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Explaining Ridge Caps For Roofs

Explaining Ridge Caps For Roofs

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August 8, 2008

Don't you just love it when you try to do the right thing for your home and you end up looking at your contractor like he is speaking in a different language?  Of course, he thinks you are pretty much incomprehensible as well.  When it comes to roofing, it's pretty important for the two of you to figure it out.  One of the most important aspects of roofing is the ridge caps for roofs.  Just to be clear, that term refers to the shingles that are placed on the peak of the roof.  If this particular aspect of your roof isn't in good condition you could end up with some water damage you really don't want.  Just so you look smart in front of the contractor, here are the basics of this particular part of roofing.

Ridge Caps For Roofs

One of the reasons the ridge caps for roofs come up so often is that due to their bent position on the roof, they tend to wear out faster than the other shingles of roof.  As we have already mentioned, if the ridge caps give out, the possibility of water seeping to the sub roof is more likely.  Naturally, that is a set of circumstances you want to avoid.  It's best to check on the ridge caps at least once a year to be sure that they are holding up well.  If you aren't comfortable with exploring your roof, spend the money to have a professional come out and check the ridge caps for roofs for you.

If any parts of the ridge caps for roofs needs to be repaired, your contractor can easily cut and then bend the matching new shingle to the shape of the roof peak.  He or she can then hammer a roofing nail into each side of the shingle.  Like the rest of the roof, these special shingles should overlap to reduce the possibility of leaks. 

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