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Old 03-15-2010, 06:02 PM   #1
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question... when installing dimensional shingles..... can you take three tab shingles cut them and use for ridgeline hip ect. or dose it not look right it is much cheaper to take 3 tab and cut them let me know what you guys think.... experience helps


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If you can find a color that matches it will look ok.
Not all dimensional shingles have matching colors in 3-tabs tho.

Some times the 3-tab match to a dimensional shingle will be in a different manufacturers line.


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do caps looks better.... what would you do on a 32 square hip roof would you make your own caps?
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I'm no expert, but I've spent a LOT of time researching and thinking about my own roofing project.

In my non-professional opinion it is not a great place to cut corners on the peaks. Think about the increased exposure to the elements, and the fact that the shingles are placed under some stress by bending already at this point. On my 25-year old I noticed more granules missing along the ridge than anywhere else.

I would think a leak at the peak could, in theory seep all the way down above the felt causing potential blistering, etc in the future.

With this being said I AM considering using 3-tab at the ridge, but that is because I will be installing a ridge vent, and I think the extra layer of rigid plastic will provide enough protection in combination with a three tab.

I will be using ridge shingles on the hips where they are more visible from the ground, and are not benefited by the extra layer of the ridge vent.

FWIW, the dimensional shingle ridge pieces I looked at (Timber Tex) were more than twice the thickness of a similar three tab (Royal Sovereign)
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