Roof ridge vents -- serious problems!

Old 06-14-09, 07:47 AM
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Roof ridge vents -- serious problems!

About two years ago we had a new roof installed and the turbine vents replaced with ridge vents.

They do seem to keep the attic a little cooler -- but during a really hard blowing wind drenching downpour, rain water comes in through them making for a leaky ceiling. God! I hope we never have a hurricane!

But the biggest problem is that I have recently discovered that bats are entering through the ridge vents and nesting in the attic. God! I hope those bats are not on the environmental endangered species list!

Has anyone else had problems with ridge vents?

I'm going to have the ridge vents sealed, and reinstall several turbine vents.

Thanks in advance for any comments, experiences suggestions, etc.
Old 06-14-09, 10:46 AM
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I'm not a roofer but I'm pretty sure there are supposed to be plastic caps on the ends of the ridge vent - that should prevent water and critters from entering.

I've been told it's illegal to kill bats in neighboring virginia, don't know about other states. A friend had an attic full of bats but fortunetly when he had a new roof and soffit installed, they left and couldn't get back in
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Was the roof professionally installed? Ridge vents normally don't leak, unless, like Marksr said, the end caps were left off or not applied properly.
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Ridge vent

Alcoa had a recall of there brand vinyl ridge vent "Rovar" the exposed wind shield breaks off. I have had to replace a few already. Alcoa will pay for the new ridge vent of your choice and the shingles to do the repair but no labor. Take a look and see if the outer edge of your vent is breaking off and letting the rain blow in. John

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