In Australia, mortar has historically been the most popular way to install tiles and fix roof ridges, however there are a few things that actually make mortar unsuitable for a long-term fix. In Europe, dry fixing is a much more common method, and there a few things that Australians can learn from our Northern counterparts when it comes to our roofs.
The benefits of dry fix
Time and money – Dry fixing takes about half the time of mortar to install, so is much cheaper on labour costs if you choose to employ the professionals, or is much less difficult if you are doing it yourself. Dry fixing is also much more cost effective long-term when it comes to maintenance. This is because mortar degrades over time, forms cracks, and eventually falls out. Dry fix is a much more secure option that will keep your roof in shape for longer.
Ventilation – Dry fixing allows open ridges at the highest point of the roof so that there is continuous ventilation and a reduction in the fluctuation of temperatures throughout the year. This method stops condensation from building up inside the roof and has positive health benefits for occupants. The lack of moisture building up in the roof also helps the structure to last longer. Due to the natural ventilation of this method, whirlybirds, which can be a bit of an eyesore, don’t need to be installed.
Environmentally superior – Due to the increase in ventilation, dry fixing reduces the amount cooling needed in buildings, and is thus much better for the environment, and your electricity bill!
These are just a few of the reasons that dry fixing is growing in popularity in Australia, and why more Australians should be considering the dry fix alternative that is so common in Europe for their roofs. Dry fix has a quick and easy installation process, is easier to maintain than mortar, and is well suited to our difficult Australian climate conditions. It also has environmental and health benefits that shouldn’t be overlooked.
When it comes time to fix your roof ridges, don’t look past the dry fix method!
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