Spitfire weathervane installed on a double arch 45 degree ridge tile
This steel spitfire weathervane offers an exquisite adornment in the form of a steel aircraft weathervane. A splendid and distinctive finial decoration finds its place on the roof through this addition. This weathervane serves both as a captivating embellishment and a functional instrument, as the spitfire elegantly flies with the breeze, showing the winds direction. The ridge tile fitting comes in a classic terracotta colour by default, there are alternative colours and finishes also available
Overall height: 38" (97cm)
Ridge base: 45 degree angle, 12" (296mm) in length, 9" (225mm) in width
With preserving the roof's imperviousness to rainwater in mind the prospect of puncturing holes and affixing brackets to the roof, or within its confines, can cause hesitation. Yet, the installation procedure for this spitfire weathervane allays such worries, offering a straightforward process. The ridge fitting can be installed using mortar, ensuring an uncomplicated installation.
This weathervane incorporates an optional mechanical fixing mechanism, a robust and adaptable metal strap. Easily trimmed to the desired size, the strap features an array of holes, facilitating attachment through screws, nails, or secure placement within the roof's framework. As the installer fastens the metal strap, they can discreetly conceal it beneath the ridge base during the traditional mortar bed application
Customers can showcase these spitfire ridge weathervanes on a diverse array of roofs such as gable ends, hip ends, houses, cottages, sheds, workshops, and summer houses. It can even grace garden settings for ornamental purposes. This weathervane stands as the epitome of distinctive architectural ornamentation.
- How to fit and install
There are several ways to install roof finials, as outlined below:
Traditional mortar bedding:
Roof finials can be installed following the same method used for ridge tiles, utilising standard mortar bedding. In cases where the finial is tall or heavy, or if enhanced stability is desired, an additional mechanical fix method can be employed alongside the mortar bed installation.
Mechanical fixing strap and mortar bedding:
For this type of install, a galvanized metal strap is included, discreetly fastened to the underside of the finial ridge base during manufacturing. This durable and flexible metal strap can be adjusted in length by cutting it down to size. Featuring a series of holes, the strap can be screwed, nailed, or embedded in mortar to anchor it to a section of the roof structure. After securing the metal strap, installers can conceal it from sight by applying traditional mortar bed. The mortar used to join the finial with adjacent ridge tiles effectively conceals the strap, resulting in a seamless and neat appearance.
Another approach to affixing finials to the roof involves the dry fixing method. This technique involves using a specific manufacturer's dry fixing system, typically incorporating brackets or alternative mechanical fasteners to attach ridge tiles and finials to the roof without the use of mortar. If you are considering a dry fix ridge system, please get in touch with us to determine if this finial design can be adapted to be compatible with your chosen system.
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- Product Performance & Quality
The ridge tile is British Kitemarked, which is a certified industry standard for quality. All products are made in accordance with British Standard versions (BS EN 490: 2004 and BS EN 491: 2004). The ridge fitting is made from a concrete based mix reinforced with small fiberglass strands and additives, with several top coats applied to give its final appearance. The colour of the finial runs all the way through the piece resulting in a strong and long lasting product