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Add a ridge vent?

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I recently had some storm damage to my roof and will be having the shingles replaced in the next couple of weeks. My house is a early 90's construction and has gable vents and what appears to be soffit vents in the overhangs (vinyl siding with holes punched).

My question is should I have a ridge vent added or leave it as is? The estimate didn't include it I assume because I have an existing ventilation system (soffits and gables). I asked the contractor about it and he said it couldn't hurt, but he wasn't sure if it would help...

Any suggestions?
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As far as I know, I haven't had any trouble whatsoever with the system that is in place currently. I don't have a problem with moisture buildup, but it gets sweltering hot in the attic during the summer months. The attic is used for storage only. The roofer said that he could install a ridge vent for around $300 bucks while the shingles were being replaced. I figured that would be a pretty cheap addition. If it will be beneficial, I'll do it. If it won't be helpful, I'll hang onto my $300.
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