Adding a ridge vent without vented soffits
My parents have a 1970s brick ranch with a basic 5/12 Gable roof with 12″ overhangs. They will be getting a new roof in the coming months and I am wondering if there is anything wrong with adding a ridge vent knowing they have no soffit vents.
There current roof has lasted 28 years with just the two gable vents and about four metal roof vents along the 50′ ridge. The long term plan would be to replace the solid aluminum soffit with vented panels and then close up the gable vents and use strictly the ridge vent at that point, but knowing my dad, that may be another five years, so I am basically asking if it is ok to the put the ridge vent in now rather than waiting until we do the soffits.
Jacob, in Climate zone 5, SW Ohio
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