2 Signs Your Roof's Ridge Cap Needs Replacing

When looking at your roof to determine what condition it is in, you may look at the shingles and find that they are in pretty good shape. However, another important part of the roof at which you should be looking is at the peaks of the structure known as the ridge cap.

Since this part of the roof often takes on more of the brunt of bad weather, wind, and impacts from objects, the cap can often become damaged or start to deteriorate before the rest of the roof. Because the ridge cap is vital to keeping out water leaks, protecting the edges of the adjacent shingles, and providing insulation so that your roof's decking does not rot, be on the lookout for the following signs that it is time to replace it.

1.  Light Is Shining Through the Peak into Your Attic

One sign for which you should be on the lookout when determining the condition of the ridge cap is its underside, which can be observed from inside your attic. Look up toward the highest part of the ceiling with the lights off while standing in the middle of the space.

If you see any light shining through the peak of the ceiling, part of the cap may have come off. If you suspect this is the case, have a roofer inspect it so that it can be replaced.

2.  Edges of the Ridge Cap Start Turning Upward

Even if you do not see any light shining into your attic, the ridge cap may still have sustained some damage or is deteriorating. One way you can ascertain whether or not this is true is to look at the ridge cap from the outside of your house.

Since the peaks are often difficult to climb without risking injury or damage to the shingles, stand in your yard and look at the cap through a pair of binoculars. Pay attention to the edges along the cap to see if they turning upward. If so, it will need to be replaced.

If you see signs that your roof's ridge cap is starting to deteriorate, you should have it replaced as soon as possible to avoid water leaks into your home and damage to the adjacent shingles on the roof. Contact a roofing company like Par One Construction, Inc. to have their contractors inspect the cap as well as the rest of your roof and discuss your options for fixing any issues they find before further damage takes place both on the roof and the inside of your house.