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.
Michael was there when I needed my roof fixed, he came round in short notice gave me a price and was there fixing the leak whilst I was sleeping after my nightshift, when I awoke the job was done, I hope Michael will be there for me again if I need him in the future. I would definitely recommend him to friends and family. He is a good and reliable honest tradesman.
Cannot fault the work done on the roof. The men who carried out our roof repair and maintenance did so to a very high standard.
Warren did a super job for me, sorting out my broken tile and gutters quickly and without fuss. Wouldn't hesitate to use again, thank you.
Warren responded very quickly, was able to come the same day to take a look at and eventually repair a leaky roof. Very knowledgable and professional. And the leak is fixed!
Paul Williams got in touch when he said he would, gave the quote and did the job within reasonable time, somewhat set back by the weather. He was very easy to deal with and responded immediately to my emails. Full marks for that! I will use him again if I have a problem.
Thoroughly recommend Paul. Contacted Paul after another roofer left us with a leaking flat roof and was unable to resolve the issue. Paul replaced the flat roof and no more leak. Would definitely use him again
5 tiles replaced and gutter work including facias and gutter cleaning. Michael from MK maintenance carried out some work on my mum’s house done a great job and would highly recommend very clean and tidy and we would definitely use for further work and to recommend to family and friends thanks.
Mike did a great job cleaned up well after and disposed of all the rubbish. Will use again and would recommend him to anyone.
We had worked carried out last year that was excellent by Micheal. He was very polite, tidy and reliable. Had a small problem and he came straight out and corrected it. Would definitely recommend.
Michael was quick to investigate and identify the source of my leak and resolved the issue promptly for a very fair price. He was really easy to talk to and I'd highly recommend him to others looking to get roofing work completed!
RFR made the time to come out and inspect the bay roof which had leaked in the previous night following a heavy storm. He explained that it needed a repair not a replacement and set to work straight away. They explained very clearly what needed doing and the the cost involved, which was very reasonable. We were very relieved to say the least, having assumed the roof might need a very costly replacement. We would have been none the wiser had someone confirmed our worse fears. RFR were very honest and helpful and even troubled to advise us on how to make good the damage to the inside decoration. We would not hesitate to use RFR again and can recommend him without reservation.
Saved me from a real emergency. Great care from start to finish. Would highly recommend.
Paul and his team did a first class job after we had been let down by other people. Someone who turns up and does what he says he’ll do. I have no hesitation in recommending this company for any roof repairs.
Michael is very knowledgeable and his advice was invaluable in deciding the best option to repair my ridge tiles on my roof. His quote was very competitive and the standard of his work was very high, moreover he ensured that any mess was tidied up and taken away for disposal. I have not hesitation in recomending MK Maintenance.
Good service kept us informed from start to finish roofers on time and polite
Warren was so professional and helpful. Warren put right our guttering that was done so poorly by a different company. We are extremely happy with the service and wouldn't hesitate to employ him again for future roofing work. Thank you.
Mrs sharon m Brown
Paul Williams responded immediately and visited to survey the job and explained what was required - very friendly chap. A week later I received a quote. My inclination is to take up Paul’s quote but I am ‘still’ waiting for other quotes from other companies before committing myself.
Called on Monday afternoon, Toby came out the next morning and my roof leak was sorted in the afternoon by Mark and Shaun, Thankyou guys for such great service and the price was good too.
Michael did a fantastic job repairing my roof and replacing guttering. Friendly, reliable and advised me on any further work that needed to be done. He will be coming back to repair my chimney. He also worked neatly and cleaned up any debris from the work. Would absolutely recommend Michael to friends and colleagues.