Small openings present on the top of the roof to escape air from the interior or exterior of the home are known as ridge vents. They are installed at the top of the roof. It conducts the circulation of the hot air outside the house in more prominent places like warehouses they are installed for the cross ventilation of the air.

Why are ridge vents necessary?

In residential roofing, ridge vents work along with gable vents and soffit. It's responsible for the natural flow of air in an attic. The hot air causes moisture when condensed on a cold surface, causing damage to the roof, and causing water leakage. 

In commercial areas, ridge vents reduce moisture development as the moisture can cause rust, especially in the case of metal roofing. It also helps improve the air conditioning system of the house by keeping the attic a cold place.

Preparing for ridge vent installation

As described above, ridge vents work together with soffit and gable vents; however, soffit vents show more accuracy in air circulation. Without these vents, it's useless to install the roof ridge vents. So, it's essential to install these two vents. It doesn't matter whether you install them before or after the ridge vent installation.

Removing cape shingles

First, it's essential to remove the already present ridge cap shingles. To install the ridge vent on the roof, you need to make room by removing enough cape shingles along the whole ridgeline.

Removing wood sheathing 

To cut the correct width required for the ridge wedge installation, lines are drawn using a white choke. It’s essential to keep the measurement accuracy to allow sufficient air to pass through it.

Extra nails should be removed to decrease the interferences of nails with the saw-cuts. With the careful use of the blade, saw-cuts are made by only cutting through wood shingles without causing damage to the other portions like wood sheathings and remaining shingles.

Ridge Vent installation over the shingle

Two types of ridge vents, including aluminum shingle and shingle over the ridge vent, are installed over the shingles. The initial installation process described above is the same for both types of ridge vents.

However, the difference between these two ridge vents is that in the case of shingles over the vent system, the ridge vent is covered by using the same type of shingles used for the construction of the roof. But in the case of the aluminum vent, it is installed over the top without any shingle covering. People prefer their choices according to their budget and aesthetics.

Ridge Vent installation over metal

The metal roof ridge vent consists of a kit and nails, plugs, and other related things. All these things are used to ensure that it will be water-tight and not allow the bugs to pass through it. 

Installation of ridge vent on the metal roofing is a bit different. They use adhesive tape to place the ride vent in the correct position. And vent is installed there using self-tapping metal roofing screws to ensure the leakage-free roof.

There are significant benefits of installing ridge vents in residential and commercial buildings. It is part of the roof installation system. 

For more information, contact Roofing Contractor in Duncan Oklahoma call Legend Roofs in Shawnee, Noble, Tecumseh, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at 405-352-7307.