Homeowners Clinic

Becker, Norman
May 2003
Popular Mechanics;May2003, Vol. 180 Issue 5, p144
This article replies to queries on maintenance of houses. A ridge vent is installed on a roof with a pitch of 3-12, (a slope consisting of 3 in. of height for every 12 in. of horizontal distance) or greater. When installing the vent, a slot is cut through the roof deck on both sides of the ridge, so both sides of the roof will be vented equally. In order for the ridge vents to be effective, they must work together with soffit vents. Air is supposed to flow in through the soffits and out through the ridge vent.


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