Metal Ridge Vent For Shingle Roof


Metal ridge vents are quite popular among metal roofing. In most cases, you’ll see this feature in restaurants, BBQ houses, and residential buildings. In most cases, people don’t really take into account having an efficient venting system, but in the long run, this will greatly extend the life expectancy of your roof. 

 Is it possible to place a metal ridge vent on a shingle? Will I be able to install a ridge vent by myself? We will be discussing the compatibility of a metal ridge vent on your shingle roof and what you’ll be needing for it. 

Tools You’ll Need 

First and foremost, we’ll need to prepare the right took and equipment for our roofing project. You’ll need the following tools if you plan on installing a metal ridge vent by yourself:

  1. Roof Hammer
  2. Flat prying bar
  3. Catspaw prying bar
  4. Tape Measure
  5. Utility knife that comes with a hook blade
  6. Chalk line
  7. Circular saw
  8. 8d nails
  9. Ridge vent
  10. 1 1/2 inch or 1 3/4-inch roofing nails
  11. Standard roof shingles
  12. Shingle caps (for the shingle-over vent)
  13. Caulking tool

If you’re not up for the task of installing a metal ridge vent, or if you don’t have the prior knowledge and skill to install one, then it’s only appropriate that you hire a roofing contractor for the job. Having a licensed and qualified professional work on your roof can help make sure that your roof is in order and in good condition. 

Choosing The Right Vents 

There are two types of metal ridge vents that you can use for a roof. The first one being a shingle-ver vent and an aluminum vent. Both of these types of vents can be installed on shingle roofs. Shingle-over vents are usually installed over the ridge of the roof and have a lot layer of asphalt shingle caps; this makes it blend in well with surrounding roof shingles. On the other hand, aluminum ridge vents have a profile that’s protruding with a wide flange on both sides of the roof that sits on top of roof shingles. The metal vent is the finished product and should not need any additional ridge caps on the top. Usually, both types of ridge vents can be installed in a similar fashion.

For most professionals, installing a vent won’t be a problem, but installing it by yourself is going to be easier said than done. You’ll be needing a stable ladder and a handful of power tools. If you’re afraid of heights if you don’t have the necessary tools that we have just enumerated, then you can always have a professional do it for you instead.

Homeowners will also have to be aware that installing a ridge vent is only a part of a ventilation system of your attic and your roof. In order for your ridge vent to be functional, your ridge will need to rely on passive airflow that’s coming through the soffit the gable’s vents. 

Installing The Ridge Vent

If you’re planning on installing the ridge vent by yourself, then you can follow these easy steps.

Installing A Shingle-over Ridge Vent

  1. The first thing that you should do is to measure the recommended distance from the ridge along the side of the ridge and then snap the chalk line through the marks so you can create a reference line. 
  2. Next, place the shingle-over ridge vent on the reference line that you just marked and drive a nail on the decking right along with that side as directed by the manufacturer of the vent. 
  3. After that, connect the other side of the vent so it will be fully mounted and secure.
  4. Finally, install the asphalt shingles over the vent. You’ll have to use the nails that are recommended by the manufacturer.

Installing an Aluminum Ridge Vent 

  1. Just like the shingle-over ridge vent, you’ll have to measure down and mark based on what the material’s manufacturer recommends. You can then use a chalk to draw up the reference line based on your measurements.
  2. Next, you’ll need to use a caulking tool on the underside of the flange on both angles of the vent. 
  3. Then, position the ridge along the reference line that you just marked. 
  4. Mount the vent on your decking and the rafters by nailing it.
  5. Finally, add any connectors and the finishing end cap that came with your venting system. This is to make sure that your vents are watertight.

If you’re overwhelmed by this process, you can hire a professional and qualified roofing contractor to do the work for you. After all, having a professional work on your roof can yield better results in the long-run.