Dry verges – those plastic end caps on roof tiles and gable ends

Dry verges – the name used to describe those plastic end capping pieces you see covering the normally exposed mortar (cement) on the gable ends of roofs.

This is different to fascia / roofline which incorporates the wooden or upvc boarding found where the roof meets the wall, to which the guttering is normally affixed and the boarding you find running up gable ends where the wall meets the roof tiles.

The dry verge capping lips over the top of the existing roof tile and hangs down, covering what would normally be just cement / mortar filled in to pack the gap between roof line and tile.

Property owners will know from experience that due to it’s exposed nature, this mortar mix frequently falls out or comes loose either as a direct result of the weather or from poor fitting. It’s not uncommon to find pieces of mortar or cement mix laying around the garden underneath gable ends or hip tile joints etc.

The problem is if the mortar is loose, then you can easily loose a few ridge or edge tiles in windy weather. As well as the hazard of falling tiles (which can damage your own or others property), you’ve then got a situation where the roof is open to the elements – just being protected by a thin layer of roofing felt. Weather will soon start getting in and if not corrected, then you could be looking at large repair bills for interior ceilings and walls.

Whilst there are quite a few upvc solutions for these end caps, owners of properties whose roofs also incorporate hip tiles (e.g where the roof has 4 sides sloping backwards to the ridge tiles) may also be interested to know that a similar product for hip tiles and ridges is also available.

Such dry verge systems are also praised for their ease of application where the roof might normally be deemed to steep for traditional mortar to be used.

When you consider the issues of access if you intend replacing / repointing the mortar on gable ends, hip and ridge tiles yourself, or cost if you’re going to pay someone to come and do it for you, the extra initial outlay in dry verge systems may be an attractive proposition.

Manufacturers claim that dry verge systems also allow homeowners to incorporate ventilation in their ridge tiles. The Manufacturers reckon that modern building techniques which incorporate very energy efficient designs may lead to increased instances of damp in roof spaces caused by condensation. Ventilation becomes a key priority to avoid timbers rotting.

Aesthetically, dry verges look tidier and more uniformed compared to just mortar, which depending on the skill with which it was installed, can look a bit (or a lot) unsightly.

Also if falling mortar / roof tiles would present a hazard to passers-by, then the added security of such dry systems could be a further inducement.

Roof Quoter.co.uk can recommend up to 3 local roofing specialists to you, who’ll be able to give you a written quote without any obligation.

We can also provide you with an instant online quote for replacement upvc fascia and guttering via our quick and easy website Fascia Quoter.co.uk

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