Parapet Wall Problems

We use lots of sketches and photos in our building surveys 

We use surveyors who can provide help and advice with regard to building surveys, structural surveys, independent valuations, property surveys, structural reports, engineers reports, specific defects report, home buyers reports or any other property matters . As you can see from this article on Parapet Walls we always use lots of photos and sketches in our reports as the feedback we have from our clients is that the sketches and photos help them understand the reports. We, of course, like to meet you at the property during the survey and we are more than happy to talk to you about the reports.

Please free phone 0800 298 5424 for a friendly chat with one of our surveyors.

Free phone 0800 298 5424

What are Parapet Walls?

Parapet walls coping stones

Parapet walls are typically above roof level and often sit on the boundary of the property as illustrated by the sketch and photographs below.

Parapet walls are generally either brick built or render built sometimes with a coping stone.

Parapet wall

Parapet wall

Parapet wall

Georgian parapet walls

Parapet wall on Georgian property

Parapet walls were particularly popular during the Georgian Era.

These photos are to show the idea of a parapet wall rather than showing the exact detail you find in Georgian properties.

If you have a Georgian house or apartment and are concerned about the condition of the roof or parapet walls then call our Surveyors today for a friendly chat to find out more about how we can help you save time and money and avoid future property problems.

Free Phone 0800 298 5424 today!

Parapet wall to Georgian property

Hidden Front Georgian roof behind parapet walls

Close up of parapet wall showing no sign of roof


Georgian/Victorian parapet walls

Close up of Georgian/Victorian parapet wall

Parapet wall on Georgian roof


Victorian parapet walls

Brick parapet wall with lead flashing and concrete coping stone

Render parapet wall on Victorian property

Render repair on Victorian property


Parapet walls around flat roofs

Flat roof parapet wall

Flat roof papapet wall

Close up of flashing on flat roof parapet wall

Parapet Walls to Mansard Roof

Mansard roof

Mansard roofs typically have problems with regards to the drainage to the front and rear but this does depend upon the detail. Please see the sketches of a typical mansard roof and typical problems that can occur to the parapet wall.

Mansard roof

Parapet wall to Mansard roof


You may also find the following articles of interest:

Roof Problems

Residential Building Survey of Grade ll listed Georgian property

Parapet wall finishes

Coping stones

Parapet walls coping stones

Many parapet walls are finished with a coping stone.


Brick parapet wall with a lead flashing and a concrete coping stone

Brick built with tile coping and flashband flashing

Brick built with lead flashing and tile


Rendered parapet wall with straight lead flashing

and a concrete coping stone

Rendered brick wall, flashband flashing,

lead covering over coping stone

Independent Surveyors

If you truly do want an independent expert opinion from a building surveyor we are happy to carry out valuations, building surveys, structural surveys, structural reports, engineers reports, specific defects reports, home buyers reports or any other property matters. Please contact us on 0800 298 5424 to have a free of charge friendly chat with one of our surveyors.

We feel our surveys are quite unique, as they are written to your level of knowledge. The surveys include photos and sketches and definitions. The survey will also include an action required section and an estimate of costs in the executive summary. We are more than happy to meet you at the property whilst carrying out the survey to discuss any specific issues you may have or have a general chat about what we have found at the end of the survey.


Commercial Property

If you are looking for commercial property, whether it is freehold or leasehold, we would recommend a survey as this will prevent dilapidations claims in the long run. You may wish to look at our Dilapidations Website at and for Disputes go to our Disputes Help site , both of which we have been advised are very helpful!

We hope you found the article of use and if you have any experiences that you feel should be added to this article that would benefit others, or you feel that some of the information that we have put is wrong then please do not hesitate to contact us (we are only human).

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