I'm wondering what to do? My timber fascias and soffits are beginning to rot. It's a big job to replace the timber and then have it all painted! Your advice please.
The Pointing at the joints of my stonework is crumbling and falling out in a lot of areas. I have had previous repairs done, using cement mortar.
I'm getting rainwater ingress at the sides of my Velux rooflight and at the sides of my Dormer window. I last had my roof check over 3-Years ago.
We would recommend using Grey Marley Duo Modern Concrete Roof Tiles. This tile has a fine line down the centre, giving it the look of a smaller tile or slate. It has a more modern look and is about a third of the price of slates. Most concrete tiles last for 45 years. Or, if your budget allows slates, we would recommend the Balach Grey/Blue Spanish Slate. These are newly quarried slates as opposed to using recycled Scottish slates.
I have cracks on the lead valley on my Dormer. I'm concerned about the cost of new lead. Are there any alternatives?
I have evidence of rainwater at my extension, where the extension meets the house. It seems to be an ongoing problem.
This is a common problem and is usually caused when the lead sealant shrinks, allowing water ingress at the raggle, (which is where the lead apron of the extension is attached to the house). We would usually recommend cutting a deeper raggle. Fit new code 4 sheet lead, all dressed into position. We would then fix bellcast beads along the raggle at the lead. This would be finished off with a roughcast finish or a cement mortar finish.
I've had constant ingress and dampness on the ceiling of the flat roof of my extension. It was covered in the 1980s and has stones on it at the moment.
Aagh Stones! This was an old tar and chip detail which was popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The idea behind it was that the stone chips would reflect the sun. All that actually happens is that the stones trap moisture and rainwater. The chips also get washed to the outlets and gutters and often these choke the outlets. If your flat roof is from that era, we would recommend stripping away all of the coverings to the original deck. We would repair any timbers and then fit a 3-layer felt torch-on system, including 1-layer of insulation. The new finish will be a smooth finished layer.
The sarking in my loft is saturated internally. It's an old slated roof and the felt is perished. The roof size is approximately 60 square metres.
We would recommend fitting approximately 6 slate vents to ensure adequate airflow into the attic; this would be 3 at the front and 3 at the rear. It will probably take several months to dry out – but it’s a start – after all, it probably took a long time for the dampness to build up.
The cement on my gable verge tiles is breaking out after winter and frost and now birds are getting into my loft space.
Break out all of the cement on the tiffin/verge. Fit timber dwangs on the four sides of the roof or two sides of the roof (depending if you are a detached or semi-detached property). Then, fit a Marley Universal Dry Verge System to all gable verges, all secured. The finish looks great and the system is maintenance free – no more cement breaking out at your verges!
This is called lamination and is caused by years of winter and frosts eating in the tiles. Sorry, but you’ll need to cancel The Cruise This Year! It looks like you need a new roof!
My slates are slipping all over the place. My gutters have about 9 or 10 slates in them at the moment
Flat Roof - Garage Roof - Ponding is evident all over the flat roof, causing rainwater ingress! How do I get the rainwater to run off of the roof?
- Demolish the chimney head to below roof level. Fill the gap with sarking boards, felt, battens and tiles. End of problem. End of maintenance!
- If you are venting a gas appliance through the chimney, you can still have it demolished. After demolishing the chimney, we would fit a Twin wall pipe which will allow your appliance to continue to be ventilated.
- Or, if you’re determined to keep the chimney, we can fit new Lead Flashings and Re-roughcast the chimney. The downside of this option is that you still have a chimney and there are no guarantees that you won’t have further maintenance requirements in the future.
Consider the ongoing costs of continually overhauling your old slated roof! We make one area of the old roof watertight, the rain then manages to find the next weakest point – and in comes the rain! Thinking of the cost – say on average £500 – £600 every 12 – 18 months! Think of the stress and hassle of always having to check your loft every time there is heavy rain! It will be irreparable in the end – eventually! Think of having your old slated roof re-roofed using concrete tiles. At approximately £5,000 – £6,000 for the averaged sized property, it’s probably something you should be budgeting for sooner rather than later if you can.