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Virginia Beach Roofing: Article About Roof Ridge Shingle Installation

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Laying shingles on the main flat rooftop is relatively simple for Virginia Beach roofing professionals, but the ridge or peak is a challenge during any project. The ridge is the area where two sloped sides meet. It must have extensive roof materials protecting its structure to keep the home leak free. Contractors use a specific shingle layout to keep the ridge protected during all seasons.

With a top course of shingles installed just below the ridge, contractors start installation at one end of the peak. They'll add several dabs of roofing cement to the top course shingles on both roof slopes. One ridge shingle is pressed to the peak, allowing it to adhere with the roofing cement. With the first shingle in place with adhesive, contractors permanently attach it with nails.

Each ridge shingle requires at least one nail on either side of its installation point. These nails are usually longer than the standard types used on the remaining flat rooftop. Contractors must select ridge shingle nails based on the unique thickness of the project's design. Each property will have a distinct measurement size that must be followed for a strong finished project.

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Loose ridge shingles can create extensive damage if they tear, crack or pull off entirely.

After adding the fasteners to the first ridge shingle, contractors continue installing the rest of the peak's materials by overlapping them. The first ridge shingle will have some roofing cement added to one end. Another ridge shingle is pressed against this adhesive and the original cement dabs along the top shingle course below. About 50 percent of the first ridge shingle is covered with the adjacent material, giving the structure a strong barrier against moisture problems. Roofing cement is added to each shingle along the peak to keep the overlapped design flowing until the end is reached.

Depending on the local weather conditions, contractors may even stack another ridge shingle layer across the original one. Roofers will discuss this possibility with homeowners, giving them a deeper understanding of the design and its structural needs. It's better to add more materials than not enough.

From a gabled design to hip roof, all properties have at least one ridge that must be covered precisely. Contractors take all ridges into account during estimation and allocate resources for these areas accordingly. Homeowners should know that ridge services will take longer than the traditional rooftop installation, giving the home the protection it requires over the decades.

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