Average Labour Cost/Price to Replace/Repair Hip/Ridge Tiles
To clarify the following prices it is recommended that you read the article in the INFORMATION box below the PRICES…
(These prices are based on a tradesman’s rate of £150.00 per day and a labourer if required at £100.00 per day. This includes the cost of buying and collecting any materials, dumping any waste if necessary and any incidental materials they will need. The minimum price will usually be for a half day)
How Much Does it Cost to Replace Hip and Ridge Tiles?
How Much Does it Cost to Replace Hip/Ridge Tiles (Roofer's Average Rate)
To repoint the two hips and the short top ridge on a 1930’s semi…
This will take two men (roofer and labourer) a day. It will need scaffolding. (we assume full access and no conservatories etc and only a handful of normal roof tiles broken in the process). The scaffolding will only reach the eaves (guttering) level.
Labour £250, scaffolding £500, materials and tipping £50. So we’re talking:
To replace 5 slipped hip tiles and a hip iron all at the bottom of the hip slope:
This will take half a day and it can be done from a ladder. We assume any old mortar comes off the tiles easily so no new ones are needed (they’re about a fiver each).
Labour £125, materials and tip £20, total:
To replace two missing ridge tiles.
This will take half a day and can be done from ladders:
To repoint the ridge on an ‘up and over’ Victorian house.
This can be done by 1 man in one day from a roof ladder and a ladder fixed to the fascia board. We assume full access and no conservatories etc and only a handful of normal roof tiles broken in the process.
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Price Guide and Information Sheet on the Cost of Fitting/Replacing/Pointing Hip and Ridge Tiles
If the roof is tiled they will be the same colour as the tiles, probably have rounded tops and be either clay or concrete. If the roof is slate they will probably have an angled top edge, be black or red and be made of clay.
All types will have been fitted last to cover the tops of the tiles or slates, which cover the two pitches and they will be set in mortar.
Hip tiles are just the same but they aren’t found at the very top of the roof. These cover the diagonal sloping bit which joins the end of the top ridge to the corners of the house.
There are two main problems which develop with both types.
1. They blow off in gales.
2. They slip out of position. This happens because the mortar holding them on deteriorates, or because it hasn’t adhered to the underside of the tiles properly or because the curly bit of steel at the bottom of a hip (called unsurprisingly, the hip iron) has rusted away.
There is another “problem” which develops and this is the favourite excuse for those fine gentlemen the “I was working in the area and I saw a serious problem with your roof” mob (look for the dead give away 4x4).
Bedding Scare Stories!
When hip or ridge tiles are laid, if they are laid properly, an amount of mortar should squeeze out on both sides from underneath, this should then be trowelled flat in what looks like a long 1” (25mm) line where they meet the roof on each side. Over time, this sometimes wears away but its disappearance has no effect on the tiles ability to stay stuck to the roof! If the mortar underneath is ok, so is the tile.
However these gentlemen will do their hardest to terrify you into believing every hip and ridge tile will soon be nestling among your hydrangeas unless you give them £600 now to save the day. Don’t worry Lee will take you to the bank in the flash motor, while Darren and Jason get on with the job, swarming all over you roof like a couple of human flies.
When you get back you’ll be amazed! They will be almost finished. What they will in fact have done is smear a bit of weak mortar on with their thumbs. And they can’t take a cheque because this “pointing” will all be in your guttering before it clears.
So remember – if the mortar has fallen out, nine times out of ten the tile is safely secured in position. If the tile has moved or slipped, then it will need re-bedding and re-pointing.
Re-pointing hip and ridge tiles is purely an aesthetic exercise, if you must do it, do it on your terms with a roofer you trust!
Questions to ask the roofer during his quotation visit.
Will he provide a written quotation ?
Try and get one. Look, I know he’s a roofer but he should at least try now and again to pretend he’s running a proper business.
Will he replace all the tiles or slates he accidentally breaks as a result of the work?
It might be prudent to make a mental note of any tiles, which are broken before he goes up there and get him to quote for replacing them as well.
What will he be replacing them with, new or “matching” second hand ones?
He can only fix what the local second hand yard can supply so take matching with a pinch of proverbial.
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