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Ridge Tiles Re-cementing Costs

Material Costs, Labour Fees and Time Frame Estimates for Re-cementing Ridge Tiles

Ridge tiles are used to line the roof’s topmost ridge. Designed to fix roof tile row tops as well as prevent water from seeping in, they are also responsible for preventing the roof tiles from getting blown off by strong gusts of wind. It’s common for most ridge tiles to have a triangle or semi-circular shape with bottoms that are flat-edged. Generally, these tiles are attached to the rooftop using cement whoever, due to the changes on building regulations in 2015, it’s now required for roof tiles to get fixed mechanically instead even when they have already been cemented. Dry ridge tiles are also an alternative you can consider. 

Exposure to the elements can cause roof cement to fail. Still, they should at least have a few decades in their lifespan before replacement will be necessary, provided that they were installed right, to begin with. Getting the tiles repointed or re-cemented would require lifting the tile, getting rid of the existing mortar and then placing the new tiles over the new cement. Choosing not to remove the old cement and just getting the tiles fixed is never a good idea, especially on a roof that is exposed to heavy weathering. This will only lead them to last a few years at the most. 

When getting the job done, it might be best to consider having the rest of your roof checked for damages whilst someone is doing the inspection. There will be no need for you to pay for any labour costs since it will be covered by the contractor anyway. Aside from checking the roof tiles, make sure that the fascia, soffit boards, flashing and guttering as well. 

It’s never advised that you attempt to do this job as a DIY especially if you aren’t comfortable with heights. Roof tiles can be quite heavy. If they fall, they may cause considerable injury and damage. Access towards and safety nets may be needed too before the project is started. You won’t need to secure planning permission but licenses may be necessary if you are working in public areas.

 If a roof tile job has to be carried out, even if none of your roof tiles may appear broken, you’re still going to need to source new ones. This is because the moment you start disturbing the existing tiles, they could crack and break. Sometimes, accidents happen and you just end up dropping them. Having spare tiles is essential to ensure that if there is a need for you to replace some, the work won’t have to be unnecessarily interrupted because you still have to run to the nearest store and buy the materials. 

Brace yourself for some not so good news too, especially if you have a rather old property. If your roof has never been replaced or has not even been routinely replaced, roofers may refuse to get the ridge tiles replaced. This is especially true if they can see that the ridge tiles are already falling apart. When tile roofs are maintained on the regular, they can actually last for 100 years. However, if there are broken or missing tiles, make sure that they are replaced as soon as possible as they may end up having rot problems as a result.

Ridge Tiles Re-cementing Costs

If you are hiring a roofer to get your ridge tiles re-cemented, expect the costs to be around £100 to £400. But this would depend on the amount of prep work needed, the accessibility of the roof, how tall the roof is, as well as the number of tiles that need replacing or re-cementing. It’s common for roofers to work with another partner so labour cost could be around £250 for a job that should take a day at the most. In most cases, it would only take these experts a few hours to get the task done. 

Cost Breakdown

If getting about 3 to 10 ridge tiles re-cemented, expect that the total cost for hiring a roofer would be around £200. Of that, £20 goes to the materials, £130 covers the tradesmen fees, and £50 is spent on erecting the access tower.