How to Choose the Right Flat Roof for your Premises
When it comes to installing a new or replacement flat roof, there are so many issues to consider that the whole process may seem overwhelming. There are so many different roofing materials available nowadays, including felt, asphalt, torch-on felt, GRP/fibreglass, PVC and EPDM membrane, that it can be difficult to know which would be the most suitable option for your home or business premises. Take a look at the following considerations which should help you to make an informed choice.
- Money – with so many flat roofing options available, they all come at different prices and making sure you’re not paying too much is a vital issue to take into account. When you’re researching the prices of different flat roofing materials, make sure you find out about the life-span of each type. Whilst some options will seem attractive due to the low price, a short lifespan may mean that it’s not the most cost-effective choice in the long term.
- Installation – try to avoid choosing a roofing material that is difficult to install – some flat roofing materials take much longer than others to install and some are technically more difficult. For instance, the torch-on technique used for some felt roofing materials is quite complex when compared with the type of roofing material which only needs adhesive to bond the material to the roofing deck.
- Maintenance – if you choose the type of roofing that requires a lot of maintenance, you may find the maintenance time-consuming and expensive. Whether the maintenance involves clearing growth or regular repairs, a roof that needs regular attention in this way may not be the best choice for you. Look for a roofing material that needs little maintenance apart from an annual inspection.
- Repairs – although you’re likely to want a roof that is durable and likely to withstand the harsh weather conditions we have in the UK; damage does eventually occur from time to time. This means that you should avoid choosing a roofing material that is difficult or expensive to repair. Consider how easily the roofing material is likely to become damaged and how tricky or costly repairs will be when choosing your flat roof.
- Design – you’re sure to want your new roof to look good and add to the aesthetic appeal of the premises as a whole, whether the roof is on part of your home or on business premises. Look for a flat roof that looks neat, with a seamless application and avoid using materials that may be prone to moss and algae growth.
- Trim – make sure that you choose the relevant type of trim for the roofing materials being used. This may seem like a no-brainer, but choosing the wrong type of trim could lead to drainage problems in the future.
- Access – the flat roofs of business premises are often used to locate plant and machinery that may need regular maintenance. If this is the case with your flat roof, make sure that you choose a material that is suitable for installing access equipment (such as guardrails, rooftop walkways and demarcation barrier systems) and won’t be damaged during the installation of the equipment.