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Almost every steep sloped roof will have a ridge cap on Long Island. It is located at the top of the roof where different sides of the roof meet. Many roof designs also have sloped ridges (hips) where roof planes meet an angle.

The ridge of a sloped roof system is the horizontal top area where two sloped roof areas meet.

The National Roofing Contractors Association defines ridge as “Highest point on a roof, represented by a horizontal line where two roof areas intersect, running the length of the area.”

The ridge area on sloped roof systems should be capped to ensure a watertight roof system as well as aesthetic appeal.

There are different options on what can be used for ridge caps depending on the system in place. Shingle roof systems usually have ridge accessories such as ridge shingles.

The ridge area of a roof system is also utilized for enhancing attic and roof system ventilation. Commonly a ridge vent will be installed in this area.

Ridge cap shingles are used in these locations to provide a complete water shedding system starting right where raindrops first meet your shingles.

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When you think about your roof, or roof repairs usually people tend to leave out roof ridge caps. However, ridge caps and vents are a very critical art of every roof and should not be forgotten.  Below we will go over why ridge caps are so important.

 

 

  • Specifically designed

Roof ridge caps specifically designed to fit the ridges of roofs. If you were to just place a normal shingle over this part, it would crack or bend causing it to be either ineffective in its job or not effective at all.

 

  • Excessive Sun Exposure

In most cases ridges are located at the top of your roof along with the peaks and rakes. This means that these parts are more exposed to the sun.

 

  • Wind Protection

 

Without these caps the rest of your shingles would be exposed to the wind. The best way to think about this would be thinking about wind praying off shingles from the top down. Thus, allowing water and other elements to make their way down into your home.

 

Now that we briefly went over the importance of ridge caps and their job. Let us look at some common signs of wear and tear on these critical components.

 

  • Holes

If you notice holes in your ridge roof caps, then its time to call a roofing company. In some cases, these can be replaced. However, an inspection needs to be done to check the state of your roof and to see if any other damage was caused.

 

  • Cracks

Cracks of any size can cause serious damage to your roof and home. While it is normal to see some wear and tear on your roof depending on the age, if you are noticing several cracks or large cracks in your ridge roof caps then it might be time to replace them.

 

  • Missing Ridge Roof Caps

Just like missing shingles, if you are missing ridge roof caps then getting those replaced should be placed at the top of your to do list. If this is something you would like an expert to handle, then calling your local roofing company should be your next step.

 

  • Moss & Mold

If moisture has been collecting under your ridge roof caps, then there is a hole or crack causing this issue. Getting this handled ASAP can prevent further damage to your roof and home.

 

 

In our years of experience roof ridge caps often go unnoticed and forgotten about. While they are such a critical part of all roofs, they are often also the most neglected. If you have any more questions or concerns about roof ridge caps feel free to give us a call or fill out the form below!

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