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We are having our home reroofed due to a hail storm. We would like to know which would be better and more efficient to install, ridge vents or roof vents. We have 8 roof vents on now. We do have sofets around the house now(front and back)for air flow. They will be starting the job tomorrow or the next day. Thanks for any info you can give me.

To me, ridge vents are roof vents. The ridge is part of the roof. You probably mean vents in the field of the roof. Ridge vent would be better since it is evenly distributed along the entire length of the roof and covers both sides of the house and is much more visually appealing. You need soffit venting to compliment the ridge vent or neither will work.


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Brad Zacharia


All aspects of residential Roofing. This includes shingles and flat (low slope) roofs. I have knowledge in the installation as well as the design of roofs from an engineering standpoint.


I have been doing roofing for 40 years. This was my father's business and I took it over in 1980.

I have written responses to artcles that I felt needed a response to and those responses have been published in roofing trade magazines.

BSEE Drexel University

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