Ridge vents are essential to the attic’s ventilation. Damaged ridge vents can contribute to moisture-related problems due to roof leaks.
Why Ridge Vents Leak
Trusted residential roofing contractor, Blue Square Roofing and Construction, LLC discusses why ridge vents leak and how to fix them.
Ridge vents help with the proper circulation of air in the attic. They prevent moisture and warm air from getting trapped in the attic.
Faulty installation can cause vents to leak. Some installers may have used wrong or shorter nails to install the vent to the roof. Vents that aren’t adequately secured to the roof are more likely to move in windy conditions and eventually detach from the decking.
The vents can also leak when a roof contractor fails to overlap or sufficiently extend the pieces enough. Another cause of leaky vents is improper sealing. The sealant should run uninterrupted along the sections of the vent. Without it, rain can easily enter through the gaps between the shingles and vents and into your attic.
Prevent Leaking Vents
Annual roof inspections can help you avoid this roofing problem. Hire a reliable roofing contractor to make sure your roof is thoroughly checked. During the inspection, your contractor will check the condition of the ridge vents, shingles, flashing and more.
It can be tricky to detect leaks and spotting them often requires proper training. Roofing inspections and repairs are best handled by trained professionals. This is for your safety and to prevent causing any or further damage in your roof.
Choose a trusted contractor like Blue Square Roofing, LLC for quality roofing products and services. Our team has decades of experience in residential and commercial roofing. We offer roof repair, replacement and maintenance. Call us at (256) 203-1853 or fill out our online form to get a free estimate.