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Old 02-04-2008, 11:23 PM   #1
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Guys and Gals I'm going to put up a new roof. And the contractor doing it for me wants to install ridge vents? Are they worth it? Do they help with insulation and air circulation? Or are they just a waste of time and money?

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Old 02-04-2008, 11:50 PM   #2
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you need vents

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Ridge vents are about air circulation and roof temparature consistency.

YES, you need to have the ridge vents installed. In my area, it is REQUIRED by building code. They are fully functional and act as "exhaust venting" when they are working along with "intake venting" (like eave vents)

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http://www.roofhelp.com/ventilation_main.htm

http://www.owenscorning.com/around/v...ofandattic.asp

http://www.naturalhandyman.com/iip/i...fattfan3a.html
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Thanks for this great info :-) Much appreciated!!!
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It really cracks me up; all the contractors out there that "tell" people what they need, rather than taking the time to "explain" to them "what" & "why".... they need an installation or a certain course of repair.

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I always take the time to try and explain to home owners why they need to do something, when an issue arises or is discovered. I carry a camera, with a large pixel display screen, so as I am explaining, I can even show them the pictures of the issue (that I took), while on their roof, in their attic, in their crawl space, etc.
I also like to keep diagrams in my file case, pertaining to roof ventilation, ice dams, drainage, etc. - so as to help educate people on how/why/what needs to be done....

Lastly, I feel it also clearly shows them, that there is a problem (if there is one), and that I am not attempting to sell them a repair or service that they do not need.

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As soon as the vents where installed on our roof (only two vents on either side, and two windows (70+ y/o Bungalow), you could feel the difference when you opened the attic access. Our Roofing contractor repaired wood along the front of the roof where the Gutters are, due to last person that did the roof, did a hack job.

I have a whole library of pictures from it showing how bad it was, when the Roofing material was ripped off to prep the roof.
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I wished you lived near me AtlanticWB Construction.... I'd have you do the job :-)

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