Hi all, we have just received a quote for some roof repairs from a French company Maison Sur.
The gable end of the house joins onto the roof of our barn which is at right angles to the house. Ever since we bought the house and according to friends who knew the previous owners there has been a leak in times of heavy rain.
I have tried with a friend three times to cure this but our patches have never completely worked. We have reached the stage where we were seriously considering removing the roof and remaking the channel between the end of the house and the barn roof.
The roof 18m x 7 each side comprises corrugated fibre concrete panels with canal tiles placed on top. The canal tiles have been fixed together with mastic although a few have started slipping.
We have been quoted €5500 to fix the roof and €6400 to treat all the roof timbers with pressure injected Xilix 500 pro. Finally the roof has quite a bit of moss and we are being quoted €5500 to clean the moss and treat the roof (spraying the canal tiles) with a hydrofuge.
I am inclined to do the repaire but not do do the roof cleaning and treatment but am unsure about the Capricorn treatment.
Any advice welcome and does anyone have experience with Maison sur.
I know French and UK prices are not directly comparable but that sounds a lot for moss removal - we have a bungalow here in Surrey with quite a big roof area, and de-mossing was under £2K last time IIRC.
3 things here, Firstly as @JaneJones says, the moss on the roof can be done relatively cheaply. 5K€ does seem awfully expensive.
Roof repairs I’m not a roofer and I have no idea of repair costs but would recommend getting several quotes.
With regard to Xilix 500, it’s a very good product, it’s a gloopy insecticide for treating wood. I personally have real issues with the application. Firstly the wood needs to be completely dry, so the roof needs repairing first.
I don’t like injecting; In my opinion it has no extra benefit over surface spraying, the plastic plugs are an eyesore and you’ll regret it for the rest of the duration you have your house. The cost is crazy too, from 100 to 150€HT per linear metre. Surface spraying with a less gloopy Xilix 3000P you could probably take a zero off the quote.
Personally I wouldn’t charge 6.4€K for a surface treatment, and I wouldn’t pay that either.
From previous work where chlorine bleach was considered not PC, I did extensive looking into the alternatives being used. The alternatives were much longer lasting in their effects on water courses and by definintion lakes etc. At least chlorine bleach breaks down quickly into almost harmless compounds. Not to mention thevalternatives being 4-5 times the price.
We are having our roof treated and spraying with a pressure washer will damage the tiles.
Here the moss will be scraped off, removed and then the tiles treated, but certainly not with a pressure washer.