Cost of Replacing Roof Ridge Tiles
Roof ridge tiles guide and example prices
Ridge tiles are more susceptible to damage than other roof tiles as the mortar weakens with age and exposure to the weather and changing temperatures. High winds can also cause ridge tiles to loosen over time and start to let rain in through small cracks which then gradually enlarge as the water freezes and breaks the mortar apart. Eventually, there will come a time when tiles will need to be replaced or have new cement to fix them back in place properly.
Average ridge tile replacement costs
Things to consider with ridge tiles
Problems with the ridge tiles can lead to more serious and more expensive problems if you just stick your head in the sand. Typical problems may include water penetration which will eventually lead to needing an entire roof replacement! So you are not saving money be simply leaving minor roofing jobs, you are creating much bigger problems. Small repairs like re-bedding a couple of loose ridge tiles and the replacement of few broken tiles are not too expensive and will save you a lot of money in the long run.
To fix a few loose ridge tiles simply involves lifting the affected tiles and adding a new mortar mix of three parts sand to one part cement to re-bed the ridge tiles. This sort of job should take no longer than 2 hours. But very few professional roofers will recommend ridge repair work as it is usually a temporary measure that may last a couple of months or a few years if you are lucky – but you can guarantee that the roof ridge will need attention again at some point so no guarantees will be offered.
This is the sort of job people do when moving house and they are not concerned about future problems! Professional roofers will want to do a proper job and either replace the ridge tiles or remove them and also remove all the old mortar before repointing them properly.
Doing it Yourself
If you have noticed a problem with the ridge tiles on your roof, there are two approaches available. The first is to check the damage yourself and then carry out any necessary repairs as a DIY project. Typical problems may include loose or damaged ridge tiles which can be taken on by a decent DIY enthusiast as long as they have the necessary safety equipment.
But the better and safer option is to get a roofing specialist to investigate the problem and prepare a written quotation detailing all the repairs necessary. This second option is highly recommended as roofers have the experience and skills to better identify the cause of roofing problems and will carry out the repairs to a much higher standard and ensure the repairs will last. Plus they will usually do the job much faster because they have all the tools and equipment required.
Ridge tiles checklist
- Working at height is dangerous without the required safety equipment
- Roofs are not designed to be walked on
- Damaged ridge tiles can lead to expensive roof repairs if left untreated
- Ridge ties are more exposed than other roof tiles so they tend to fail sooner
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
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What causes damaged or missing ridge tiles?
Traditional linked semi detached house with tiled roof replaced fully 10 years ago. I noticed an internal leak in the loft on the ceramic round capped edges running down the roof on the front of the house. Need to establish a source of the leak and fix. if its the edges then repace with new plastic ...
Submitted by Anup
I need someone to fix a water leak through the windows when it rains. The roof is flat roof/ground floor 6m extension made up of fibreglass.
Submitted by Sami
Remove and re-bed ridge tiles about 10 metres of the ridge.
Submitted by Francis
not sure looks like tiles have sunk at the rear of the house bin told it could be lead seal round external pipes
Submitted by Billy
Repair guttering at the back of the house - a hole in the gutter.