Enhancing Roof Ventilation

Proper roof ventilation is crucial for maintaining the structural integrity of your home and ensuring effective temperature and moisture control. In Northeast Ohio, where varying climate conditions prevail, optimizing roof ventilation can significantly impact the overall comfort and durability of your home.


Bob Kramer, Bodnar Printing

Your crew did a great job. They were very professional and neat.

Orthopaedic Associates, Westlake OH

We are very happy and pleased with the performance of your company

Jean, Homeowner, Avon Lake Ohio

Worked with Cleveland Ohio Roofing and experience was great. Work was explained very well and verified by pictures.


Mike, Brunswick, Ohio

Rob approached my relatively small repair job as if it were a large tear-off and replacement. In other words, he took my needs seriously and treated the work as importantly as a did. He conducted a thorough assessment, provided options, and discussed the pros and cons of each. The work was completed on time and clean-up was impeccable (haven't found one nail or shingle in the weeks since work). More importantly, Rob made extra trips to my home and worked an extra Saturday to make sure the final job was exactly to our liking. I was pleasantly surprised by Rob's extra effort to take care of us and ensuring we got exactly what we wanted. I recommend Rob and Cleveland Ohio Roofing highly.

John Nachar, Manager of Arhaus Furniture

In the high-end furniture business, roof leaks are unacceptable. Cleveland Ohio Roofing is the first call I make for our roofing needs. They are reliable, prompt and provide great service.

Angelo Russo, President of Title Plus Services

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John Maley, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Elyria, Ohio

Cleveland Ohio Roofing responded very timely to my work request. Their job estimate and final work order coincided completely and the job was done on time. The tenant was very complimentary of their high degree of professionalism. I would highly recommend Cleveland Ohio Roofing and its team.

Jim Rosati, Honey Hut Ice Cream, Brunswick, Ohio

Dear Bob, Thank you and your crew for doing a fantastic job on the repairs and custom modification to our building. Since our original GC and their subcontractor left us with less-than-satisfactory results, I took it upon myself as the building owner to find a roofing contractor who cared about fit and finish and took pride in craftsmanship. Robert Krane and his crew at Cleveland Ohio Roofing worked for over a week patching, fabricating, and fixing whatever they could, and ended up with excellent results. I truly feel the repairs and corrective actions they took will assure me the proper life expectancy of a metal roof.

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Linda Cerney, Elyria, Ohio

They were prompt, courteous and the cleaned up after themselves everyday. We are very happy with the work that was done and we are leak free!!!

Creating Vent Channels

Before the application of felt paper, it may be necessary to introduce vent channels into the roof deck, especially if existing ventilation is insufficient or absent. Ridge vents require channels cut up to 1" to 1-1/2" on either side of the ridge boards, extending along the house's length. For box vents, square or rectangular holes are typically cut into the rear sections of the roof deck.

Homes lacking an overhang for soffit vents can employ alternative intake venting solutions. Options include replacing the gutter board with a vent-able "inhaler" gutter board, using drip edges with integrated venting, or installing shingle vents. These alternatives ensure that ridge or box vents function efficiently by facilitating proper air intake.

Diverse Venting Options

While ridge and soffit vent combinations are popular and effective, especially in Northeast Ohio, other venting options are available. These include electric venting fans (optionally solar-powered), louvered gable vents, and turbines. Each system offers unique advantages and can be tailored to suit specific roofing needs.

Kitchens and bathrooms may require direct venting through the roof. These vents must be sealed correctly to prevent water infiltration and ensure the efficient expulsion of steam and moisture.

Attic insulation plays a vital role in maintaining a balanced roof ventilation system, especially in finished attics. Venting calculators, provided by manufacturers, can help determine the most suitable venting solutions for your home and calculate the necessary quantity of vents.

Roof Installation Techniques

  • Laying the Foundation: Felt, Ice Guard, and Drip Edge
    • After ensuring adequate ventilation, the next steps involve installing felt paper, ice guard, and drip edge for additional protection. These layers serve as the foundational elements of the roofing system.
  • Starter Course and Valley Flashing
    • A starter course of shingles, or "starter strip," is applied at the eaves and sometimes along the gable ends as an extra layer of protection. Metal valley flashing may also be installed in the roof valleys to enhance water runoff.
  • Precision in Shingle Installation
    • Caulk lines are snapped to guide the symmetrical and level installation of shingles. Following these guidelines, shingles are nailed in place, adhering to the manufacturer's recommendations for optimal performance and appearance. Cap shingles are then applied to the ridge and hips, completing the roofing process.

Reach out today for expert advice and tailored venting solutions!

By incorporating proper ventilation techniques and following precise installation methods, homeowners in Northeast Ohio can ensure their roofs are equipped to handle the region's diverse weather conditions, providing lasting protection and comfort.