Get quotes to replace roof ridge tiles

HaMuch is Excellent
By Emily Rivers
Last updated 27th September 2022

A roof ridge is the line that runs along the peak of the pitched roof, where the two roof planes meet. The roof ridge tile (traditionally clay or slate but can be cement) is the tile that runs along the roof ridge, protecting the roof from all weather. This can be bedded with mortar or a dry fixed ridge system can be used.

Aside from the protective purpose of the roof ridge tile, it also adds a finished aesthetically pleasing look to the roof.

How often do roof ridge tiles need replacing?

A roof ridge tile can last anywhere from 40 -100 years before needing replacing. The lifespan of a ridge tile will depend on the extreme weather it may have been subjected to as well as any destruction from objects like falling trees, branches, other falling debris or hail.

Depending on the material chosen for your roof ridge tile will also determine the expected lifespan.

Clay is durable and aesthetically pleasing on most roofs. As long as the roof is well maintained, a clay roof ridge tile could last for 40 - 60 years.

Concrete roof ridge tiles are hard-wearing and suitable for even low-pitched roofs. Concrete ridge tiles will need replacing after 50 years.

Slate is a premium choice for homeowners where the slate ridge tile will withstand the climate for 100 years before needing replacement.

Metal ridge tiles are more often seen on industrial properties, lasting 40 - 70 years before corroding.

Newer to the market is plastic ridge tiles that are incredibly lightweight compared to the other options and will go 40 years without needing replacing.

Even a thatched roof would have a thatched roof ridge, using wheat straw or sedge grass, and the ridge is just thicker than the rest of the roof. Other options for thatched roofs include glazed or unglazed ceramic ridge tiles and copper ridge tiles. The copper slows down the growth of mosses and algae. Thatched ridges need replacing every 10 - 15 years.

Cost to repair or replace roof ridge tiles

Can I replace just one roof ridge tile?

A missing or damaged roof ridge tile will mean your roof is no longer weather protected and your roof will leak. The missing or cracked tile creates a break in the roof for water to penetrate. As soon as you notice a ridge tile is missing or broken, contact a roofer about replacement of the ridge tile.

The roofer will be able to replace the missing ridge tile without you having to go to the expense of putting new ridge tiles the whole line of the roof. When the roofer comes to carry out an initial inspection, they will determine the quality of the other roof ridge tiles. If the remaining tiles are deteriorating with age, or are more than 40 - 50 years old, while already going to the expense of hiring a roofer and scaffolding, it may be worth your while in this instance to replace the entire row, rather than just one ridge tile.

If you are only replacing one roof ridge tile, ensure that it is replaced with the same material and colour matched as closely as possible. The old existing ridge tiles may be sun faded, so it will never be an exact match, but as close as possible for the roof to not look noticeably odd.

How much will it cost to replace roof ridge tiles?

When hiring a professional roofer to replace a missing or broken roof ridge tile or a section of ridge tiles, insist the roofer carries out a thorough inspection when attending to quote the job. You do not want a scenario where you have been quoted to replace one or two ridge tiles and then discover in shock that they all need replacing as the job has started.

Knowing the undertaking of the job will help you determine how much to budget. Other factors affecting the cost will be whether scaffolding is needed to access the roof ridge, or just a roof ladder and if the roofer will need to hire a skip to dispose of the old roof ridge tiles.

Depending on how many ridge tiles are being replaced, will depend on the labour costs for the job. Replacing up to 3 roof ridge tiles might only involve 2 - 3 hours labour, whereas replacing the whole section of roof ridge tiles could take 2 - 3 days labour time. Of course, the size of the roof will determine how many days roofing labour is needed.

Cost to replace roof ridge tiles

Per

Average total labour cost

Replacing up to 5 roof ridge tiles

Per day

£180

Replacing a section of roof ridge tiles on a terraced house

Per day

£300

Replacing all roof ridge tiles on a small bungalow with Dorma windows

Per day

£490

What are the benefits of different material ridge tiles?

