Dryer Vent Materials

Dryer Vent Wizard technician holding a ridged vent

Dryer Vent Wizard ensures that your dryer vent materials are in compliance with the recommendations and requirements set forth by one or more of the following: current IRC (International Residential Code), Underwriters Laboratory, dryer manufacturers, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and/or the National Fire Protection Association.

Rigid metal is the proper material for the construction of a dryer vent because it has a smooth interior finish that allows lint to easily pass through reducing the buildup of lint. Rigid metal ducts also have a maximum flame-spread index of zero which means the rigid metal is less likely to burn rapidly and spread flames.

Semi-rigid metal pipe is only intended for connecting the dryer vent system to the dryer for transition ducts and should not be used for the entire dryer duct run.

The parts of a dryer vent system need to be connected using metal foil tape, not screws, duct tape, or other fastening means. Foil tape can withstand greater temperature variations and seal connections securely.

If your dryer duct run exceeds 25 feet (with no bends), a booster fan is recommended to help your dryer run efficiently. A booster fan allows proper airflow throughout the entire run.

To prevent pests from entering the dryer vent, a no pest vent cap that has a low profile hood with a pest proof door may be used. The hood has low airflow resistance and the pest proof door eliminates pests from entering while still allowing for adequate venting.

Schedule your service online today or call us at 866-498-7233 to learn more about recommended dryer vent materials.