Adding or Modifying Ridge Caps

Reference Number: KB-01189
Last Modified: May 15, 2017

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier


I want to add or modify an existing ridge cap to my roof, how do I do this? 

Ridge cap detailing on a corrugated metal roof


Chief Architect is has the ability to automatically generate as well as to edit Ridge Caps.  This can be done in either the Build Roof dialog, or via individual Roof Plane Specification dialogs.  This article will explain the differences, and show how to customize your ridge caps to your specific needs.


Additional Ridge Cap profiles can be found in the Chief Architect 3D Library.

To modify ridge cap defaults

  1. To change the default ridge caps that build when your roof if generated, open the Build Roof dialog via the menu by clicking Build> Roof> Build Roof , then click on the Ridge Caps panel.

    Keep in mind that any changes made here will not take place on your plan automatically unless "Auto Rebuild Roofs" is checked, or if you check "Build Roofs" on the Roof panel.

    • Use the Profile drop-down menu to select from any of the ridge cap profiles currently being used.

    • Click Add Default to add the default ridge cap profile -- please note that this will add a new instance of the Default Ridge Cap profile to the Profile drop-down menu each time it is pressed.

    • Click Add New to add a new Ridge Cap profile from the Library.

    • Click Replace to change the currently selected profile to one chosen from the Library.

    • Click Delete to delete the currently selected profile.

    • Edit Height, Width, and if needed, Vertical and/or Horizontal Offset.

    • Lastly, you can check Bend To Roof Pitch to force the Ridge Cap profile to conform to the pitch of the roof.

      The Bend To Roof Pitch option is not applicable for the Default Ridge Cap profile, as it conforms to the roof pitch automatically.

You can modify or delete individual ridge caps in either 2D or 3D views by selecting and editing both of the conjoining roof planes.

In this example we will be using a basic gable roof.


To modify a single existing ridge cap

  1. Using the Select Objects  tool, click to select the first roof plane, hold the Shift key and click to select the adjacent roof plane.

  2. Click the Open Object  edit button to open the Roof Plane Specification dialog for both roof planes.

  3. Click the Ridge Caps panel and make any necessary changes as described in the section above, and then click OK.

To delete a ridge cap

  1. Using the Select Objects  tool, select the roof plane you wish to remove the ridge cap from, taking special care to click near the edge of the plane where the ridge cap sits, in order to select the proper edge of the roof plane.

    The Selected Edge is denoted by a larger edit handle.  Once the plane is selected, any other edge can be selected by simply clicking on the associated edit handle.

  2. Select Open Objects  to open the Roof Plane Specification dialog.

  3. On the Ridge Caps panel, place a check mark next to No Ridge Cap On Selected Edge and press OK.

Ridge caps are generated on each roof plane in the order that the roof planes were generated and "overlap" in the same order (ex: the first roof plane takes precedence over the second, the second over the third, and so on.)  For manually drawn roof planes this is easier to keep track of, however automatically generated roof planes may generate in an unexpected order.  As such, you may need to repeat these steps for both roof planes associated to a specific ridge.