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Want to give your home a makeover by redoing your roof, improving the look and value of your home? Interested in installing a flat roof? Flat roofing offers flat roof installations in a range of materials, finishes and styles to suit your aesthetic and architectural needs. Not sure where to start your roofing makeover? We can help.

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A good looking and weather resistant roof is essential to any home, providing protection and security. A shabby roof can greatly reduce the value of your home. That's why we're here to help you find the best flat roofing deals. On a budget? No problem. We'll find you high quality services for the lowest prices.

When choosing a flat roof, there are several things you need to consider before committing to the overhaul of your home. Always consult the flat roofing professionals. Attempting to DIY, risking personal injury and damage to the roof, is strongly not recommended.

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Benefits of a Flat Roof

A flat roof is one of the most cost-efficient roof shapes. A flat roof allows for easy installation of solar panels - which could cut your energy bills, saving you money - as well as recreational spaces like a rooftop garden. Depending on your home's structural engineering, flat roofs can also be used for pigeon coops or other pet hutches and could even provide additional living space. Flat roofs offer you the opportunity of increasing your living space while also increasing the value of your home.

Flat Roofing Materials

Flat roofs are available in a variety of materials. Always consult the professionals about what material would work best for you, aesthetically, architecturally and practically. Asphalt, synthetic rubber, metal, fibreglass and PVC or vinyl are just a few of the common materials used for flat roofing. Some materials are more durable than others, and may be required if you live in an area with severe weather. The material used may also have an impact on the cost of the construction, so be sure to check pricing before starting the project.

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Flat Roof Construction

Flat roof construction should only be done by professionals. The construction process requires a professional survey. During this survey, professional roofers will decide whether or not the existing roof needs to be structurally altered to accommodate a flat roof. The survey will also detail the engineering requirements prior to starting the project. A cost estimate is usually available at this point. Regardless of the material you choose, it's important to note that flat roof insulation and waterproofing may also be required.

Potential Disadvantages of Flat Roofing

Although flat roofing has many advantages, there are some potential disadvantages to consider:

  • The larger the area is that is to be covered by a flat roof, the less stable the roofing structure will be.
  • Flat roofs may have difficulty dealing with the additional weight of snow, especially if they have not been correctly constructed.
  • Flat roofs have less space to accommodate insulation, so they may not always be overly practical in climates that experience severe temperature fluctuations.
  • A flat roof may not be able to drain water away as quickly as a sloped roof during periods of heavy rain.
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Most Common Flat Roofing Applications

It’s not entirely unusual for homes to have flat roofs, but there’s no denying that sloped roofs are far more popular. Flat roofing is found on mobile and manufactured homes, on garages and outbuildings, and on commercial and industrial properties. That’s because businesses often require roof access more often than residences, and the flat roof makes things simpler. Garages and outbuildings have flat roofs because they are non-liveable spaces that require less insulation than their in-home counterparts. In homes, flat roofs offer more liveable space by reducing or completely removing attic space.

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Flat Roofing for Commercial Applications

In and other parts of the UK, you’ll probably notice that flat roofing is far more common on commercial buildings than on homes. There are many reasons for this, but two stand out above the rest. First, these roofs are economical. They cost less to install and maintain throughout the years than standard pitched roofs. Second, these roofs increase the amount of usable space on the top floor that is available to business owners. Getting every last square foot out of a building is important for a company’s bottom line.

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Flat Roofs and Water Pooling

People often shy away from flat roofs because they’re afraid of water pooling and eventually seeping inside the liveable space. Contrary to their popular name, though, flat roofs are not entirely flat. They’re sloped very, very gradually so that the slope isn’t obvious to the naked eye, but it’s still just enough to allow rain and meltwater to slide off. Water pooling on a flat roof is typically indicative of poor installation or damage to the actual structure of the roof. In some cases, this is an easy repair; in others, the repairs can be extensive.

The Dangers of DIY Roofing

Working on a roof at extreme elevations is inherently dangerous. If you work at those elevations without the proper safety gear, tools and construction equipment, the results could be fatal. The roof is critical to the structural integrity of your home. Compromise the roof and you could put your entire family at risk. The materials used to construct a flat roof, such as hot tar, also require professional knowledge and equipment to prevent injury. Why put yourself at risk with DIY when the professionals are standing by to work on your project?

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Your flat roofing questions answered

Yes, flat roofs should be inspected once a year. While not a requirement, this ensures that the roof is well maintained, and in many cases can catch small problems before they become large ones. It is a great and usually inexpensive form of preventative maintenance.

A number of things can cause a flat roof, or really any roof, to fail. Age, weather, damage from falling debris or storms, or a misplaced step from someone walking across the surface of the roof can all cause a roof to fail.

On average, a properly installed and maintained flat roof will have a lifespan of about 20 years. Many companies will offer a warranty on the roof for 30 years, so you can usually get it replaced once for free.

One properly done waterproofing treatment could theoretically last the life of the roof itself. If you try to waterproof the roof yourself or have it done by a poorly trained contractor, you may have to have the procedure redone.

Yes, as this is something that is often done in commercial buildings. Even so, you should have your roof inspected first to ensure there are no structural defects that would prevent you from doing this.

Flat roofs can be fully waterproofed. However, this should not be attempted as a DIY job, as you will almost certainly end up with leaks afterwards. It is recommended that you hire an expert contractor to waterproof your flat roof.

Perhaps you’ve purchased a home with a flat roof, but you want a pitched roof – or even vice-versa. The best way to find out what would be involved in making the switch is to ask a roofing company. It may be an expensive endeavor since trusses and supports will also need to be changed, but in most cases, it’s possible.

It’s vital to waterproof your flat roof, especially in the UK with its rainy climate. Waterproofing involves adding coatings that prevent water from seeping into the roofing materials where they could cause serious damage over time. Waterproofing should only be done by an experienced professional, though, since in improper waterproofing job can be completely ineffective.

There is no one perfect flat roof material. Each home or business owner must decide what suits his or her needs and budget. While fibreglass isn’t quite as expensive as other materials, it offers fewer insulative properties. Conversely, while rubber is a fantastic insulator, it’s more expensive. Everyone should weigh these options carefully before making a final decision; some are able to pay more up front to reduce maintenance and repair costs in the future, but others are not.

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Example Roofing Work Requests

14 Dec Flat Roofing

New flat roof installation needed on an old kitchen extension. We're renovating an old house and the extension roof is sadly beyond repair. Best quotes needed please.

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We must replace the roof on our outbuilding. It has become overly worn with age. This is a smallish structure. Can you please provide your best quote for flat roofing?

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We have a flat roof on the conservatory section of our home that has started to leak in various places. Would you be able to provide us with recommendations regarding whether we can have the leaks repaired or if we will need to replace the entire roof? Thank you.

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I am building a free standing shop on some property that has been in my family for many years. My husband and I are doing a great deal of the work ourselves. We are in need of a flat roof and would like for someone to give us a quote for installing flat roofing on our building.

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