Where roofing is concerned, flat roofing and pitched roofing are your two main options. Both offer different advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to choose the right one for your property. Serving domestic, commercial, and industrial clients throughout Telford, Shropshire, Heath Hill Building & Roofing Co. LLP provides roofing installations to suit your needs. Get in touch today to receive more information.
Ideal for small buildings or structures, flat roofing systems are best used in domestic areas with high winds or in areas where pitched roofing would not be suitable. These systems are designed to withstand both bad weather and traffic from people walking on top of it.
Providing less surface area than pitched roofs, flat roofs are more durable and resistant to high winds. This also protects against exposure to other natural elements like hail, sleet, and rain. Additionally, an overall lower surface area means that flat roofing is more easily and quickly installed by our expert fitters.
Flat roofs are especially suitable for surfaces where easy access is required for maintenance. Installed a very acute angle, (no more than a few degrees) these systems are easy to walk across if you need to install a new guttering system or undertake any other rooftop work. Furthermore, solar panels and AC units may be moved or installed on top of flat roofs to create more space elsewhere.
As a lighter option, flat roofing causes less structural strain on a building’s external walls and its foundations, which could lead to walls being damaged if weakened. However, annual maintenance is recommended to ensure longevity and continued use. This includes clearing any rain that hasn’t been drained by the angle of the roof, as these wet patches may encourage the growth of mould or moss if left unattended.
Additionally, it’s important to examine any damage caused by weather or heavy physical attacks, to identify any potential issues before they require more costly repair work. Thankfully, due to the sturdy and level nature of the roof, flat roofing is easy to walk on, so maintenance is not as tricky in comparison to pitched roofing.
The material used in flat roofing is especially important to the cost and longevity of your new system. Here are some further details about two of the most common choices.
One of the most durable options is EPDM rubber, which is highly cost-effective and offers reliable protection against the weather and other natural elements. Its natural flexibility enables it to remain pliable and still retain its shape during heavy weather and colder times of the year.
What’s more, if repairs are needed, the synthetic rubber used in the flat roofing may be easily patched to remove or protect the damaged areas from further harm, preventing any further damage to the roof or structure it is fitted on.
On the other hand, fibreglass roofing is a strong, low-maintenance option for your flat roof. Although more expensive, GRP roofing (as it is sometimes known) remains a much cheaper alternative to pitched roofing, provided that you undertake annual maintenance, making it a great long-term investment.
Hard-wearing and long-lasting, your fibreglass flat roof will also make a great slip-proof base for an outdoor roof garden. While it is just as easy to repair as rubber roofing, the stronger material holds up to most stress, strain, and extra weight. Fibreglass roofing is aesthetically pleasing, easy to maintain, and an excellent source of additional insulation that will reduce heating costs for your property.