You guys were so helpful with my previous question, I can’t help but ask another.
On my current roofing renovation plan, I have specified an externally-baffled rigid vent like the ShingleVent II / Cobra.
My house is a simple ranch house, straight 4/12 roof, about 52’ x 28’, sitting parallel to the street and about 5’ higher than the sidewalk. The plane of the roof meets my eye at about 20’ from the house.
Since I try to do everything ‘right’, I specified the Shinglevent type vent over the typical mesh / Scotchbrite roll vent that everyone else has around here. I got the impression from the roofers bidding the job that the rigid vents are rarely done by them, and they added that the mesh kind is ‘barely visible’.
Now that I think about the bigger picture (beyond pure performance), I am concerned about the possible negative appearance (excuse the cliche - ‘curb appeal’) of the rigid vent on my house possibly outweighing the performance benefits. I think they look realy good on steep pitch roofs, but I’m not sure it will on mine where you don’t see much of the roof beyond a few degrees above the plane. I’ll probably move from this house in 2-3 years and doubt the average homebuyer will comprehend the airflow benefits or read a whitepaper on the subject…
Am I being too anal retentive in wanting the rigid vent? Or am I be for even caring about the appearance…?
Anyone had any comments from homeowners or other on the appearance of rigid vents on lower / 4/12 roofs?
Also, does anyone have experience using the colored ShingleVents? I was thinking the charcoal or gray might work better than black with medium to dark gray/slate shingles. Of course I get the feeling that having to special order colored vents might get me dropped by my bidders for being too picky…