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As one of the busiest Flat Roof Repair specialists in Liverpool and Merseyside, we are called to fix so many flat roofs that would have needed a far smaller repair had we been called earlier on.

We’ve built our business up on trust and great service over the last 30 years, and part of this is because wherever possible we try to minimise your costs.

If you call us out to repair a flat roof leak on your home and that’s all that is needed, we’ll happily do ONLY that for you.

If we can see that you’ll be calling us out again before long for the next leak, we’ll let you know that too before we conduct any work. The good news is that that there is such a wide range of flat roofing materials available to us at much lower costs than ever before, your flat roof leaks will be a thing of the past before you know it.

If you’re feeling confused about what to do with your roof, get in touch for a free no obligation quote and we can come and advise you on the best flat roofing solutions for your needs.

All of our roofing work comes with a guarantee too so you’ll know exactly how long you’ll be able to sleep in warm, dry, peace for before replacing it.

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Flat roofs used to have such a bad reputation that they would conjure up images of perished felt or tar wasting away and literally falling off in clumps!

Ever driven a soft top car through the monkey enclosure at a safari park and witnessed what the monkeys do to it? You get the picture!

Luckily this isn’t often the case anymore, however the very nature of flat roofing materials means there’s possibly more of a need to repair them more speedily then their pitched companions.

As one of the busiest Flat Roof Repair specialists in Liverpool and Merseyside, we are called to fix so many flat roofs that would have needed a far smaller repair had we been called earlier on.

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Don’t worry though - it’s not all doom and gloom. Whilst it may be easier to repair a single roof tile which is causing a leak, the cost of flat roofs or their composite materials is far less than those of a tile or slate roof.

That’s why we say give us a call straight away - we offer a free quotation service, so before we conduct any work at all we’ll give you clear idea of what work is needed and how much it will cost - even if it’s an emergency leak.

If you choose to use our services then fantastic, we’ll get to work and get you sorted in no time but we don’t mind at all if you choose an alternative solution - we don’t want any of our customers to feel pressured!

So back to those flat roofs...

Flat roofs are particularly popular if you only have a small roof area to cover, such as an extension, garage or carport. We’ve seen that with banks tightening their lending criteria and offering less mortgages, this has resulted in homeowners being more inclined to invest in their existing property and look at it with a long term mentality or possibly expand it.

When property was booming 10 to 20 years ago, there would be a more temporary outlook on your home of maybe 5 years before you move on, so the quality of roofing was often substandard.

This definitely isn’t the case any more as a good quality roof can last 30 years with even the minimum amount of maintenance.

Another aspect of flat roofing we’re seeing changing, is for the roofspace to be used in a more accessible way now. As many people are now opting for smaller properties such as apartments, there has been an increase in maximising the use of the external space we have access to.

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With commercial and industrial strength materials now being readily available, we’ve seen an increase in the variety of flat roofing systems being requested to provide a strong covering which can facilitate more traffic on it. Gone are the days of tiptoeing on felt roofs or worrying about getting melted tar on your clothes from bitumen based roofs like in the old days!

On a serious note, if you are looking for a creative way of using your outdoor space, a functional flat roof could make a significant difference to your life. Imagine being able to eat ‘al fresco’ on your roof for instance on a lovely timber deck on a sunny day - you’ll be popular with your neighbours that’s for sure! Where’s the Pimms…?

Do You Need To Replace An Old Flat Roof?

If you’re giving your house a ‘longevity once-over’ and you have a flat roof - the odds are that the roof is one of your concerns.

We can come and survey your roof to give you an honest appraisal of its state as well as repair any of the small roof leaks that may be starting to occur. Some of the materials used for flat roofs perish with time, so if we are repairing a flat roof we will always give you an honest idea of how long your roof has left before it needs replacing.

Totally replacing felt flat roofs or an EPDM rubber roof can sometimes be cheaper than repairing it a couple of times here and there. If you factor in the consequent damage caused from roof leaks over a two to three year period once the materials are beyond their life expectancy too, this is where our honesty and expertise can help you decide on your best course of action.

There is a fantastic array of materials available now which can make a huge difference to your roof without killing the bank balance. We’ll never ‘spend your money for you’ so if you only need a repair that’s what we’ll do.

If you need a new roof altogether though we’ll show you your options as the variety is much better than days of old - the traditional options are still available such as asphalt roofs, but with modern materials being so effectively developed like they have been, an EPDM (rubber) roof or fibreglass roof could be a better alternative. We like to ensure our customers are informed before they make their decisions so will talk you through what could suit your needs..

Top 10 Flat Roofing Questions Answered

What is the best covering for a flat roof?

The material used to cover a flat or low-pitched roof is known as the membrane and the main function of these membranes is to waterproof your roof. Given the nature of our weather here in Liverpool, popular choices for membranes in the UK are Felt and Asphalt which are quite traditional materials as they’ve been successfully used for many years.

Some more recent introductions are EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) which is a type of rubber, liquid roofing and GRP Fibreglass (Glass Reinforced Plastic). We’ll always discuss your options with you as it’s important that you consider factors such as cost, lifespan, exposure etc before deciding which is best for your roof.

How much does it cost to fix a flat roof?

Unfortunately this one isn't so easy to answer as there are so many variables to consider. How large is your house? How large is the roof? Is it a repair or do you need a roof replacement? What would be the best material to use for where the roof is located?

