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Dry Ridge Systems

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The traditional method of affixing ridge or hip ridge tiles to a rooftop used sand and cement mortar, whereas the modern dry ridge system uses a more mechanical procedure of attaching the tiles to the ridge with screws, usually made of stainless steel. This is now the most popular form of roof ridge systems in the UK, with only a few listed properties exempt from the necessary dry ridge tiles.

There are multiple good reasons as to why the dry system is now considered the go-to feature for ridge rooftops. Beneath the tiles are a number of clamps that secure the tiles at every joint and keep them secure on the ridge. They’re well water-proofed with a mechanism built into the screws to cause water run-off onto the roof itself.

At HG Roofing, we supply dry ridge tiles from a range of the top manufacturers in the UK, including brand names like Redland and Marley, and cheaper non-branded options for a quick fix to damage roofs or for total renovations. Our acclaimed customer service and quick delivery time across the country make us the top choice for your next set of roofing supplies.

In modern roofing, the Dry Ridge System is by far the most common method of attaching ridge tiles to rooftops. In fact, it’s the enforced norm for all new rooftops in the UK, while some listed and period properties are exempted. There’s one massive reason for this: the tiles will not blow off.

Compared to the traditional mortar method, which often sent tiles crashing onto the floor or nearby pavements, the screw-affixed dry ridge system is much more secure. Mortar systems are often affected by a plethora of problems - whether it be water intake or general wear and tear from poor weather - and dry ridge will not fall, even in intense storms.

On the topic of durability, dry ridge tile systems require very little maintenance when compared to a mortar system. In fact, they require almost no maintenance at all, whereas mortar naturally degrades over time, sometimes faster than expected.

One reason mortar degrades fast is because of the natural movement of a house’s roof, as it expands and contracts in the heat and cold, or undergoes vibrations from nearby roads and railways. Ridge tiles attached with screws allow for much more movement than their traditional counterparts.

Lastly, ventilation. Key to any roof is to have an effective ventilation system that doesn’t allow for too much heat to escape, and a limited amount of cooler air to enter during the colder months. Dry ridge systems actually prevent build-ups of condensation.

There is actually another type of dry ridge system - the dry hip system. It’s almost the same, but you can read more about this alternative system over on our Dry Hip System listing page.

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