If you’re thinking of having a flat roof installed, then naturally you want to make sure it’s good enough to last through inclement British weather and give you many years of wear. Flat roofs, if poorly made, can give you years of repair work which will only add to the original bill, so it’s important to make sure you have a good quality flat roof construction.
If you don’t know anything about flat roofing it can be a nightmare, so the first port of call should be a good quality builder. We’d be more than happy if you chose us, as we’re a professional team of well-qualified builders. However, what makes a good flat roof and what should you look out for?
Flat Roofing – A Reputation That’s Improved Over Time
Although flat roofs have had a bad press in the past, due to better materials and an improvement in workmanship, flat roofs are now back in fashion, and in demand. A flat roof helps to waterproof the roofing area and allow water to run off into a gutter system.
Ask Your Roofer about the Following to Ensure a Quality Flat Roof
A suitable deck in essential because it is the foundation which the flat roof depends. It needs to provide sufficient support to what’s going to be loaded on to it.
Ventilation is important, so that air is able to freely flow between the joists, as well as having the insulation. This helps to prevent moisture to condense and lead to damp, without that, there’s a fair chance you’ll need to remove the insulation.
You need falls in the structure of your roof so it can clear surface water quickly, it needs to be created within the roof in a number of ways, you can adjust the height of the beams or they can be cut into the slope of the joists.
U values are important, so much so, that the Building Regulations insist that they must be included in flat roofs that are new and for those that are refurbished. You need to make sure that there are U values in accordance with these Regulations, so check this out with your builders. You’ll need a membrane fitted by a trained builder as part of the installation so that you have the foundations of a good quality flat roof. You’ll also need quality covering that will help your flat roof endure all sorts of weather conditions so it’ll be durable and last a long time. You need one that comes with a guarantee of at least between 15 and 20 years in total.