Fibreglass,felt, lead and asphalt flat roofing

The flat roof construction originated in the Middle East, where the weather is dry most of the time. In Europe, a flat roof is relatively a new way to build a roof. A flat roof is never really a flat roof as the name suggests, it will always have a slope to allow the water to drain off.

When replacing or building a flat roof, there are four popular options in terms of materials and costs.

Bitumen felt flat roofing

In UK, the most popular type of flat roof roofing is made of bitumen felt to provide a waterproof covering.The materials used for this type of roofing are cheap and the roofers will charge less than for other types of roofing.The felt roofing will have to be replaced from time to time, as it has a life span of maximum 10 years, depends on how exposed the roof is to the elements ( sun, rain, cold ).

bitumen felt flat roofing
Bitumen felt flat roofing with two skylights over a kitchen extension

Fibre Glass flat roofing
The materials cost is more or less double of the cost for a felt roof but it will last longer as most fibreglass roof manufacturers will provide a warranty of 20 years or more. It can also be cleaned very easily.
fibre glass flat roofing
Fibreglass roofing with a Velux window over an infill extension

Lead flat roofing
A very traditional way to build a flat roof, more often than not, it is required for Listed Buildings and for buildings located in a Conservation Area. A lead roof can have a life span of over 50 years, provided that there is ventilation for the wood work. It has to be painted with patination oil to stop the lead from staining.
lead flat roofing
Lead flat roofing over a rear extension

Asphalt flat roofing
Asphalt roofing is hot and melted bitumen mixed with aggregate. It has passed the test of time, it contracts when its cold and expands when its hot. White coloured asphalt reflects the heat better but it gets dirty very quickly.
asphalt flat roofing
Asphalt roofing and conservation roof window over a garage conversion