Clay is one of the oldest materials used in roofing. The advantages of a clay ridge roof tile is;

  • highly durable
  • resistant to adverse weather
  • long-lasting
  • cost-effective
  • considered a traditional choice
  • suits different style homes
  • can be moulded into many different shapes and styles
  • suitable for steep pitched roofs

Slate ridge roof tiles are seen as a premium roofing option. The advantages of a slate ridge roof tile is;

  • sense of grandiose, as often found on stately homes and cathedrals
  • the most durable
  • weather and fire resistant
  • can handle excess moisture
  • the most long lasting material
  • suitable for a higher pitch roof
  • environmentally friendly roofing option
  • various colour options

Concrete ridge tiles began to gain traction in the United Kingdom in the 1920s. The advantages of a concrete ridge roof tile is;

  • cost-effective
  • durabile
  • greater resistance to impacts than clay
  • hard-wearing and long-lasting
  • suitable for roofs with much lower pitches than clay
  • can be fitted using both dry fixing methods and mortar
  • come as “interlocking” click together tiles
  • easy installation for less labour time

Metal is a newcomer to the roofing materials market. The advantages of a metal ridge roof tile is;

  • durable
  • modern appearance
  • can replicate the look of other roof ridge tile materials; e.g.; slate or clay
  • not prone to chip, crack or shatter
  • easy and quick to install

Plastic is a newer entry than metal. The advantages of a plastic ridge roof tile is;

  • lightweight
  • budget friendly
  • available in different colour options
  • can replicate the look of other roof ridge tile materials; e.g.; slate or clay
  • easy to install
  • not prone to chip, crack or shatter
  • suitable for low and high pitch roofs

Dry fix ridge system vs mortar, which is better?

Mortar was the traditional way to install roof ridge tiles (as well as other key roof areas like hips, ridges, and verges...) but because mortar is unsuitable in the long term due to failing, there have been recent changes in the code of practice for slating and tiling. Mortar must be accompanied by a mechanical fixing.

Dry fix
Dry fix is easier and quicker to install and not weather dependent during the installation. This method is more popular here in the UK and due to less on-going maintenance needs, dry fix is more cost effective long-term.

Mortar
Securing ridge and hip tiles by mortar is cheaper during the installation but the long-term maintenance costs make it overall more costly. Mortar has a limited lifespan that is dependent on the quality of the mix, environmental conditions and any structural movement of the house.

Listed historical buildings will lean toward using mortar bedding with a mechanical fixing to keep the characteristics of the house. Modern homes nowadays will more than likely opt for a dry fix.


Estimates for common roofer jobs;

