What Are the Pros and Cons of Ridge Vents?

Bry'Ana Arvie
Written by Bry'Ana Arvie
Updated April 22, 2022
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Highlights

  • Ridge vents offer ventilation and a sleek design.

  • But they aren’t for every home or budget.

  • The cost to install ridge vents ranges from $300 to $650.

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When you’re searching for the best roof vent for your home to keep the air flowing in and the moisture out, you’ll likely come across ridge vents. In this guide, learn the benefits of ridge vents plus their cons and estimated costs. 

5 Pros of Ridge Vents

Installing ridge vents has its advantages which we’ll cover below. 

Improved Airflow

There’s nothing like enjoying the fresh air from inside the comfort of your home. Most ridge vents are designed with air spaces that let moist, stale air out with its external baffle and fresh air in via its interior weather filter from the roof. Besides letting thick air out, it also prevents dust and debris from entering your home.

Aesthetically Pleasing

One of the more appealing benefits of ridge vents is that they’re aesthetically pleasing and won’t take away from your curb appeal. Because of their design which allows them to be practically undetected (unless you’re looking for them, of course) on your roof, they can keep your home’s charm without sacrificing function. 

Proper Ventilation

Have you ever gone into your attic and were hit with the smell of musky air? That’s what happens when your attic doesn’t have proper ventilation. Besides a nose-pinching smell, poor attic ventilation can lead to mold and mildew. Nevertheless, fresh air is allowed to enter with ridge vents because of their airflow method, removing hot air when the wind passes over them.

Extends Roof’s Lifespan

The cost to repair a roof is about $1,000, while replacing a roof costs $25,000 on average. Needless to say that there are far better ways you’ll want to spend your hard-earned money than replacing your roof because of poor ventilation. With ridge vents, you can adequately vent your roof and eliminate problems such as mold and mildew that lead to rot and other roof damages. 

Prevents Pests Entry

If you have an older home, the roof vents installed on it might make it easy for pests to enter your attic through them. But by upgrading to roof ridges, these seamless vents won’t allow little unwanted house guests to take up residency in your attics. 

Cons of Ridge Vents

While there are considerable benefits to ridge vents, it does come with a few flaws to keep in mind. Let’s look at them here: 

Can Leak During Heavy Rain Storms

Since ridge vents have air space, they can let the wind through. But when it’s raining heavily, and the rain is shifting in the wind, it can potentially allow water into your house and cause water damage. If you stay in an area where extreme weather like this is typical, you’ll need to consider the risks of installing them.  

Not Suitable for Some Roofs

If you have a flat or very steep roof, you won’t experience the full benefits of ridge vents since they’re commonly found on average slanted roofs. It wouldn't be an efficient solution for your home because of the incompatibility of its design and your roof. 

High Upfront Cost

The installation cost of ridge vents is more expensive than other roof vents such as soffit, gable, and roof turbine. However, the damages they prevent can make them a cost-effective investment. 

How Much Do Ridge Vents Cost?

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The average cost to install ridge vents is $300 to $650, including $2 to $3 per linear foot for the material and $45 to $75 per hour in labor fees. Here’s a look at how much other roof vents cost on average: 

  • Soffit vents: $315–$465

  • Gable vents: $60–$150

  • Roof turbine: $65–$250 

If you need assistance with seeing if the benefits of ridge vents are right for you, contact your local roofing contractor

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