Ridge tiles are arguably the most important section of tiles on your roof, as they are the most exposed to the elements. A watertight line of ridge tiles in good repair will help prevent the rain and wind causing damage to your roof.
How often do we look up to check on the condition of our home? With chimneys and roofs, any damage can be hard to detect, though some signs will be obvious and will indicate that some repair and maintenance is needed. Due to its location, your chimney stack is most exposed to the elements, and will take the brunt of adverse weather conditions, so will naturally deteriorate over time.
First line of defence
Ridge tiles are the topmost line of tiles on any pitched roof. They are your roof’s front line of defence against the elements, so naturally it’s vital that they stay in good condition. They come in a wide variety of colours and designs, and the traditional style is the half round ridge. This style is usually found on period properties, whereas angled ridge tiles are more modern, and provide a cleaner aesthetic.
Call in the professionals
Ridge tiles used to be fixed into place using mortar – also known as the ‘wet ridge roofing system’. However, this practice has all but been replaced by the 'dry ridge roofing system’, except on buildings which are listed, where traditional methods are specified. With any roofing work however, it makes sense to call in the professionals as working at a height is always dangerous if you don’t have the necessary experience and equipment.
Professionally installed ridge tiles will ensure a weathertight protection for your home or property against the elements and provide a neat top line. Ridge tiles are strategically important to keep your roof weathertight – if they become damaged or loose, then water will enter the roof, causing water damage, and is likely to cause other tiles to become loose in turn, causing further leaks and more damage. It’s vital to ensure the good maintenance of your ridge tiles.