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Acoustic tiles, Adhesives, cement,based, cork tiles, fungicidal, impact, latex, PVA, tile, vinyl flooring, wallpaper paste, waterproof, Airbricks, Anchors, nylon, nylon collapsible, rubber,sleeved, Angle, brackets ,shelf, L,shaped metal, timber, Angled metal strips, Anti,child locks, Anti,jemmy plates, Armchair re,upholstering, final cover, frame, hessian, scrolls, springs, stripping, stuffing, Awl (bolster), Ball (or float) valve, changing the washer, Croydon and Portsmouth, diaphragm, equilibrium, leaks, Bathrooms, condensation in Battens, shelf, Bib taps, Binder bars, Blanket insulation, glass fibre, mineral wool, Blockboard shelves, Blowtorches, Bolts, hinge, security mortise, surface fitting, U window security, Brackets gutter, fascia, rafter side, rafter top, Brackets ,shelf Bradawl, Burglars see Home security Buttons, upholstery, Cable, electrical, non,sheathed single core, sheathed, stripping, Carborundum stone, Carpets, cleaning (stains), repairing, stair, tiles, Carpets, fitting, binding edges, door clearance fitting a stretched, foam,backed, hessian,backed, joining carpet to, joining seams with tape, joining to hard flooring, laying, preparing sub,floor, starting edge technique, stretching, tools and equipment, dimming, underlay, Carpet grippers, Carpet shampooer, Carpet soil extraction machine, Carpet ‘steam’ vacuum cleaner, Carpet tacks, Carpet tape,’ Ceiling(s), condensation on, cracks, papering, Central heating systems, corrosion , Ceramic tiles, floor, adhesive, cutting border cutting corner, cutting shapes, fixing, glazed, grouting, ‘ mosaic, preparing surface, repairing, replacing damaged, studded, glazed, Ceramic tiles, wall, border, cutting, designs, example of, fixing with adhesive, grouting, heat,resistant, lining wall, patterned, plain, preparing surface, RE, REX, renovating, spacer (or field), textured, Chair covers, cleaning fixed and loose, cleaning and repairing leather and vinyl, re,covering armchair, re,covering drop,seat dining Chairs and sofas, buttons, cushions, repadding drop,seat, reupholstering armchair, rewebbing, Chimney,breast, wallpapering, Chipboard, panels, shelves, Chisel, bevel edge, cold, flooring, upholsterer’s ripping, Cisterns and tanks (hot and cold), ball valves, Cathodic protection, cold weather protection, corrosion in, Cold weather protection, frozen pipes, lagging, service pipe, storage cistern, Combination square, Compound fillers, Concrete (solid) floors, carpet tiles on, dusty, fitting carpets on, joining carpet to, Condensation, bathrooms, ceilings, damp floors, double glazing and, wall surfaces, windows, Contour gauge, Contour tracer, Copper piping, damaged , Cording sets, Cork tiles, adhesives for, cutting, hard wax, polyurethane, repairing, unsealed, vinyl,faced, at, Corners, fitting carpet, floor tiling, repairing external, wallpapering, wall tiling, Cornice poles, Corrosion, central heating systems, cisterns and tanks , gutters, Countersink bits, Cracks, gutter, plaster, Crime Prevention Officers (CPOs), Croydon ball valve , Cup washers, Curtain headings, cartridge pleats, gathered, pencil pleats, pinch pleats, smocked effect, Curtain hooks, Curtain linings, detachable, interlining, lightproof, milium, pyrovatex, Curtain poles, Curtain rings, false, Curtain rods, Curtaintracks, box rails, cording sets, curtain poles, fixing, hanging nets, , I,section rail, non,pelmet, pelmet, ornamental finials, Curtain wire, Curtains, Cushions, Damp,proof membrane, Door chains, Door clearance, Door locks and bolts, hinge bolts, hook bolt mortise, mortise, rim, security mortise bolt, surface fitting bolts, two bolt mortise, Doors, back and side, French windows, front, hinge recesses, interior, metal, opening into room, opening out of room, painting, rehanging internal, sliding patio, timber sliding Door viewer, Doorways, door frames, carpet fitting , carpet tiles, extending, floor coverings under, papering, Double glazing, condensation and, coupled windows, insulating glass, plastic film, secondary sashes, sound insulation, Downpipe, Draincocks, Drills, hand (wheel brace), electric hammer Drill bits, Drilling into a wall, Drum sander, Earthing, Electricity, double insulation, earthing, flex colour coding, joining flex, repairing fuses, sockets, stripping flex, wiring up plugs, Electrolytic corrosion, Expanded polystyrene, Expansion bolts (rawbolts), Extractor fan Fanlight windows, File, general purpose flat, Flagstones, Flex, electrical, circular braided, circular sheathed, colour coding, connectors, joining, l stripping, twisted twin, Flex connectors, connector strips, insulated, insulated detachable, Flex grips, Floorboards, timber, cutting across, levelling surface, lifting, loose and squeaky, retiling, resurfacing, square,edged, tongued and grooved, Floor(s), asphalt, concrete, damp, damp,proof membrane, hardwood, heating system under, insulation under, timber (suspended), ventilation, Floor coverings, carpet tiles, carpets, fitted, ceramic tiles, cleaning, cork and vinyl tiles, door clearance, repairing, rush matting, sheet vinyl, stair carpet, Floor sander, electric, French chalk, French windows, Frozen pipes, Fuses, cartridge, miniature circuit breakers, rewirable, Garston or BRS valve, Gaskets, Gimp pins Glass, replacing pane of, Glass,cutters, Glass fibre blanket, Glass fibre filler, Glasspaper, Glazing clips, Grinning (paint), Grouting, Gutters, blockages, brackets, cast,iron, leaking joints, painting, plastic, realigning sagging, replacing a section, rust and cracks, Hacking