6 Different Materials Used in Flat Roofs and Their Expected Lifespan

October 10 2019 0comment

6 Different Materials Used in Flat Roofs and Their Expected Lifespan

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Finding the best material to roof your flat commercial or home building can at times be hectic, especially when you have little information on the different materials used. Well, look no further as all the information you need is right here! However, some flat roofing materials work best for different types of flat roofs. Read on to learn more about the different types and their expected lifespan.

  1. Felt Flat Roofing

This is a more traditional form of flat roofing that has been used in several parts of the world for years. With durability of up to 30 years, it’s no surprise why people keep using it. Three layers of felt (bitumen sheet) are installed using a blow torch. The material is very affordable and easy to repair. And the cherry on top is the fact that you can pick your own colour for the top layer of your roof, yes you get to add your own personal touch. Sounds great, right? One important thing to note, however, is that the roof is installed using an open flame. So, you must take the necessary precautions during the installation process. 

  1. EPDM Flat Roofs 

This type of roofing material is probably the favourite for most, if not all, of the environmental enthusiasts. It is made using recycled rubber material and takes very little energy to manufacture. With a durability of 30 to 50 years, it’s the most popular of rubber roofing solutions. The installation of this material is very easy. However, it’s always recommended to get a professional to ensure everything is done just right the first time. It’s completely waterproof and protects against both extreme heat and extreme cold. Although the material may not be aesthetically appealing, that’s a problem that can be solved with a little paint!

  1. Built-Up Roofing

This form of roofing is quite more traditional in the general sense. The roof is made by pouring layers of tar and gravel to seal it and prevent any leakage completely. It’s done over time as several layers have to be made for more durability. Its life span ranges from 10 to 60 years, depending on the type of material used. The cost of obtaining the material could cause a big dent in your finances, especially with a longer lifespan. But for 60 years of having a perfect roof, I'd say it's worth it!

  1. GRP Fibreglass Roofing

Another traditional form of flat roofing material that may not be as common as it was over the past few decades. But that doesn’t make it less effective. GRP fiberglass roofing is very simple and safe to install. You should also consider consulting a professional to advise you on the necessary steps to follow during the installation. A properly installed GRP fiberglass roof can last for at least 30 years.

  1. Liquid Flat Roofing

This is one of the latest and most modern form of flat roofing alternative material that has gained significant popularity across the UK. Its installation is usually done by applying a liquid roof coating onto the roof deck, creating a single layer to cover it all up. Being more advanced, this is a more costly solution as compared to the other roofing solutions mentioned here. It’s waterproof, highly durable, and can be in stable condition for at least 25 years. Talk about technological advancement!

Your safety is very important when accessing the roof for the installation. Ensure to have proper flat roof demarcation in place for maximum safety when traversing the roof. All the best!

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