Roofing options for new flat roof installation

If you’re reading this then you are probably looking to either get a new flat roof or repair an existing one. There are many flat roof options, so you should firstly look at the best flat roof system and then consider the difference in cost, durability, and flexibility.

Like everything in life, the various options will come with various price tags. Some are suitable for the avid DIY enthusiast, but we would recommend that you get a specialist in to sort out any problems that occur with flat roofs. A flat roofing expert has specialist knowledge which is required to ensure that your flat roof covering is fitted correctly, which takes a particular skill set and experience. To ensure that your flat roof has longevity you need to have it properly fitted, otherwise, you leave yourself open to a whole host of issues occurring in the future.

There are six commonly used types of flat roof in the UK. They all come with their own advantages and disadvantages. I hear you ask when having a flat roof fitted what materials are best? Your best flat roof options are listed below.

Single Ply Flat Roof

Single Ply flat roofs are the economical way to cover a flat roof. It will provide a waterproof membrane system, which comes as a single sheet. It has been used in the UK for over 50 years and is used on millions of flat roofs throughout the UK and is well established within the industry as a suitable, economically viable roofing solution.

The advantages of single ply as a roofing cover is that it is lightweight, flexible, relatively easy to install, safe to use and available in a wide range of colours.
The disadvantages are that due to the way it is constructed it is inappropriate to use on certain roofs, mainly those areas where you need a more durable roofing solution.

laying flat roofing

Built up roofing

This is currently the most commonly used roofing material in the UK. Again, it is economical, versatile and relatively easy to install. The problem with this material is that it doesn’t always give the neatest of finishes. It tends to be used in buildings where the roof won’t be visible.

BUR (Built up Roofing), as the name suggests, is several layers of reinforced bituminous membranes. These layers of bituminous membranes are bonded together and make this roofing material suitable for where there the roof space could be used during the construction period as a walkway, although protection is required if it the roof area was to be utilised as a work platform.

EPDM flat roofing

EPDM is often referred to by the term ‘Rubber Roofing’ and is lightweight, strong and hardwearing. It can also withstand foot traffic without any damage being made to the roof.

The downside of EPDM is that it is known to absorb heat, which can mean higher energy bills to heat your home.

Fibreglass roofing

Fibreglass GRP tends to be laid in one to two layers and creates a seamless finish. This material is weatherproof, strong and damage resistant.

Hot Melt

A hot melt roof is when a waterproof membrane is applied as a hot liquid to the roofing structure.

This is potentially dangerous, as you are dealing with an extremely hot liquid and needs to be installed by a specialist.

Cold applied liquids

Similar to the hot melt a cold applied liquid roof has the waterproof membrane applied cold. This takes the dangerous risks out of installing the roof and is easier to apply.

This type of material is a great flat roof repair option and on refurbishments projects.

This roofing material has proven popular on refurbishment projects and a great flat roof repair option as the liquid can be applied directly to the existing roof, making it an economical option.

Specialist Roofing Advice

When looking at new roofing materials there are many factors to consider and one material might be more suitable for your roof than another. We advise that you get a roofing specialist to look at your roof and advise you on the best options going forward.

Also check out our 5 tips for choosing a roofing specialist