Note: I do not recommend using RoofTec for flat roofing work, the easiest of the roofs they replaced leaked in multiple places due to poor design.
Covering a few days of roofing work here.
Early Tuesday morning two Roofers from Rooftec (same ones we met on Friday, in the end they did all the work below) arrived at the house and started stripping the front dormer window roof. Would have took photos, but lost the camera!!
This is what they took off-
Their new OSB/Sterling board with associated fibreglass system attached (so they did at least overboard and not as I first suspected, just add the fibreglass to the original roof (so that’s not as bad as I thought).
Below that was what appeared to be a bodged overboard attempt with felt roofing. So someone had fitted a new flat roof over the old flat roof, though the wood used seemed to be a mix of various types!!
Below that was the original felt roof, whoever over boarded above that hadn’t even bothered to remove all the stone chippings that are used to hold the felt down, so it was a really bad job!!
So there was three layers to the roof, one new (added by Rooftec) and two old.
Because of the layers it took all day to strip and replace one roof. The roofers worked really hard and I’ll add I did work out why their prices are so reasonable, they are mad!!
Imagine 4 storey high ripping off 8ft by 4ft boards whilst standing on the edge of a drop with just two 3″ wide bits of wood (the rafters of the flat roof) to stand on!! Wish I had found the camera for that!
Since they don’t use scaffolding they can keep their prices low. The whole job (4 flat roofs) cost £2,100 including VAT. We had a quote higher than this from one roofer just for two of the flat roofs (the bathroom roof and the back dormer roof and he’d use scaffolding).
Anyway, so thet stripped all the old material off and added new OSB boarding, add a new PVC fascia above the front window as the wood one was rotten. This included one of the roofers driving to Boston to pickup the fascia (he was gone well over an hour). I asked for a price on this, but wasn’t given one so looks like it was added for free, I like free stuff so thank you :-)
Next day they stripped the back dormer window flat roof and fitted new OSB boards and their fibre glass system. By the end of the second day the roofs were water tight, though needed a small amount of fibre glassing by hand and the decorative coating applied which was completed on the next day.
We have leaks in the corners of the dormer windows (three leaks in total) that seem to be associated with poor fitting flashing and possibly the dormer sides. I discussed the possibility of doing something with the sides and one of the roofers suggested adding a fibreglass sheet over them, this would waterproof the dormers, though probably not fix the flashing.
So I contacted Rooftec for a quote on this and one of the owners came out and after a lot of humming and arring said it would need a cherry picker to do the sides. The quote for this (four sides of the dormers and a little flat bit over the bathroom extension) was over £1,000 (much more than I expected) so left that for another time.
They cleared up most of the mess, including some left by the previous Rooftec roofers who left all sorts of stuff (lumps of old set resin, wood from the roof etc…). So in the end I was happy with the job.
Oh, they broke a few tiles on the roof, so replaced those for us and left an extra pack of roof tiles they didn’t use. So that was nice of them.
Neighbors told us when we wasn’t on site (we turned up a couple of hours later than them a couple of times) they had their music quite loud, when we arrived they turned it down :-). Not a big issue (loud music doesn’t bother us), but if it’s something you think might bother your neighbors/you make a note of it.
Neighbors told us they were less careful when we wasn’t at the house, dropping old boards 4 storeys down quite near some parked cars which is something I wouldn’t want done near my car! I told them they could throw things down the front of the house (out the dormer windows) since as long as it wasn’t a windy day stuff drops straight onto the front garden (that’s how I remove rubble from the top floor :-)) as long as you are careful it’s safe.
They left quite a lot of nails on the side road (it’s a dirt road) which could have caused car tires to puncture. One of our Neighbors had been picking up nails after them, he picked up well over a dozen while I was there!! This is something they should have done as a matter of course.
Interestingly his daughter is having some flat roofs done and Rooftec is on standby and they want to read this blog before making a final decison.
When they discovered this blog, specifically this post – Flat Roofing by Rooftec (which was after they messed up the dormer roofs) I think they realized they’d have to make a significant effort to pull things around. I told them I’m blogging about the renovation and will be posting accurate and unbiased information here (which is what I’ve tried to do).
I’m an Search Engine Optimisation Consultant and own SEO Gold so websites and search engine rankings is my thing. This blog will most likely be top 10 for relevant search phrases (like Rooftec) in Google etc… in a few months time so it should be important to Rooftec not to mess things up with me (I think they realised this).
This blog has comments enabled, so if Rooftec would like to make a comment or two direct to the site they can at anytime. Same is true for anyone else, if you’ve used or plan to use Rooftec feel free to comment.
I suppose the biggest question for anyone thinking of using Rooftec is would we use Rooftec again?
We’ve met six Rooftec employees, including one of the owners (there’s two owners apparently) and they are friendly people who I found easy to get along with. Now that I’ve dealt with them I think I’d get a good job done each time (after this house we plan to buy houses for buy to let, so may use them again if we are ever stupid enough to buy something with a flat roof :-)), they aren’t perfect and have clearly taken advantage of us not being at the house all the time, but their prices are very hard to beat and their fibreglass system is better than felt (lasts longer) so if you are thinking of using Rooftec my advice is stay on site and keep an eye on them because they are capable of doing a good job.
I’m very happy with the end result, just a shame it had to be done the hard way.
I suppose I better send them a cheque for the work on Monday then :-))
First post in the series: Flat Roofing by Rooftec (Glass Fiber Flat Roof)