Ridge capping.. Hmm. This week’s topic might not be as familiar as before. But if one of you, my dear readers, is a builder, you sure know what it is. Okay. Basically, ridge capping is that thing at the very top of your roof. If you’re wondering about its more detailed explanation, “ridge capping is the intersection at the top of two slopes in a pitched roof that forms its apex”. Usually, ridge capping is bedded on a cement based mortar before being coated in a flexible pointing material. This is how things usually work with your roof. Once they placed all the battens, sarking and the tiles, ridge capping will finish off the whole process.
Maybe this picture will help you understand. Yes, that thing this guy is fixing.
It may always be the way your roof is done however the weak spot of this process is that the mortar bed can crack by the time being. The flexible pointing on the ridge capping is supposed to absorb considerable movements without cracking, maintaining roof integrity but still, with extreme weather condition like in Australia, for example, they can crack really easily.
Now you should have some rough idea about this ridge capping. The question is, did you realize that this ridge capping is the most important part of your roof? Figuratively speaking, ridge capping is like the lung of your roof. It’s one thing that allows your roof to breathe. Think about it as a human. What do you think will happen we humans can’t breathe? Something bad will happen, right? So will with your roof.
The thing is when you seal the ridge capping with mortar bed, it closes the ventilation system of the roof. The roof can’t breathe and as a result, they are fragile to weather condition and can crack really easily.
In European countries, this method is known as the traditional installation method.
Fortunately, newer technology has solved this problem and hence the “dry capping” system was established. It’s called “dry capping” because this method won’t require any cement to close the gap while at the same time won’t leak any water inside the house. Isn’t it awesome? No matter how bad the weather condition is, your roof will be healthy and thus less maintenance is required in the future.
How does that work??
This requires one specific material or roofing component that can do the job. In our company, we refer this as “Figaroll Plus”. This component is made especially to solve potential problems of traditional ridge capping process which means they can do the job perfectly.
This component has adequate ventilation system that allows your roof to breathe. It also has some special butyl that will stick it to seal the gaps so that water won’t leak. On top of that, this component is easily shaped so that it’ll match just any tile profile. Aren’t they genius?
Hang on there, I haven’t even old you about the best part.
The best part is, it actually will save you some cost and time because this is really easy to install and therefore, quicker!! Don’t you want your roof done even 1 day less so you can move in? If I was building my own house, I would love to move in as soon as I can without any worries!! Don’t you think?