Despite being a tried and tested roof installation method throughout Europe for several years now, the dry ridge system is still a relatively new concept in Australia. Many installations still rely on the more traditional mortar-bonded ridge tiles when it comes to how the roof is constructed.
There is nothing inherently bad about this way of doing things. Indeed, the mortar ridge tile method still has an aesthetic appeal that can often be very striking. However, as technology has continued to evolve, new and more efficient ways of mechanically fixing ridge tiles have started to be used on a regular basis, with the dry ridge system being the most prominent of these.
But just what is a dry ridge roofing solution? And what advantages does it have over a mortar-based installation?
This article will answer those exact questions. It will define exactly what a dry ridge system is before revealing seven advantages to using it when deciding on your own installation.
What is a dry ridge system?
The ridge of the roof is the uppermost part that runs along the very top. A dry ridge roofing system is a method of installing ridge and hip tiles to a roof’s infrastructure through the use of screws and clamps rather than using sand or cement mortar.
A roll-out dry ridge system is an example of a dry ridge installation that continues to grow in popularity. This involves a dry ridge ventilation roll being laid out along the ridge. Ridge tiles are then connected directly to the roll. This formation allows for rain to slip easily from the roof’s surface and provides superior roof ventilation.
What are the advantages of a dry ridge roof system?
Though they are perhaps not always as stylish as some traditional roofing installations, there are a number of key benefits to choosing dry ridge systems over a mortar-based method.
They are more cost-effective
If you’re opting for a top-of-the-range dry ridge system, the initial cost and outlay can seem fairly steep. However, these costs are quickly offset by a number of factors. Firstly, dry-fix systems are generally much quicker to install, meaning you will save money on labour costs.
Secondly, once the tiles are fixed in place, there will not often be situations where they need replacing. Once you’ve made the initial payment, you can almost forget about them.
A big advantage of using dry ridge tiles or a dry ridge roll is that they are largely maintenance-free once installed. Traditional sand and mortar solutions are great at the start but they will frequently deteriorate over time due to changes in temperature and fluctuating weather conditions, making the roof tiles loose and unstable.
Dry ridge tiles are mechanically fixed into place and designed with waterproof joins, meaning there are very few situations where they will need repairing.
When applied to your roof, the dry ridge design allows for ventilation to easily filter through the space. Ridge roll ventilation is an excellent method for minimising the risk of condensation and dampness affecting your areas. This is a common issue for traditional roofing solutions once the mortar begins to break down.
However, there may be occasions when you wish to select a dry ridge system without ventilation. For these situations, our RapidRidge roofing is a superior solution!
Though it isn’t usually obvious, roofs are constantly in a state of flux and movement, whether from vibrations in the house or from temperature fluctuations. This is another reason why mortar-based installations are at risk of failing.
Dry ridge systems allow for subtle roof movement while at the same time maintaining its structural integrity.
The design of the ridge tiles allows for seamless connection during the installation process. Waterproof unions carry excess water away from the screws and clamps, meaning they are not exposed to water for extended periods.
These factors combine to create a fully waterproof solution that prevents wind and rain from getting into your roof structure and causing damage.
Compatible and versatile
Dry ridge systems can be applied to a wide variety of roofs without needing to amend the existing structures, and dry ridges are compatible with most types of fixing tiles and slates. This means that they can be used for both new and existing builds.
As a result of not needing maintenance and being able to withstand the worst of the weather, dry ridge systems will likely remain in place for a very long time. However, this is usually dependent on the quality of the initial installation and the materials used.
A secure roof space is essential to any build or renovation. We firmly believe that a dry ridge system is a superior option for most homeowners. Not only can they be left alone once they have been installed, but they are hugely cost-effective and able to withstand all types of weather and movement.
If you are looking to renovate your roof or require a solution for your new build, be sure to check out our fantastic range of roofing solutions. Additionally, you can check out our blog for in-depth articles on how to get the most out of your roof, including a more in-depth look at the benefits of roof ridge ventilation.