DaVinci on the Roof: Ridges and DaVinci Slate

DaVinci lightweight tilesI thought it might be fun to do a series of posts called, "DaVinci on the Roof" and learn from the roofers that use and work with our lightweight roofing solutions every day. 

First up is commentary on DaVinci Slate ridges.

Here's what I asked the roofers:

  1. When installing DaVinci Slate on a ridge, do you prefer to use ridge vents?  Why or why not?
  2. Do you use any special tricks when installing DaVinci slate on a ridge?
  3. Which size do you prefer to order for the ridge?  6" or 7" tiles?
Here's what they had to say - a big thank you to all the roofers that offered their two cents!

Trent Lovewell of Weatherguard, Inc, Roofing Contractors in Omaha, NE, said:

Steep slope roofing and ridge vent"We love ridge vent!!  As long as the roof has enough ridges in order to do the ridge vent. It is very important to use a ventilation calculator in order to get the accurate amount needed for each house.

One thing that we have noticed with the ridge from DaVinci, it has a little flexibility to it. We like to make sure we give a little room for expansion when placing it over the ridge vent.

We prefer the 7” tiles so.  We like this exposure the best so you can see a little more of the shingle."


Joe Brozek of United Contractors Inc in Minnesota said:

"Ridge vent looks better and performs better as long as there is enough ridge and everything is not hip. With a roof of this quality it only looks right to use copper accessories and copper box vents are expensive.

lightweight roofing tiles and ridge ventWhen installing DaVinci fake slate on the ridge I install a colored piece of steel under the ridge cap. This way there is not a piece of ice and water shield that will get eaten up by the sun if the ridge does not cover everything. Also if there is a spot that you can see through the gap in the ridge cap by having colored metal below that is close in color you don’t notice the gap.

I've found that the 7 inch ridge lightweight tiles cover better, and you have less chance of rain or snow blowing under the ridge if there is a strong wind. If you are installing ridge over ridge vent two inches of ply wood are missing on both sides of the ridge so with 7 inch tiles there is more space to get two nail the go into something solid."

Do you have questions about our lightweight roofing tiles?  Be sure to check out our installation guides that answer a lot of these questions and of course, if you have additional questions, you can always get in touch with a member of our technical department as well.


Name: Jacob Perlmutter
Time: Thursday, September 24, 2015

Interested in ridge slate product to be installed over ridge vent. I am installing new slate roof and looking for a product to cover the ridge vent.
Name: DaVinci Roofscapes
Time: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Hi Jacob,

Please give one of our Project Specialists a call and they will be able to help you with your ridge vent.

Best of luck with your project,

The DaVinci Roofscapes Team

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