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Old 11-10-2008, 12:20 PM   #1
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Venting a Cape properly - strange?

I've been receiving roofing quotes on my 1930's cape cod home in RI.

Here are some facts about our house:

- Only venting currently are blocked off gable vents on either end of the house. Currently don't have any ridge vent or soffit vent.

- Upstairs/attic is finished and is our bedroom with knee walls/eave space that has insulation running along rafters up into the tiny attic space in the flat part above bedroom ceiling which we don't have access to internally.

Here's a picture that shows our blocked off (with vinyl) gable vents directly above our bedroom window. You can see the close proximity to the ridge line. These were blocked when we bought the house.

We've received 5 roofing quotes and varying recommendations from put in a ridge vent, to put in a power vent.

Wondering what the best solution to venting this roof is and what we should do with the gable vents. I did search through the forum and didn't come up with a specific enough answer for my question.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks!


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Old 11-11-2008, 03:32 AM   #2
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Install continuous ridge vent.and vent the soffits for intake,leave the gable louvres closed----what`s more interesting with a cape is insulating well enough


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Most cape cods I have worked on have minimal or no soffit overhang, so installing soffit vents typically is not a solution.

I install the Smart Vent, which is a shingle over style intake ventilation product continuously installed along the entire eave edge, under the shingles and then install the Shingle Vent II as the continuous ridge vent.

For the rear of the house, their is usually a low sloped roof in the center, which I have to add an internal baffle, made of an aluminum J-Channel, inside of the continuous ridge vent, to ensure that no wind driven rain can enter into the vent on the low slope side.

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