Title:
Roof ridge cover system
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A roof ridge cover system for efficiently constructing a durable and weatherproof roof ridge cover. The roof ridge cover system includes a base member formed to fit upon a roof ridge, a support member extending from the base member, and a cover member attached to the support member defining a first slot and a second slot on opposing sides of the support member. The base member has a substantially inverted V-shaped structure. The cover member has a substantially inverted V-shaped structure that preferably has a smaller inner angle than the base member for tapering the opposing slots.



Inventors:
Moen, Marvin A. (Grand Forks, ND, US)
Application Number:
10/337689
Publication Date:
07/08/2004
Filing Date:
01/06/2003
Assignee:
MOEN MARVIN A.
Primary Class:
International Classes:
E04D1/34; E04D3/40; (IPC1-7): E04B2/00
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Primary Examiner:
KING, ANITA M
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Marvin A. Moen (Grand Forks, ND, US)
Claims:

I claim:



1. A roof ridge cover apparatus, comprising: a base member; a support member extending upwardly from said base; and a cover member attached to the support member opposite of the base member forming a first slot and a second slot on opposing sides of said support member.

2. The roof ridge cover apparatus of claim 1, wherein said base member has a first portion and a second portion extending from opposing sides of said support member.

3. The roof ridge cover apparatus of claim 2, wherein said first portion and said second portion form an inverted V-shaped structure.

4. The roof ridge cover apparatus of claim 2, wherein said first portion and said second portion have an angle B.

5. The roof ridge cover apparatus of claim 4, wherein said cover member has a first section and a second section extending from opposing sides of said support member.

6. The roof ridge cover apparatus of claim 4, wherein said first section and said second section form an inverted V-shaped structure.

7. The roof ridge cover apparatus of claim 4, wherein said first section and said second section have an angle C.

8. The roof ridge cover apparatus of claim 7, wherein said angle C is less than said angle B.

9. The roof ridge cover apparatus of claim 1, wherein said cover member has a first section and a second section extending from opposing sides of said support member.

10. The roof ridge cover apparatus of claim 9, wherein said first section and said second section form an inverted V-shaped structure.

11. The roof ridge cover apparatus of claim 1, wherein said first slot and said second slot are outwardly tapered.

12. The roof ridge cover apparatus of claim 11, wherein said base member has a first portion and a second portion extending from opposing sides of said support member.

13. The roof ridge cover apparatus of claim 12, wherein said first portion and said second portion form an inverted V-shaped structure.

14. The roof ridge cover apparatus of claim 12, wherein said first portion and said second portion have an angle B.

15. The roof ridge cover apparatus of claim 14, wherein said cover member has a first section and a second section extending from opposing sides of said support member.

16. The roof ridge cover apparatus of claim 14, wherein said first section and said second section form an inverted V-shaped structure.

17. The roof ridge cover apparatus of claim 14, wherein said first section and said second section have an angle C.

18. The roof ridge cover apparatus of claim 17, wherein said angle C is less than said angle B.

19. The roof ridge cover apparatus of claim 11, wherein said base member has a broader width than said cover member.

20. A method of installing a cover apparatus upon a roof ridge of a roof structure, said cover apparatus having a base member, a support member extending upwardly from said base, and a cover member attached to the support member opposite of the base member forming a first slot and a second slot on opposing sides of said support member, said method comprising: preparing said cover apparatus to have a desired length; positioning said cover apparatus upon said roof ridge; securing fasteners through said base member into said roof structure for securing said cover apparatus; securing shingles to said roof structure; positioning a first upper row of said shingles within said first slot; and positioning a second upper row of said shingles within said second slot.

Description:

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] Not applicable to this application.

STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT

[0002] Not applicable to this application.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0003] 1. Field of the Invention

[0004] The present invention relates generally to roofing materials and more specifically it relates to a roof ridge cover system for efficiently constructing a durable and weatherproof roof ridge cover.

[0005] 2. Description of the Related Art

[0006] Roofing materials such as asphalt shingles have been in use for years. At the high ridges of the roof the roofer has to seal the section where the two or more sides of the roof meet to prevent precipitation from falling beneath the shingles. The conventional method of sealing a roof ridge is by simply securing a plurality of shingles in a longitudinal layered manner until the entire roof ridge is covered.

