The latest home maintenance issue in what seems to be a bit of a rush of them is the roof over my bathroom. I noticed that the internal wall in the bathroom was damp and then that two tiles above it were cracked. The house is a victorian terrace and the only access is through the house. There are two cracked tiles pictured here:
and a slipped one at the other end, far corner of this picture:
The gutter line looks like this:
I normally have a crack at DIY stuff but time, requirement for ladders and skills means this one is going to a tradesman. The roofer I have previously used was difficult to get here and then rude to my housemate so he is not getting the job, I left a message on another recommended to me but got no response (suspect the job is not of the scale to get them interested). I put it on rated people and got two responses, they have been round to quote this morning, what they said differs
1. Suggested replacing the cracked tiles but said once that was done it would be waterproof although suspects that underlying felt is damaged. £100 to do the work but can't get the ladder through the house so would need to hire scaffold tower for the day at £80.
2. Suggested that they will need to remove the three lowest rows of tiles to get at the felt that they think is holed and also missing at the gutter line, they called it a 'dripper' They will replace felt with new breathable type (Goretex for a roof?) and may need to replace a baton before putting the lower tiles back on (not sure how this is done as they overlap from the top). They have a ladder they reckon they can get through the house or would otherwise go over the roof to get access to the back. Cost £250.
Both quoters seemed fine but the first seemed a bit more of a general jobber whereas the second one turned up with a van with multiple ladders.
Any thoughts on which one I should go for, the prices or other experience of similar jobs. I am in Cardiff, if someone happened to know a trusty roofer that would be very welcomed, I seem to have bad luck/skills in picking them!