First off, let me say that I’m a first time homeowner with absolutely no knowledge of roofing…so bear with me. :mrgreen:
We’ve begun taking estimates to have our roof replaced and I’m confused as to what work to get done. I was told by our first bidder that we need a ridge vent. I’ve never heard of ridge vents but after doing research, I like the idea of one and it was only $350 extra. Also, this roofer said with ridge vents, we wouldn’t need our attic fan, which also needs to be replaced.
However, I’ve received conflicting information. My neighbor, who’s in construction, said a ridge vent won’t work because my 1976 split level home doesn’t have soffit vents for airflow. Our roof doesn’t have an overhang so there’s no room for soffit vents. We just have vents on the side of our home as ventilation. I’m thinking hot air rises and that’s a good thing. Neighbor says it’ll create stagnant air below the vents…that makes sense too.
So my questions are:
Will a ridge vent work in on my home?
If I get a ridge vent, do I need my attic fan?
Thanks for any and all advice! Glenn