[0007] The main problem with conventional roof ridge sealing methods currently practiced is that they are time consuming and expensive to apply. A further problem with conventional roof ridge sealing methods is that they sometimes become weathered and worn making them prone to water leakage or complete removal from the roof ridge.

[0008] While these devices may be suitable for the particular purpose to which they address, they are not as suitable for efficiently constructing a durable and weatherproof roof ridge cover. Conventional roof ridge covers are susceptible to damage over extended periods of time and are not cost effective to install upon roofs.

[0009] In these respects, the roof ridge cover system according to the present invention substantially departs from the conventional concepts and designs of the prior art, and in so doing provides an apparatus primarily developed for the purpose of efficiently constructing a durable and weatherproof roof ridge cover.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0010] In view of the foregoing disadvantages inherent in the known types of roof ridge covering methods now present in the prior art, the present invention provides a new roof ridge cover system construction wherein the same can be utilized for efficiently constructing a durable and weatherproof roof ridge cover.

[0011] The general purpose of the present invention, which will be described subsequently in greater detail, is to provide a new roof ridge cover system that has many of the advantages of the roof ridge covering methods mentioned heretofore and many novel features that result in a new roof ridge cover system which is not anticipated, rendered obvious, suggested, or even implied by any of the prior art roof ridge sealing devices, either alone or in any combination thereof.

[0012] To attain this, the present invention generally comprises a base member formed to fit upon a roof ridge, a support member extending from the base member, and a cover member attached to the support member defining a first slot and a second slot on opposing sides of the support member. The base member has a substantially inverted V-shaped structure. The cover member has a substantially inverted V-shaped structure that preferably has a smaller inner angle than the base member for tapering the opposing slots.

[0013] There has thus been outlined, rather broadly, the more important features of the invention in order that the detailed description thereof may be better understood, and in order that the present contribution to the art may be better appreciated. There are additional features of the invention that will be described hereinafter and that will form the subject matter of the claims appended hereto.

[0014] In this respect, before explaining at least one embodiment of the invention in detail, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited in its application to the details of construction and to the arrangements of the components set forth in the following description or illustrated in the drawings. The invention is capable of other embodiments and of being practiced and carried out in various ways. Also, it is to be understood that the phraseology and terminology employed herein are for the purpose of the description and should not be regarded as limiting.

[0015] A primary object of the present invention is to provide a roof ridge cover system that will overcome the shortcomings of the prior art devices.

[0016] A second object is to provide a roof ridge cover system for efficiently constructing a durable and weatherproof roof ridge cover.

[0017] Another object is to provide a roof ridge cover system that may be formed into a single solid structure.

[0018] An additional object is to provide a roof ridge cover system that can be easily formed and installed to various roof ridges.

[0019] A further object is to provide a roof ridge cover system that provides consistent moisture protection for a building roof.

[0020] Another object is to provide a roof ridge cover system that withstands severe weather conditions.

[0021] A further object is to provide a roof ridge cover system that may be color coordinated with the roof shingles.

[0022] Other objects and advantages of the present invention will become obvious to the reader and it is intended that these objects and advantages are within the scope of the present invention.

[0023] To the accomplishment of the above and related objects, this invention may be embodied in the form illustrated in the accompanying drawings, attention being called to the fact, however, that the drawings are illustrative only, and that changes may be made in the specific construction illustrated and described within the scope of the appended claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0024] Various other objects, features and attendant advantages of the present invention will become fully appreciated as the same becomes better understood when considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which like reference characters designate the same or similar parts throughout the several views, and wherein:

[0025] FIG. 1 is an upper perspective view of the present invention.

[0026] FIG. 2 is an upper perspective view of the present invention secured to a roof prior to shingles being applied.

[0027] FIG. 3 is an upper perspective view of the present invention secured to a roof with the shingles secured to the roof.

[0028] FIG. 4 is a cross sectional view taken along line 4-4 of FIG. 3.

[0029] FIG. 5 is a cross sectional view taken along line 5-5 of FIG. 1.

[0030] FIG. 6 is a top view of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0031] Turning now descriptively to the drawings, in which similar reference characters denote similar elements throughout the several views, FIGS. 1 through 6 illustrate a roof ridge cover system 10, which comprises a base member 20 formed to fit upon a roof ridge, a support member 30 extending from the base member 20, and a cover member 40 attached to the support member 30 defining a first slot 50 and a second slot 60 on opposing sides of the support member 30. The base member 20 has a substantially inverted V-shaped structure. The cover member 40 has a substantially inverted V-shaped structure that preferably has a smaller inner angle than the base member 20 for tapering the opposing slots.

