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Old 11-16-2012, 03:02 PM   #1
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2 Story 1903 Victorian Restoration Project.
Balloon Construction, Cypress siding, shiplap interior, all original woodwork intact and unpainted.
Location: East Texas
Complete gut and restoration of all walls, casing, windows, molding, etc.
This subject: Roof and venting with a balloon walled house..
4 Gables in steep pitch roof. 12/12 I think. Low pitch on wrap around porch.
3 tab shingles are shot.
tear off and replace with tamko or atlas architectural is where I am thinking right now.
As the house is 110 years old and the balloon construction was part of the ventilation that brought cool air from under the house up through the attic and vents out through 4 gable vents.
Since I am re-roofing I am considering adding a ridge vent (cobra 3) to the house. I am not very enamored with the look of vents on the ridge of a historical home but it might can work. I have been told that you should not use a ridge vent in conjunction with gable vents. Does anyone know any reason why not or was this bad information?

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Old 11-16-2012, 03:48 PM   #2
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Great info. A gable vent would make a ridge vent useless.
Air would just get sucked into the gable and out the ridge.
The air need to be sucked into the soffits, pass through the rafter bays to remove heat and moisture and out thorugh the ridge vents.
Any ridge vent I've worked with is almost invisable unless someone pointed it out.

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Well since the gable vents are a historical architectural feature and the fact that they negate the effects of a ridge vent are you saying that I should just forget the ridge vent?
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Nope. Ridge vents are by far the best way to go.
Just cover up the gable vents from the inside of the attic.
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Any recommendations on a particular ridge vent. I really don't want to see it up there prominently? My vendor is quoting me the Cobra 3.
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We use the Lomanco low profile shingle over ridge vents, they actually pull the hot air out of the attic. Best I have seen/used, and no filter material to clog with dust and debris over time.
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Is this home or its neighborhood landmarked? You may not be able to change the exterior appearance of the home. Contact the Historical Preservation Association, or your City building department for your area for a full list of what you can and cannot do. They will also have any special appearance ordinances on file for you to request copies.
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:49 PM   #8
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Yes, the house is, and the area is as well. I'm feel sure there will be no issues around here with my decisions.

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