We get a lot of calls about roof leaks as I’m sure most roofing companies do! It is the nature of this business. The thing about roofing, is that one small overlooked issue will eventually leak. From wind-driven rain to frozen ice expanding then thawing on the roof, mother nature will find and expose even the smallest defect or faulty workmanship on a roof and this results in a leaking roof. Roofing “in theory” is simple, everything (shingles, nails, etc.) are overlapping each other to shed water away to the gutters. Some areas are crucial to do correctly since they see the most amount of weather. Ridge vents are one of those areas. Builders typically use aluminum ridge vents since they are inexpensive and install quickly, but they can leave the homeowner with many potential problems years later. Due to their price and ease of use, it is no surprise that builders use these types of ridge vents. Fixing issues associated with them is one of the top issues we are called about!
Three issues with aluminum ridge vents:
(1) They typically have exposed nails on both sides on the vent, every foot or so down the entire peak of the roof. ~70-140 exposing nails on a roof peak is just asking for leaks.
(2) The ends are typically wide open for birds & squirrels to enter into the attic. They make foam or rubber end stoppers, but most builder’s sub-contractors don’t have time to fiddle with those small things, or they just forget. Sometimes they are on the ends, but the wind has removed them.
(3) They simply blow apart in heavy winds. They are aluminum, so they are a soft metal & not that strong.
For this home, we went in and repaired and replaced the ridge vents with a higher-quality option, which means happy and problem-free homeowners.