After reading this far into our blog series on the technical terms and essential components that make up a roof, hopefully you are beginning to see just how essential each aspect of a roof is, and how these components all work together to form one beautiful, fully formed jigsaw puzzle. Without any one piece, you may inevitably find your home lacking in wind and water protection, with preventable structural damage on the way. The piece of this jigsaw puzzle that we are going to discuss today in our Professional Roofer’s blog is: insulation.

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A few months ago we discussed the hazards of poor ventilation systems in homes and the common signs you may experience if your home is poorly ventilated. Since we know you are already aware of how critical this system is to your home and your roofing system, we will save you the lecture this time; however, if you have yet to read our Professional Roofers blog piece on this, we highly recommend that you go back and read it – it’s certainly worth the read. For this particular blog, in keeping with our series on the various components of your roof, we are going to discuss what roofing ventilation is, as well as the numerous types of vents you may find on your home and how to identify each.

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Hip & Ridge

We recently discussed open and closed valleys in our blog series where we described what they are and how they pertain to your sloped roof. In this Professional Roofers blog piece, we have decided to cover the hips and ridges of your roof. If you remember from our valleys piece, a roof valley is the concave joint or angle created when two sloping roof planes meet. Think of the centre point in the letter “M” and you’ll have an idea of what this is. Well, hips are the yin to the valley’s yang – they are the convex angle or joint when two sloping roofs meet. Ridges are similar to roof hips in that they are convex joints or angles; however, they refer only to the uppermost peak formed along a roof where two opposing sloped roofs meet. If you’re having trouble visualizing a roof ridge, think of two flat cards that are leaning against each other – the long horizontal joint where they meet at the top is the ridge. Any other convex angle joints created by two roof slopes that do not run horizontal to the ground along the uppermost part of a home are the “hips”. Continue reading “Hip & Ridge”