Ridge tiles - is this poor workmanship?

5 Nov 2015
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Hi guys,

Before I have an argument with my roofer would someone with more knowledge than me mind letting me know whether the finish of the ridge tiles is poor workmanship please?

I had a roofer in to do the main roof (done a good job) and someone else finished off the ridge tiles. The ridge tiles look very messy to me and I'm not sure whether I need to complain.



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Why didn't the roofer finish it?

Aesthetically it may not be 100% but it doesn't mean it's been fixed/fitted wrongly.

Only you can decide whether to challenge him.
Long story mate. Roofer did the work but we had to do something with the dormer to the rear (which was the builders responsibility) which meant taking up some of the ridge tiles which they replaced. Replacing the ridge tiles was part of the builder's quote.

Would you challenge it if it was your place?
I don't like untidy workmanship, so yes I probably would.

Like I said, it doesn't mean it's wrong but, if somebody doesn't take pride in the job then.........etc etc.
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Clay ridge tiles are irregular, even modern ones and can be difficult to get in a perfect straight line. Some have the pitch squeezed and others have the pitch opened which can result in a mortar disparity between units.

I can't tell how bad your job is from the image or what type of ridge has been used.
If you have a look at the second ridge in from the open gable end, you may notice a bit of a 'runt' ridge. I was loathe to not use all of them because they cost a fortune. Look closely and none are sitting absolutely perfect.
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I'm sure if you asked the roofer to do them after the builder had finished he would of(I would have) just to make sure it was right and looked good, spoilt a good job by the looks of things.

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