Why install ridge tiles?
The roofs of our homes are often overlooked when it comes to repairs and maintenance. The saying ‘out of sight out of mind’ definitely applies here. Frustratingly, by the time any issues become apparent, the damage has already been done.
Ridge tiles protect our roofs from the elements and when they break or become loose, water can seep into the below materials. Replacing broken tiles should be done as soon as possible to prevent further issues.
Installing or replacing ridge tiles is not always involuntary. You may wish to enhance the appearance of your roof, put your own stamp on a new house or even choose to pre-emptively replace tiles on an older home.
Whether through choice or necessity, our guide to ridge tiles prices has been designed with you in mind and is full of helpful information, costs and much more.
What are ridge tile prices?
|Ridge tiles prices||Cost + VAT |
(Range low - high)
|Ridge tiles price per 10 metres (materials)||£200|
|Ridge tiles price per 10 metres (labour)||£250|
|Replacing ridge tiles cost - 10 or less||£350 - £500||£425|
|Concrete ridge tiles price||£4.07 - £28.40||£16.23|
|Cost of replacing 1 - 3 ridge tiles||£140|
Eventually, all ridge tiles will become loose or broken and depending on how old your home is this may become an issue sooner rather than later. Luckily, the cost of ridge tiles is usually very affordable, and labour can usually be completed in less than a day. With a material cost of £200 per 10 metres of tiles and a labour cost of £250, the average ridge tiles cost is £450 per 10 metres.
Benefits of roof tiles
Ridge tiles and other roof tiles are essential to protect your roof from weather damage and come with a variety of benefits:
- Large choice of stylish options: With styles and colours designed to enhance all types of homes, roof tiles are a very effective way of upgrading the outside of your home.
- Protect the house: Water, wind and other types of weather can wreak havoc if your roof is not protected. Thankfully tiles are the perfect solution to this.
- Can be repaired: If a single tile becomes loose or broken it is often possible to repair or replace just that tile.
- Easy installation: There are many tile options that are easy to install, however, this depends on a number of variables. Dry ridge systems for example are relatively easy and quick to install.
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Older ridge tiles are especially prone to becoming loose and falling off due to crumbling mortar affected by age and the elements. Tiles can also be damaged or loosened by flying debris impacting your roof. These two scenarios both have different recommendations as shown below:
Older ridge tiles: Once one tile becomes loose it is likely that the others along the ridge will fall off in the near future. In this case it is recommended that you replace the whole row rather than paying to repair a single tile, which is at best a temporary fix. If your tiles are still in good condition you could attempt to remove and re-attach them to the roof with new mortar, but they may break in the process.
Individual, new damaged tiles: Unless your tiles were not properly installed, a single, newer tile becoming damaged or falling off is likely to be caused by the impact of flying debris like branches or stones. In this case, repairing or replacing that single tile is an affordable, viable option that should last.
Factors affecting ridge tile costs
Ridge tiles are an excellent way of protecting your roof and the price of these tiles is usually not too high. With this in mind, there are many factors that impact the cost of ridge tiles, below are the most common:
- Number of tiles needed: For larger areas, or to replace a whole row of tiles, the cost will be higher due to the need for more materials and longer labour times.
- Type and style of tiles: There are a range of types and styles of tiles available, all with their own costs.
- Repairing a small section or replacing the roof: As we have discovered, it may be possible to repair a small section of tiles, or you may need to replace the whole ridge. Or, even the whole roof! Of course, the more extensive the job, the higher the total price will be.
- Quality of tiles: Higher quality tiles not only look better than cheaper versions but are often more durable and long lasting. The higher the quality, the greater the cost.
- Accessibility of roof: Some roofs may be located in public places where pedestrians are at risk of falling tiles. Others may be difficult to access due to the shape of the house or the layout of the home. To solve these issues workers may need to erect scaffolding or put up nets which will incur an extra cost.
Ridge tiles are generally not too expensive, but it really depends on the above factors, particularly the number of tiles you require. Taking materials and labour into account, the average replacing ridge tiles cost is £425.
Concrete ridge tiles price
Traditionally, ridge tiles are made of slate or clay, giving them their distinctive colours. It is also possible to choose tiles made of concrete should you wish. Concrete tiles are durable and available in many colours and shapes. The average concrete ridge tiles price is £16.23 per tile.
Cost of replacing three ridge tiles
If your tiles are new but only a few become damaged it is wise to simply replace the broken tiles. As we previously discussed it is not advised to replace a small section of older tiles without replacing the whole ridge. The average cost of replacing 3 ridge tiles is £140.
Can I install ridge tiles myself?
Frustratingly, this is not a straightforward question to answer as it really depends on your experience level and physical ability. If you are unsure, consider the below before deciding:
- It is very dangerous to work on a roof, you must have safety equipment and be physically fit as well.
- Specific tools are needed to properly install the tiles.
- It is risky to walk on a roof as they are not made to be strong enough to hold your weight.
- If not done properly any of the tiles could fall off and cause damage. Perhaps even worse, water could leak through the tiles into your home.
- Tiles are very heavy, especially concrete tiles and can be difficult to work with.
- Hiring a professional guarantees their experience level and they can advise the best course of action.
Due to this, we would recommend hiring a professional. To find a local, reputable, tradesperson in your area and get a personalised ridge tile installation quote use our free search feature.
How do roof tiles get broken or become loose?
- Strong winds and rain degrading the mortar between tiles and dislodging loose tiles.
- When ridge tiles have been in place for many years it is common for them to start to loosen.
- Flying debris such as stones or sticks breaking or dislodging ridge tiles.
- Freezing and thawing causing the mortar to break down and crumble.
Useful ridge tiles checklist
- Ridge tiles protect our homes from the outside elements as well as improving our home aesthetics.
- Depending on the age of your roof it may be wise to replace a whole section rather than individual tiles.
- Ridge tiles can become damaged or loose due to the weather, age and flying debris.
- The cost of ridge tiles is usually reasonable but depends on a number of factors.
- It is dangerous to try to install or replace ridge tiles without proper safety equipment.
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