fires aren’t present. 

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. 

 

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).

 

Vulcan Vents also carries vents in different materials such as copper and stainless steel to match your home’s exterior. The vents that face the outside of your home can look seamless and natural with Vulcan Vents, providing the ultimate curb appeal while protecting the most vulnerable entry-points.

 

The next time a wildfire hits, and embers attack, rest assured that your exterior vents are protected with Vulcan flame-resistant technology. You and your family may have already been evacuated, but Vulcan Vents will give you peace of mind that the home you leave behind will be there when you return. 

Vulcan Vents provide your home with a top-notch ventilation system that works actively to protect your home when the time comes. Let Ember Defense retrofit your home with Vulcan Vents. The right defense starts in areas of your home you may not pay attention to but can be the most deadly when faced with embers, flames, and heat: the vents.

 

Call Ember Defense today to get set up with the best vent protection for your home.