Dry Roofing

Dry roofing

Dry Systems

Dry Ridge

Dry Ridge

 Dry Ridge systems come in a variety of designs but offer a similar level of performance.

When using dry ridge systems the mortar joints between ridge tiles are replaced by plastic inserts, known as unions, that create the visual appearance of a mortar joint but have a hidden weather proofing system that carries away the water.

The next significant component of a dry ridge system sits between the ridges and the tiles of the roof slope. This part of the system usually includes a ventilated strip that ensures moisture laden air is vented from under the tiles

Dry Verge

Dry Verge

Dry verge systems help avoid these defects and the need for periodic maintenance of the mortar bedding. For many tiles, special 'cloaked verge' tiles are available which neatly close the gap at the verge. Alternatively plastic dry verge systems are available which suit most tiles.

These are available in single units, ie one piece per tile course, or in continuous lengths. These are attractive and highly functional ways to improving the overall appearance of your roof. The systems are easy-to-use and provide a neat, secure and mortar-less finish at roof verges.

A dry verge system will also reduce the risk of wind damage, water penetration and will stop small animals getting into the roof space.

Dry roof benefits

  • Long lasting
  • Designed to endure the strongest winds in the UK
  • Easy to install so reduces the labour time significantly
  • Condensation problems are easily solved
  • These tiles have been tested and provide excellent and continuous ventilation space at the ridge

Use of mortar

Whilst mortar certainly does the job, there are a number of disadvantages it is worth being aware of.

First, mortar has a limited lifespan and requires regular maintenance because it will deteriorate in time through natural weathering.

Secondly mortar is susceptible to cracking because of the natural movement within the building structure, particularly where the roof passes over solid masonry walls. Once this happens, the ridges, hips or verges can become dislodged by high winds, and will be susceptible to water ingress