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Roofing advice request

  • 16-05-2022 10:58am
    Registered Users Posts: 22

    Edit: questions answered


    I live in an old terraced two-up two-down. When it rains heavily, the ceiling in the rear bedroom leaks (img 3).

    Now a section of the ceiling of the front bedroom has fallen through (img 1).

    The gutter next to the front bedroom needs to be cleared. I’ve also been told by a neighbour that the flashing looks as if it may need to be repaired. A crack continues across the ceiling and I’m concerned about its integrity (img 2).

    My question is do I need to call a roofer to quote, or another kind of specialist?

    Post edited by mayhem1213 on


  • Registered Users Posts: 29,071 ✭✭✭✭Wanderer78

    yea id go with a roofer, expect a big quote, looks serious enough

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,231 ✭✭✭monseiur

    Obviously there is some damage to the roof causing ingress or water. It could be a broken or missing tile. On a rainy day get into the attic with a good torch and you should be able to see the rain water seeping in. The leak could be further up the roof and not necassarily where the drip is. The type of ceiling in photo indicates that it's a fairly old house so chances are there is no felt under tile/slate that would act a second line of defence in the event of a leak. The fact that the ceiling has collapsed means that the leak is serious and needs urgent attention. The longer you leave it the more remedial work will be required, the bedroom floor, carpet etc. will be damaged and eventually the ceiling under it will come down. So get a roofer in to repair ASAP. Also if you have insurance contact them, send them some photos and get an assesor out before carrying out any repairs - they may not pay for any work carried out prior to damaged being reported to them.

  • Registered Users Posts: 22 mayhem1213

    Thanks for that. Am looking for recommemdations too.0

  • Registered Users Posts: 29,071 ✭✭✭✭Wanderer78

    no worries, our pitched roof is wrecked, but not substantially leaking, yet! had a roofer in to quote long before covid, came in a 16k, id imagine its well over 20k now, so....... as the above reply states, get a qualified person in asap, yours could be very serious

    im based in the south east, so can recommend for that region, but as above, he wont be cheap, but hes really good

  • Registered Users Posts: 757 ✭✭✭C. Eastwood


    The ceiling is a thick lime mortar on fir laths ceiling. The water is making the lime plaster heavy. The wet fir laths will expand and therefore the bond between the lime mortar and fir laths is compromised.

    This is a very heavy ceiling and more sections could collapse and cause injury.

    I would designate the Room as a Building Site, and not allow persons in to the room until the lime mortar plaster of the ceiling is removed.

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