Installing A Roof Cricket

By Robert Robillard on Roofing

Installing A Roof Cricket

What’s a roof cricket?

Before installing a roof cricket you first should understand what it is and why it is important.

A roof cricket is a ridge structure designed to divert water on a roof. Generally found on the high side of a chimney or the transition from one roof area to another, the cricket is normally the same pitch as the rest of the roof, but not always. Crickets can be covered with metal flashing or with the same material as the rest of the roof.

Crickets are also often referred to as “saddles” in this context.

Installing A Roof Cricket

When the chimney is at the bottom of a roof slope or has roof sloping into it I always install a cricket. Below are some pictures of a cricket I recently installed.

Installing A Roof Cricket

 

Prevent Roof Leaks ~ How To Build A Roof Cricket

Chimneys are notorious for leaking, and the culprit is almost always the sheet metal flashing. It doesn’t take an expert to spot problems—simply look for water-stained ceilings or other telltale signs of leaking in the vicinity of your chimney.

Because chimneys are such a potential trouble spot, consider installing a roof cricket as well as  inspect them once every year or two for loose or missing flashing and cracks in the masonry. Small cracks can be sealed with caulk designed to repair masonry.

This chimney pictured below is on a Main Street Concord house. A leak caused rot roof sheathing rot, ant infestation and plaster damage in a bedroom below

We determined the cause of the leak to be several things; lack of an adequate waterproof underlayment [rubber ice and water shield], fatiguing lead chimney flashing and the lack of a roof cricket.

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Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor / Video Talent

Robert Robillard is a general contractor, carpenter and operates a remodeling company located in Concord, MA. He is the editor of ConcordCarpenter.com and ToolBoxBuzz. Rob is a recognized leader in tool and how-to information for building professionals, he hosts the Concord Carpenter Cable TV Show, offering advice on home repairs and maintenance. On his website, Rob uses his knowledge and experience to help and educate on best practices in the remodeling industry. His motto: “Well done is better than well said!”.

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