Cost/Price to Cement Tiles on a Roof Ridge

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How Much Does it Cost to Re-cement Roof Ridge Tiles?

What is the going rate for this type of work?

The ridge tiles are laid onto the very top of a roof and are designed to keep the water out and to prevent the top row of roof tiles blowing off with the wind. These are tiles that are usually semicircular in shape but can also be arrow shaped. They are typically secured to the roof by cement which can, of course, fail after a few decades!

Most professionals would recommend lifting the ridge tiles, removing the old mortar and re-bedding the tiles onto new cement. A 3-1 sand/cement mixture would be appropriate. It is possible to “re-point” over the existing cement, but here on the roof where there is likely to be excessive weathering you may find this cement only lasts a few years before it comes loose. Here you can find out exactly how much it costs to cement ridge tiles onto a roof:

Price Example 1 – Small Repair | Re-Bed One or Two Ridge Tiles

A small repair, lift two loose ridge tiles and remove the old cement underneath. Re-bed tiles onto new 3-1 sand/cement mix and point in to leave a neat finish. The work will take 1-2 hours and this is reflected in the cost/price.

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarge Business
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London Area£225.00£300.00
South, SW and Midlands£200.00£250.00
Outer Region and North£150.00£200.00

Price Example 2 – Buttering Up (AKA Pointing) Ridge on a Semi Detached House

I don’t know why you would want to do this, it will last much longer if you have the tiles re-bedded rather than pointed/buttered (see photos below). But assuming you just want it to look nice for a few years then here is the price/cost for this “quick fix” (bodge). It will take no more than a few hours to do this work, probably much less.

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarge Business
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London Area£225.00£N/A
South, SW and Midlands£200.00£N/A
Outer Region and North£150.00£N/A

Price Example 3 – 10 Metres of Ridge Tiles | Easy Access | Standard Tiles

10 metres of ridge tiles to be lifted and set aside, remove existing cement and re-bed tiles onto new 3-1 and/cement mixture. Easy access to the roof and the tiles are standard concrete type. Quote includes any broken tiles and access tower to gutter height (acts as roof edge protection for Health and Safety) The cost is calculated on an assumption that it should take one day to complete the work.

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarge Business
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London Area£500.00£600.00
South, SW and Midlands£4500.00£500.00
Outer Region and North£350.00£N/A

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What Can Affect the Cost?

There are many factors that can affect the cost quotation, here are the main points;

  • The cement is rock solid and the contractor will break all the ridge tiles and plenty of roof tiles just trying to lift them off
  • You want new ridge tiles too, rather than just re-using the old ones
  • The tiles are rare and any breakages will be costly
  • Access is difficult, it’s very high or a conservatory needs to be sheeted over first
  • The roof overhangs a public right of way/footpath, scaffold, netting and pedestrian diversions will need to be approved and applied
  • Is the contractor VAT registered? if so you will need to add 20% to the cost

Is This Work Difficult? Can it be Done by DIY?

This type of work should not be done by DIYer. It involves working at height with tools and materials that if dropped could cause damage or injury. This work should be carried out by a competent and experienced person only.

Photos of Re-Bedded Ridge Tiles (What Your Roof Should Look Like!)

Ridge tiles removed and set aside. Cement chipped off and removed.

Ridge tiles removed and set aside. Cement chipped off and removed.

New ridge tiles are bedded onto cement.

New ridge tiles are bedded onto cement.

The finished work, still wet.

Photos of Bodge Jobs, Buttering Up and Pointing

Pointing over existing roof cement, aka “buttering up” is considered by many to be a short-term roof repair that will not last more than a few years before it peels off. Here some photos of this type of work:

Poor quality "buttering up" of ridge tiles

Poor quality “buttering up” of ridge tiles

Loose cement fillet, should never have been buttered/pointed over.

Loose cement fillet, should never have been buttered/pointed over.

Update – March 2015

We just wanted to update this page to reflect the new regulations that came into force during March 2015. All roof tiles, including cemented tiles must now be mechanically fixed to the roof by way of screws, nails or clips.

The fixings are to ensure the tiles are secure, even if the cement were to fail.

Simply relying on cement alone to hold the tiles in place is no longer acceptable. Fixings must also be used.

Tile manufacturers have already started selling “ridge packs” which contain all the screws and clips needed to secure the ridge tiles to the roof rafters. This will add about an extra hour of work for every 10 metres of ridge tiles that need to be re-cemented.

Obviously this will impact the total cost of re-bedding the ridge tiles onto cement.

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3 Responses to “Cost/Price to Cement Tiles on a Roof Ridge”

  1. A HashimJune 13, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

    It is a semi-detached house in BR7 area.

    I need an estimate to supply and fit new Ridge tile to roof with R-type adaptor. Also, to fit new section of flue
    in the loft area.

  2. David YoungJune 30, 2016 at 6:19 pm #

    Is Flexim putty better than cement and if so how much does it add to the quotes in your guide?

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