Problems over felting a flat roof.

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Problems over felting a flat roof.

Post by blackvenom » Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:34 am

Hi Folks.

Around 6 months ago I asked a chap for a quote to fix a leaky garage roof. He suggested to over felt it with torch on felt (to keep the cost down) yet to this day the roof still leaks in places. The chap that did the work has been back and applied some more lengths of felt above where the leaks appear to be coming from yet it doesn't seem to have made it any better.

We are due to move house soon and he is now asking to come back again and try and fix the problem however its likely that we will have moved before this can happen. No monies have been paid yet and the guy obviously wants to get paid however the work that has been done so far is substandard.

What are your thoughts?
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Re: Problems over felting a flat roof.

Post by Mrwood777 » Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:31 am

Hi, I’m pretty sure you’re obliged to inform your buyer (as you are aware of the issue), but it sounds relatively minor as it’s in the garage so it’s your call.

Obviously the tradesman needs to be paid before you move or have it resolved another way.

Have you been up on the roof and inspected the area around the leak? It’s possible that the water is running down the woodwork so the point of origin may be somewhere else, that’s what happened on my flat roof.

Good luck
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Re: Problems over felting a flat roof.

Post by blackvenom » Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:46 am

Mrwood777 wrote:Hi, I’m pretty sure you’re obliged to inform your buyer (as you are aware of the issue), but it sounds relatively minor as it’s in the garage so it’s your call.

Obviously the tradesman needs to be paid before you move or have it resolved another way.

Have you been up on the roof and inspected the area around the leak? It’s possible that the water is running down the woodwork so the point of origin may be somewhere else, that’s what happened on my flat roof.

Good luck
Thanks for your reply. The issue has been apparent on all viewings so there shouldn't be any issues there. There area on the roof above where the leak seems to be looks to be sealed, however the water pools in that section on the roof so it would have plenty of time to find it's route through.
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Re: Problems over felting a flat roof.

Post by cotswold builders » Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:39 pm

Over felting doesn't work very well, ie it wont stick on a dusty roof, hence we strip all existing of.
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Re: Problems over felting a flat roof.

Post by fin » Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:55 pm

torch on felt is just a bodge. if a flat roof is leaking its goosed. patching it will only delay the inevitable.

epdm roofing is much better than felt if its done well.
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