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Old 14-12-2007, 3:18 PM
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Default Fibreglass flat roof

We have been quoted 1280 for a new flat roof. It will be fibreglass and measures approx 5 metres x 4. The quote includes removal of the old roof. The roofer says it will probably be only one day's work for two men. We live in Ramsgate, Kent. Does this seem a reasonable price ?

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Old 14-12-2007, 3:42 PM
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That isnt bad at all for that size in glass fibre. Be aware the quote is probably for a straight replacement so if any of the deck boards underneath need replacing its likely they will be extra.
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Old 14-12-2007, 4:16 PM
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Sounds good to me - are they a reputable company that are known to you?

As Alan says they MAY need to do additional replacements of substructure so it MAY be worth your while asking what the likely additional costs may be so that you (both) have an indication as to the max costs.

You should also get at least two additional quotes for your own MSE peace of mind!
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Oh - and ask them about their waste licence thingy - you dont want to find they have dumped the old roof "up the lane" and you are being prosecuted as you are now responsible in law for this!
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Old 14-12-2007, 4:59 PM
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That isnt bad at all for that size in glass fibre. Be aware the quote is probably for a straight replacement so if any of the deck boards underneath need replacing its likely they will be extra.
The quote includes "fixing new decking to rafters". Is that the same as "deck boards" ? (I'm not a v technical person!)
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Sounds good to me - are they a reputable company that are known to you?

As Alan says they MAY need to do additional replacements of substructure so it MAY be worth your while asking what the likely additional costs may be so that you (both) have an indication as to the max costs.

You should also get at least two additional quotes for your own MSE peace of mind!
The roofer was recommended by the guy who fitted our kitchen (great job). I've had a quote for a 'Sarnafil' type roof which was similar in price, but the fibreglass roof seems better.

The price to me seems a bit high for just one day's work for 2 men, but maybe the materials are costly ?
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Oh - and ask them about their waste licence thingy - you dont want to find they have dumped the old roof "up the lane" and you are being prosecuted as you are now responsible in law for this!
Thanks for that. I'll ask though I don't think he's the irresponsible type.
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Old 14-12-2007, 6:32 PM
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glass fibre is the best
we had a balcony roof done back in the summer and it is worth every penny.

you may think that 1280 is high for 1 days work but think of the work they have to do.
when we had ours done the guys were here from 8am till 6pm and they worked nonstop with just a few breaks for cups of tea.
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The quote includes "fixing new decking to rafters". Is that the same as "deck boards" ? (I'm not a v technical person!)
Yes it is and if they are replacing the deck as well that quote is rather good !
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Hi there, just to give u a tip I used a firm called fiberbase, they seem to be specialist in fiberglassed roofing. I have to admint I did not know too much about this material, but the sales person came round when I asked to know more about the service they offer and gave me all the info I needed, so I have become alot more wiser in the roofing game because of it lol... I was very impressed by the company I decided to use them and I have never looked back since either!

Fiberglass to me now is the only choice material it's a bit more costly then other's but at the same time the most durable and reliable. So I think if you want true peace of mind I would recommend this product! If you are still unsure however, drop me an email if want and I will be glad to be of help if I can...
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Old 10-11-2008, 12:05 PM
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Hi there guys

I have been in the fibreglass game for about twenty years now, the price you have been quoted is in my opinion, a fair one.

Its not just a case of the amount of work done in a day,its knowing how to do it properly - if done well it will pay off in the long run.
Yes you are right ,the raw materials are extremely expensive as they are linked to the oil industry.
We have notifications from the major suppliers about every three months or so advising of price increases.

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Old 29-06-2010, 1:15 PM
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Hi all,
Following on from this thread I have just been given a quote for a flat roof by a reputable firm and I am unsure about it. I am really not technical or practical minded.

My roof is 3.8 by 3.3 metres and the quote given is for a complete new roof, insulation, facias, guttering and the clearing away of the old material and it has a lifetime guarantee. The quote works out at 4,000 - this seems very high in comparison to the one above but we are 2 1/2 years on from that so this may be fair.

Is it worth going down this route rather than just getting a new felt roof?

Thanks
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Old 19-07-2010, 1:20 PM
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tich26 you might have taken action with your roof now but I'm getting a few quotes in at the moment and have nothing as high as 4000 and thats including a full warm deck conversion and new fascias in EPDM with 20 year guarantee. Our highest quote is 3000 and the roof is 16sq meters v yours being 12.5sq meters.

I dont know which roof would come with a lifetime guarantee as they are going to leak again at some point.

I'm going to look into fibre glass too now.
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Not a bad quote at all.
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GRP flat roofs are not 100% if there is likely to be movement in the structure. Garage doors open on windy days can create 5-12mm of 'bend' which can cause fine cracks to appear if the fibreglass is not thick enough. Still 500% better than felt though. *All in a days work is irrelevent. There seems to be a mental block here regarding 'a days work' if these guys are good at what they do, why question the rate at which they work???? 7am to 7pm is a days work and if you have a butty on the hoof that 12 hrs (two normal days for most) *Monty Python theory based on 5 bob a month when I were a lad, we got up before we went to bed and the youth of t'day.............
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Old 20-08-2010, 4:42 AM
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GRP flat roofs are not 100% if there is likely to be movement in the structure. Garage doors open on windy days can create 5-12mm of 'bend' which can cause fine cracks to appear if the fibreglass is not thick enough. Still 500% better than felt though. *All in a days work is irrelevent. There seems to be a mental block here regarding 'a days work' if these guys are good at what they do, why question the rate at which they work???? 7am to 7pm is a days work and if you have a butty on the hoof that 12 hrs (two normal days for most) *Monty Python theory based on 5 bob a month when I were a lad, we got up before we went to bed and the youth of t'day.............
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spot on.... its a skilled job,,, the materials are expensive and going back to begining of thread.. you always usse new boards with fibreglass ...and always ask if they have a paddle roller.. if they dont know what it is dunna have them fit it..
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Old 05-10-2010, 1:08 PM
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Default fiberglass v felt

hi all . im just buying a house that has a felt roof [ its not flat], yes the whole roof!! it will need replacing soon , and im not sure of the cost comparisons , or the lifespans, altho it seems that fiberglass is longer . lastly , is there any need to inform the local council of a change from felt to fiberglass???many thanks
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Default whats the best flat roof fibreglass or felt

hi i have a leaking garage roof (felt) dont know which is best fibreglass or felt . please help thanks.
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Viking...... neither. Fleece backed EPDM single sheet on new timbers. would be my choice. Felt is so 1950's and last 10yrs, F/glass ok for small out of sunlight areas, EPDM 30-40 yrs or more .
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Old 23-03-2011, 9:50 AM
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Default different flat roofing methods pros and cons

from experience GRP is the best method (fibreglass)
leeks can be repaired easily and it looks great if done properly, prices can be double the price of felt, but you get a product that will last a life time, which is what you want in area's where access is limited or requires a scaffold. to get more information on the different methods go to our site under what we do.
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