Rates for other trades

Replace roof ridge tiles cost in the UK
Replace roof ridge tiles cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKReplace roof ridge tiles cost
Replace roof ridge tiles near Amber Valley£202
Replace roof ridge tiles near Arun£208
Replace roof ridge tiles near Ashfield£204
Replace roof ridge tiles near Aylesbury Vale£219
Replace roof ridge tiles near Barnsley£216
Replace roof ridge tiles near Basildon£224
Replace roof ridge tiles near Basingstoke & Deane£230
Replace roof ridge tiles near Bassetlaw£215
Replace roof ridge tiles near Bath & North East Somerset£205
Replace roof ridge tiles near Bedford£217
Replace roof ridge tiles near Birmingham£203
Replace roof ridge tiles near Blackburn£194
Replace roof ridge tiles near Blackpool£186
Replace roof ridge tiles near Bolton£198
Replace roof ridge tiles near Bournemouth£216
Replace roof ridge tiles near Bracknell Forest£234
Replace roof ridge tiles near Bradford£206
Replace roof ridge tiles near Braintree£217
Replace roof ridge tiles near Breckland£181
Replace roof ridge tiles near Bridgend£180
Replace roof ridge tiles near Brighton£214
Replace roof ridge tiles near Bristol£206
Replace roof ridge tiles near Broadland£181
Replace roof ridge tiles near Broxtowe£202
Replace roof ridge tiles near Bury£200
Replace roof ridge tiles near Caerphilly£185
Replace roof ridge tiles near Calderdale£207
Replace roof ridge tiles near Cambridge£229
Replace roof ridge tiles near Canterbury£192
Replace roof ridge tiles near Cardiff£189
Replace roof ridge tiles near Carmarthenshire£187
Replace roof ridge tiles near Charnwood£193
Replace roof ridge tiles near Chelmsford£221
Replace roof ridge tiles near Cheltenham£206
Replace roof ridge tiles near Cherwell£213
Replace roof ridge tiles near Chester£197
Replace roof ridge tiles near Colchester£216
Replace roof ridge tiles near Conway£187
Replace roof ridge tiles near Coventry£187
Replace roof ridge tiles near Crewe & Nantwich£201
Replace roof ridge tiles near Dacorum£234
Replace roof ridge tiles near Derby£199
Replace roof ridge tiles near Doncaster£210
Replace roof ridge tiles near Dover£191
Replace roof ridge tiles near Dudley£203
Replace roof ridge tiles near Dumfries & Galloway£178
Replace roof ridge tiles near Dundee£237
Replace roof ridge tiles near East Ayrshire£242
Replace roof ridge tiles near East Devon£184
Replace roof ridge tiles near East Dunbartonshire£228
Replace roof ridge tiles near East Hampshire£229
Replace roof ridge tiles near East Hertfordshire£230
Replace roof ridge tiles near East Riding£204
Replace roof ridge tiles near Eastleigh£218
Replace roof ridge tiles near Edinburgh£231
Replace roof ridge tiles near Elmbridge£233
Replace roof ridge tiles near Epping Forest£233
Replace roof ridge tiles near Erewash£201
Replace roof ridge tiles near Exeter£188
Replace roof ridge tiles near Falkirk£224
Replace roof ridge tiles near Fife£234
Replace roof ridge tiles near Flintshire£199
Replace roof ridge tiles near Gateshead£221
Replace roof ridge tiles near Gedling£201
Replace roof ridge tiles near Glasgow£231
Replace roof ridge tiles near Gloucester£208
Replace roof ridge tiles near Guildford£234
Replace roof ridge tiles near Gwynedd£165
Replace roof ridge tiles near Halton£195
Replace roof ridge tiles near Harrogate£200
Replace roof ridge tiles near Havant & Waterloo£215
Replace roof ridge tiles near Horsham£232
Replace roof ridge tiles near Huntingdonshire£243
Replace roof ridge tiles near Ipswich£213
Replace roof ridge tiles near Isle of Wight£213
Replace roof ridge tiles near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£210
Replace roof ridge tiles near Kingston-upon-Hull£193
Replace roof ridge tiles near Kirklees£209
Replace roof ridge tiles near Knowsley£194
Replace roof ridge tiles near Lancaster£180
Replace roof ridge tiles near Leeds£206
Replace roof ridge tiles near Leicester£179
Replace roof ridge tiles near Liverpool£194
Replace roof ridge tiles near London£232
Replace roof ridge tiles near Luton£231
Replace roof ridge tiles near Macclesfield£201
Replace roof ridge tiles near Maidstone£218
Replace roof ridge tiles near Manchester£201
Replace roof ridge tiles near Mid Bedfordshire£226
Replace roof ridge tiles near Mid Sussex£223
Replace roof ridge tiles near Middlesbrough£210
Replace roof ridge tiles near Milton Keynes£212
Replace roof ridge tiles near Neath Port Talbot£208
Replace roof ridge tiles near New Forest£219
