A.Builder Mike Guertin responds: The short answer is yes. I know that venting hip roofs adequately can be difficult, and that many people think that the relatively unobtrusive ridge vents are a better aesthetic option than a bunch of unsightly mushroom vents.

However, I’m not a fan of using ridge vents along hips. I installed ridge vents on the hips of two homes 11 years ago. About six months after the homes were complete, both homeowners had water stains on the second floor ceilings. I found the fiberglass insulation damp beneath a couple of the hips, and I could see where water had dripped along...

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