Cost/Price to Cement Tiles on a Roof Ridge

Are you looking for a price to replace cement on a roof? Perhaps the existing cement has come loose, the tiles have blown off in the wind or it’s just no longer securing the tiles in place? We asked dozens of roofing contractors to provide us with roof repair estimates, so read through our price guide and hopefully, we can save you some money.

Photos of Ridge Tile Cement Work

Below are three photos showing the type of work we requested quotes for. Use our price guide to discover how much this work costs.

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

2) New ridge tiles are bedded onto sand and cement mixture.

3) The surface is then pointed-in to leave a smooth and neat finish

How Did We Get These Figures and Who Uses Them?

The prices you see in the tables further down this page were sourced from genuine roofing firms during May and June 2016. We have calculated an average price for you, so you can see what others are being charged for this type of work.

Since launching this site, our popularity has gone from strength to strength, Quotation Check has been featured in several newspapers and online publications and is frequently discussed on web forums and blogs.

Many of our visitors are just curious about how much this work costs, others are budgeting for future repair work while some are looking for a benchmark price which they can use as a negotiating position.

Should You Replace The Cement or Point Over?

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 tiles 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 of weathering.

Most of the professionals wee contacted recommended 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 on this part of the roof there is likely to be excessive weathering, and you may find this thin layer of cement only lasts a few years before it comes loose.

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

This price is for a small repair, we assume that two loose ridge tiles will be lifted and the old cement underneath removed. The tiles will then be re-bedded onto new 3-1 sand/cement mix and pointed-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

We don’t know why you would want to do this, the cement 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”. 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

This quote assumes 10 metres of ridge tiles to be lifted and set aside, the existing cement will be removed and the tiles then bedded onto a new 3-1 and/cement mixture. Easy access to the roof is assumed and the tiles are of a standard concrete type. This quote includes replacing any broken tiles and an access tower erected to gutter height (this acts as roof edge protection for Health and Safety). The cost is calculated on an assumption that it should take no more than one day to complete the work, maybe a little less.

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 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 originally wrote this article several years, and while we have updated the prices since then, there has also been changes to the regulations.

The new regulations state that 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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