How to Repair Your Roof

Replacing A Missing Hip Or Ridge

When a hip or ridge blows off, they can leave your roof system open to water or snow infiltration. This can allow moisture to infiltrate and potentially enter your attic or rot your roof deck.

Replacing a hip or ridge requires removing any damaged pieces that may have been left over. You may have to remove or loosen any tiles in the proximity of the blown-off hip or ridge to allow you to re-fasten a new hip or ridge.

Always be sure to select a new hip or ridge that matches your existing ones, both in color and thickness. Install the new piece, making sure it fully covers any existing ridge vent follow the guidance by the manufacturer’s application instructions.

Replacing hip or ridge requires working on some of the highest parts of your roof. Always utilize proper safety equipment to prevent falls or injury when replacing a hip or ridge on your roof. See our Safety section for more details.

 

 

Replacing A Damaged Or Missing Tile

If you need to replace a damaged tile, note that it is easier to remove a tile that is cold. If the tile you need to replace is not in the shade, you can cool it down with cold water. After cooling, use a metal pry bar between the tiles to separate them. The tile should snap or pop loose. Remove the nails from the tile you are replacing, as well as from the tiles above it (since these nails also go through the tiles you are replacing).

Replacing Vents

Deciding on the proper vent and the amount of ventilation needed is critical. Always consult your local building code for balanced attic ventilation requirements in your area. Not following these requirements may lead to an inefficient system or even weather infiltration. Once you decide on the type of vent that is needed and how much to install, always ensure you install the vent as per written application instructions. Be careful not to cut any attic rafters or wires, and always be sure to properly fasten the vent to prevent blow-off or weather infiltration.

Replacing ridge vents requires working on some of the highest parts of your roof—the ridges. Always utilize proper safety equipment to prevent falls or injury when replacing ridge vents on your roof. See our Safety section for more details.

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