What Are Ridge Cap Shingles and What Are They Used For?

Asphalt shingles are designed to protect homes without breaking the bank. They are not as long-lasting as metal roofing but they are an American favorite and have been for a long time. These affordable roofing materials come in various colors to fit a person’s taste and are durable enough to last a long period of time against the elements, especially with proper installation and maintenance.

What Are Ridge Cap Shingles and What Are They Used For?

Different roof parts require different kinds of roofing materials to protect it. While flashing protects the area where protrusions such as chimneys meet the roof, a different kind of shingle is used to protect the ridges of the roof: ridge cap shingles.

Ridge cap shingles are like regular shingles in that they use the same material and offer the same look in terms of color; but they are different in that they are specially designed to cover the ridges of the roof, which are high-stress areas that need more protection, unlike with metal roofing.

Aside from adding necessary protection to your roof ridges, GAF’s hip and ridge cap shingles add accents to your architectural roofing shingles and make your roof stand out. These can even add dimension and depth to a 3-Tab shingle roof, making it look better while protecting your home.

GAF offers a variety of choices for their hip and ridge cap Shingles, all of which can be categorized into two major categories: Standard and Premium.


GAF Standard hip and ridge cap shingles are high-quality, cost-effective alternatives to cut-up 3-Tab shingles. These are available in the Z Ridge, Seal-A-Ridge, and Seal-A-Ridge Armorshield series.

Z Ridge shingles provide the look of thick wood shakes using a unique Z-fold design. Seal-A-Ridge machine cut shingles are meant to complement your roofing shingles. Seal-A-Ridge Armorshield features SBS modified ridge cap shingles provide strong protection that complements your GAF shingles.


GAF Premium hip and ridge cap shingles provide top-notch protection while adding drama to your roof. These are available in the Ridglass, Timbertex, and TimberCrest series.

Ridglass shingles have the high-profile look of wood shake with extra-thick leading edges. Timbertex shingles provide extra protection and are up to 195% thicker than regular strip shingles. TimberCrest shingles are SBS modified shingles with a distinct bullnose look thanks to a rounded edge design.

If you’re looking for the best roofing contractor that can install GAF shingles perfectly, look no further than Alpine Roofing Construction. Whether it’s an asphalt shingle roof or a metal roofing system that you need, we can help you. Call us at (214) 380-4607 today. Let’s talk about your roofing needs in Dallas, Fort Worth or Arlington, TX, or any other nearby part of Texas.

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