The roof is supposed to protect your home from the elements. Its worst enemy, however, is water penetration. Complete roof replacement is your best option if you notice leaks starting to form, but it’s a solution best reserved for when your roof is truly beyond repair. It’s best to have a professional inspect your roof; there might even be other components responsible for the leaks, such as a problem with the roof ridge vent.
What Are Roof Ridge Vents?
Roofs cannot function well or last very long if they have no ridge vents. The same is true if the vents are not appropriate for your roof. The ridge vents allow your roof to “breathe”. You will find them at the attic’s peak running along the top ridge. Without them, air in your attic will not circulate properly.
When an attic doesn’t have proper ventilation, hot air and moisture become a problem. Asphalt shingle roofs, for example, are “baked” over time by the heat in the attic, causing them to deteriorate a lot more quickly.
Why Do Ridge Vents Leak?
They’re not supposed to. In most cases, leaky vents are due to poor installation. There are specific types and sizes of nails, for instance, that your roofers have to use. Ridge vent section overlaps also require a specific measurement. Professionals follow such technical requirements whether for new roof construction or roof leak repair projects. Experts also understand the size and material needed for buildings located in specific climates.
Are Leaky Ridge Vents Repairable?
Yes, but this is a project best left to a professional. Leaky ridge vents are often the result of improper installation, but there are other factors surrounding their health and functionality, such as the wear on your shingles, the condition of the flashings and more. Trying to do this project on your own might lead to failure, more damage and even higher costs to correct the damage. It’s a good idea to schedule regular inspections from your roofer.
Google “roofing contractor near me” to find a professional that can help you with ridge vent leak repair and other roofing problems. Or you can simply call Innovative Roofing & Siding, Inc. at (865) 444-6070 for your free estimate. We work with business and homeowners in Knoxville, TN.