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Newly fitted dry ridge system

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We've just had a dry ridge system fitted to our house as the suggestion of a roof contractor who was doing some other work on the house.

 

I'm no roofing expert, but to me it appears that he hasn't fitted it correctly as he has:

 

1. Left some mortar at the end of some of the tiles so the dry ridge system doesn't grip the tile and instead grips the old mortar

2. They managed to break one of the old ridge tiles and without telling me decided to install a half a new ridge as they said they can't get new ridge tiles of our design now.  On this tile they have big gaps at the end of each tile so you can see the black plastic fitting and the plastic clamps that are supposed to hold the tile in place are barely touching the tile, so I am concerned the tile may blow off or we may get rain or snow into the roof space.

 

Photos attached. 

 

1. Does what he's done look correct?

2. Are these big concrete ridge tiles suitable for use with a dry ridge system?

3. How much should it cost to get a dry ridge system fitted?

 

Thanks in advance. 

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7 minutes ago, Big Jimbo said:

Im no roofer, but that looks like a right lash up.

Those are exactly my thoughts and this guy has hundreds of positive reviews on checkatrade and is trading standards trusted trader approved.  

 

I think I've been had.  Fortunately, I haven't paid yet and won't be until he fixes it but redoing the whole ridge with the correct tiles correctly spaced, so he'll have to lift the fabric on the roof tiles too and put new stuff on as the screw holes will now be in the wrong place.   

 

He told me it was normal to see daylight through the gaps between the ridge tiles.  I started smelling something....

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Just now, Big Jimbo said:

Glad that you have not paid. That alone should get him focused.

Promised he'd be back on Monday.  No show. Not responding to emails. I'm tempted to report him to trading standards. 

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Best if he is a no show imho. You would be better off with somebody who knows what they are doing. I think you have a lucky escape.

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I'm a roofer and this work is poor, the new ridge isn't any good. It needs to be tight.

The mortar should all be cleared off of the ridge and the price is all dependent on size, time and how easy the access is etc

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17 minutes ago, makie said:

I'm a roofer and this work is poor, the new ridge isn't any good. It needs to be tight.

The mortar should all be cleared off of the ridge and the price is all dependent on size, time and how easy the access is etc

That's what I thought. 

 

They had a man using the claw end of a hammer taking the mortar off but I think he has chipped bits off the tiles and it was probably him that broke the tile.

 

It's a mid-1980s four bed bungalow so access is very easy.

 

Do they still make concrete tiles like those or can you get them from reclamation yards?

 

Thanks

 

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1 hour ago, BobAJob said:

Do they still make concrete tiles like those or can you get them from reclamation yards?

 

It's a universal angle ridge so even if they can't find an exact match there will be something really similar.

Personally I never reuse the original ridges on any dry ridge or hip system, if one breaks like this then it is hard to match. Looks much better with new ridges.

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10 hours ago, makie said:

 

It's a universal angle ridge so even if they can't find an exact match there will be something really similar.

Personally I never reuse the original ridges on any dry ridge or hip system, if one breaks like this then it is hard to match. Looks much better with new ridges.

Do you think they're Redland Universal Angle ridge or are they hip tiles?

 

The roof does have a Redland dry verge system fitted, so maybe Redlands make sense?

 

How do you fix this job?

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Roofer came back today and I got him to remove every tile, clean them up properly and refit them tighter than they were before.  Also got him to replace mismatching tile with one that matches.  Cost him £4.80 for the correct tile.  Not sure why he couldn't fit the correct tile the first time round. 

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