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Dry Ridge Kits vs Traditional Sand and Cement

Since the introduction of BS 5534, dry ridge systems are now a building control requirement on all new roofs, however they are not a control requirement for repairs to existing roofs which may have been previously attached with traditional mortar.

Which application you use whether it is dry ridge or sand and cement depends entirely on your preference or the preference of a client.

The blog aims to explore the pros and cons of both dry and wet (traditional mortar) ridge application, and how they may benefit your job.


Which application is the best for speed?

If you’re looking for a speedy application, a Dry Ridge kits are far less labour intensive and much quicker. This is because the application is simple and only involves screwing the kit into place, unlike traditional mortar application which can take much longer.


Which application is the best for aesthetics?

The best application for aesthetics depends entirely on the age and style of the property which requires the new ridge replacement or repair, as well as personal preference.

As a rule, dry ridges are generally more attractive on new build properties. As dry ridge systems come in a vast variety of shapes and colours, they give you and your customer a choice on a style that suites a property and the tastes of your client perfectly.

If you are working on a period property, it is recommended that you keep to traditional wet ridge application involving mortar to ensure the repair is in keeping with the style of the property.


Which application has the cheapest material cost?

When looking for an application with a low material cost,  traditional mortar or “wet” application is far cheaper, however takes much longer to complete the job verses dry ridge, as it is far more labour intensive which could prove more costly in the long-run.


Which application requires the highest level of skill?

Traditional wet ridge, mortar application requires years of technic and skill to get perfect. A mistake in a wet ridge application can be easily spotted, so it is important that a roofer knows what they are doing to ensure a clean job, and a satisfied customer.

Dry Ridge application however requires far less skill and making it easier to do and harder to make a mistake. This is because dry ridge kits include step by step instructions which are easy to follow, requiring less years of experience or technique.


Which application requires the least amount of maintenance?

A maintenance free system always appeals to a homeowner. If you are looking to offer a maintenance free solution to your client, a dry ridge application is always the best solution. This is because a dry ridge system is mortar free and each tile is mechanically attached, making the whole system is much stronger and able to withstand extreme weather conditions, requiring minimal to no maintenance over the lifespan of the roof. The alternative traditional mortar application often requires maintenance every 5 years.


How Can we Help?

If you have a client in looking to update their ridges, we can help! Here at Kidderminster Roofing Supplies ltd, we can provide a free no obligation quotation for roofing materials and tools you need whether it's for a dry ridge or a wet ridge. Contact us today to see how we can help you!

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