Gone are days of your cement cracking and falling out from your ridge capping, valleys and gables! Gone is the fading of the pointing that occurred right after application. Flexible pointing is a great product that has been on the market for a little while now and has been the material of choice to bring roofs back into the 20th century.
Many people ask the question “how does Flexipoint work”. Flexible pointing is much different to its predecessor. Unlike the old cement and mortar mix of 4 to 1 with added oxide for colour, flexible pointing is premixed and comes in a wide range of colours. It is made up of acrylic, hardeners, glues, fine sand granules, colour tint and soap among other components. The ingredients are put into a large mixing bowl and mechanically stirred until the consistency is perfect. There is often a summer mix (which takes longer to set) and winter mix (which obviously sets much quicker). Most of the flexible pointing brands offer the same warranty and it is really only the consistency of the product that differs.
There are many brands of flexible pointing out on the market right now. A list of some of the brands is as follows but is not limited to;
Why does flexible pointing work so well?
The benefits of flexible pointing over cement are numerous.
- Flexible pointing is like its name sake, flexible. It stretches with your houses foundations and avoids cracking. As the foundations shift, the flexipointing expands and contracts as required.
- Flexible pointing has a skin. The makeup of chemicals in the product specifically prolongs the life of the flexible pointing not allowing the suns uv to break down the material. Also the colour stays in the pointing / skin of the pointing for the duration of the applied material, only fading ever so slightly.
- Because the flexible pointing is pre-mixed and the colour is always the same, matching the product is easy. If a roof or ridge repair is required for any reason, it is usually quite easy to get an exact colour match. Prior to Flexipoint, when oxide was used, it was often a painstaking task to get the colour right. Even when the colour looked matched, the end finish would often lighten and up a considerably different colour.
- As the buckets of flexible pointing come premixed in tubs, the clean up is also a lot easier. Minimal mess is created as oxide mixing is not necessary. Once oxide is spilt on to other material, it is very hard to get off.
- Holding the material on the roof is also a lot easier with the premixed flexi point. All brands of flexipointing buckets have some kind of boot or rubber jacket designed for them. This rubber boot holds the Flexipoint on the roof, not allowing the product to slide anywhere. It is especially handy when the pitch of the roof is quite steep.
- Because flexible pointing is already premixed, it is a lot easier for handy people to repair their roofs DIY. Often we get questions from customers like “how do you apply flexi point?” or “how do you use Flexipoint?” it is reasonably straightforward to use, however we say to customers to be realistic about the finish they are probably going to get. Like anything, especially skilled trades, practice make perfect.
How does it work and how is Flexipoint applied?
Flexible pointing is designed to adhere to cement and mortar mixes. Whether the cement is old or new, it is formulated to bite and stick. There is an advantage however of having an old cement base with visible cracks to be able to apply the pointing too. The flexible pointing is firstly mixed in the bucket to create a nice, smooth pliable paste. It is then applied onto the cement and pushed into the cracks using an even distribution. Care is then taken to ensure that the product has been smoothed out. The flexi pointing then starts to dry with the next 20 minutes. It is locked deep in place and the ridge capping’s security is ensured. One must take care that the surface which the flexible pointing is being applied to is free from debris or dirt build up. It is always a good idea to scrape or pressure clean the surface prior to pointing. This will remove all the loose particles as per the manufacturers guidelines.
DIY flexible pointing
Flexible pointing like any other trade task can be completed by a competent person. Like all skilled trades however, a good finish takes a lot of practice. Pointing a roof is a very hard task to master. It takes a lot of time and practice and even the best roof tilers and roof restorer’s don’t stop learning and picking up tips along the way. In order to last, the pointing must be applied at a thickness of between 5mm and 8mm. Don’t be scared to give it a go however, just expect a finish that will represent your experience with pointing ridge capping.
Flexible pointing is a fantastic product, and a roofing product that has been well worth the wait. Give your roofing professionals a call today to see how flexi pointing can benefit your roof.