The flat roof of my kitchen leaks, when there is heavy rain and I need some advice on remedial repairs.
The house is going on the market shortly and is likely to be purchased by a developer who will knock down the original dwelling, since there is now planning permission for a replacement.
However, in the meantime, I want to stop water leaking into the kitchen.
It seems that the roof timbers may be rotten, but I really do not want to go to the expense of replacing the whole roof, just for one winter.
Is it feasible to just nail on a sheet of felt as a temporary measure?
The main roof overhangs the flat roof slightly, so the felt could be positioned 'up and under', to prevent water getting under it at that point.
I realise this would be a bodge job, but it would purely be intended to keep the house habitable.
Are there any better ideas for a short-term repair?
Depending on the extent of the leak and previous surface you may find that you can seal it with something like thomson roofseal. It's a sort of plasticy paint which can seal a flat roof. May be cheaper and easier than felt. Of course any bodge job will be noticed by a surveyor but if they are buying to demolish then shouldn't be an issue.
I can't really tell how bad the leak is, but I'll take a look at the roof and if there isn't any obvious, serious deterioration on the outside, I'll try what you suggested - can't find it on the B&Q web site though.
Any suggestions where I could get hold of some?
I also read about Rustoleum Fillcoat and Fillcoat Fibres.
Any experience with those products?
Ideally, I need something which I can apply with a roller.
As for the surveyor, ours didn't pick up on it, but regardless, you're absolutely right, this is not intended to disguise anything, just to keep the water out.
Im a professional roofer and in an emergency as a temorary repair i use AQUAFLEX it come in a 5lt tin and is brushed on in wet or dry conditions it cost around £25 a tin and can be perchased at most builder /roofers merchants will last the time your after im sure
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