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    • RMS2
    • By RMS2 9th Jun 17, 6:08 PM
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    Guttering and soffits, fascias.
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    • 9th Jun 17, 6:08 PM
    Guttering and soffits, fascias. 9th Jun 17 at 6:08 PM
    I have a three bed semi of average size, not a box house they build today, nor is it a mansion. It's about 50 years old and modern in style. Gutters to the front and rear plus no obstructions like conservatories.

    Although there is no guttering to the side, some tidying up there will need done to make it match the front and rear. I am in the West Midlands but not in a city or town.

    The quote came in at £3,100 which includes scaffolding, they would not consider ladders, even though access is good. I seem to think that is near double where it should be. It was an independent firm, not a national chain.

    Any thoughts please?
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    • Jimmithecat
    • By Jimmithecat 9th Jun 17, 6:21 PM
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    I would ask to see the quality of the materials they are using. I wouldn't want the light and flimsey stick on plastic that I have seen.
    • docmatt
    • By docmatt 10th Jun 17, 7:06 AM
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    • 10th Jun 17, 7:06 AM
    As he said above have the wood removed not overclad. New rules state something like contractors can't spend more than an hour on a ladder or something like that hence scaffolding. Google Mw Roofline in the Midlands get them to quote. Always get 3 quotes.
    • Furts
    • By Furts 10th Jun 17, 12:15 PM
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    • 10th Jun 17, 12:15 PM
    I know someone around 50 miles from you going through the same works. They have a small 4 bed detached built around 30 years ago. A local quote with scaffolding was £3500-4500. I cannot recall exactly the figure. This was from a "reputable" company, although I do not rate them. They operate in your area, pm me if you want the name.

    They have decided to go with a cowboy operating off a ladder and paying cash only. Obviously this is cheaper but I do not know what price was agreed here. They have no interest in quality, accreditation, guarantees or similar so the cowboy route ticks boxes for them.

    You have to decide what your standards are and then move on from there.
    • RMS2
    • By RMS2 10th Jun 17, 3:01 PM
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    • 10th Jun 17, 3:01 PM
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    • 10th Jun 17, 3:01 PM
    As he said above have the wood removed not overclad. New rules state something like contractors can't spend more than an hour on a ladder or something like that hence scaffolding. Google Mw Roofline in the Midlands get them to quote. Always get 3 quotes.
    Originally posted by docmatt
    This was to overclad. He said that the original stuff looked like it might be asbestos and the cost of having it tested, taking away if necessary and disposed of, meant that cladding would be better.

    Property was built in '65, converted from a detached to two semis. Not sure if converted is right, the original building may have been knocked down, but you get what I mean and the age of the property.
    Last edited by RMS2; 10-06-2017 at 3:04 PM.
    • Furts
    • By Furts 10th Jun 17, 4:11 PM
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    This was to overclad. He said that the original stuff looked like it might be asbestos and the cost of having it tested, taking away if necessary and disposed of, meant that cladding would be better.

    Property was built in '65, converted from a detached to two semis. Not sure if converted is right, the original building may have been knocked down, but you get what I mean and the age of the property.
    Originally posted by RMS2
    Step back and think carefully about all this. First most fascia and gutter projects are pure money wasters when the answer is to paint/stain/repair/reseal what is there. Basically it is a current must have fashion accessory.

    Second people argue the items need replacing because the paint is peeling, or there is some rot. In your case you may have asbestos. This does not rot so leave it in place. It is doing nobody any harm and this approach will not cost you any money. If the asbestos is dirty then put a coat of emulsion paint on it - that is what I have done with my home and six years later it still looks fine.. By doing so I saved £thousands.
    • RMS2
    • By RMS2 10th Jun 17, 5:54 PM
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    • 10th Jun 17, 5:54 PM
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    • 10th Jun 17, 5:54 PM
    Step back and think carefully about all this. First most fascia and gutter projects are pure money wasters when the answer is to paint/stain/repair/reseal what is there. Basically it is a current must have fashion accessory.

    Second people argue the items need replacing because the paint is peeling, or there is some rot. In your case you may have asbestos. This does not rot so leave it in place. It is doing nobody any harm and this approach will not cost you any money. If the asbestos is dirty then put a coat of emulsion paint on it - that is what I have done with my home and six years later it still looks fine.. By doing so I saved £thousands.
    Originally posted by Furts
    I must admit, after the quote, I did think repair & tidy up might be the better option. I know the missus wants replacement, but I'm of the thinking that the 50+ year old iron drain pipes have lasted well and I would prefer to go that route. I have always have a preference for repairing quality than replacing with new and built in obsolescence.
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