Eaves Felt – What is it and How Much do Roofers Charge to Fit it?

Are you looking to replace the eaves felt on your roof? Perhaps you have a leak near the lower part of the roof or rainwater is running behind the guttering. Either way, we hope you find our researched eaves felt price guide useful. Don’t forget; this is one of hundreds of price guides we have created. See our full price list here.

Photos of Eaves Felt

This is what eaves felt looks like when it’s being installed:

Eaves felt overlapping into the gutter

Felt eaves tray, bird stopper & vent

Eaves felt being installed to roofline

Tiles laid onto bird comb and felts felt

How We Gathered These Prices

During April and May 2016, we sent out quote requests to roofing firms and tradespeople asking for a price to replace the eaves felt on a semi detached house.

As with most of our price guides, we also asked friends and family members in other parts of the UK to source quotes for us as well.

The prices you see displayed further down this page are an average of those figures. You can use our prices as a benchmark to compare to or as a negotiating position when dealing with salespeople.

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We believe our research is invaluable and a great resource, especially as a starting point for homeowners researching prices or planning their budget.

While we do get lots of positive feedback, there are some limitations and caveats to our work: every roof project is different, the prices charged by tradespeople and businesses will also fluctuate throughout the year, different companies will have differing overheads and profit margins.

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Eaves Felt – A Quick Guide

Eaves felt is installed at the lowest part of the roof and overhangs into the guttering.

There are two main purposes of eaves felt:

  1. If any water gets past the roof tiles, the main roof felt and eaves felt will prevent it from entering the loft. The eaves felt will ensure the water is guided into the gutter. The felt under the tiles are important – if you get a broken tile, they are the difference between a flooded house and dry house.
  2. Because eaves felt overlaps into the guttering, it will prevent rainwater from running/dripping behind the guttering and rotting your fascia boards.

See the photo below as a good example of this felt being fitted:

Cost of eaves felt installed to eaves on roof

Eaves felt tray being fitted to eaves level

How Difficult is it to Replace Felt at the Eaves?

Most roofing contractors will replace the felt by following these steps:

  1. Erect access equipment to gutter height (usually an access tower).
  2. Remove the first course of roof tiles (sometimes the second course too).
  3. Using a Stanley Knife, cut the felt a few inches above the fascia, remove and dispose of the off-cut.
  4. Slide an eaves felt tray under the existing roofing felt, ensure the new tray overlaps into the guttering neatly (see photo above).
  5. Secure tray with nails into the rafters
  6. Re-lay roof tiles, nailed as required to the roof batons.

 




 

How Long Will the Work Take?

On a semi detached house, with eaves at the front and rear, expect the work to take half a day. This includes the time to erect and dismantle access towers up to gutter height.

While this work could be done from ladders, health and safety regulations require access equipment such as towers/platforms.

Roofs with very small tiles may take longer as each tile needs to be nailed to the roof and with so many tiles, this will take longer.

Our Researched Cost to Install Eaves Felt

When we gathered quotes, we asked for a cost to remove and replace 16 metres of eaves felt on a semi-detached house. We assume there are no access issues such as a conservatory preventing access up to gutter height. Obstacles such as extensions, conservatories or similar may need to be bridged by scaffolding and that will cost extra.

As you can see from the table below, the average cost to replace 16 metres of eaves felt is £330.00 + vat. This figure includes the cost of the materials, which come to approximately £35.00. Expect to pay more if a scaffold company is used to erect the access equipment or you choose a larger company.

LocationMedium Sized BusinessLarger Business (5+ employees)
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London Area£275.00£400.00
South, SW and Midlands£350.00£350.00
Outer Region and North£300.00£300.00

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Where to Purchase the Product?

Roofing contractors usually purchase this product from specialist roofing suppliers and even online via Amazon.

FAQs

(Q) Do I have to use an eaves tray?

(A) No, you can use traditional felt, but it may sag. You can install ply underneath the felt to support it at the eaves. The plastic eaves trays are easier and quicker to install and are cheap. They also provide a rigid overlap into the gutter and they won’t flap around in the wind like traditional felt that overlaps into the gutter.

(Q) What happens if my roof doesn’t have eaves felt?

(A) Plenty of roofs don’t have eaves felt, usually because the traditional felt has rotted at the point where it overlaps into the gutter. You may get watermarks on the fascia/soffit boards and they may rot sooner than ones that are protected by an eaves felt. If you get a broken tile, the water won’t pass through to the gutter but may empty out onto the soffits or ceiling close to the eaves part of the roof.

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One Response to “Eaves Felt – What is it and How Much do Roofers Charge to Fit it?”

  1. AnthonyDecember 3, 2015 at 4:55 pm #

    Hi trying to price up a felt roof bay half a fifty pence shape full strip new boards 2 layer felt do you have a price range for this ?thanks .anthony.

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