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Felt under Tiled roof ripped in a few places, no leaks but solar panels going up soon

  • 02-05-2023 4:52pm
    Registered Users Posts: 320 ✭✭


    I Have been advised by my plumper that the felt under the roof tiles is ripped in a few places (he saw that while in the attic from inside).

    I see pretty big tears, it's old (looks like one big and thick black tar sheet that has rips in it)

    It's an old house.

    He said that it's best to have it sorted out by removing the tiles and putting new felt.

    I've no apparent leaks and paid a deposit on solar installation and have no roofer to do this work at present.

    He estimated this could cost in the region of 5k to get this done now and not feasible to do after solar panels are installed.


    Did anyone else face the same dilemma of just getting the panels installed and ignore the condition of the felt for now?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,490 ✭✭✭hesker

    Whether they did or not surely has no bearing on your situation.

    If they didn’t repair are you going to conclude you can ignore it too?

    I don’t see why it can’t be replaced after panels are in it just will likely cost more especially when scaffolding is considered.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,505 ✭✭✭the_pen_turner

    5k is a lot for a simple strip and refelt.

    nightmare to do after the solar is installed.

    talk to the solar installers. the installer should be a carpenter or roofer. so an easy enough job to include with the solar install.

    if its a 16 panel system then that is probably 36 brackets holding on the rails , maybe more. so 36-90 tiles coming off and being reinstalled

  • Registered Users Posts: 320 ✭✭tandcapply

    Got two roffers to price at close to each other price wise.

    If I'm lucky, one of them might show up to do the work. Estimated start in 2 weeks, weather dependent of course

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,505 ✭✭✭the_pen_turner

    are you doing the whole house . 5k is a lot if its one side. does that include scaffolding, skips, etc

  • Registered Users Posts: 320 ✭✭tandcapply

    Doing front only and both quotes substantially lower than 5k.

    Not sure what the plumber thought I need done

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,243 ✭✭✭greasepalm

    I had Solar panels on roof for Hot Water and because house was old it did not have felt underneath.

    Tiles were brittle as would crack if walked on as house was built in the 60s.

    I ended up with Solar panels removed and tiles removed , fitted new membrane and the odd bit of timber + new tiles on one side of roof as thought hard to match since they were old and pointless using brittle old ones.

    I had to pay company to remove and refit solar panels on top of the builders fees so its having to be done before panels go up.

    Cant remember but it was expensive and our house you could see daylight through the tiles as nothing underneath it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 320 ✭✭tandcapply

    Yes, that was my worry too.

    Especially with solar panels going up and the disturbance of the tiles.

    Less worried about tiles not matching as most will be under the panels