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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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In the last few years I have heard many people say that in you have the ridge vents, then you should cover up the gable vents. If not, it can disrupt the whole flow of air in the attic. The ridge vent works much better than the gable vents. Since you are having the roof done anyways, it is not an expensive addition. I would go into the attic afterwards and close up the gable vents with plywood. Doesn't have to be 100% sealed, just enough to stop large air movement.
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