Top Tips For Finding The Perfect Flat Roof Solution

Jill and John | | General Articles, Blogging
4 March
Mar 4
4th March 2021

With a range of modern flat roof solutions, it can be difficult to understand if you’re making the right choice. There’s no shortage of cowboys in any trade and we wanted to put together these top tips to help people understand our trade a little bit better and avoid any unscrupulous traders who may be seeking your business! Firstly, why all the buzz with EPDM and GRP? There’s nothing wrong with trusty roofing felt, however, GRP (glass reinforced polyester AKA fibreglass) roofing has become one of the most popular roofing solutions in the UK with the realisation of its longevity following its application in various industries as far back as the 50’s and 60’s. This realisation has highlighted an assortment of modern roofing solutions that have huge advantages in comparison to traditional roofing solutions. These advantages include longevity, durability and even aesthetics. So with a range of modern flat roof applications, a lot of them with complicated names such as polyurethane liquid or ethylene propylene diene monomer and all these acronyms floating about such as EPDM and GRP, it’s understandable if one finds it all a bit confusing! So what are they and what do they do?   Fibreglass Roofing Also known as GRP (glass reinforced polyester/plastic), this roofing solution is a seamless, long-lasting roofing solution and has emerged as the most popular flat roof solution in the UK in recent years. This is what a Fibreglass Roof looks like:   Lifespan – up to 30 years   EPDM Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer is essentially a rubber roofing solution. EPDM has very similar properties and benefits to Fibreglass Roofing and although it has been more popular for commercial flat roofs, EPDM is becoming a more popular choice for residential properties too! Here is an example of an EPDM roof:     Lifespan – up to 30 years   Polyurethane Liquid Roofing Another seamless, ingenious roofing solution and again has similar benefits to the aforementioned solutions. A liquid membrane is added to the roof and the end result is a stunning, durable flat roof.   Lifespan – up to 25 years       Most modern roofing applications are so reliable that reputable contractors are able to provide work guarantees through trade associations such as the Confederation of Roofing Contractors for example. Make sure you do your homework when choosing a contractor! As much as we appreciate being chosen to fix disaster roofs, we’d much prefer people to come straight to us or even a reputable competitor first so that untrustworthy contractors are not able to destroy trust within our trade.   Key points when considering a new flat roof…   DURABILITY Durability is an important factor when looking for a roofing solution. Different solutions have different life expectancies. Here is a rough guide: FIBREGLASS (GRP) - UP TO 30 YEARS EPDM - UP TO 30 YEARS POLYURETHANE SYSTEM - UP TO 25 YEARS   GUARANTEE Reputable contractors will offer a guarantee on their work, giving you peace of mind that you're making a sound investment. Be sure to check before agreeing to have any work carried out.   AESTHETICS Usually considered for their practical applications, flat roofing systems can also improve the aesthetic appeal of your property. A reputable contractor can provide guidance on the aesthetic qualities of each solution they provide.   COST Costs can vary depending on the roofing system you opt for and which contractor you use, but make sure that you use a reputable contractor, otherwise, initial lower costs can lead to much more in the long run!   AND... always do your homework before choosing a contractor!   If you want any advice, please feel free to get in touch. We're always happy to offer advice and guidance!    ...

Signs That Your Flat Roof Is In Need Of Maintenance

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30 June
Jun 30
30th June 2021

Modern flat roof systems are known for their durability, however even more contemporary systems may require maintenance from time to time. It’s important to keep an eye out for any signs because some issues can worsen over time so it’s always best to rectify them early on.   In this blog we’ll highlight some of the tell-tale signs that your flat roof requires maintenance.   Leaks If you’re experiencing leaks under or around your flat roof, then this could be a sign that your roof ...

What type of skylight can I get for my flat roof?

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11 May
May 11
11th May 2021

Skylights are a great way of transforming a living space, increasing the amount of natural light in the room. They have become a popular feature on extensions in recent years and are often worth the extra cost if you’re already having the work done.   There are many types of skylight, so we’ve put together this quick guide on our best sellers to help you decide which is best for you.   Roof Lantern This is our most popular skylight. Not only do they look great but these large roof lan...

Can a leaky roof cause damp?

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21 January
Jan 21
21st January 2021

A leaky roof is one of the main causes of penetrating damp. Water can penetrate roofs and walls during heavy rainfall. If you notice dark, damp patches on roofs and walls of your home during heavy rainfall, then this could be a tell-tale sign that you have a leaky roof. If you have a problem with damp in your home, then there could be a variety of causes, so we’ve outlined the common types of damp, the common issues that cause them, what to look out for and the most common solutions to eradic...

Can a fibreglass roof withstand gale-force winds?

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5 September
Sep 5
5th September 2020

With storms, torrential downpours and strong winds, the summer has not been kind to us in the UK. Fibreglass roofing also known as GRP (Glass Reinforced Polyester) roofing is an ideal, cost-effective roofing solution for withstanding gale-force winds and adverse weather.   Many inferior roofing solutions are vastly more susceptible to weathering and over time can be breached, either by strong winds that rip the membrane from it’s seal or through cracks and tears in the membrane itself. This...

How Much Does A Flat Roof Cost?

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15 July
Jul 15
15th July 2020

  There are many factors involved in the costing of a new flat roof, however the answer is usually between £50 and £150 per square metre for standard fibreglass, AKA glass reinforced polyester.  The average price for a new flat roof is around £1500 but this amount can be lower or higher depending on various factors.    We've put this page together to provide some guidance and an idea of what to consider if you're wondering how much a new flat roof will cost.   The Size of Your Roof ...

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