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Old 04-04-2011, 11:03 AM   #1
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In a recent wind storm my shingles on my ridge vent stood up. Should they be replaced or just sealed down.

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Old 04-04-2011, 11:10 AM   #2
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They should be able to just be pushed back into place.

I would seal them down as you do it. (on a nice warm day so they flex )

Look for rips or any damage in them.

Was this a prevailing wind or a fluke wind from another direction?

I ask because most caps are installed with the open side away from the prevailing wind so water has less of a chance of penetrating and your caps don't get blown off.

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Did they crack when they bent? Were they sealed down well originally? They should be installed with the nailed end "upwind" of the prevailing wind direction (Site specific)
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They were installed facing the south. Sounds like a mistake. Should I have it redone ?
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Not necessarily incorrect. Some sites have an obvious prevailing wind direction. Some homes are oriented 'cross ways' to the wind. In that case it would be a coin toss.
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Thanks for all the help, I think I will try sealing them back done.
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Do ridge vents last the life of the roof?
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Properly installed, yes.

Do they cheaper aluminum units blow off a bunch, yes.

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