Flat roofing is a popular choice of roof type for both residential and commercial properties, due to their affordability, accessibility and versatility. Flat roofs are a commonly used for extensions, garages and industrial properties, but can be easily tailored for buildings of various designs.
At Twickenham Roofing we install, repair or re-roof all types of flat roofs. We work on flat roof projects throughout Twickenham and surrounding areas, including Brentford, Richmond, Wimbledon, Hounslow, Isleworth, New Malden, Surbiton, Kingston upon Thames, Teddington, Hampton, Feltham and more.
We assess each job thoroughly to decide the overall best solution, taking into account the most suitable materials and the building’s design. Our team provides high quality flat roofing solutions at an affordable price, always ensuring the highest levels of safety, efficiency and durability.
Why choose a flat roof?
There are a number of reasons why flat roofs may be suitable for both residential and commercial properties. Some of the benefits of flat roofs include:
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Different types of flat roofs
There are many different types of flat roofs, and the choice of which one is best for your building will depend on a range of factors including budget and design preferences.
EPDM (ethylene, propylene and diene monomer) are highly durable and weather resistant types of rubber membrane roof materials. Installation is simple and safe, and involves the synthetic rubber being glued to the roof decking.
EPDM roofs tend to be hardier than other roof systems, such as modified bitumen and built-up roofs, but their natural black colour means they absorb more heat.
Poly-vinyl Chloride (PVC) roofing has been widely used in the roofing industry for decades, and is a popular flat roof material option for a number of reasons.
PVC membranes are recyclable, lightweight, fire resistant, weather resistant and highly solar-reflective. Usually used for commercial properties, this roof type is flexible and can be easily customised to suit the design and functionality of the roof.
Thermoplastic membrane, or thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO), is a white-coloured singly ply roofing membrane, which combines many of the benefits of EPDM and PVC.
This roof type is more durable and damage and weather resistant than most other roofing types. Because of its white surface, thermoplastic membrane roofs are good at reflecting heat from the sun and help to cool down the room below.
Built-up roof (BUR)
Built-up roofing is a traditional method which consists of inserting three or more layers of waterproof material between layers of tar. The top layer is covered by gravel or smooth river stone to help increase the stability and durability of the roof.
BUR is typically a cheaper option than the others listed above, while the use of gravel also makes it an effective fire retardant. However, given the multiple layers, BUR roofs tend to be heavier than other options, which can affect the building’s structural integrity.