Installing professional looking hip and ridge shingles takes matching up the hip and ridge cap to the shingles that are on the roof. Using the 3 tab shingles that do not match the main shingle is a disservice to the homeowner and also makes the roof look bad or not trimmed out.
Using enhanced hip and ridge material will ensure the life match of the shingles warranty, will enhance the shingle appearance, and also complement the shingle color. There are five specially designed ridge cap shingles made to match GAF-Elk shingles, these are: Timbertex ridge high profile caps, Z Ridge ridge caps, Seal-a-ridge, Ridge glass ridge cap shingles, Grand Sequoia hip and ridge and vented Ridgecrest vented ridge cap shingle.
These entire enhanced ridge shingles count as one system component on Weather Stopper System Plus installations. All GAF-Elk cap products are also acceptable on Weather Stopper Golden Pledge Installations.
The Timbertex hip and ridge shingles are four times thicker and 1/3 larger than the standard caps for enhanced protection while at the same time adding extra dimension to the rooflines. This hip and ridge complements the color of GAF-Elk shingles. The warranty length matches all shingles.
Making sure the hip and ridge products are separated into three individual ridge cap pieces at perforations is vital to making sure they go on easy. You also need to prepare the starter course, for this step, piece and cut along the line between double thick layers. Place the 4 "x 12" triple starter cap across the ridge, starting at the bottom of the hip or from the end of the ridge opposite the direction of the prevailing wind.
Begin laying full ridge shingle pieces 12 "x 12". Apply with an 8 "exposure beginning at the bottom of the hip or from the end of the ridge opposite the direction of the wind. The inner edge of the 4" wide laminated piece provides alignment for the next unit.
Apply ridging using 2 nails per piece 9 "back from the exposed end and 1" up from the edge. Use only zinc coated steel or aluminum, 10-12 gauge, barbed, deformed or smooth shank roofing nails with heads 3/8 "to 7/16" in diameter. Nails should be long enough to penetrate at least "into wood decks or just through plywood decks. Nails must be driven flush with the surface of the shingle.
GAF-Elks installation warranties do not qualify these shingles for anything but a matched roofing system. Think of it like this: If you had a picture that was really important to you, how would you frame it.With a cheap or with a good frame? The same thought process should be used on you new Architectural or Designer Roof.