There is no simple answer to this question – it all depends on the size of the roof,
the type of tile, the number of complex areas, ie leadwork to pediment, chimney stacks,
hips, etc. When asked for a roofing quotation we give you a range of possible options.
Do I need a new roof or will repair/maintenance work be sufficient?
We will always suggest repair or maintenance when appropriate – most good roofing
companies are busy enough without needing to ‘create’ work! A roof has reached the
end of its useful life when the maintenance becomes so frequent that paying for the
entire roof to be stripped and renewed will be a cheaper option in the long run.
How long will a roof last?
A good quality Welsh slate roof can last for generations to come, which can be hundreds
of years. It is often the type of roofing covering that will determine the length
of life, but most manufacturers give long guarantees on their products.
What's the cheapest option?
The flat concrete roof tile (a Marley Modern or Russell Grampian, for instance) tends
to be the most economical type of roof covering around.
What type of slate/tile should I choose?
The type of roof coverings available to you may be restricted to your site and the
roof design, but we will happily propose a number of alternatives for you to consider,
one of which may simply be to repair the current roof you have.
What work does a McGregor Roofing quote usually cover?
If you are building a new property entirely from scratch, McGregor Roofing will be
the contractors who undertake the work from the trusses up – felt, battening, fixing
the roof covering entirely, and undertaking any leadwork.
We regularly convert flat-roofed garages/extensions to pitched and bring in other
trades to complete any internal alterations (plasterers, electricians, joiners, bricklayers,
Are there any 'hidden extras'?
The only hidden extras are those which could be genuinely hidden from all of us.
In the case of old buildings where the plasterboards are attached to the underside
of the rafters, it is difficult it determine the state of the rafters beneath them.
Often it is not expensive to replace a few of the structural timbers that have rotted,
but it is something that you do need bear in mind as a possible additional cost.
Generally speaking, if a roof has not been leaking, the timbers do tend to be in
a good state. Other possible problems are infestation of beetle or woodworm but
this is something we can treat and, in most cases the roof requires very little or
no additional work.
Is your work guaranteed?
Yes – a ten-year insurance-backed guarantee is given on all re-roofing jobs as a
member of the Trustmark Scheme. This guarantees the work AND the company – so your
guarantee continues over the ten-year period should the company itself cease to trade.
This guarantee is included as standard for all our re-roofing works. Most manufacturers
give long guarantees on their products – even the most economical option of a large
flat concrete roof tile carry a guarantee of 50 years, so there is an expectation
that they will last much longer than that.
How long will the job take?
Generally speaking, a re-roofing job takes a couple of weeks. If you are asking
us to replace the guttering and fascia boards as well, you need to add on about another
week. We can give you an accurate indication of timescale once we have costed the
What does your insurance clause mean?
McGregor Roofing does carry insurance which covers any damage to the exterior and
interior of the building. However, in the unlikely event that damage is caused to
the interior of the property, we ask that you move furniture and valuables away from
an outside wall and we always advise customers to contact their own insurance company
to let them know that works are taking place at the property and that you may need
extra cover for the duration.
Should I choose the cheapest quote?
Not necessarily. Always check exactly what the service you are buying covers. Many
small roofing companies are able to offer their work at very low prices because they
do not have insurances – including public liability insurance – in place. Sometimes
they have only been in business a short time and are not able to offer the guarantee
of work that more established companies can offer – and who will cover their guarantee
if they are no longer in business?
Take care that everyone is quoting for the same roofing materials – particularly
when you want a slate roof. It is easy enough for someone to pass off an inferior
slate as something of quality if all you see is one sample. Make sure they confirm
the name of the slate (and if possible its quarry) in their quote.