Having a roof repair, roof replacement or roof restoration carried out to your Cleveland house roof when required is a vital aspect of maintaining your home. The roof of your house is often an over looked area. Being that the roof covers the rest of the dwelling and protects it from the sun and harsh Cleveland conditions, looking up once in a while can save a lot of money and unnecessary roofing works. Here’s how:
The ridge capping are the angled ridge caps that cover the hips and top ridge of the roof tile joins. The ridge capping tiles are firstly bedded on and then pointed. The pointing can either be made from a strong sand and cement mix, or an acrylic pre mix called Flexible Pointing. Over time, wind and general harsh Cleveland weather conditions will deteriorate the ridgecapping cement and pointing. On inspection, one can notice that the cement can be starting to crack.
Cement or pointing material can also be sliding out from ridgecapping and down the roof. Terracotta roof tiles which have not been initially laid correctly have a higher tendency for this deterioration to occur. The reason being is that terracotta tiles when laid are quite gappy. Those gaps in the roof tiles gather wind and tend to move about. One the roof tiles move around close to the hips and valleys, the cement will start to crack. It is thus vital to ensure the correct bedding mix is used and application methods followed. This can be quite dangerous and problematic.
Loose cement can cause blockages in the gutter (which will be discussed later on in the article) or slide from the roof and pose potential danger to anything below the roofline. Two story properties with loose cement / debris are obviously of more concern as the fall from the roof is higher.
The proper fix to this problem is either a full bed and point or a full repair and re-point of the ridgecapping, and it would be best if you hire professional Cleveland roof contractors than to do it yourself.
The fact that this particular area has deteriorated means that other areas around the roof are probably heading down the same road. The first cement that usually cracks and deteriorates is often the cement which is subjected to the most wind.
A lot of companies will tell customers that their roof requires a full re-bed prior to pointing. This is often not the case. These companies will say this so that the customer thinks they are going to get a better job completed on their roof. Far from the truth.
Cement is an extremely hard substrate. The fact is cement (properly mixed cement) actually gets harder over time. It is therefore silly and unnecessary to disturb something which will remain in place for many years to come. Using new cement is only required if the old cement is too unstable to work with. Sometimes the old cement can be powdery and not usable. Off course there are many occasions where the whole roof will need to be re-bedded. This is merely a necessity to ensure that ridge capping are running in straight lines and that the flexible pointing or roof pointing material has something to bite and grab on to. Best method is to clean the existing cement (bedding), scrape back any loose debris and continue on with the roofing works.