Cost to Install a Ridge Vent

A roofing contractor charges $463 to install a ridge vent but you can do it yourself for $125 and save 68 percent. Adjust the home improvement and repair cost with your ZIP Code.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost Click to Adjust Cost to Your ZIP Code.
Hours Pro 4.7 Diy 7.0 Money Pro $463 Diy $125

Cost to Install a Ridge Vent

Cost to Install a Ridge Vent

A roofing contractor charges $463 to install a ridge vent but you can do it yourself for $125 and save 68 percent. Adjust the home improvement and repair cost with your ZIP Code.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Hours Pro 4.7 Diy 7.0
Money Pro $463 Diy $125
Click to Adjust Cost to Your ZIP Code.
By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Need to increase the air flow in the attic? The flow of fresh air across roof shingles draws hot, moist attic air out through a ridge vent and pulls fresh air into the attic through soffit vents. This roof ventilation is important because it allows air to circulate in the attic so there’s a balance of air intake and exhaust. This movement of air reduces cooling costs and eliminates potential damage to the roof shingles. While most new homes are built with a continuous ridge vent along the peak of the roof for this purpose, some older homes are not.

Here's the cost data: To install a 50-foot long ridge vent a roofing contractor will charge $463, which includes the labor and material. If you’re a handy homeowner who has experience working on roofing projects, you can buy the ridge vent material for $125 and install it yourself, saving 68 percent, a nice reward for your work. Not all homeowners are comfortable working on a roof, so if you are the least bit hesitant, hire a roofing contractor for this job.

The best time to install a ridge vent is when installing a new roof, but it’s possible to add one to an existing roof. Installation involves cutting into the shingles and then inserting and fastening the vent within the shingles, being careful not to cut into the roof rafters. You’ll need a circular saw, chalk line, utility knife, roofing nails, caulk and, of course, a ladder. Don’t even think about doing this job by yourself if you have a steeply pitched roof.

Watch Fine Homebuilding's video Replacing a Roof and How to Cut and Instll a Ridge Vent.

The average price to install a ridge vent noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.

Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2017

The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors' experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.


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