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I have now been in the construction buissiness for 40 years. We have carried out works for many of the local councils & housing associations. We also provided an excellent service for extensions, loft conversions and bathroom fitting over the years

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Conservatory

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Reviewed by Stephen on 23/9/2017

Dave's team were friendly, skilled and did exactly what they said they would when they said they would do it. I would recommend them and wouldn't hesitate to call them again.

I have been a small company doing minor repairs and refits including kitchens, bathrooms stud work, plumbing and tiling and now feel that this is a good time for me to progress my business further with a larger customer portfolio.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Plumbing Repair & Maintenance, Radiator, Water Tanks and Immersion Heater

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Reviewed by peter on 23/9/2017

Colin is very reliable - he arrived promptly to give a quote and again on the day of the job. There were a few small jobs and he was happy to give separate prices and communication was excellent throughout. He did all the work to a good standard (repairing a broken floor plus some plumbing work) and I expect to use him again.

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Wooden Doors - Internal, Laminate Flooring, Solid wood flooring, Wooden Decking, Garden Shed / Playhouse

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Reviewed by Somiya on 23/9/2017

Amazing work, much appreciated.

At L.J.B Gas every job matters being a ex calor gas engineer working on complex lpg and liquid installations to a very high standard and completing a plumbing and heating apprenticeship with almost 10 years of experience

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Gas Fire, Gas Cooker / Hob - installation / repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Plumbing Repair & Maintenance

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Reviewed by Kris on 23/9/2017

absolutely recommended. quick, professional and reliable. saved his number now for all future gas jobs. thank you.

groundworks 10 years exp

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair

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Reviewed by Robert on 23/9/2017

Onsite next day and looks great

We offer a wide range of services from landscaping,decorating,building works and more please ask what other services we provide

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Home improvements, Wooden Decking, Garden Shed / Playhouse

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Reviewed by Bikhram on 23/9/2017

came to quote, agreed a deposit for materials and day to start, never came on the day as had a family death and would come the following day. Following day never turned up. Arranged to start in a further 2 days time as he assured me he would be able to start despite the death. 2 days later never turned up again and said he was sorry and would give my deposit back, 3 weeks later no deposit refund and not contacted me again. Thankfully small deposit. Stay away. Unreliable

Tailored quality service for garden and outdoor projects. Structures, Soils & Plants. Over 20 years experience, technically qualified. Design, construction, planting, remedy and upkeep. 'A garden is a place to be, to be with peace and beauty.'

Trades serviced: Porch / Canopy, Garden office / Studio construction, Log Cabins / Timber Framed Building, Wooden Shutter, Wooden Decking, Garden Shed / Playhouse

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Reviewed by Pete on 23/9/2017

Excellent service. Quick, clean and tidy super job also came in under buget will definitely be using his services again. David and his crew are nice people as well !

"Here at LT Construction we pride ourselves on delivering high quality building projects on time and within budget. Contact us today and see how we can help you to complete your projects as you imagine, regardless of size big or small"

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair

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Reviewed by Adam on 23/9/2017

Oliver responded quickly, completed work as expected and left the job with no mess. Will be using again!

At top of the ladder roofing we pride our self's on being on time and doing a cleaner and professional job at competitive rates

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Flat roof- installation / repair, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe, Leadwork, Slate & Tiled Roof, Zinc / Metal Roof

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Reviewed by Nicola on 23/9/2017

It's been a pleasure doing business with William. He contacted me within a very short time of my job being posted. Came round the next day to see exactly what needed doing. He gave me an extremely reasonable and fair price for the work and arranged to come back within 2 days (on a Saturday) and do the work. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone and should I have an issue with my roof again in the future - I know who to contact.

General maintenance service. Experienced multi trade service including home extensions and complete renovation projects. Shelves mounted, pictures, mirrors & cabinets hung, flat pack assembly, curtain rails & TV mounting. End of tenancy clean...

Trades serviced: Conservatory, Home improvements, Log Cabins / Timber Framed Building, Steel fabrication / Structural steelwork, General Fitted Furniture, Garden Shed / Playhouse

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Reviewed by deborah on 23/9/2017

Gordon turned up when he said he would, assembled the funiture and cleared up after the work was finished. Really pleased with the work and furniture.

