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Dodgy Roofing Job/Cowboy - Advice Needed!

Discussion in 'Roofing and Guttering' started by Nero047, 21 May 2008.

  1. Nero047

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    Hello

    Sorry for the long post...

    I’m looking for some advice on a some repair work done for me on my slate roof today. A local roofer agreed to point up the top tiles, pin up any loose/slipped tiles and replace any broken ones.

    I was away from home while the work was carried out today but luckily got home in time to have a look before parting with any money. I’m no expert but to me he has done the pointing as agreed, not changed many broken tiles and where he has have done they are too narrow, leaving gaps each side.

    Prior to the work the roof had approx 10 slipped tiles but at least they looked like the original roof. Now the whole thing just looks like a complete bl**dy mess.

    I have attached links to pics of the work for any advice on what you think should be done. He quoted £190.00 and according to neighbours he was with another guy and they took less than an hour doing the job. Any info would be greatly appreciated on what you think I should pay him?

    Pics: http://s289.photobucket.com/albums/ll231/Nero_047/
     
  2. Jaffa72

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    Ask him why he didnt use the right sized slates....Im not a roofer but from the price quoted and the work done i would say that that is a fair price had it been done correctly :rolleyes:

    I agree that it looks a mess but if it keeps the elements out then looks arent everything.Regardless of how long it took them to do the job i assume you agreed to the price before they carried out the repairs......therefore if it took 1 hour or 8 hours then the price was fixed.

    Keep us updated as to what they say
     
  3. SurreyRoofingEstimator

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    Yup, too nrrow slates have been used, looks like he used slates he happened to have in his yard rather than sourced the right wdth slates.

    As far as the price of £190.00 is concerned as Jaffa said, done properly that is a reasonable price no matter how long the job took, bear in mind that we pay our guys (craftsmen + labourer) about that for a days work plus the cost of travel, materials plus a bit of profit it's not bad, we would also have to put up some sort of access as well if even only a tower scaffold which costs as well.
     
  4. datarebal

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    Very cheap if done correctly.. expensive for a uck up..
    Firstly there was no need to point the ridge in anyway.. This time next year the new muck will be in the gutter.
    Originally the ridge would have been secret bedded with no bed joint showing. A total waste of money. slate repairs??? ask when they are coming to do them...
     
  5. joe-90

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    How has he fastened the slates in? How did he get to nail them? Bet he was a ***** and he's just pushed them in place and I bet you any money he soon turns nasty if you quibble.
     
  6. gaz116

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    looks like hes just lead strapped them in place.

    Although work should be water proofed, it does look shoddy, and doesn`t take long to match up existing slates at a local roofing firm.
     
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  8. SurreyRoofingEstimator

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    you can get a specialist slate repair kit that we use which works really well, it is basically a piece of angled plastic that is riveted to the slate and when the slate is pushed up the plastic angle hooks onto the batten. It does work really well and makes for a good repair
     
  9. east coast

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    copper wire is they way forward,it's what we have always used.lead straps are a terrible way to repair a slate and look unsightly.

    by the way your roof needs stripping & recovering...
     
  10. gaz116

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    http://www.bpindex.co.uk/manf.html?id=740

    I`ve personally never used them, but i believe that is supposed to be a very good solid way of replacing single slates.

    Copper wire is the easiest and quickest "neat" way of doing the job, can just get a little unsightly if doing a large number of slates.

    Copper wire and dab of sealant is my preffered method.
     
  11. Dodgydave2

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    Looks like you wanted a cheap job thats what you got anyone working on the roof should have had a scaffold.
    As the owner of the house you are the employer and therefore responsible for health and safety if anyone had fallen of the roof you would have been liable.
    So looks like you got away with a cheap job no vat no bill if people use this type of roofer they get what they deserve.
    We would have charged a min £350.00 labour plus a scaffold and all plus the dreaded V.A.T
    Wish I could get good roofers to work for less than £150 a day
     
  12. GaryinAshby

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    Sorry, but the OP never stated he wanted a cheap job. He needed work doing & contacted what he beleived to be a "roofing expert". He was quoted a price for what he beleived was going to be a satisfactory job. As he isn't a roofer he had no idea what the cost was going to be.

    The guy's politely asking for advice for not criticism.
     
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  14. Regencyroofingipswich

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    Nothing wrong with a big old blob of gripfill as long as the surface and underneath of slate is clean and dry.
     
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    2 year old blob now ;) look @ the date
     
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