A roof is a complex structure, and leaks can develop in several places. This is why finding the exact cause of a leaking roof is hard and time-consuming, even for seasoned roofing contractors. Still, some places develop leaks more readily than others, and one area is the ridge vent.
Ridge vents cycle air by letting warm air out and cool air inside. This same property, however, may allow wind-blown rain inside, especially if the vents are damaged. The question, then, is how to prevent rain from entering it without compromising its ventilation capabilities.
Look Out for Flashing
Flashings usually prevent wind-driven rain from entering your ridge vents. The role of flashings, however, means they’re typically the first roofing components to get damaged. In this case, rain can enter your roof through the vents. As for damage to the vents themselves, old age is a factor. Eventually, certain areas of your roof may be worn down, including the flashing that supports ridge vents.
You will likely be unable to predict when your flashing is going to fail. This is why it’s important to have a qualified roof replacement and repair contractor like us to conduct regular inspections and maintenance on your roof.
Cutting corners in installation also poses other problems. Such installation mishaps usually happen because of inexperience or shady work practices. This means your ridge vents may have been installed improperly, such as the flashing may not be high enough for your climate, or the nails weren’t the right kind, shallowly driven or over-driven. Ask your contractor to be sure, but the company would have to inspect your roof either way.
The best way to prevent these issues is to hire an experienced roofer like Neumann Construction Inc. Give us a call today at (218) 203-0760, or fill out our online contact form to request a free estimate. We serve Pequot Lakes, MN, and nearby areas.