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Exposure to heavy winds, moisture intrusion and improper installation can all lead to a vent cover being blown off the rooftop. Vent covers help to protect the roof's wooden decking, rafters and trusses from being exposed to too much moisture. This sort of weather infiltration can quickly lead to major problems with the roof and the home's walls, ceilings and flooring. Homeowners can learn how to replace a blown off vent cover on their own and understand when it's best to call in a professional Folsom roofing expert for some assistance.

Because vents are often placed on some of the highest parts of the roof, such as its ridges, great care must be taken when making any repairs or putting on a replacement cover. The homeowner should work with a helper stationed on the ground and observing the area for any safety issues such as rain or nearby animals. Some essential equipment for this DIY project includes an extension ladder, leather work gloves, knee pads, rubber soled shoes, a helmet, tools for affixing the new cover onto the roof, a container of roofing sealant, a tube of roofing cement and the new vent cover.

A roofing contractor from Allstate Roofing of Folsom CA would be happy to answer any question you have about residential roofing or skylights.

Replacing a damaged cover is much easier than installing a brand new ridge vent, which should only be done by a qualified roofer, as it involves making a hole into the rooftop.

If the old, broken vent cover is still attached to the roof, the first step is to remove it. The old cover may have been put onto the roof with screws, bolts or nails. A screwdriver, wrench or claw hammer may be needed to remove these fasteners. If the old cover was blown off, this project will be completed even faster.

The new cover should be removed from its packaging and slid into place. Homeowners should use the recommended fasteners listed on the manufacturer's installation instructions in order to adhere to the terms of the product's warranty. Once the fasteners are in place, some roofing cement should be placed around the perimeter of the vent cover. This helps to form a good seal around its edges. A bead of roofing sealant or caulk should be placed on the tops or heads of the fasteners. This helps to guard against oxidation and corrosion that takes place as a result of exposure to rain and outdoor humidity. While on the roof, the homeowner may want to check on the status of the other ridge vent covers to ensure that they are in good working order and not cracked or dented.

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