I'm preparing to re shingle my roof. I'm not sure if I should use ridge cap shingles,
or simply cut up 3-tab shingles for the ridge cap.
Do ridge cap shingles have any advantages over modified 3-tab shingles?
Standard shingles are a bit thinner than ridge cap shingles, and can crack or tear when folded over the ridge. Ridge cap shingles are thicker and come pre-bent, so there is less chance of cracking.
Most ridge cap shingles have an extra dollop of adhesive near the end of the shingle, to help hold it to the shingle below. This helps to prevent blow off in heavy winds.
Ridge cap shingles have a thicker nailing area, which helps prevent tearing near nail holes.
Since ridge cap shingles are designed specifically for the ridge, there is not preparation required. Just open the box, and start slapping them on.
I've always did what the homeowner wants and can afford. I live in ky (originally from Milwaukee so I brought the quality workmanship with me) so the weather stays relatively warm all yr...considering where im from..so cracking three tab isn't really an issue... If anything think run another strip of tar from a caulk gun 2" from the end and never worry about wind bringing them up...takes more but it works