The ridge is the point at which two sections of a sloped roof system meet. Traditionally the method of pointing a roof would be to use a mortar mix that bonds the ridge tile to the roof.
Repointing is a method whereby the loose or broken mortar is scraped away and replaced with new.
Pople Roofing over many years in the field has experienced a number of occasions where faulty mortar workwhen the roof tiles still have life in them but the ridge has begun to fail.
The Re-Pointing Process
Roof pointing - and bedding are essential parts to the structure of the roof and if traditional methods are used require regular maintenance to ensure your roof stays in its best condition.
Roof Bedding - The cement mortar mix that holds the roof tiles in place. Over a period of time and exposure to all weather conditions, it will incur natural wear and result in loose tiles and broken mortar. If the bedding is not well maintained it can easily crack and fall away, therefore, leaving your tiles loose and exposed and can easily become a danger if they are to fall.
When having your home roof repointed it is recommended to have the tiles re-bedded at the same time. A new layer of cement mortar will be applied along with a new layer of flexible pointing material to increase the adhesion between the ridge and roof and further provide a dual layer of protection over the bedding to extend the life of the mortar bedding.
Roof pointing is a secondary layer of mortar which is applied over the top of the bedding to create a stronger seal and avoid any dirt, dust or water ingress. Traditionally roofs would be pointed with cement mortar but have recently been changed and been replaced with flexible pointing compounds. Flexible pointing expands and contracts with the changing weather conditions which enable it to move easier and avoid any cracking which ultimately leads to leaks that can damage your home.
Competent Roofer Scheme Member
If 50% or more of your flat roof needs to be replaced*, then under current Building Regulations, you must upgrade your insulation to the current minimum standard and your Local Authority needs to be notified a minimum of 48 hours before work commences. Failure to comply could result in an enforcement notice from your Local Authority, and you will face difficulties when you decide to sell your property. As members of the competent roofer scheme, we can self certify our own work and provide you with the correct compliance certificate’s on completion saving you time and money.
*Scheme does not apply to repairs or new builds.
Converting a Traditional Roof to Dry Ridge
Most noteworthy the answer is Yes, this can be done. If you would like to convert your existing mortar based fixings. Then a brand new dry ridge system it is actually easier than you imagine. If your existing bedding is old and failing it could potentially be the ideal candidate for replacing as the tiles will be easier to remove. However, if they are not loose or failing it may not be worth doing and risk damaging the tiles.
Pople Roofing can check to see if it would be required?
Certainly, there are some simple signs that would give you a good indication such as;
- Bad weather has damaged your roof
- You have a leak from your roof
- The roof has not been maintained regularly
- Loose or unsafe ridge tiles
Pople Roofings Mortar Work
Below are some examples of completed Mortar Work delivered by Pople Roofing, showing the professional workmanship throughout.
What some of Our Client Says
All of Pople Roof Specialists are taken from Checkatrade
Arrived on time. Worked well as a team. Well turned out , polite and respectful. Working from a flat roof, on to a slate one, both of which they protected. Replaced additional cracked slate. Left site as they found it, clear and tidy. If you need roofing work use this Company.
This job was completed under very difficult circumstances as we had heavy snow and high winds after they had started. The roof remained water tight and the job was completed as quickly as possible despite the weather. The workmen tidied up very well when they had finished and were very polite and courteous at all times.
Would highly recommend. Very efficient. Quotes returned with in the hour. Always informed straight away, if more work needed doing. No pressure to have it done. Roofers were brilliant, friendly, didn't feel like a stranger in your own home. They done a excellent job. Fab finish. Can't praise the team enough.