Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will I be able to see RIDGE-GUARD® once it is installed?
A: RIDGE-GUARD® protects your home without changing the esthetics of the roof. When properly installed, RIDGE-GUARD ® is generally not visible. The black expanded metal installed on a black backdrop is very inconspicuous.
Q: Will RIDGE-GUARD® cause any air flow issues?
A: No. It is recommended that a ridge vent not have any less than 18 square inches of net free airflow per linear foot of ridge vent. RIDGE-GUARD ® has a net free airflow of 18.33 inches per product foot. This means that once RIDGE-GUARD® is installed it has a total net free air flow of 36.66 inches per linear ridge foot.
William B Rose is one of the top experts in the country on attic ventilation and moisture content. His evaluation of RIDGE-GUARD® is quoted as ” should not cause any issues”.
Q: Will RIDGE-GUARD® void my warranty?
A: RIDGE-GUARD® may void the warranty of the roofers work and install; however, it will not void a shingle manufacturer’s warranty on the shingles. Shingles are warrantied against premature granule loss and fiber breakdown within the shingle. Simply running a screw through a shingle will not cause either of these issues to occur. The roofer should still honor any warranty on the roof where Ridge Guard was not installed. Most companies and Certified Installers of RIDGE-GUARD® offer their own warranty and insurance against any issues that may occur after an install.
Q: Will it leak?
A: Sealant can be used to help ensure that there is not going to be an issue with water intrusion from a RIDGE-GUARD® install. The sealant, if used, should be put on the threads of the screw or on the screw tab and then the screw should be driven. This ensures that the sealant is being pulled into the hole on the threads of the screw and is helping to seal around the threads of the screw. Keep in mind, these screws are being run through 3 layers of tar-based product when they are installed. When the screw is installed friction is created by the spinning of the screw and this friction melts the tar that it comes in contact with. This melted tar is pulled down the threads of the screw and into the hole. Once this screw stops spinning, this tar cools and forms a seal with the tar and wood fiber that is around it. This alone drastically reduces the chances of there ever being any water intrusion at the site of the screw.
Q. Should I use a Certified RIDGE-GUARD® Installer?
A: Yes. Certified installers have taken a course and are trained to fully understand installation techniques and procedures. Using a certified installer ensures the best result for your home.