Builders: How best to repair this tiled overhang circa 1980's?

So, TL;DR is: Son invested in older home and trying to fix it up, bit by bit. He's a good kid and just wants it done right.

If it weren't for the stupidity of Western Power (WA, of course) connecting their line to it, instead of the actual roof which is about 90cms away, I'd have the overhang removed and awnings up.

Due to pulling away/sag, the gutter no longer pitches to the downspout. Have had a few guys out to quote so far, varying ideas, no one seems certain and that's a bit alarming.

Anyone here a builder who might have a few ideas upon looking at the photos?



  • +2

    Just add a few posts to support it?

  • +1

    It’s the heavy terracotta tiles with the lack of support that’s bringing it down.

  • +4

    Personally, I'd put an acroprop under the corner to jack it up, then paint and fit a decorated stayed bracket under there. Would be perfectly secured, cheap, and long lasting. Something like this would do the trick :

    If you want it to look more natural, paint and put a few more up under the awnings around the house just for show.

    The "right" way is to pull the eve lining and side board off, cut out the existing timber, install new fixing and timber, re-line the eves and sideboard, paint to match.

    • I agree, it needs a stay off the post and one off the brickwork at the other end, the weight in the gutter would be compounding the issue.

      • I think a post might even be overkill for such a short span. From the photo it looks like the awning structure is ok, it's just lost the fixing from the wall. A big stayed bracket would give a new fixing and support 1/2 to 2/3 of the (presumably structurally sound) span.

        If the structure of the awning is compromised then I'd definitely go the post as well.

  • +2

    Half ass fix
    -align and level the gutter appropriately
    -reinforce and support the beams connecting the gutter to ensure it doesn't sag further.

    Peace and sound investment property fix
    -maintain existing LHS existing downpipe and make addition route to the RHS of the overhang
    -install new downpipe on RHS of overhang
    -align and level appropriately.
    -reinforce and support the beams connecting the gutter to ensure it doesn't sag further.

    From my experience on the East Coast (Melbourne), many houses don't cope well with big/massive downpours. Not sure if its the same in WA Perth.

    Seems like you have a problem with storm drainage. The storm water is not flowing away fast enough into the downpipes which is causing it sag the gutter. You might also want to check if cement sheets have moisture and if the gutters are overflowing back into the house also. Hopefully that helps.

  • Put a post under it.

  • +1

    Hi all, sorry for the delay in replying. We've been dealing with a roofer whose soakwell "work" flooded our living room….Nearly EVERY workman we hire turns into a sh1t-show.

    EXCEPT: we hired a fellow who came out, pulled up the tiles, fixed the bad spots, and properly reinforced the overhang. Even left the paint tub he bought to touch up the sides. No posts nor brackets (for now). It looks like a solid fix.

    Thanks everyone!

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