knife, Hacksaw, Hammer, claw, club, Warrington cross, Hardboard , conditioning, laying sheets, shelves, Hardwood floors, repairing, Heading tape, curtain, Heating, central, underfloor, Hessian chair backing , , Home security, anti,burglar paint, CPOs, door locks and bolts , doors, types of, floor plan, WSDs, Insulating (hermetically sealed) glass, Insulation, blanket, double glazing, draught excluder, granule, insulating boards loft, pipes, roof felting, sound, under,floor, Insurance, Joists, Jumpers see Taps Jumping bit, Knee kicker, Knots, slip , reef, Lagging, Lining paper, Locks, anti,child, disc tumbler, hook bolt mortise, mortise, rim, stay, two,bolt mortise, wedge, window, WSDs, Loft insulation, Metal binder bars, Metal button trims, Milium (lining), Mineral wool insulation, Mirror tiles, l Mirrors, clip fixing, frame fixing, screw fixing, Mortise locks, Mosaic tiles, Multi,blade cutting knife, Nail punch, Nails, clout, headless (sprigs), hidden, ring shank or serrated, round head, Nap grips, Needles, upholstery, double,pointed, slipping, springing, Notched spreader, tile cutter, Paint, anti,burglar, l anti,condensation, l bituminous, emulsion, enamel, fire,retardant, gloss, oil,based, primer, polyurethane gloss, stripping, thinning, thixotropic (non,drip),undercoat, water,based, Paint and varnish remover, , l Paint brushes, Painting, doors, walls and windows, gutters, over wallpaper, Painting faults, Paintwork, effect of condensation on, Parquet blocks, Pasting table,l Patio door lock, Pelmets and valences, Pillar taps, Pipe wrench, Pipes, alcove, boxing in, copper, burst, cutting carpet tiles, cutting tiles, disappearing, down, frozen, lagging, laying vinyl round, lead, service, skirting board, Plane, block, smoothing, Plaster repairs, ceiling cracks, external corners, filling cracks, filling deep cavity, recessing fittings and cables, replacing loose plaster, undercoat, Plastic, channel ,double glazing, Plastic film, double glazrng, Plastic, wood, Plug terminals, clamp,type, screw hole, Plugs, electric, see also Wall plugs Plum bob and line, Plywood, shelves, Polyethylene wallpaper, Polythene sheet, Polyurethane, cork tiles, gloss paint, sealer, mderlay, Portsmouth ball valve, Primers, Protective spectacles or goggles, Pryovatex (lining), PTFE plastic thread sealing tape, Putty, PVC shatterproof panels, Quarry tiles, Radial wiring, Repadding a chair, Rewebbing a chair, Rim lock, Ring main circuits, Roofing felt, Rush matting, repairing, Sanding, hand, mechanical timber floors, Saws, circular power, flooring, hack, pad, panel, powered jig, tenon, veneer tenon, Scaffold board, Screwdrivers, Yankee, Screws, countersunk, mirror, Secondary sashes, fixed or hinged, plastic channel, sliding, Security grilles, Self,adhesive tape, Shape,tracer, Shave,hook, Shelves, shelving, adjustable, angle brackets, brackets, end,pieces, free,standing, loads, l, materials, metal, putting up, stud supports, supports, uprights, wall, wiring and lighting Shrouded,head taps, paint, Sizing, Sleeper walls, Sockets, cutting recess for, Softwood shelves, Sound insulation, Spacer lugs, Spacer tiles, Spacer washers, Spanner, Spirit level, Spotlight, Sprigs (headless nails), Stains, carpet, Stair carpets, fitting, edge,to,edge fitting, fitting onto winders, tack,down method , tackless strip method, underlay, Stair pads, Stairwell, wallpapering, Stardrills, Steam stripper, Steel (cabinet) scraper, Steel measuring tape, Step ladders, Stopcocks, String lines, Stripping, chemical, heat, paint, wa\lpaper, see also Sanding Stripping knife, Supataps, Taps and washers, bib, continued dripping, l fitting new, gland failure, ‘O’ ring seal, pillar, shrouded,head, supataps, Teak shelving, Templates, Terrazzo floors, Terry clips, Thermoplastic tiles, paint, Tile cutters, Tile nippers, Tiles, acoustic, carpet, ceramic floor, ceramic wall, Cork and vinyl, mirror, thermoplastic, Timber floors (suspended floors), fitting carpets onto, hardwood, laying carpet tiles on, laying hardboard sheets on, relaying, repairing, resurfacing , see also Floorboards Toggle plugs, nylon, Toggles, gravity, spring, Torbeck ball valve, Transfers, selfl,adhesive, Transom windows (vents), Trimming knife, Try square, Undercoats, paint, plaster Underlays, carpet, brown paper, felt, felt paper, fitting, polyurethane loam or rubber, stair carpet, Upholstery, buttons, eye cleaning, fixed and loose covers foam cushions, leather and vinyl, repadding drop,seat dining chair, repairing (patching), reupholstering armchair, rewebbing chair, Uprights (shelving), Vermiculite, Vinyl, asbestos tiles, chair covers, cushioned, floor tiles, paint, sheet flooring, wallpaper, Vinyl,faced cork tiles, Vinylized repair kit, Wall(s), ‘ceramic tiles, condensation cracks, drilling into, expanded polystyrene lining, half,tiled, lining, painting, shelving, sleeper, Wall fixings, Wall plugs, Timber, nylon, plastic, Wallpaper,wallpapering, ceiling, dry,strip, estimating quantity, equipment, hanging, lining paper, painting over, patterns, polythylene, preparing surface for, ready,pasted, storing, stripping off, turning corners, vinyl, washable, Wallpaper paste, Wash,basin pedestal, Washer and seating kit, Washers, ball valve, Water hammer, wc , ball valves in cistern, Web stretcher, Wedge lock, Window frames, condensation effects on, cutting,in paint brush for, metal, painting, wood, Window security devices, Windows, bay, condensation caused by, coupled, double glazing, recesses, replacing glass in, sash, tiling round, Wire strippers, Wood beading, Wood fillers, Wood seam roller, Woodworm,