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Leaky roof repairers

By 15 February 2012 14

Hi everyone,

There hasn’t been much chat about leaky roofs on RA for about a year and I was wondering if anyone has had recent positive experience with a repairer. We have had a persistant leak now for about 20 years that only happens during heavy rain.

We’ve had a series of repairers look at it, replace tiles, repoint, splash silicone about, replace flashing, scratch their heads and yet still the kitchen window sill turns into a lovely aquatic vista  everytime it pisses down.

If anyone knows a roof wizard that they’d recommend, I’d be most grateful.

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Leaky roof repairers
JC 11:48 am
15 Feb 12
#1

If it is coming in down a window it sounds more like the gutter is overflowing into the eve and then running down the cavity. In houses that don’t have bricks above the window the area above the window is generally lower than the area on the sides where there are bricks. Ie where there are bricks they build up higher than the eve by a brick or two, but where the window is there is no brick course, meaning any water in the eve will naturally flow down the cavity near the window.

devils_advocate 12:11 pm
15 Feb 12
#2

JC said :

If it is coming in down a window it sounds more like the gutter is overflowing into the eve and then running down the cavity. In houses that don’t have bricks above the window the area above the window is generally lower than the area on the sides where there are bricks. Ie where there are bricks they build up higher than the eve by a brick or two, but where the window is there is no brick course, meaning any water in the eve will naturally flow down the cavity near the window.

^^This. The main thing is to unblock the gutters and allow the rain to flow freely down the downpipe.

This assumes the underground stormwater pipes have not been completely destroyed by tree roots. A stop gap measure (ie alternative to digging up and replacing all pipes) is to either chop the ends of the gutters to allow water to flow out rather than into your roof; or modify the bottom of the down pipes so the water flows onto the ground rather than backs up and overflows the gutters.

Pretty crap that the roof repairers didn’t pick this.

bloodnut 2:25 pm
15 Feb 12
#3

Yes – but any recommendations for roof repairers also welcome.

ScienceRules 2:53 pm
15 Feb 12
#4

JC said :

If it is coming in down a window it sounds more like the gutter is overflowing into the eve and then running down the cavity. In houses that don’t have bricks above the window the area above the window is generally lower than the area on the sides where there are bricks. Ie where there are bricks they build up higher than the eve by a brick or two, but where the window is there is no brick course, meaning any water in the eve will naturally flow down the cavity near the window.

Hey JC, you’re right, but that has been checked and remedied and I’m pretty sure it’s a combination of gutter/eve/roof diabolicalness. Still need a roof chappie to oversee the lot.

GardeningGirl 9:58 am
17 Feb 12
#5

I too would appreciate any information on who is experienced in solving mysterious intermittant “everytime it pisses downdiabolicalness”.

NoImRight 10:47 am
17 Feb 12
#6

Steven Bailey 0407249613. Used him twice. Showed up on time and only charged what he said he would.

mad_kiwi 2:29 pm
17 Feb 12
#7

no leaks so far after these guys came last summer: Premier Roofing (02) 6293 2227

switch82mac 8:44 am
20 Feb 12
#8

I recently got Kane from all top roofing to come and repair a leak we had which damaged our ceiling. Kane arrived when he said he would and was happy to fix up a small roof repair which others said they did not want to do as it was too much effort. Was a very reasonable price and he was able to do fit me in asap as well. With all the down pours recently have not had any further leaks.Would highly recommend him.

switch82mac 8:44 am
20 Feb 12
#9

Forgot to add his website and contact details.
http://www.alltoproofing.com.au/
P: (02) 6292 8554 M. 0418 283 656

Duffbowl 1:18 pm
04 Mar 12
#10

Only partially dead, so it’s not *really* resurrecting…

Quick heads up on roofers/tilers/roof repairers and allied industries. Given the lovely weather we’ve experienced for the last week and a bit, there is now a significant delay in getting a quote for storm related work, let alone getting the work done. No, no real surprise there.

I spoke to the professionals mentioned below, and they are booked solid. Each apologised for not being able to come out and have a look, and offered advice on who else to contact. Unfortunately, the situation was repeated across the board.

Not whining about service in anyway; they were all very polite and helpful, given the circumstances.

echoztrip 12:18 pm
12 Mar 13
#11

I know thread is slightly old, but always worth adding new comments to things like this.

We’ve used Kane (and his staff) from All Top Roofing after reading comments on Riot Act about 3 or 4 times in the past few months. They were all very helpful and accommodating. Our most recent was an urgent job which they managed to fit in very promptly (on a saturday mind you).

Happy to recommend them :)

smallfishtony 1:14 pm
12 Mar 13
#12

I have just had Peter from All Top Roofing come and look at my roof and a couple of leaks, plus a ‘flooding’ deck. They gave a time, turned up early (after calling to check this was ok) and the advice and suggested repairs explained in detail.

Just need to wait for the quote to see how the price goes. I did send a query to another Canberra roofer on Friday and got an autoreply saying they would be in touch, but havent heard anything yet…so All Top in front on service so far!

Aeek 2:03 pm
12 Mar 13
#13

smallfishtony said :

I have just had Peter from All Top Roofing come and look at my roof and a couple of leaks, plus a ‘flooding’ deck. They gave a time, turned up early (after calling to check this was ok) and the advice and suggested repairs explained in detail.

Just need to wait for the quote to see how the price goes. I did send a query to another Canberra roofer on Friday and got an autoreply saying they would be in touch, but havent heard anything yet…so All Top in front on service so far!

We just had All Top fix our tiled roof, and replace the doomed carport tiles with colourbond.
Delayed by Kane breaking his leg, but an awesome job. They fixed a lot of little things as well that we hadn’t been aware of.
Guttering had been nailed on, downpipes from roof to carport upside down; neither of which had been fixed in any of the many previous attempts to fix the carport water flow issues that lead to the leaks,.

familydude72 3:22 pm
12 Mar 13
#14

+1 for Kane from All Top roofing.
Punctual, reliable and he fixed a leaking roof that others hadn’t been able to in the past.

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