Last updated 27th October 2019
All you need to know about having your eaves felt replaced including costs of materials, costs of labour and time frames.
Eaves felt is installed at the lowest part of the roof and overhangs into the guttering to prevent any water getting past the roof tiles and entering the loft. The eaves are the lowest part of the roof by the guttering, where the roof overhangs the edges of the property. The eaves felt is the roofing felt that overlaps the roof into the guttering. Though the traditional roofers felt is not often used these days as a more rigid protection system, an eaves tray is usually specified in conjunction with a replacement upvc roofline system instead of timber fascia and soffit boards.
The modern eaves tray is made from plastic so will effectively never rot and makes a sensible replacement for damaged or worn out bitumen based eaves felts. There main purposes of eaves felt or an eaves tray is to prevent rainwater from getting behind the guttering and rotting the fascia boards and then the roof itself. To replace the eaves felt/tray requires erecting access equipment to roof height then removing the first course of roof tiles, then the old eaves felt is cut away a few inches above the fascia, and an eaves felt tray can be slid under the existing roofing felt, ensuring it overlaps into the guttering, then secured into place with nails into the rafters. Replacing the eaves felt is not normally a job done on its own, usually you would only notice the eaves felt when carrying out other jobs such as replacing fascia boards or roof tiles.
If the eaves felt needs replaced, there is a high likelihood that the fascia boards will have suffered too, so this would be a good time to replace the roofline products too (fascia, soffit and bargeboard). Without a waterproof eaves felt, the top edge of the fascia board will have absorbed a lot of water over the years due to splash back from the guttering and from any broken or missing roof tiles. The guttering will also need to be removed and refitted as part of fascia replacement, so this is an ideal time to replace it, or at least thoroughly clean the guttering before refitting.
The eaves felt is in fact normally replaced during a replacement of the roofline products, as you will need to remove at least the first row of roof tiles and cut back the existing felt to expose the roofing timber required for fitting the new fascia. You can then install an eaves vent strip to the fascia board to help stop condensation and damp from occurring in the roof space. This can be done as a DIY project as there are no special tools required and the work is not overly technical. however, there are always risks when working at height, so do not attempt to do this job unless you are comfortable with heights and have the necessary scaffold in place.
The cost of having the eaves felt replaced will vary depending on your location. London and the South-east of England have a much higher cost of living so the labour costs will reflect this. The materials involved in replacing the eaves felt cost very little, so the labour costs will be the main factor in determining the price. It is not unusual for quotes to vary tremendously just by location alone. Eaves trays are available from many different manufacturers but most follow a similar design and all are perfectly adequate for the job.
The average cost of having your eaves felt replaced is usually around £300-£500 depending upon the ease of access and the size of your roof.
Most roofline tradesmen charge around £150-£200 per day and having the felt around your eaves replaced usually takes no longer than a day to complete.
Here are a few average costs for hiring someone to replace your eaves felt:
|Roof Type||House Type||Avg. Cost||Duration|
|Gable Roof||Not Applicable||£350||4-6 hours|
|Hip Roof||Semi-Detached||£400||5-7 hours|
|Hip Roof||Detached||£500||6-8 hours|
Individual costs for hiring a roofline worker to replace the eaves felt on your roof on a semi-detached 2-storey house with a hip roof - Total Cost: £400