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Whether you want to have your ridge tiles replaced to improve the appearance of your roof or to prevent future problems, it's important to do the job properly. A professional can help to restore your damaged roof tiles and save you money in the long run. There are several factors that affect the cost of ridge tile replacement. They include the type of tiles you're replacing, the size of your roof and the amount of labour required.
If you're planning to have your ridge tiles replaced on your own, you'll need to ensure that you have all the necessary tools and materials. There are also a few extra safety precautions to consider. First, you'll need to remove loose dust from the area. Second, you'll need to make sure that you have enough access to the roof to work at height. This can be dangerous, so it's always best to hire a professional.
After you have removed the ridge tile, you'll need to inspect it for any loose or cracked mortar. These are often caused by debris and high winds. If you see any, you'll need to remove the mortar from the roof and replace it with fresh mortar. A hammer and chisel are handy for this job.
Alternatively, you can hire a skip to remove the old ridge tiles. If you do, you'll need to pay a skip hire fee based on the size of the skip. If you do not have a skip, you can use a piece of tile slip to support the mortar bed. This will ensure that the new ridge tile will be firmly set on the mortar bed. You'll need to ensure that you have enough mortar to fill the gap between the tiles.
Once you have the mortar ready, you'll need to re-bed the ridge tiles. If you do it yourself, you'll need to mix the mortar with sharp sand. You'll then need to apply the mortar to the tile bed. You'll also need to ensure that the mortar is not too wet. This will cause the ridge tiles to become damaged faster.
It's recommended to get a professional to do your repointing as they'll have all the necessary equipment and skills. It's also a good idea to have a professional check your roof to find out the reason behind the problem. They'll also be able to provide a personalised quote. You'll be able to ask them questions about the work, which will help you to decide if it's the right option for you.
If you're replacing a single ridge tile, you'll only need to pay around PS150-PS300 for 10 metres of ridge tiles. If you're repointing the entire row of ridge tiles, the costs will increase. The length of your tiles will also have an impact on the price. It's also worth noting that some ridge tile companies add an additional 20% VAT to their bill.
The length of time your ridge tiles will last depends on the material you choose. For example, clay ridge tiles are known to last up to 60 years. Concrete ridge tiles are a good choice for low-pitched roofs. However, they are more difficult to install and can require a longer installation period.