Posted on 21 April 2021

Have you been told that your roof needs pointing but aren’t sure what this means? So what is pointing? Read on and we will explain. At Raven Roofing, we regularly carry out pointing in Grimsby and Louth, providing a professional and affordable service our customers can rely on. If you have any questions about pointing and its importance for your roof, don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

Roof pointing – what is it?

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Pointing refers to the second layer which goes over the roof bedding. Not only does it help to create a much stronger hold for the ridge tiles by bonding them to the roof, but it also seals the roof against dust and water. In the past, cement mortar was commonly used for pointing. However, more recently, flexible pointing compounds have been used. Flexible pointing compounds expand and contract as the weather changes. This is helpful since the UK climate is so changeable, with temperatures varying throughout the year.

Does your roof need repointing?

Repointing is often carried out when the original pointing starts to show signs of deterioration. Over time, the ridges on roofs can become worn and weathered. Damage can result in the ridges slipping, the mortar deteriorating, and eventually the tiles cracking. Cracked and ageing pointing can cause leaks in the roof. As well as being no longer watertight, roofs can begin to look very unsightly. The broken tiles could also be a safety hazard if they were to fall. 

If your pointing has started to crack, repointing may be necessary to prevent leaking and long-term damage to the roof. At Raven Roofing, we can provide pointing repairs in Grimsby and Louth. Our experienced roofers will remove the ridges from the roof and carefully clean them before using a Unibond mix to re-bed the ridges. We’ll ensure they’re pointing in a uniform manner, giving a neat appearance as well as a strong seal.  Commonly, homeowners request repointing to be done when the ridge has started to fail but the tiles still have some life left in them.

How often should a roof need repointing? 

What is pointing?

Many professional roofers agree that repointing should be carried out at least every ten years. If you’re not sure if your roof needs repointing, it makes sense to have it assessed by one of our experienced roofers. We can come out to your property and carry out a visual inspection. Generally, if we can see cracks or gaps in the pointing, that’s a clear indication that your roof requires repointing. We may also notice loose structures such as the brickwork above, damp surfaces on the masonry, and even signs of water infiltration on the interior walls.

How much does repointing cost?

The first thing many people want to know when they find out their roof needs repointing is how much it will cost them. The truth is that the answer isn’t always simple. The cost of repointing varies depending on the size of the roof, as well as the number of ridge tiles. If you do discover your roof needs repointing, don’t worry too much. At Raven Roofing, we strive to keep our prices as competitive as possible, with our team committed to providing a real value for money service. You’ll always receive the highest standard of workmanship when you hire us. For an accurate quote for pointing in Grimsby or Louth, get in touch today. 

Don’t be tempted to ignore the need for repointing on your roof. The consequences can often be significant, with loose or broken tiles resulting in serious damage to your property. As well as water potentially entering your home, mould and rot can occur over time. Aside from this, your home is likely to look very unsightly too. Regular upkeep of your roof is essential for maintaining your property’s market value over time.

Dry ridge roofing systems

Due to the evolution of roofing technology and methods, dry ridge systems are now the preferred choice for many homes. A dry ridge system involves fixing ridge (or hip) tiles to a roof without using conventional mortar mix. Instead, screws and clamps are used to fix each tile to the roof. There are waterproof unions underneath the screws to catch rainfall and disperse it back onto the roof. This helps to ensure that a property doesn’t suffer water damage. There’s a reduced risk of storm damage with this roofing system. One of the most common types of dry ridge system is the roll-out dry ridge system. 

Dry ridge roofing has become so popular that’s has been introduced into the latest building control requirements for new builds under BS5534. However, fixing existing roofs are exempt, as are some period and listed properties. As well as being weatherproof, dry ridge systems are also quicker to install and easier to maintain. Unlike traditional mortar based ridge systems, they don’t require regular maintenance to replace the degraded mortar.

A fully guaranteed service 

When you hire Raven Roofing to carry out pointing or pointing repairs in Louth or Grimsby, you can relax in the knowledge that all work is fully guaranteed. This should provide you with peace of mind that your tiles won’t come away again. If you do have any problems at all, you can simply let us know and we’ll do all we can to rectify the issue for you. We provide a first-class aftercare service here at Raven Roofing, with our team always on hand to assist you with your roofing concerns. 

Contact us 

Hopefully, we have answered the question of what is pointing. If you need pointing, repointing or re-bedding services in the Grimsby area, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re your local roofing contractor and we’ve worked in many homes and commercial properties throughout the region. Call us on 01472 565 084 (Grimsby) or 01507 640 072 (Louth) to discuss your requirements or arrange your free site visit. You can also send us a message via the website if you prefer. 

