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ShingleVent® II – Our Barden Home’s Ridge Vent

clock July 28, 2009 10:31 by author Donny Kemick

While walking around the house, I noticed a couple ShingleVent® IIboxes laying around, so I thought I’d look into them a bit and see what they were all about.  The ShingleVent® II is a ridge vent that gets installed on the peaks of roofs.  The point of the vent is to allow exhaust ventilation along the roofline, end-to-end.  This vent theoretically works in conjunction with the Soffit air intake to “exhaust” the attic.

I like to check up on the materials that are going into the house, just be sure that the right stuff is being used.  I have to live there a long time, and the fewer headaches I have over time, the better!  The ShingleVent® II does have a lifetime, limited warranty that:

  • It will be free of manufacturing defects for the life of the original purchaser
  • IF, that there is a warranty claim, Air Vent Inc. will provide a replacement component, but you have to pay labor (NOT A BIG FAN OF THIS)
  • Warranty transfers to any replacement needed
  • Warranty lasts until the original purchaser sells the house or dies
  • For any non-personal residence (office, etc…) the warranty is 50 years
  • The warranty is transferrable to a new owner for a period of 50 years

They state several times that they won’t cover anything that was installed incorrectly, which I feel is a huge scapegoat because they could easily make that claim 20 years down the road, and who would be around to back your side up?  Some of my research elsewhere online (discussed below) reassured me though that I shouldn’t have issues, as long as the guys install them correctly.

Comparing ShingleVent® II to the Competition – According to the Manufacturer

**Disclaimer – the following information came from their website, so I’m certain some of it was probably biased, but that’s just my opinion.***

Air Vent, Inc. did some research on the performance of the ShingleVent ® II in comparison to the competition and found the following:


The test to the left was a 1-hour, early morning test.  The wind speed was 3.5 miles per hour.  The numbers are the airflow coming OUT of the ridge vent.  The comparison was to the Cobra Vent ®.  You can see the airflow allows was much greater for the ShingleVent.





Weather Infiltration Prevention

You can see from the results in the chart on the left that ShingleVent II dominated this test with no leakage of water.





My Online Research

I was very comforted to find that many roofing companies and builders give glowing recommendations for the ShingleVent® II ridge vent.  The issues that I came across were due to improper installation.  One example is provided in the video below:

This professional strait out says that they are big fans of the ShingleVent ® II, but the contractor didn’t use long enough nails.  The nail that they used was not even 2”, and the minimum is 2.5”.  The gentleman in the video states that they use 3” nails, and in some cases 3” screws.

I came across these discussions while researching the competitors to ShingleVent:

This site seems to have a lot of good information on roofing, with videos and photography: 

My Conclusion

Overall, I feel confident in the ShingleVent as a building material for my Barden Home.  I will certainly be asking the roofing crew what length of nail they used on the vent!


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CertainTeed Landmark Shingles in Driftwood

clock July 22, 2009 16:05 by author Donny Kemick

When planning for our house, we picked the CertainTeed Landmark shingle in Driftwood color.  The picture above doesn’t look very exciting and to be honest, we didn’t want them to.  Our main objective with the shingles was to get something that would show very little staining and fading over time.  That eliminated light colors and black.  We fully realize that both of those could still happen.  We’re hopeful that this dark, but not black, will do the best out of the color options.  It also looks good with the exterior colors we’re using.

How Long Will They Last?

When we were making decisions on shingles,  my wife and I were drawn to the 50+ year shingles for obvious reasons.  The longer the better in our opinion.  Our GC pointed out that the claim of 50 years is pretty far fetched.  In fact, the 30 years stated for our selected shingle is probably a bit overdone. 

The Warranty Information

  • 30-year, limited transferable warranty
  • 5-year SureStart™ warranty (100% replacement and labor costs due to manufacturing defects)
  • 10-year StreakFighter™ warranty against streaking and discoloration caused by airborne algae
  • 5-year, 70 mph wind-resistance warranty

    Compare Quality

    If you are looking for shingles to compare to the Landmark 30’s that I am installing, a little research has indicated that the Timberline 30 Year, and Tamko Heritage 30 year are pretty equal. 

    Issues With The Landmark 30 Year Shingles

    I’m very much a hope for the best, expect the worst kind of guy.  That’s why I like to research the potential problems we could have with certain materials and decisions.  I decided to do some reading on problems that people have had with the shingles we selected and came up with the following list:

    - Warrantee honoring by the manufacturer (in that, they really try hard not to)
    - Very sensitive to slight installation goofs
    - Very sensitive to ventilation issues
    - Some blow-off issues in high-wind areas (Chicago)

    How To Install The Landmark Shingles

    Like I know!!!???!!  But, I did find a useful document on Certainteed’s website: 

    Notice that the PDF is only 9 pages.  Seems like not enough for something as important as your roof.  I guess it covers the necessary details though. 

    Some notes I’ve gathered from the installation PDF:

    image- Landmark Shingles have a trademarked feature called WideTrack QB that gives a 1 1/2” wide nailing area. 
    - There are certain conditions (namely high dust and low temperature) that will require the installer to seal them by hand
    - The shingles should be sufficiently warm when installing them to reduce the risk of cracking
    - The installer should be very careful to nail the shingles down correctly.  See the image right below:
    - An underlayment is required
    - It’s best to snap horizontal and vertical chalk lines to ensure a strait installation
    - 5” of the shingles should be exposed
    - A piece of metal flashing is used around walls
    - A metal drip edge is used at the end of the roof deck

    There is obviously much more to be gained by reading the entire document.  My bulleted list is far from all-inclusive.  It’s not even close really.  The PDF discusses a few different installation techniques.

    Sleeping Better At Night Is Important

    Having read the good, the bad, the ugly really helps me to understand what’s going into my house, what issues to watch out for, and what the common causes of the issues are.  In the event that there is ever an issue with my shingles (God Forbid), I feel like I will have a better understanding of why, and who to blame.

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    Roof Sheathing is Finished, What’s Next?

    clock July 22, 2009 10:56 by author Donny Kemick

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    The framing guys got the rest of the roof sheathing up today, which eases my worries a bit with all of the clouds and rain I see in the forecast for the next 5 days.  While the percentage chance of precipitation is variable from day to day, and over low, I don’t trust the forecasts until I view the hour-by-hour!

    On to the Shingles

    I was fortunate to talk to one of the GC’s guys this afternoon, and he said they will likely start the shingles tomorrow and finish them on Friday or Monday.  That will REALLY put me at ease, because the OSB sheathing on the roof will no longer be directly exposed.

    Next Delivery

    It’s look as though the next delivery will be the windows and doors, according to the gentleman I spoke to today.  They would like to have the shingles on before that delivery to make sure there are reliably dry areas to store them.  I asked if the wrap that goes around the house would go up before or after the windows and doors, and he said they’ve done it both ways, so he wasn’t sure which order they’d go in.

    Another Update

    I will do a run through of the house tonight and see if there is anything else to report on, and do a follow-up post if so.


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