In this episode, Daniel fills us in on what a ridge cap is, what the options are, and the difference they can make to your roof and your wallet.

Podcast Transcription- RoofLifeB017-138:

Shayla: Welcome to the Roof Life of Oregon podcast. I’m talking with roof specialist Daniel. And, Daniel, today I want to talk a little bit about ridge vent dos and don’ts. Tell me about something you’ve experienced lately.

Daniel: You know, I had a client that called us out to come take a look at a roof, because it’s only nine years old and he has had ridge caps just blowing off of this roof repeatedly. He had another contractor come up and reinstall new ridge caps and that’s the very top piece of the ridge. So your ridge comes up like this and then the ridge caps go on top. So what happened was, they kept blowing off. He called another contractor. They went in and attached more of them, and it just keeps happening and happening. He said, I need to figure out what’s going on with this. He called us out.

I climbed up and looked at the roof, and he has one of these style of ridge vents. There’s a couple different names for it, trim line, core vent, there’s different versions of ridge vents out there. Some of them are soft, some of them are brillo pad style, but this style is a little bit on the flexible side. When you’re installing a roof, you can use a coil gun. And it allows the roofer to go somewhat fast. We still want to go slow enough that we’re installing them correctly, but the coil gun allows you to go at a somewhat nice speed and get the roof down quickly. When you get to the top of the ridge and you install the ridge cap, the right way to do is to put the coil gun down, which is a pneumatic air gun, and go to hand nailing. Do it by hand, because that ridge vent product is soft.

Now if you use a coil gun, it’s going to actually depress down into the ridge vent and depress the shingle. Because it’s so soft, it breaks through the shingle that’s on top. So this client was experiencing that problem. The nail went through so deep that it went through the shingle and it had no holding power. That’s why we hand nail the very top course. This goes back to a topic we talked about before; slowing down and doing the job right. Instead of paying a contractor by the piece or by the square to go fast, pay them by the hour, make them go slow. Put down the air guns, put it on properly, hand nail these things on with the long nail that’s required.  A lot of the packs for the ridge vent come with the nails. They say these are the nails to use – please use them. And they’re hand nails.

Put it on correctly. So now this client, we have to take off every bit of ridge on his roof and put down a brand new ridge vent, because now the ridge vent is bad also, put brand ridge caps back on it, hand nail it all. This probably going to cost around two thousand dollars, just to correct what should have been done right the first time.

Shayla: So if you work with Roof Life of Oregon, you know you’re working with a company that their guys by the hour, which encourages them slow down and do things right the first time, so it doesn’t end up costing you more in the long run. If you have any questions about anything we talked about today, please reach out to team at Roof Life of Oregon. Thanks, Daniel.

Daniel: Thank you.


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