previous
  • The Hobbit House and More
    The Hobbit House and More
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
  • Deck Design & Construction
    Deck Design & Construction
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • How to Install Housewrap Solo
    How to Install Housewrap Solo
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • Remodeling in Action
    Remodeling in Action
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • 9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • Buyer's Guide to Insulation
    Buyer's Guide to Insulation
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • 12 Remodeling Secrets
    12 Remodeling Secrets
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • Video: Build a curved step
    Video: Build a curved step
  • Play the Inspector Game!
    Play the Inspector Game!
  • Electrical Articles & Videos
    Electrical Articles & Videos
  • The Passive House Build
    The Passive House Build
  • Shorten a Prehung Door
    Shorten a Prehung Door
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
next
Pin It

Venting a Tricky Old Roof

Retrofitting undershingle intake and ridge vents helped to cool and dry this 120-year-old attic

While old houses can have enormous appeal, they also can have big problems, including air-circulation issues. In the course of various renovations to an old house in Rhode Island, FHB editorial adviser Mike Guertin upgraded the ventilation to bring the attic into the house's building envelope. Because Guertin couldn't install air-intake vents at the eaves, he had to use rooftop air-intake vents. He then installed ridge vents to balance the system and allow it to circulate properly. This article includes information about the way to calculate the proper amount of venting for any roof.

Venting a Tricky Old Roof

Become a Fine Homebuilding Member

to view this article and over a thousand more

Learn More