Ridge vents and snow!

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Old 04-12-00, 07:20 PM
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This past winter we found snow in our attic. Only because it was dripping through the bedroom ceiling! The winds during the storm were pretty severe for several hours. The pile of snow was directly under the ridge vent. We could not find any leaks in the roof.

Has anyone heard of this happening? Could there be something wrong with our ventilation design?
 
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Old 04-13-00, 04:26 AM
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Romy: Go to the question above from Sandra, and see my answer there. Yes, this is a big problem with ridge vents. Snow. Get it off your roof, before you have to replace your ceilings. Good Luck.

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Old 04-30-00, 02:53 PM
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We are having our roof done this coming week. The roofer is putting in ridge vents here in Chicago. He sad that older dsigns of the ridge vent allowed snow/water in, but that the newer designs do not. Are you aware of desing changes?
 
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Old 05-04-00, 11:01 AM
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The old style of aluminum surface mounted ridge vents were susceptable to blowing snow (in blizzard-like conditions) getting in through the ventilation holes that were punched in the bottom of the vent. There are many newly designed products that serve to ventilate your attic space without the potential for this to happen. I have been using "COBRA" brand roof vent (manufactured by GAF Materials Corporation) for over 10 years with NO problems. The product comes in a 20' long roll and is shingled over with standard shingles as you would normally install ridge cap. I live in the Pittsburgh PA vicinity. There are many other 'shingle-over' type ridge vents that exist that offer similar protection against the elements.
I use the "cobra" ridge vent for all my roofing jobs. Good luck--Hope I'm not TOO LATE on this reply...
 
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Old 05-04-00, 04:34 PM
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Jerry:
I think it would be unfair for me to comment about what your roofer told you. However I get paid alot of money every year to take them out. Both old types, and new types, including the type mentioned above. I have one simple thought on the matter. If you leave a hole in your roof, water and snow will come in. End of story, turn the page.



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