As a leading flat roofing company in Southampton, our roofing contractors have years of experience repairing and installing all types of flat roofs. Whether you're experiencing problems with your existing roof or your roof has reached the end of its life and it's time for a replacement, we take pride in offering homeowners and businesses reliable and cost-effective flat roofing services done right the first time.
Flat roofs are more likely to develop leaks than pitched roofs due to their design. Unfortunately, many flat roofs in Southampton are simply too flat and made with incorrect structural materials which leads to sagging, ponding water, premature roof failure, and water damage in your home. Our goal is helping you avoid disaster by detecting roof problems early.
It's important to be vigilant and watch for signs of roof damage or failure. Look for splits or cracks near the edges of the roof, damp spots on the roof that indicate a tear, and sagging which happens as boards beneath the roof absorb water and break. Spotting these warning signs can prevent further damage and more expensive repairs. If you need flat roof repair in Southampton, you can count on our roofers for reliable repairs that address the problem correctly.
Single ply membrane refers to any type of roof that makes a flat roof waterproof with one layer of membrane. Felt roofs, as an example, require three layers. Single ply is one of the most common and popular flat roofs in Southampton for many reasons: it's weather resistant, a good choice for many shapes and sizes of roofs, and it has a long life. Single ply roofing is usually made with a synthetic polymer for additional flexibility and strength. All types of single ply offer good durability and fire resistance but the downside to a single ply roof is the cost.
PIB (PolylsoButylene) which has the longest track record of all single ply roof membranes. PIB usually lasts for at least 30 years but it is the most expensive single ply option.
PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) has been used for over 50 years and it's made up of two reinforced thermoplastic layers with joints that are heat welded. PVC usually lasts for at least 25 to 30 years, but it can shrink over time.
TPE (Thermoplastic Polyolefin Elastomer) is extremely eco-friendly and completely recyclable. TPE is advertised with a lifespan of 30 years, but it has only been in use for just over 20.
TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin) is also eco-friendly but it has the shortest lifespan of all single ply roofs at just 15-20 years.
Felt roofs are among the most common type of roof installed by flat roofers in Southampton. Felt roofs are cost-effective and high-performance with a hard wearing surface. A felt roof is an appropriate choice for any type of flat roof, including home extensions and garages. The major drawback to felt is it does require heat during the installation.
Felt roofs have a proven track record, but many homeowners in Southampton are, unfortunately, hesitant to choose felt due to the material's bad reputation from older and obsolete systems. Today's felt roofs are low cost and durable.
An EPDM roof is made from a synthetic rubber and it offers excellent waterproofing and hard wearing. With EPDM, your roof will have a long life expectancy with strong durability and flexibility. Unlike other roofing options, EPDM can actually flex with changing weather conditions without cracking or bending. It also allows for the collection of unpolluted rainwater.
There are downsides to EPDM to consider. This material isn't known for being attractive and it can shrink over time. It's also difficult to install if your home or building has complex details.
Our flat roofers in Southampton have extensive experience installing GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) or fibreglass roof systems which create a hardened surface suitable for walking. GRP has gained popularity in Southampton over the last decade due to the availability of improved roof resins, factory-made trim, and better installation practices for a truly jointless roof.
Fibreglass roofs have a very long life and a hard wearing surface despite being lightweight and even attractive. Most fibreglass roofs have guarantees for up to 25 years, but many last even longer with little sign of damage. GRP roofs are popular among businesses because fibreglass resists nearly all types of abuse, including vandalism and cutting. Fibreglass is a good choice for many applications but it is not very flexible. GRP is not recommended for very large surface areas or complicated flat roofs.
The biggest concern with flat roofs is standing water and leaks. A liquid waterproof roof offers the best protection possible against water intrusion with a unique liquid resin system. This liquid resin can be applied to refurbish an ageing roof or as a new roof with absolutely no seams.
Liquid roofs come in a huge range of colours and even designs an anti-slip texture that makes them appropriate for balconies as well. Liquid resin roofs have a long life expectancy and work for a wide range of flat roofs, although they are on the higher end of the price range.
If your flat roof is in need of repairs or you're ready to upgrade to a new flat roof system, our experienced roofers can help you choose the best option for your budget.
We take pride in offering Southampton homeowners and business owners affordable flat roof repairs and installation done right the first time. Contact us today for a free estimate on your roof.