The ridge tile covers the apex of the roof and can come in a range of different shapes. By using different ridge profiles, the apex of a roof can be given a sharp or soft outline. The most commonly used is the half round ridge and a similar soft appearance is obtained with a hog back ridge. An angle ridge provides a sharp apex and this in turn can be broken up by using capped angle ridges or a special ornamental profile. All our ridges are handmade at our Works in the Brierley Hill.
Clay ridge tiles are not limited to use on a clay roof and are often used to finish off a slate roof, either in a Staffordshire blue colour to tone in with the slate or in a contrasting colour such as red or brown. This image of a slate roof at Clifton College shows the use of new bespoke ornamental clay ridge tiles which were specially made to match the reclaimed ones that you can see on the dormers.
The New European Standard BS EN 5534 requires all ridge tiles (and ridge tiles used down the hips) to be mechanically fixed. The Tileline dryfix ridge system, the Tileline combination dryfix ridge system and the tileline ridgeroll system all allow for mechanical fixing of ridge tiles whilst providing ventilation in the roof (click here for more info). A traditional fix where ridge tiles are bedded in the normal way but a cleat and screw are used between the ridged tiles to create a mechanical fixing before the mortar "goes off", gives a traditional appearance of a normally bedded roof but does not provide any ventilation (though this can be provided elsewhere on the roof with tile vents).
All Ridges at 300mm unless stated as 450mm.
Dreadnought also manufacture a wide range of ornamental ridges.