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Message started by Natedog on Jan 24th, 2021, 1:43pm

Title: Seeing as leaking roof posts seem popular...
Post by Natedog on Jan 24th, 2021, 1:43pm

This is the best point of view for a photo without getting the ladders out

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Our extension (on the right) was built in the mid 90s, next doors extension went up a year or 2 before.

Both roofs currently drain into a single standard half round gutter which fills up with moss and then overflows down the original back wall of the house and soaks the wall in the bathroom.

The logical solution as far as I can work out, would be to build a proper valley at the bottom of the roof, either from lead or zinc.  Ideally I would be able to get up a ladder once a year and sweep it out, so would be good if the bottom was wide enough for a broom, and I could then sweep it from the ladder.

I'm in the very fortunate position of getting on well with my neighbour, and he is more than happy to assist me in fixing this.  He provides labour and I pay for the materials (seems fair, it was our extension that has caused the problem)

From the front to the back of the existing gutter is about 13 foot.  How much fall am I going to need over the length of it, and how close to the bottom of the roof should I put the valley?  

Would you go for lead or zinc?  And presumably I would need to make a wooden tray to sit underneath the lead/zinc?

Any thoughts much appreciated

Title: Re: Seeing as leaking roof posts seem popular...
Post by thescruff on Jan 24th, 2021, 8:15pm

Definitely looks a problem with the flashing on the right of the chimney

Title: Re: Seeing as leaking roof posts seem popular...
Post by woodsmith on Jan 25th, 2021, 7:58am

You would need to create a timber support for the leadwork and permanently remove at least one row of tiles each side, otherwise you will have the same problems of detritus build up in the new valley. It’s a specialist job to get it right, you have to take into account expansion of the lead and normally valleys are made in short sections to accommodate this movement. However having a very low pitch, maybe 25-50mm over the length means you can’t do that. Looks like you also have the soil vent in the way to complicate things further. It would be worth doing but I would get someone in to do it, possibly in GRP rather than lead?

Title: Re: Seeing as leaking roof posts seem popular...
Post by Natedog on Jan 25th, 2021, 11:04am

The soil vent actually comes through the original house roof, it just looks a bit off due to the photo angle.

I hadn't thought of grp, thans another one to consider.  Thanks  :)

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