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Robert Jones

To vent or not to vent.

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This home has been remodeled and a new roof installed. The second floor is finished with vaulted ceilings. My question is, should there be some kind of venting at the ridge? There's no real cavity but, I am still thinking that some kind of venting should have been installed. The home was originally built in 1927. Opinions please.

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Yes, I think it was a mistake not to install roof vents near the ridge or a ridge vent. It's not a simple uninsulated attic anymore, and the cedar shingles on strapping have been replaced with solid sheathing. A good roofer would have known it needs venting.

Did you find access to the cavity behind those kneewalls? I would look in there for insulation. Good places to find vermiculite, rat poop, live K&T, wasp nests and so on.

I'm not saying it is, but that could have been a Sears kit house, although I just searched a couple of websites and didn't find that particular design. I like those old houses, but the work is never done on them, it seems.

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Sure. When the new roof went on, it should have been installed to meet the current requirements and/or the shingle manufacturer's instructions. Ventilation is required for enclosed rafter spaces.

I like the bedroom EER&O window.

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Thanks guys. John there was zero cavity access in the home. The second floor used almost all of the space for making a livable room. The wiring has been completely updated, all grounded outlets etc...

Bill, what is EER&O?

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