Chimney/Roof Repair + scaffolding costs query

Hi all,

I need to have 4 chimney cowls fitted to my main front chimney (to prevent water getting in but allow emissions out). I've had a quote from a roofer who with good reviews/established business etc. (who lives just down the road). I don't really want to spend time getting more quotes if this one is reasonable.

It's as follows: (I live in a two storey + roof space terraced house).

 

Install 4 chimney cowls to chimney pots

Cement on Chimney Stack and Ridge Tile

Use of Scaffolding (£400)

£790 in total including scaffolding. No VAT

 

Based on research I've done the scaffolding cost seems ok. They are providing the cowls and that’s included.

I've been given a couple of dates next month which suggests it’s up to 1 days work - and been assured the scaffolding will be up for a max of a week.

Just wanted to check what you guys think?

Thanks a lot in advance.

C






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  • chewthecarpet
    chewthecarpet Posts: 33
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    edited 29 December 2023 at 6:45PM
    Hi,

    I have a similar question - are there any roofers/scaffolders here?

    My elderly father-in-law's house recently had the chimney cowl blow off of one chimney and wedge itself at the base of the stack. He called a roofer who told him that scaffold was required and the cost of this would be payable if he consented to having the job done or not. The scaffold was duly erected and the roofer got up on the roof, and came down asking for £18000 to repair the roof.

    My father-in-law declined and the roofer is asking for £600 to remove the scaffold, which is about five feet square and as high as the eves of the house. Is this reasonable?

    Thank you,

    Colin
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    chewthecarpet said: My elderly father-in-law's house recently had the chimney cowl blow off of one chimney and wedge itself at the base of the stack. He called a roofer who told him that scaffold was required and the cost of this would be payable if he consented to having the job done or not. The scaffold was duly erected and the roofer got up on the roof, and came down asking for £18000 to repair the roof.

    My father-in-law declined and the roofer is asking for £600 to remove the scaffold, which is about five feet square and as high as the eves of the house. Is this reasonable?

    £600 for scaffolding on a two storey house sounds reasonable.
    £18,000 for the job is a major rip off that needs to be reported to Trading Standards (unless that was a misprint).
    If he has another cowl come off, I'd suggest contacting a few chimney sweeps - They would probably do the work from a roof ladder and charge something in the region of £100-200.

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  • ChrisH48 said:

    Hi all,

    I need to have 4 chimney cowls fitted to my main front chimney (to prevent water getting in but allow emissions out). I've had a quote from a roofer who with good reviews/established business etc. (who lives just down the road). I don't really want to spend time getting more quotes if this one is reasonable.

    It's as follows: (I live in a two storey + roof space terraced house).

     

    Install 4 chimney cowls to chimney pots

    Cement on Chimney Stack and Ridge Tile

    Use of Scaffolding (£400)

    £790 in total including scaffolding. No VAT

     

    Based on research I've done the scaffolding cost seems ok. They are providing the cowls and that’s included.

    I've been given a couple of dates next month which suggests it’s up to 1 days work - and been assured the scaffolding will be up for a max of a week.

    Just wanted to check what you guys think?

    Thanks a lot in advance.

    C






    Are you actually using all 4 flues/pots? If not, there are closer fitting cowls that eliminate rain entry, but allow air movement for ventilation, for unused pots. 
  • twopenny
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    Chewthecarpet, that sounds perfectly reasonable and you've got a date and price.
    He'll do a good job if he lives nearby because he won't want hassle from the neighbourhood  :)  

    Chris, was no price agreed before the scaffolding went up? That's the mistake.
    The cost of the scaffolding is reasonable and the workman will have to pay for hire, time to errect and take down. It's a skilled job so sometimes we just have to suck it up when we've made a mistake.
    Perhaps just as well, the price of the job seems excessive.  Would expect £12,000 -£14000 if that includes cost of scaffold.


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  • Lorian
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    edited 1 January at 10:02AM
    This thread needs splitting.

    ChrisH48 quote sounds about right to me

    Check what type of cowl they are proposing though there are different types depending what's at the bottom of the chimney (nothing/gas/fire/stove)
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