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?
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
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 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
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.
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.
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!
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!