Roof Repair Services
Ridge tiles deserve our extra attention because they are so exposed to weathering and of all the tiles on the roof, they often suffer cracks in the mortar joint first. If you discover cracks in the mortar between the ridge tiles on your roof, there are two ways you can go about that: rebed the ridge tile or repoint the joints
If the cracks seem a little small and the tile itself is firmly bedded, then repointing the mortar will be an excellent option. But if the cracks are huge and the tileappears to exhibit some movements, rebedding becomes the better option. Failing to follow these two rules will only result in a poor job.
Either of these two tasks are best done by a roofing expert. Both are difficult tasks that require skill, experience and some resources which an average person might not have or afford. Not to mention the safety concerns that come with repairing ridge tiles.
As time passes on, the materials that keep your roof tiles held together will wear out due to exposure. It’s an unavoidable circumstance and there’s very little you can do to prevent that. When your roof tiles start to wear, the cement mortar on them becomes brittle and begins to crack or disintegrate or undergo both. This will leave your roof tiles in a bad state and this includes being unsecured.
But loose or falling roof tiles can be avoided. At Trent Building and Roofing, we look to keeping your roof in a stable and working state by offering rebedding services. The roof repairs vary based on the material your roof is made of as well as the roof’s needs.
In some cases, your roof will only require a partial bed but in other cases, a complete rebed will be required. We only use high-quality materials to rebed the roof. And after securing the tiles we’ll proceed to seal the bedding with another layer of a quality material. This will help to create a sound base and enhance the roof’s beauty.
Dry Fix Ridge Tiles
A dry ridge system is a method that involves mechanically fixing the ridge tiles to the roof without using the conventional sand and cement mortar. Rather than utilizing mortar for bonding, the dry fix system makes use of screws made out of stainless steel to attach clamps where the ridge tile’s joints meet before clamping them onto the roof.
The waterproof unions beneath the screws take in any little amounts of rainfall and spread it sideways onto the roof again. Not too long ago, the dry fix system became a requirement in building control and it applied on all new roofs. Repairs or adjustments to existing roofs were exempted together with numerous listed and period structures.
Dry Ridge doesn’t easily blow off and boasts of little to no maintenance costs. It also offers great ventilation and allows for all kinds of movement within the roof. Dry ridge systems come in different types and so it’s best to speak to a roofing expert if you need guidance on how to go about its installation.
Dry Verge Caps
Dry verge caps is a term often used to describe the process of mechanically fixing the roof perimeter without using mortar. Even though conventional mortar bedding remains the most commonly used method especially in Wales and England, countries such as Scotland adopted dry verge caps way back.
Storms and related incidences have unearthed how unreliable mortar can get and this has led to the increased use of dry verge roofing in most parts of Britain. Keep in mind that the roof is exposed to numerous hazards including rain and frost both of which lead to the development of cracks. Not to mention the differential movements that result in the mortar cracking.
Installing dry verges as well as ridges helps to eliminate the need for pointing. Besides, dry verge caps boasts of many advantages such as reduced maintenance, increased safety, compliance to BS 5534 requirements, consistent appearance, amongst many other benefits.
Trent building and Roofing specialises in the installation of dry verge caps for gable ends. Our systems are compatible with interlocking roof files of all sizes and will help you get rid of all the shortcomings of the conventional mortar bedding.
Chimney Stacks Repointed
Chimney stacks protect not just the internal flues but the chimney structure. The stack itself isn’t usually the source of chimney leaks and other related problems. But when mortar joints are badly worn out or the brickwork is porous enough to allow rainfall and dump to sneak inside and drop into the room beneath, then that’s a cause for concern.
The clearest sign that your chimney needs repointing is if the mortar starts to fall out or is missing. Also check out the chimney pot, the flaunching, the lead condition around the chimney base, and the tiles around the chimney and under the lead. If you find anything unusual or one that needs attention, then get in touch with a roofing expert.
Repointing is the perfect solution for weathered chimney stacks. How much it will cost you to repoint your chimney stacks will depend on the chimney size and access to it.
Slate and Tiles Replaced
Roofs that are made from tile or slate usually possess a unique appearance. Their natural beauty, as well as longevity, makes them unmatched amongst other roofing materials. A natural slate roof, for instance, can last well over 100 years.
However, due topoor maintenance or installation, you might find yourself having to repair or replace your slate roof or tiles. It could also be due to other factors out of your control. As a homeowner, it’s upon you to have your roof inspected by roofing experts on a regular basis so as to determine its state as well as areas that require attention.
Whereas there are areas that can easily be repaired, if the damage on the slates or tiles is way over 20%, then a replacement is necessary. Simply repairing or replacing the broken or missing pieces won’t help much. In fact, using the typical superficial coatings adhesives only serves to limit their performance.
Also, individual slates or tiles that get damaged during or just after the installation should be replaced almost immediately. As much as you can do this on your own, the adequate precautions needed to install the fragile slates or tiles means only a person with skill, experience and necessary resources can do it well.