I just bought a home in February, built in 1968, and we just found out the entire shingle roof needs to be replaced. I am told it looks to be only about 10 years old but because of poor installation and bad ventilation it’s got to be redone.
It’s a 1540 sq ft ranch, has two gable vents at either end of the attic and a non-working power vent in the middle backside of the roof. It has no soffit vents at all.
I have gotten five estimates and I’m terribly confused. Three roofers suggested ridge vents without even mentioning soffit vents. One originally said ridge vents, but backed up when he saw there were no soffit vents and instead said I needed to add 6 more static vents, replace the power vent and leave the gable vents as they are. The last one told me about the whole ridge/soffit vent combination, but doesn’t install the soffit vents.
I am finding a lot of info. online but nothing seems to address how you can get gable vents to be a viable option, everything mentions soffit vents.
Can I work something proper out with the existing gable vents and potential addition of static vents? Do I even need a power vent? Or must I go the ridge route and get someone to install soffits? Also, if I do get them installed is that best done before or after the roof replacement?
I have just enough to cover the average of all the estimates on the replacement and I am really concerned about the cost of installing soffit vents on top of that. Not to mention I have no clue who to call to do it and do it correctly.
Thanks for responses,