If Your Roof Leaks, Knock The House Down!


This appears to be what our neighbours are doing, but let me explain.

A few years ago they replaced the traditional Spanish style roof tiles with black corrugated aluminium sheeting which was not only ugly but apparently leaked even more than the tiles and so they decided to take drastic action.

They have moved out for six months and the builders moved in last Monday, furiously knocking down walls and gable ends because apparently, the plan is to now give the house a flat roof. Not only that, they intend to rebuild the first floors and add extra rooms.

I shudder to think of the cost involved and when I asked one of the builders how things were going, he more or less said that they were building the house from scratch. My thoughts exactly and one wonders why they didn’t simply sell up and buy another house?

Spanish roof tiles, if fitted correctly, are not difficult to repair or replace – I’ve done it myself plenty of times.

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This is certainly not a job for the faint-hearted and the builders haven’t wasted any time getting stuck in. They start at seven in the morning and don’t stop until five pm and we’re just about getting used to the noise, which has another six months to go. On the other hand, our circumstances have recently changed, so it may well be us looking to move.