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How to Install Owens Corning Hip and Ridge Caps

Owens Corning is one of the leading manufacturers of roofing shingles. Hip and ridge caps are placed on the roof after the shingles have been installed. They're installed similarly to shingles, at the very peak of the roof. These shingles cap off the roof and give it a finished, professional look.

Step 1

Measure the length of the top of the roof, so you know how many hip and ridge cap shingles to purchase. One bundle typically covers 33 square feet.

Step 2

Lay the first hip and ridge cap shingle at the top of the roof. Place it so that it overlaps each side of the house. Hammer it in place with a roofing nail directly in the top. Insert another nail into each side of the hip and ridge cap, on both sides of the roof.

Step 3

Lay the second hip and ridge cap shingle next to the first so it overlaps, leaving only eight inches of exposure from the previous shingle. Install it in the same manner. Continue along the top of the roof, installing the hip and ridge caps, so there is eight inches of exposure between the pieces.

Step 4

Cut the final piece to size, if necessary. Measure and mark the piece at the desired cut location and score it with a utility knife. Install it in the same manner as the previous pieces.

Step 5

Slide a tube of plastic roofing cement into a caulking gun and cut off the nozzle at a 45-degree angle with a utility knife. Squeeze a bead of roofing cement over all of the nails, to cover them up.

Warnings

  • Always use a ladder carefully and make sure that it's on stable ground when in use.
  • When working on a roof, it is advisable to wear a properly secured safety harness. Always follow manufacturers directions explicitly.
  • Carry a cell phone with you, in case of mishap.

About the Author

Alexander Callos began writing in 2005 for "The Lantern" at The Ohio State University and has written for various websites, including Bleacher Report, Top Ten Real Estate Deals and Columbus Sports. He has published articles for CBS Sports, SI.com and other websites. He graduated in 2007 from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in public affairs journalism.