It would be very easy to quote a price per square metre so that you could try to work this out, but most people don't know the area of their roof (it's not exactly somewhere that you visit often is it?!) plus the materials vary drastically in cost.

But in terms of materials alone, you’re usually looking at around £2000 to £5000 for an average sized flat roof replacement so you can see that if you are looking to fix your roof yourself, the materials are where the bulk of the costs actually are. You'll also start to see that it's quite a mammoth task and it's not one that you want to get wrong. A waterproof membrane needs to be fitted properly as you want it to be waterproof don't you!

Making mistakes could be quite costly if you need to replace a poorly fitted roof you've attempted yourself, so our advice it you’re looking to repair or replace your own roof, is to price up your materials but also to get a free quote and you’ll be able to gauge which to go for from an educated stance.

How do you waterproof flat roofs?

As water can’t run off a flat roof like it would on a sloped roof we need to be a little more creative. Obviously it helps to create a tiny slope which stops puddles of fluid just sitting around on your roof.

If this option is limited though, using a few coats of elastomeric coating will protect the roof from water as well as insulating the material and reducing heat loss. It’s crucial that before applying elastomeric paint that you measure your roof properly and clean it up thoroughly to allow for a long lasting coating.

How long do flat roofs last?

A properly installed flat roof can last up to 25 years if it’s really well looked after. There are many factors which are outside of our roofing company’s control once we’ve installed the roof though so the guarantees don’t last the full 25 years.

We take this into account and can offer 10 to 20 year warranties on our flat roofs depending on the work you’ve had done and the materials used. Some materials have a longer life expectancy than others but they will naturally cost more to install so this will be reflected in the period we can guarantee your new flat roof for.

Are Flat Roofs Really Flat?

Calling this type of roof ‘flat’ is actually slightly incorrect as no flat roof is ever designed to be totally flat. Flat roofs need to be slightly sloped to facilitate proper drainage.

Flat roofs are usually slightly sloped towards either the middle of the roof or more commonly towards the edges to allow water to drain away properly. Flat roofs need regular maintenance to ensure the seals remain watertight and many flat roofs develop leak problems due to poor drainage, so this is where that subtle slope makes a difference in the long run as surface water left unchecked can really weaken the membrane.

Is A Flat Roof Cheaper To Build?

One of the biggest advantages by far of opting for a flat roof is the expense. If you look at the materials required for a pitched roof for example, you can see just where the savings can be made. The cost of materials used for a flat roof can vary depending on what you opt for but the most widely used materials in covering flat roofs are much cheaper by comparison than those for a pitched choice.

If you look at savings on structure alone, you can start to see what a saving you’re making with a flat roof. When you then look at how much more you’d pay for materials such as slate tiles to cover your pitched roof, it soon becomes a significant outlay.

Is A Flat Roof Bad?

The most well known issue with a flat roof is the limited drainage. Whilst flat roofs do drain, it’s not nearly as efficient as those with a pitch do. The problem then is that the surface water tends to puddle on the roof and can start to break down the roofing material. This will eventually lead to leaks in the waterproof membrane particularly along the weakened membrane seams.

Another disadvantage is that roofing material options are fairly limited. Many flat roofs use some type of rolled roofing in one way or another; rubber, EPDM, TPO, or bitumen. The advantage of these materials is that they are relatively inexpensive materials as well as easy to install but usually have a limited lifespan of 10 to 15 years.

We’d always recommend taking a look at the various options from a long term perspective to really understand what is the best solution for your circumstances.

How Do You Protect A Flat Roof?

Unless your flat roof is being used as a frequently accessible space, your roof is often ‘out of sight, out of mind’. But the key to extending the life of your flat roof is regular maintenance, so here are a few things you can do to help with this…

  • - Familiarise yourself with the type of membrane on your roof and its strengths and weaknesses so that you have no unwelcome surprises.
  • - Check your roof every 6 months paying attention to seams and areas prone to ponding (puddles) as this is where the weaknesses will occur first.
  • - During every inspection give the roof a sweep and clean. Keeping it free of debris blown onto it, as well as removing plants which could grow and weaken it, will protect it against subtle but ongoing damage.

How Often Does A Flat Roof Need To Be Replaced?

It’s worth taking a look at the age of your flat roof as it is would be prudent to take a good look at the general state of it around the ten year mark. This is when some of the wear and tear may start to show and possibly start letting in water. The reason it’s worth taking a look in detail at this point too, is that many roof warranties expire after 10 years, so it’s worth trying to spot any potential issues while the warranty is still in place.

If the flat roof has been maintained well, it’s likely to still be in good condition. The materials used for the roof will be one of the biggest factors though. A built-up membrane flat roof can last up to 30 years due to the granules within it which will protect the roof from weathering more efficiently.

Why Does A Flat Roof Leak?

A fairly common issue with flat roofs is that they can develop leaks. A flat roof by default doesn't have anywhere for water to go but straight down meaning that the moisture can seep into the roof and cause mold and fungus or damage the structure.

Leaks don’t always mean that the whole roof needs replacing though, but it can be tricky to work out whether you need to get it replaced altogether or just make a few minor repairs.

One of the problems is identifying whether it’s an isolated fault, or whether the roof membrane is starting to perish as it’s nearing the end of its life expectancy. If you do notice a leak in your flat roof you can call us for a roof inspection and we can diagnose leaks and repair your roof as necessary. We can also give you an expert opinion on how long you can realistically expect your roof to last so you can assess whether to pay out for repairs if a total replacement is what is actually needed.

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