Installing roof ridge vents has several advantages, including adding value to your home. Adequate ventilation is an extremely important addition to the roof, because without the proper ventilation the roof material will deteriorate faster than it should, making it necessary to replace the roof sooner than the maximum expected life. Roof vents increase air flow, lowering the temperature and increasing the life of your roofing material.
Many Types of Roof Need Different Installation Techniques
Many installation tutorials assume you have asphalt roofing, but other roof types can accommodate roof ridge vents as well. Find the DIY instructions for the type of roof you have. You will need to carefully read the instructions that come with your roof ridge vents, as each manufacturer normally recommends that a different width be cut in the ridge of the roof.
Care is Needed when Cutting the Ridge
To cut the hole in the ridge of the roof you will need a circular saw. One thing you must be careful of is that the cut is deep enough to penetrate through the roofing and sheathing, but NOT through the rafters. It’s recommended that you do a test cut on a piece of lumber, carefully testing the depth before you make the actual cut.
The ridge caps will have been removed and will need replacing. You’ll need to decide whether they are in good enough condition to be used again or if new ridge caps are required.
The Ridge Tiles Need to be Evenly Spaced Along the Ridge
Roof ridge vents can add years to a roof, not to mention it actually enhances the look of your home. Most newly constructed homes that are shingled require a roof ridge vent that will combine working practicality with overall visual appearance. It is therefore very important that you make sure the vents are well placed and evenly distributed across the ridge.
Using Local Knowledge when Securing Your Ridge Vents
It really doesn’t matter which way round your ridge vents are placed, but if you have some local environmental knowledge about the wind direction when it is at its strongest, make note of the design of the vent and place and secure it accordingly.
If the neighborhood is often windy, securing the roof ridge vents properly is very important. Use nails to secure the edge of the roof vents, but be sure they are long enough to reach the sheathing. The tricky thing is that these nails need to reach the sheathing but NOT pass through it, as this will compromise the installation and also leave the ends of the nails exposed, which is an obvious safety concern.
Installing Roof Ridge Vents is Rewarding
It is rewarding and not too difficult to install roof ridge vents, but it can be very costly if you make a mistake, especially when cutting the ridge. Meticulous planning and preparation while sticking to the manufacturers guidelines at all times should ensure that the only surprises you come across installing your ridge vents are positive ones. Finally, if you are unsure, call a professional to complete the job for you.