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Shawn Bosworth
Chris and his apprentice were brilliant! Came out in the miserable rain and made my roof water tight again. I had several quotes from other roofers, cowboys trying to milk my desperation for silly money. Chris was honest, fair and reasonably priced. Highly recommended, thanks!
mark appleby
Extremely Happy with Job!Chris, Quickly assessed the roof and gave options on what could be done.Once Date Agreed, delivered on time with a very professional looking job. Job was in Feb and Chris and Team went out of their way to get the job done even though weather was bad at end of week. They left Work area very clean. Highly reccomend them!
Bev Barley
Thanks for doing a first class job would highly recommend Chris for a job well done
Robert Meadows
Mike Downs
Fantastic, would recommend to anyone who needs roof work. Polite, helpful and super fast. Thanks so much.
Lisa McMahon
Had a leak from my roof. Chris came out the same day althoughthe weather wasn't good. He surveyed the roof and found the problem immediately (a tile had slipped), took photo's before and after replacing the slipped tile. I asked how much I owed him - he said there was NO charge as it was a quick repair. What a lovely, kind, genuine guy! Would highly recommended him and his company.
Roland Packer
We recently had the roof on our extension replaced by raven roofing. Chris and his young helper couldn't have been more helpful. Work done to a very high standard. Quote honoured to the penny. Genuinely nice people and a real pleasure to do business with. Will definitely call them for the services they offer, when needed.
Michelle Packer
Can’t recommend this company enough. Did a great job on our roof , very friendly team , punctual, good quality work and good value for money . Many thanks
Carol Howden
Very friendly team and carried out a great job. Arrived and just got on with the job. Looks great
andrew engeham
Competitive price and excellent workmanship.Highly recommended.
Keith Brown
Great company great service
John Hornsby
Came on time very Satisfied with wat was done. Will be using them again if needed
Omer Khalifa
renegade jokerrr
Fantastic service! Nice and friendly guys! Very quick work! Great customer service! If I need any repairs in the future i will use Raven again.
Margaret Dabb
After being let down by another firm i rang Chris in desperation. Within an hour he arrived, looked at work, discussed, priced and booked a date. Arrived on time, everything ran like clockwork even in the awful heat they had to work through. Very well organised, very tidy, would have no hesitation in recommending his work. Many thanks
Zoe Gibbons
Can’t recommend Chris and his team more, they were all friendly, polite and efficient and left my patio tidier than it was before! Nothing was too much trouble and good quality work and price. I’d definitely recommend Raven Roofing to all my friends and family.
Alan Grosschmidt
Would Recommend Raven Roofing.We had new gutters and facias fitted all round the house.We were really pleased with the completed job.I did point out a minor oversight, which Chris promptly dealt with.The quote for the job was very competitive and I doubt you could get it done cheaper.So deserves 5 Stars.
Andrea Goforth
Was very happy with the prompt, professional, and friendly service provided by this company . They were so quick to help me out and repair a badly storm damaged roof. It is such a joy to have a service provider come when they say they will! Reasonable price and good quality workmanship too . Thank you, Raven Roofing .
We had the tiles down the gulley re-bedded.Very professional and cleaned up afterwards. Really friendly and very kind guy and we will definitely be using Raven Roofing again in the new year to do our guttering! Thanks Chris 👍🏻
Mike Prior
they repaired a dislodged tile free of charge. Just asked To be remembered for other works and telling my friends
Sally Melton
Had a skylight fitted. Excellent service, fitted my job in even though extremely busy. Was absolutely delighted the attention to detail was perfect. Made sure everything was tidied up and taken away. Thank you again. Would highly recommend.
Ali Wickham
Peter Hogarth
These guys did a great job repointing my roof gulleys
Pamela Blow
Samantha Blow
Excellent service, I would highly recommend :)
Derek Coates
Chris promptly repaired the front guttering which is now ok.
Lee Popham
Rang raven to come and fix my roof after last months storm, came next day and repaired, very happy with service and price, will definitely use again.
Mark Barnard
Very good reliable service all work guaranteed
kevin langley
When we needed urgent roof repairs, Raven Roofing & Repairs came to the rescue. Great quality work undertaken by true professionals.
Steve Nowell
I recently had repairs done to my roof. The response and service were excellent, nothing was too much trouble and the work carried out effectively and efficiently
Kelly Brewer
Excellent service, recently had repairs carried out on my house roof, Chris was really friendly, work carried out to a great standard at a great price 🙂
We have used Raven Roofing several times for small repairs as we didn't want to go to the expense of a new roof, but recent torrential rain forced us to accept we needed a new roof. We were dreading the bill but Raven Roofing were very reasonable (not sure if I'm allowed to say how much).The scaffolding arrived and was put up promptly, Raven Roofing arriving a couple of days later to start work, the only delays were due to bad weather and Raven Roofing contacted us to let us know about any delays which we really liked, usually builders don't bother. Raven roofing were polite, friendly and courteous at all times.Out roof was completely stripped and replaced in a week, all rubbish was removed and the gardens left looking tidy.The roof itself looks fantastic...we are very very pleased and highly recommend Raven Roofing.