I just had a new roof put on my home. The old roof was removed. New
sheathing was put on over the old boards as the boards had big gaps. The
new roof is a 30 year architectural asphault shingle.
The contractor was supposed to cut and install a ridge vent.
He did not do it.
I just happened to look up from the street today and noticed it. The
contractor has been paid.
What should I do. Tell him to cut the ridge vent opening, and install the
Or, ask him for money back on the job because he failed to install the vent.
I think he was asking because he didn't know if it was a good idea to
put in the ridge vent after the roof is installed. I.e., is this
something that *must* be done during roof installation or is it
acceptable to put it in afterwards. If someone said that it would be
ill-advised to modify the roof once it's in then he might want to just
get his money back because chances are the contractor wouldn't re-do
the whole thing.
Your previous post (that it's not a big deal to retrofit) was probably
what he needed to know to have a discussion with the contractor.
Lead me not into temptation... I can find it myself!
They would likely not peel back the shingles. More likely the may cut a
clean hole thru the decking and shingles, install the vent, then hot tar or
hotseal patch new roofing material over and around the vent flanges.
Whatever they do, check inside attic right after first big rainstorm. Your
roof warrantee, and I hope you have one, should not be affected by such a
It is a pretty major issue and I'm wondering if it was part of the
Got your signed contract with the ridge vent requirement on it?
Or was it a verbal contract? ie. your word against his.
Just another situation where a written contract is king....
If the guy is reputable and the crew forgot, they will be back to rectify
If you have a written contract and the guy is a sleaze, he may already be
operating under a new name, cannot be found, and you have a useless piece of
paper. So much for the king thing.
It would be worth checking from the attic to see if a vent has been
Some vents are not so easy to spot from the street.
Having done that, it is certainly appropriate to ask to be shown the
I have a signed contract.
My guess, the men doing the job didn't know about the ridge vent
I just don't want to screw up what is already done. If cutting in the ridge
vent and installing the vent is going to mess up the roof job ..... well,
that is what I am pondering.
Is it hard to peal back what is there and cut in the vent, and install the
oh oh ........
someone stole my car ... should I call someone ///
I did that this afternoon. That was one of the things I thought, maybe I
was not seeing the vent from way down on the ground. I went to the attic,
no vent. No vent cut in the sheathing.
I am going to talk to the contractor tomorrow. See what he says.
If he tries to blow me off, then small claims court I guess.
I hate hiring any contractor for anything. They always try to screw me, why
Anyway, I will post what happens.
I tend to agree with the poster that said the crew may have simply
forgotten it. A ridge vent doesn't cost very much and is relatively
easy to install. There are a lot of better and less obvious ways to
screw you if it was intentional. And as others have pointed out, it
can be easily added.
This points out once again the importance of conducting a thorough
inspection with contract check list in hand before issuing final
Ridge vents are important and help reduce your cooling bills.
A lot of houses in my subdivision have hip roofs and there is not
enough horizontal roof to do the correct amount of ridge vents. So I
put my ridge vents at the top and partly down the slopes. I'm the
only one that has done that out of hundreds of similar homes.
You are doing what you gotta do with the contractor. It is part of
life. But next time, withhold the last payment until you inspect the
I would start by calling and asking him to fulfill the contract. If he
offers an alternative, consider it. If he refuses or you don't like his
suggestions, then see a local attorney. laws change from area to area.
When I had the same problem, I simply called called the roofer, he
removed the ridge shingles, cut the vent, and installed the ridge vent
as stated in the contract. The vent did not leak for the next 6 years
that I owned that house.
His excuse - he simply did not install many ridge vents on reroofing
jobs and he had forgotten. It had been about 3 weeks from when the
contract was signed until he began work.
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