Roofers - what you need to know

Roofers will work on a variety of different structural roofs, including flat, slate and tiled, metal and thatched roofs. Most of the work they do is aimed at protecting your home from the elements so that water can’t get inside and cause damp. They’ll carry out jobs like replacing lead sheeting, re-slating and tiling a roof. They can also fit new guttering and deal with the rainwater pipe to make sure that water’s not running down the outside wall of a home and damaging the structure. As well as protecting your home by carrying out repair work, they can also help you get more natural light inside by fitting a skylight window in a converted loft or above a kitchen island.

What a roofer can help with

  • Repairing or building a chimney(s).
  • Re-slating and tiling a roof.
  • Replacing fascias, soffits or cladding.
  • Fitting Velux or skylight windows.
  • Replacing lead sheeting.
  • Fitting new guttering or rainwater pipes.
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To inspect the roof, it needs to be looked at from both the inside and outside. If you can see sunlight coming through a gap in the loft, you might be missing a roof tile or slate. A water stain in the loft can be a sign of a roof covering problem, and other parts of the roof, like flashing and chimney stacks can cause leaks when damaged which you should be able to spot from the street with a decent pair of binoculars. Because of this, the roof should be inspected twice a year – once in summer when you can take advantage of the sunlight and once in autumn/winter, as it’s easier to spot a leaking roof after it’s been raining.

How can I tell if my roof needs repairing or replacing?

Flat roofs tend to have a slope or pitch of less than 10 degrees and have a reputation for leaks. Sometimes the gradient isn’t steep enough meaning that it can sag and allow rainwater to pool on the roof, before making its way into the room below. If a roof’s more than 20 years old, it’s probably due to be replaced. Newer roofs can still get damaged which is why they should be inspected twice a year. Thatch roofs tend to last a lot longer – between 20 and 70 years – however they face additional fire risks. To reduce this risk, you should have chimney stacks inspected and sweep the chimney regularly.

Costs for common roofing jobs

We surveyed our tradespeople to give you an idea of the amount you can expect to pay for common roofing jobs. The costs below are an approximate national average and based on a 3-bedroom property.

Some typical jobs Low High
New flat roof (where the roof’s the main roof) £2,500 £4,500
New slate/tiled roof (where the roof’s the main roof) £4,500 £7,000
Flat roof repairs (pooling water) £400 £800
Flashing repairs/replacement £200 £400
Slate/tiled roof repairs (missing or slipped slates/tiles) £100 £300

Different types of roofs

  • Flat roof.
  • Slate and tiled roof.
  • Thatched roof.
  • Zinc/metal roof.

If there’s a leak in my roof, does the whole roof need to be replaced?

Whether your roof needs replacing depends on the location of the leak. It might look like there’s a leak in one place but water can make its way to a different part of the roof. If there’s a leak, a roofer will be able to determine what needs doing. Often, it’s the flashing and not the roofing material itself that’s damaged, so a roof may only need to be swapped for a new one if it’s old and likely to need replacing sometime soon.

Planning permission for roofing jobs

Roofs can be altered without planning permission as long as:

  • The alteration is no more than 150 mm from the existing roof pane.
  • The alteration isn’t higher than the highest part of the roof.

There are different rules that apply when you extend or alter a roof beyond these conditions. They come under "the enlargement of a dwelling house consisting of an addition or alteration to its roof" and tend to apply to loft conversions. You can find more information on these rules and rules for other projects at the Planning Portal.

Building regulations for roofing jobs

If you want to repair or re-cover less than 25% of a pitch or flat roof, you won’t normally need to submit a building regulations application but you will need approval if:

  • You’re altering the structure of the roof.
  • The performance of the new covering will be significantly different to the performance of the existing covering in the event of a fire.
  • You’re replacing or repairing more than 25% of the roof’s area as the roof thermal insulation will usually have to be improved.

Info correct at time of publishing, head to the Planning Portal to check the most up to date information.

Insurance for roofing work

There’s no legal obligation for roofers to be insured but many choose to purchase public liability insurance so they’re covered in the case of an injury or accidental damage to a property.

tiled roof

 

Questions you should ask a roofer

  • How long have they been trading?
  • What experience do they have of carrying out similar work?
  • Will they supply the materials for the job?
  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • Will they be carrying out the job themselves or sub-contracting it? If the job’s being carried out by someone else, what experience do they have and are they covered by insurance?
  • Will they give a guarantee/warranty for the work and how long does this last?

See the latest questions that homeowners have been asking roofers.

Roofing tips

Find more tips on protecting your home from water damage and how to maintain your roof in spring and autumn. For design tips, discover how to increase your home’s natural light with skylights.

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