[0032] As shown in FIGS. 1, 6 and 7 of the drawings, the roof ridge cover system 10 is comprised of an elongate structure capable of covering various roof ridge lengths. The roof ridge cover system may be comprised of various materials such as but not limited to plastic, PVC, metal, composite, fiberglass and the like. The roof ridge cover system 10 may be colored and textured to coordinate with the shingles 12.

[0033] As shown in FIGS. 1 and 5 of the drawings, a base member 20 is provided having a first portion 22 and a second portion 24 in opposition to one another. The first portion 22 and the second portion 24 may have various thickness. In addition, the first portion 22 and the second portion 24 have a width sufficient to extend underneath at least a portion of the upper row of singles on opposing sides of the roof structure 14 as shown in FIG. 4 of the drawings.

[0034] The first portion 22 and the second portion 24 of the base member 20 preferably form an inverted V-shaped structure having an angle B. The angle B between the first portion 22 and the second portion 24 is preferably sufficient for being received upon the upper surface of the roof structure 14 as shown in FIG. 2 of the drawings. The base member 20 may have various other shapes and structures other than illustrated in the figures.

[0035] The support member 30 extends upwardly from the intersection of the first portion 22 and the second portion 24 of the base member 20. The support member 30 may be comprised of a solid or intermittent structure along the base member 20. The support member 30 may have various widths and heights in order to adequately support the cover member 40.

[0036] FIGS. 1 through 5 of the drawings illustrate the cover member 40 attached to the support member 30 opposite of the base member 20. The cover member 40 has a first section 42 and a second section 44 extending outwardly from an upper end of the support member 30 as best shown in FIG. 5 of the drawings. The first section 42 and the first portion 22 define a first slot 50 as best shown in FIG. 5 of the drawings. The second section 44 and the second portion 24 define a second slot 60 as best shown in FIG. 5 of the drawings.

[0037] The first section 42 and the second section 44 each have a width less than the corresponding first portion 22 and second portion 24. The first section 42 and the second section 44 preferably have a width less than 50% of the width of the first portion 22 and the second portion 24 respectively as illustrated in FIG. 5 of the drawings. The cover member 40 may have various other shapes and structures other than illustrated in the figures.

[0038] The first section 42 and the second section 44 of the cover member 40 preferably form an inverted V-shaped structure having an angle C. The angle C between the first section 42 and the second section 44 is preferably sufficient for being received upon the upper surface of the shingles 12 as shown in FIG. 4 of the drawings. The angle C is preferably less than the angle B thereby angling the sections 42, 44 toward the portions 22, 24 to snugly receive the shingles 12 between thereof within the first slot 50 and the second slot 60.

[0039] In use, the user cuts the proper length of the roof ridge cover system 10 to sufficient cover a roof ridge portion of the roof structure 14. The user then positions and secures the roof ridge cover system 10 upon the roof ridge as shown in FIG. 2 of the drawings. The user may secure the invention to the roof ridge utilizing conventional fasteners extending through the base member 20 such as but not limited to staples, nails, glue, adhesive, cement and screws.

[0040] After the base member is properly secured to the roof structure, the user then is able to secure the shingles to the roof structure starting at the lower portion of the roof structure up to the upper portion at the roof ridge. The user then positions the upper-most opposing rows of shingles within the first slot and the second slot as best illustrated in FIG. 4 of the drawings. After the upper-most rows have been secured, the roofing project has been completed with a long-lasting roof ridge cover 10.

[0041] As to a further discussion of the manner of usage and operation of the present invention, the same should be apparent from the above description. Accordingly, no further discussion relating to the manner of usage and operation will be provided.

[0042] With respect to the above description then, it is to be realized that the optimum dimensional relationships for the parts of the invention, to include variations in size, materials, shape, form, function and manner of operation, assembly and use, are deemed to be within the expertise of those skilled in the art, and all equivalent structural variations and relationships to those illustrated in the drawings and described in the specification are intended to be encompassed by the present invention.

[0043] Therefore, the foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described, and accordingly, all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the invention.