A cricket, sometimes called a saddle, is a v-shaped ridge structure that helps make a smooth transition between roofing areas. Functionally, they help divert water. Aesthetically they create a smooth visual appearance.
Crickets are most often seen on the backs of chimneys, but they are also present in transitions from different pitches or from building to building. Smaller roof crickets are typically made of metal flashing material and larger ones can be covered in the same surface as the rest of the roof.
Deciding if You Need a Cricket
Since crickets provide both a practical and architectural function, there are many situations that could require a roof cricket. A cricket can be installed over an existing section of roof, but the best scenario for larger crickets is to be framed and installed as part of a major renovation or new construction project. This procedure helps ensure that the cricket will be secure and functional as opposed to creating additional problems instead of solving them.
Common scenarios where roof crickets are used include:
- Behind chimneys to prevent a buildup of leaves or water
- Non-sloped roof valleys or valleys that see concentrated runoff
- Transitions from outlying roof structures like an addition, garage or deck gable
- Commercial flat roofs often use roof crickets around the inner edges to prevent buildup of debris or runoff
- Anywhere there is an abrupt visual transition between roof angles or pitches that you want to make more aesthetically smooth-looking
Nashville Cricket Installation Experts
Our expert teams can handle all sorts of cricket installation jobs on projects such as overlays, new construction or commercial flat roof renovations. We carefully measure and plan out your cricket so they will divert the maximum amount of water and debris away from vulnerable areas and into your drainage system. Contact us at (615) 794-9111 today or fill out our form for a free quote or to get started.