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. 

Customer Reviews

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.

Sally Melton

Fantastic professional and friendly service. Used Raven roofing for a full new roof. Very happy and extremely satisfied with the work that has been carried out. Would definitely use again and also highly recommend :)

Cobie Drinkell

After Recent Storm damage, I gave Raven Roofing a call to give me a price for some repair work I needed in the aftermath of the storm, Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for these guys and the work ...

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These guys did a great job repointing my roof gulleys

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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.

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