Poor workmanship or am I wrong

Discussion in 'Builders' Talk' started by Curioushomeowner, Sep 12, 2018.

  1. Curioushomeowner

    Curioushomeowner New Member

    Hello, I am having a small extension.
    Just finishing the roof off.
    Would you be happy with this work? Is it of sufficient quality? I am no building professional, it just looks like a witches cottage or a crooked house with the slate work. I could easily be wrong and it be me expecting too much.
    Please look at the photos and I would really appreciate opinions. Thanks
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  2. Isitreally

    Isitreally Well-Known Member

    Does look a bit hit & miss but the slates do look rustic and not overly flat.

    I would have personally cut the batterns back a bit more so the ends are at least 50mm in from the edge to prevent rotting from moisture ingress from the pointing that should be put there eventually.
  3. wiggy

    wiggy Well-Known Member

    Rough, horrible, looks like it was laid by a 5 year old hamster
  4. DIY womble

    DIY womble Well-Known Member

    Some people like it to look higgledy piggledy
  5. wiggy

    wiggy Well-Known Member

    Just had a good look at that its terrible. A plumber did that surely.
    What the main house like? the neighbours?
    blarblarblarblar and DIY womble like this.
  6. wiggy

    wiggy Well-Known Member

    Mate that is a shoddy job for slate, end of
  7. Curioushomeowner

    Curioushomeowner New Member

    Thanks both for your opinions. My house is old, but I never asked for it to look like that. Original slate roof which was installed a few years ago certainly doesn't.
    Would you complain or what do i do? They should be finishing it off tomorrow and I am in two minds to either accept it as is or make it good by whatever means.
  8. chippie244

    chippie244 Well-Known Member

    Don't accept it, tell them to take it down and do it again properly.
  9. wiggy

    wiggy Well-Known Member

    Get it ripped off.
    The apprentice must have done that.
    Don't show me pictures of the muck work when they get to it, I will probably vomit.
    Don't take my word for any of this, wait for the roofers on here to see it.
    I have been involved and around roofers all my life and that is bad.
  10. wiggy

    wiggy Well-Known Member

    The tiles kick up.
    The bonds aren't in line.
    Its not level from left to right.
    shocking work.
    DIY at best
  11. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Well-Known Member

    Anyone wanna mention that pointing :eek:

    Maybe reclaimed bricks ? But even so .......

    Must have been that hamster again (but that is random, for sure) :)
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  12. wiggy

    wiggy Well-Known Member

    As an after thought to my ranting........

    If you have got a mate of a mate in to do you a favour at mates rates cash in hand etc and it doesn't leak then live with it.
  13. Astramax

    Astramax Well-Known Member

    One word...........................Rustic. But we do not know the builders brief.
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2018
  14. Beeero

    Beeero Active Member

    That’s atrocious, you will get the odd “kicker” with natural slate but a decent roofer knows how to handle this, probably cheap Chinese slate?
    Should have really used a slate and a half up the verge, a half is acceptable but there clearly not all exactly the same size?
    Are the slates all the same width? they don’t look it, none of the bonds are in line
    Sorry to say it’s rubbish and needs ripping off and starting again
  15. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

    I've seen DIY better than that!
  16. Pollowick

    Pollowick Well-Known Member

    As it is RAF, you could say it was done by some fly-boys!
  17. Curioushomeowner

    Curioushomeowner New Member

    I would say that the price is high for what it is. Certainly not a mate.
    I haven't paid a penny for it yet. But obviously due completion either tomorrow or day after.
    Longer term, if I refused to pay until made better, and he refused, went to court....where do I stand if the roof is indeed watertight? Thanks guys
  18. stuart44

    stuart44 Active Member

    Are the existing walls cavity? If they are there should be trays installed as the exterior wall becomes an interior wall below roof level.
  19. Jord86

    Jord86 Well-Known Member

    Right, as its an extension, I can take it that the construction of the roof is new then, built by carpenters/builders?
  20. Curioushomeowner

    Curioushomeowner New Member

    Current house is solid brick, but extension is cavity. Cavity trays have been put around windows etc but not where the roof meets the brick. Is there a requirement to?

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