The now chic flat roof used to be associated with poor materials and bad workmanship, but now are now back in vogue and are highly favoured amongst UK architects and designers. With substantial and extended lifespans, ease of maintenance, and now proven resistance to the South Wales weather, together with high performance and cost effectiveness, the flat roof can offer a real alternative to the pitched roof. When installed and maintained correctly, a flat roof can have a long-life expectancy.
What Is A Flat Roof
The Membrane: A good membrane is absolutely vital. Whilst the primary role is to waterproof the flat roof area, they typically allow water to run off from a slight inclination or camber into the gutter system. Choose from Reinforced Bituminous Membranes (RBM), Liquid Waterproofing and GRP Roofing Systems, EPDM or Single Ply and Paints and Solutions.
End use: This must always be taken into account as the weight of a membrane or planters could cause deflection. It is also an important factor when considering installation of solar panels on the flat roof area.
Suitable deck: The roof deck is the foundation or base upon which the entire flat roof is dependent and supported. It must be designed to provide enough support for all loads to which it will be exposed through all seasons and weathers, and the method of attachment to it must be appropriate and sufficient.
Ventilation: If there is insulation between the joists, there must be adequate ventilation, or the insulation will need to be removed. Good ventilation is essential for the free flow of air that will help prevent moisture from condensing that can ultimately lead to damp and other roof damage.
Adequate falls: A flat roof needs to be able to clear surface water as rapidly as possible. The required falls may be formed by the slope of the joists. If not, then cut to falls insulation may be needed.
Flat Roofing Aberdare
Installation: And finally, a good quality membrane fitted by a good roofing contractor who is trained and approved for that flat roofing system will help ensure a good flat roof and a long life.
No flat roofing system will be the right choice for every situation. For this reason, you should carefully examine all factors about the building, the current roof. We can’t tell you which roofing material or roofing system will be best for your flat roof, but if you follow the steps outlined above and do your research, we are confident you will soon discover what makes a good flat roof and more importantly a good flat roofing specialist to install it.
Flat Roof And Gutter Cleaning Services
While you are at it why not get your gutters cleaned? We use SkyVac – The world’s most powerful free-standing gutter cleaning machine. It cleans gutters effectively from the ground using a very powerful vacuum. It has also a unique built in camera to ensure nothing gets left behind and it reaches over the awkward spaces like extensions and conservatories.
Flat Roofing Repairs Aberdare
If you are looking for flat roofing in South Wales, make Duraseal your first call. Established since 1995, our team of local experts can install and repair residential flat roofs at competitive prices. Our quick and reliable service ensures that your home will remain warm, dry and protected against any weather.