No laminated shingles should be
without the improved shake look appearance of the Malarkey EZ Ridge 10"
Ridge Caps or Certainteed's Mountain Ridge
10" Ridge Caps.
Why spend money on shake look shingles
(laminates) unless the ridges and hips also look shake-like in
appearance. It's an absolute shame when nice looking shingles are
diminished by plain 3-tab or hip+ridge caps. The single thickness
un-defined character of such plain fold over ridge caps can
single-handedly ruin an otherwise pleasing roof-scape.
The two enhanced look ridge caps
EZ Ridge 10 and Mountain Ridge 10" each have a bulked up thickness and thick
butt look, both creating a saw tooth appearance to the ridge caps which
does a good job of recreating the same saw tooth type look from real
cedar ridge caps.
We always use the wider 10" width
rather than the regular 8" width typically ordered. The first reason is
better weather protection from the wider coverage, the second reason is
sometimes the roofer can save a whole row of shingles when using the
wider width. It is only nominally more money so we consider it good
value and do not bother to stock the narrower version. Most importantly
we do not trust the narrower version for ridge vent detailing because of
the lack of coverage between a ridge vent slot and the leading edge of
the ridge vent. There is no question to our company that in a rainy
climate subject to wind driven rain, 10" width caps should be the
The EZ Ridge 10" caps are an
update from the
original shake look ridge called Ridgeglass and they have been used for
a few years now in our area. The
thick part is at the end butt on each cap, and are rolled around
creating a nice thick look. The advantage is the product can be nailed
with the same nail gun (we recommend HD Galvanized Coil or Hand Nails),
even over ridge venting. In cold weather they should be warmed up
to avoid cracking during installation. Malarkey produces this cap mainly
in colours to coordinate with their brand of shingles, but many of the
colours coordinate with other brands' shingles as well. EZ Ridge High
Profile capping are fairly consistent colours from piece to piece
(non-blended), and are best used in slightly darker colour choice to the
shingle they are going to be installed upon (highlight the ridge).
The Mountain Ridge 10" caps was
launched in 2007 by Certainteed. They did not want to utilize the
Ridgeglass any longer with their shingles (Ridgeglass is now owned by
GAFELK, a competitor of Certainteed, and GAFELK can be difficult to deal
with for anyone ... customers or distributors), so they invented a new style
Three differences are highlighted in Mountain Ridge.
First, the new way they are assembled has created a true two ply
thickness on each cap, which is very thick at the butt end with a
slightly rounded look to the thick butt ends. Second the caps are
pre-folded to a typical roof pitch in the box. so it they are much
easier to install, cold weather or not. The third difference is the
colour blending is much more dramatic with each cap having a slightly
different colour blend than the next. These colour blends match
Certainteed colours very well, but can coordinate with other brands too.
The last innovative feature is the packaging, as the box once opened can
sit on steep pitch ridges like a saddle, making life much easier for
roofers trying to cap off medium pitch and steeper pitch ridges.
As nice as Mountain Ridge and
EZ Ridge looks, when it comes to capping off ultra thick
shingles such as Landmark TL, Presidential Shakes, Presidential TL,
Grand Manor, and other super thick architectural shingles, Ridgeglass or
Mountain Ridge 10"
Capping is barely thick enough to accentuate the peaks of the roof.
Ultra thick shingles require ultra thick capping or the ridges will be
lost in all the texture of the shingle.
For those roofs, and any other
architectural shingle, we highly recommend
an added extra high definition ridge
capping detail. This is accomplished by adding 9" ridge vent material
beneath the Mountain Ridge 10" or Ridgeglass 10" High Definition Ridge.
Two styles of 9" Ridge Vent can be
used successfully. The simplest to install is the TrimLine Rigid Vent
which comes in 4' lengths or twenty foot rolls, and this ridge vent easily folds over the hip or ridge. The
5/8" thick version will achieve 13 square inches per foot free air
venting while the 1" thick version achieves 19 square inches free air
venting. The 5/8" thick with high definition caps installed directly on top
adds an elegant refined shadow detail to both hips and ridges. Super
definition is achieved with the use of TrimLine's 1" thick Rigid
Vent along with EZ Ridge 10" or Mountain Ridge 10" caps installed on top. The ridge caps boosted
to this extra high elevation create the ultimate crown moulding effect to
the roof line.
On the ridge, Mountain Ridge 10" or
EZ Ridge 10" caps mounted
on TrimLine Rigid Vent creates a luxurious appeal while at the same time
achieves much of the air venting requirements demanded of all shingle
manufacturer warranties and all building codes. These air venting ridge
details release the excessive heat in the summer season, as well as
reduce the condensation and moisture build up of the winter season.
Whenever reviewing competitive bids on
roofing projects watch out for what capping options (if any) are
specified. It may make a difference of a couple of hundred dollars
between differing bids, but it may make your home appear worth thousands
less if the roof doesn't get the high definition ridge treatment it
Remember...40% to 70% of your home's
curb appeal and architectural style is determined by the roof lines and
roof texture, and the first thing one notices on the roof is usually the
definition of the ridge. Try it sometime. Drive by a wood shake roofed
home, and the first thing your eyes are drawn to is the saw-tooth rustic
ridge appearance, then the texture of the roof. EZ Ridge 10" and
Mountain Ridge 10" High
Definition Ridge Caps try to create and mimic this same elegant look.
We highly recommend the use of high
definition capping mounted on ridge vents on all hips and ridges on all
thicknesses of laminated and architectural shingles.
We believe it is essential on thicker
style laminates such as triple layer super-thick Landmark TL and
Presidential TL Ultimate, as the thickness of the shingles will make
the ridge lines disappear or be much less noticeable, unless the hips
and ridges are increased in dimension, depth, and texture.
We also believe it is necessary on mid
thickness heavy duty laminates, or other architectural shingles.
Shingles such as Certainteed Landmark Premium, Malarkey Northwest XL,
and BP Harmony are very
nice looking shingles, and not accenting the caps not only takes away
from decent looking roofscapes, it actually reduces the curb appeal of
the roof. Often it is the ridge capping thickness, look, and effects
that truly creates the most drama to the look, curb appeal, and luxury
look of the home.
In 2008 we have added another ridge
cap that also creates super thick ultimate definition. This new cap is called GAFELK "Vented RIDGECREST".
The Vented Ridgecrest is a combined
cap and ridge vent all built into one piece. You install the vent and
cap in one motion saving time. They come in popular colours that match
GAFELK shingles, and may coordinate with other brands of shingles such as
The Vented Ridgecrest is about 12" in
width, and go on in 10" per course coverage. They create the thickest
look of all, and the largest saw tooth image. The are currently the highest
definition ridge on the market. The cost is similar to EZ Ridge 10"
mounted over Trimline Rigid Venting.
Our only concern is can they make
enough of this wonderful looking caps, as demand often outstrips supply.
Plus GAF being GAF, we expect they may discontinue this product line, as
they have so many others over the last couple of years.
The Vented Ridgecrest can also be a
wonderful accenting feature to install on the hips, thereby creating a
truly awesome and unique roofscape.
The choice is yours.
To achieve superior high definition
capping and wonderful curb appeal we recommend you have installed one of
our inexpensive highly efficient ridge vents, such as Trim-Line Rigid
Vent or Lomanco LOR-9 Rigid Vent beneath the great looking Mountain
Ridge high definition enhanced ridge caps as the best solution. And we
highly recommend of the Trim-Line Rigid Vents below all the "hip" caps
to create the ultimate curb appeal for your home.
Enhance your home's value by
increasing its curb appeal. Plus enjoy the great looks of a smart