The top of any pitched roof is usually sealed with ridge tiles. Whether you have a tiled or slate roof, ridge tiles site astride the roof apex to overlap the roof covering on either side. There are two common profiles for ridge tiles; angular or half round. Modern roofs often incorporate vents in ridge tiles, approximately every fifth tile along the length of the ridge. If a roof design features different ridge meetings, the ridge tiles are cut to create a uniform gap to allow a neat cement joint. Unfortunately, over time ridge tiles can become loose, particularly where mortar breaks down.
While roof tiles are designed to last for decades, ridge tiles are particularly vulnerable to damage. Adverse weather can affect ridge tiles, and this risk is amplified when the roof is weathered and old.
There are a number of signs that your ridge tiles may be damaged or the ridge tile mortar has started to break down. These include damp spots inside your home, mould on exterior walls, ceiling stains. In winter, you may even notice frozen nails or other fixings at the top of your attic.
If you need to replace your ridge tiles, you may need to consider whether you want to stick to a conventional installation or a dry ridge system. If your ridge tiles have suffered from a great deal of mortar damage, a dry ridge system may be preferable. Recent building regulations state that mortar should not be used as the sole means of ridge tile fixing, with mortar only applications restricted to specific repair jobs and on heritage properties.
Even before the new standards were established, the roofing trade had embraced the use of dry ridge systems. Dry ridge systems are easier to install and have lower maintenance requirements. Dry ridge systems feature mechanically fixed ridge tiles without the use of mortar. Although dry ridge systems tend to have a higher initial installation outlay, there is less maintenance required, making them a less bothersome option in the years to come.
Dry ridge systems have not been widely embraced throughout the industry, as some professionals believe the plastics may become brittle after prolonged exposure to severe weather conditions including excessive sunshine and sub zero temperatures. However, high quality dry ridge systems only use materials that have been tested for an assurance of fully UV resistance.
Ridge tiles are a crucial component of any roof. Since the ridge is the highest point of the roof, it suffers the most significant exposure to weather conditions including high winds, ice, snow, rain, and even hot sunshine. Therefore, you need to ensure that your ridge tiles are in good condition; offering a watertight seal for your roof to protect your home from damage.
If you have concerns about the state of your ridge tiles, you can rely on us. Our recommended expert roofing professionals can assist you with all aspects of ridge tile fixing and repair. The team would be happy to assess your roof and guide you through the most appropriate repair options.
We had been trying for weeks to have a hole in our roof mended. We asked for a call back on the Thursday. They called us back within a few minutes and came and fixed our roof Saturday. Will definitely use them for any other roofing repairs
Great service from Alan and his team. Kept us informed throughout. Would rehighly recommend.
Very pleased with the new roof to our extension. Excellent communication - came out quickly to provide a quote - work done speedily and efficiently in very cold weather. Thank you.
Small job fixing ridge tiles. Good quality work, done promptly and at a fair price.
On my journey to find what is the issue with my roof Michael came recommended by another very high ranking professional who deemed its best to get some roof work done before I attempt to clean moss. I have nothing but kind words to describe Michael's professionalism, knowledge and skill. He has a very sharp eye and can pinpoint anything wrong with the roof and is incredibly honest and clear on what options we have on how to attempt to do the work. He provides an update every day on what is done and what is left and is incredibly clean and tidy when doing the work. He has so much compassion of the family situation and provides options for work to be done to suit the family budget. He has been so kind, knowledgeable, and honest with us that he has made something as devastating as roof works in 2 months of moving in, for a first time buyer, something manageable. He is always on time and has prioritised to do work even when the temperatures were below 0 just to make sure our roof wasn't leaking with the bad weather saving us a lot of potential damage. He is very trustworthy and I would recommend him and use him again if needed.
I contacted L&M roofing on Saturday, the problem with the damaged chimney, we met on Sunday, we agreed on the work, on Monday it was already done, before and after photos, efficiently and professionally. Thank you I'm waiting for the first heavy rain 🙂
We lost a tile overnight in the recent storms - gave him a ring when we noticed it (on a wet & windy Saturday) - he was here within the hour and job completed 10mins after arriving. He was almost too embarrassed to charge us - but we were happy to pay for his service (and obviously did). Great guy and a great job done. Highly recommended - and such a nice chap as well. We will definitely use him again.
I can't praise Steve and his team highly enough. Exemplary standard of workmanship, courteous, punctual, tidy, considerate and reasonably priced. The work (replacing soffits, fascias & guttering) was completed on time, on budget and to the highest standard. The site was thoroughly cleaned before they left. I would unreservedly recommend giving Steve the chance to quote for your job and am sure that you won't be sorry.
Very professional, Very happy with the end result. Would recommend 100%
Amazing from start to finish
Would recommend SDB building. Communications are always excellent, and the team deliver high quality works on the promised timescale.
Quick and efficient response to the major issue found when doing work, communications were excellent throughout the work, photos supplied of completed work which is very helpful. While not the cheapest or most expensive, work completed looks 5*, it was not rushed.
I needed some repairs to roof & drainpipes adjusting. Steve came as agreed, gave a competitive quote, was friendly & helpful offering good sound advice. His colleagues tidied up and seem to have resolved the problems. Thank you to him & his colleagues
Very helpful and thorough did a brilliant job and very friendly.. Would definitely use them again highly recommend
The work was delayed by weather but Steve kept me updated, and I was completely happy with end result
Prompt reply and dealt with problem immediately, and corrected problem which was left by original company! Thank you
Steve turned up as promised and the job was carried out quickly and efficiently. I would definitely use again!
Steve and the guys did a great job replacing the valley, installing an eaves tray and felt replacement on the chimney and chimney flaunching to name just a few of the repairs. High quality job - I can tell by the photos they undertook before and after. Reliable time keeping, they worked hard, kept tidy and above all the communication was excellent. I have used them several times before for different building jobs and they always provide a high level of service which is customer focused. Highly recommended.
Great team of guys who responded to our urgent repair needs. Steve was happy to talk us through the issues he could see and the options and costs of correcting them, before starting work, so there were no surprises. Work was completed on time and to a high standard.
Needed a Velux window removed from the roof and also some repairs. Team were professional, efficient and got the job done in a day. Will be using them again and would highly recommend if you need work done