Replace roof ridge tiles near Newbury£229
Replace roof ridge tiles near Newcastle-under-Lyme£196
Replace roof ridge tiles near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£221
Replace roof ridge tiles near Newport£187
Replace roof ridge tiles near North Ayrshire£240
Replace roof ridge tiles near North East Lincolnshire£193
Replace roof ridge tiles near North Hertfordshire£231
Replace roof ridge tiles near North Lanarkshire£230
Replace roof ridge tiles near North Lincolnshire£198
Replace roof ridge tiles near North Somerset£209
Replace roof ridge tiles near North Tyneside£221
Replace roof ridge tiles near North Wiltshire£212
Replace roof ridge tiles near Northampton£199
Replace roof ridge tiles near Norwich£180
Replace roof ridge tiles near Nottingham£202
Replace roof ridge tiles near Nuneaton & Bedworth£187
Replace roof ridge tiles near Oldham£206
Replace roof ridge tiles near Oxford£216
Replace roof ridge tiles near Perth & Kinross£230
Replace roof ridge tiles near Peterborough£248
Replace roof ridge tiles near Plymouth£202
Replace roof ridge tiles near Poole£216
Replace roof ridge tiles near Portsmouth£215
Replace roof ridge tiles near Powys£198
Replace roof ridge tiles near Preston£189
Replace roof ridge tiles near Reading£232
Replace roof ridge tiles near Redcar & Cleveland£211
Replace roof ridge tiles near Reigate & Banstead£230
Replace roof ridge tiles near Renfrewshire£242
Replace roof ridge tiles near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£183
Replace roof ridge tiles near Rochdale£207
Replace roof ridge tiles near Rotherham£214
Replace roof ridge tiles near Salford£201
Replace roof ridge tiles near Salisbury£215
Replace roof ridge tiles near Sandwell£203
Replace roof ridge tiles near Scarborough£174
Replace roof ridge tiles near Sefton£193
Replace roof ridge tiles near Sevenoaks£230
Replace roof ridge tiles near Sheffield£215
Replace roof ridge tiles near Slough£235
Replace roof ridge tiles near Solihull£194
Replace roof ridge tiles near South Ayrshire£237
Replace roof ridge tiles near South Bedfordshire£217
Replace roof ridge tiles near South Cambridgeshire£229
Replace roof ridge tiles near South Gloucestershire£205
Replace roof ridge tiles near South Kesteven£195
Replace roof ridge tiles near South Lanarkshire£206
Replace roof ridge tiles near South Oxfordshire£227
Replace roof ridge tiles near South Somerset£194
Replace roof ridge tiles near South Tyneside£220
Replace roof ridge tiles near Southampton£216
Replace roof ridge tiles near Southend-on-Sea£218
Replace roof ridge tiles near St Albans£234
Replace roof ridge tiles near St Helens£194
Replace roof ridge tiles near Stafford£206
Replace roof ridge tiles near Stockport£203
Replace roof ridge tiles near Stockton-on-Tees£210
Replace roof ridge tiles near Stoke-on-Trent£196
Replace roof ridge tiles near Stratford-on-Avon£189
Replace roof ridge tiles near Stroud£209
Replace roof ridge tiles near Suffolk Coastal£212
Replace roof ridge tiles near Sunderland£218
Replace roof ridge tiles near Swale£206
Replace roof ridge tiles near Swansea£209
Replace roof ridge tiles near Tameside£202
Replace roof ridge tiles near Teignbridge£194
Replace roof ridge tiles near Tendring£214
Replace roof ridge tiles near Test Valley£222
Replace roof ridge tiles near Thamesdown£209
Replace roof ridge tiles near Thanet£184
Replace roof ridge tiles near The Wrekin£195
Replace roof ridge tiles near Thurrock£222
Replace roof ridge tiles near Torbay£197
Replace roof ridge tiles near Trafford£201
Replace roof ridge tiles near Vale of Glamorgan£182
Replace roof ridge tiles near Vale of White Horse£213
Replace roof ridge tiles near Vale Royal£199
Replace roof ridge tiles near Wakefield£213
Replace roof ridge tiles near Walsall£203
Replace roof ridge tiles near Warrington£197
Replace roof ridge tiles near Warwick£188
Replace roof ridge tiles near Waverley£239
Replace roof ridge tiles near Wealden£214
Replace roof ridge tiles near West Lancashire£192
Replace roof ridge tiles near West Lothian£232
Replace roof ridge tiles near West Wiltshire£212
Replace roof ridge tiles near Wigan£196
Replace roof ridge tiles near Windsor & Maidenhead£235
Replace roof ridge tiles near Wirral£194
Replace roof ridge tiles near Wokingham£235
Replace roof ridge tiles near Wolverhampton£205
Replace roof ridge tiles near Wrexham Maelor£199
Replace roof ridge tiles near Wychavon£196
Replace roof ridge tiles near Wycombe£236
Replace roof ridge tiles near York£193