Welsh dragon weathervane mounted on a half round roof tile
Elegantly perched atop a half round roof tile, this weathervane depicts a Welsh dragon. In addition to being a beautiful and unique roof ornament, it also serves a practical purpose as a fully operational weathervane. The weathervane's majestic Welsh dragon atop turns with the wind's direction with ease.
This weathervane is 30.5" (76cm) in height, making it the centre of attention on any rooftop it adorns. The half round ridge base is 10 inches (24cm) wide, 12 inches (30cm) long, and 8 inches (20.5cm) high.
The ridge tile fitting is typically terracotta in colour, but we also offer a variety of other colours and finishes. The weathervane can be adjusted in this way so that it matches the style of your roof perfectly. The combination of the half round roof tile and the weathervane makes for a quick and easy installation. Mortar can be used to install the fixture securely, eliminating the need to drill holes in the roof or install brackets inside the attic. The metal strap that comes with the weathervane can be used as a mechanical fix fitting for increased stability and simplified installation. The metal strap is durable and adaptable, so it can be shortened to fit any need. It has a variety of predrilled holes for fastening to the roof via screws, nails, or other means. Once the metal strap is fastened securely, it can be hidden during the traditional mortar bed installation of the ridge base. This ensures a secure foundation and calm installation process.
Welsh dragon ridge weathervanes can be installed on a wide variety of roofs, including gable ends, hip ends, homes, cottages, sheds, workshops, and even summer homes. The aesthetic value of an outdoor area can be increased by installing these weathervanes in gardens for decorative purposes. It's a great option for adding a fascinating focal point to your garden or rooftop.
- 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