Ridge Vents Could Be the Cause of That Leaky Roof

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Ridge vents are very common on Columbus, Ohio, roofing systems. Chances are if you have a newer home, say 1980 or later, it was built with a ridge vent – though you may never have noticed it. In fact, you might not notice it until it starts to leak! If your home develops a roof leak, don’t assume that shingles are the problem. Ridge vents are another culprit and can lead to the same moisture issues.

What is Ridge Venting?

Ridge venting is a continuous vent strip that is part of the attic ventilation system. It is installed at the very peak of a roof to help circulate air in the attic. It works in conjunction with soffit vents, which pull in air from the bottom of the roof edge. Cool air enters the attic through the soffit vents and warm air exits out of the ridge vent openings, creating a constant flow of cool air that keeps the attic temperature consistent with the outside air temperature. The design of a ridge vent also keeps wind, rain, snow, and insects out of the attic.

Why Ridge Vents Leak

Typically ridge vents do not leak. However, improper installation can lead to leaky vents. Installers may use the wrong nails to attach the vent to the roof, which allows it to loosen and be pulled off in high winds. If an installer fails to overlap the pieces or doesn’t apply sealant along the sections of the vent, water will eventually make its way into the attic.

We Repair Ridge Vent Leaks

Avoiding leaks caused by ridge vents is easy when you schedule an annual roof inspection. Our roofing expert will closely examine your ridge vent to ensure it is sound, in addition to inspecting shingles, flashing, gutters in Columbus, OH, and more. Get peace of mind when you call Muth & Company Roofing to sign up for Mr. Moose’s Roof Maintenance Plan, formerly our Extended Service Plan. Contact us at (614) 682-3060 today.

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