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Correct Way to Seal Joint Between Brick Extension wall and Pitched Roof

Postby Kev Wright » Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:21 pm

Hello, Our neighbour has recently completed a loft conversion. It runs the full width of his property and he has raised the party wall between us to form one side wall. Where 'our' side of the raised party wall joins our pitched, tiled roof, the builders have used small narrow tiles cemented in place to seal the joint (a bit like ridge tiles). I was expecting to see stepped lead flashing fitted on this joint.
The surveyor who we jointly appointed for the Party Wall Agreement says that, although the chosen solution is not aesthetically pleasing, it's perfectly adequate and he has no grounds to fault it. He also says that it would probably have been difficult to fit the flashing, because of the scaffolding. I notice that lead flashing has been fitted on all similar joints that are actually on my neighbour's property. The thing is, my neighbour is a chartered surveyor himself and I'm now suspicious that they're both trying to pull the wool over my eyes!
Am I right in thinking there is no reason why lead flashing should not have been fitted, and that I have a right to ask them to fix it? Many thanks for any advice.
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