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Abingdon Felt Roofing have installed flat roofing and conducted felt roof repairs all over Oxfordshire for more than 25 years. We are a family-run business located in Bicester, and are renowned across the county for our quality workmanship, competitive pricing and friendly, reliable customer service. Whether you’re looking to install or repair roofing at your Abingdon commercial or residential property, no job is too large or small for us, and we can be called upon seven days a week.
On this page, we’ve looked to compare and contrast the two types of roofing that we provide – felt roofing and GRP fibreglass flat roofing. We feel that these types of roofing often get unfairly maligned, so we also look to redress some myths. If after reading this page you feel that flat roofing is the choice for you, call us on 01235 239 631 – a fully qualified professional from our team would be happy to help.
Bitumen felt roofing still unfortunately carries a bad reputation from “pour and roll” systems of yesteryear, that quickly lead to brittle, tatty and cracked roofing. Large strides have been made in the flexibility and durability of modern, gas torch-bonded roofing felts. Felt roofing is typically applied in a 3-layer system consisting of a vapour control layer (which reduces the risk of condensation in your Abingdon home), a 2mm layer of reinforced felt and a cap sheet, which is a further 4mm layer of bituminous felt. The cap sheet is adaptable to your tastes, with a plain black finish available for solar reflectiveness, or a mineral fleck finish in a variety of colours, mainly green, brown and purple/blue.
Seeing the words “flat roofing” can be off-putting for home buyers because of the misperception it will require frequent replacement. A well-installed felt roof could last up to 30 years if looked after and treated well, with occasional felt roof repairs. Felt roofing may only need replacing twice (three times at most) in your home owning lifetime, which can make it far more cost effective than a pitched roof. Pitched roofs often need tiles replacing and other frequent repairs, whereas felt roofing is very low maintenance in comparison.
Below we’ve listed some common concerns about felt roofing and assuage fears you might have about Abingdon Felt Roofing’s products:
Damage Resistance and Repairs – Felt roofing is hardier than you might expect, only becoming seriously scuffed and scratched under heavy foot traffic, such as window cleaners and their ladders. Patches from felt roof repairs can look messy, but a plain cap sheet with solar reflective paint can be replaced seamlessly.
Appearance – Many see felt roofing as an eyesore, but a mineral finish cap sheet can be surprisingly aesthetically pleasing. Flat roofing is far more easily customisable than a pitched roof; you can even install a roof garden if space is at a premium at your Abingdon property, and enjoy the benefits of felt roofing in the summer months.
Flexibility and Vapour Transmission – Modern felt roofing has far better expansion and contraction properties than you might expect, and with its vapour layer our roof installations can “breathe”. You’ll have far less issues with condensation than you might expect with felt roofing, and Abingdon’s roofs will be well equipped to deal with the ever-changing British weather.
GRP fibreglass flat roofing has been around in the UK for about 20 years, and has unfortunately suffered from a bad reputation during that time. A common mistake in the past from “cowboy” roofing companies was using standard boat resins that didn’t expand or contract properly, or laying glass resistant plastic (GRP) fibreglass onto chipboard or planed plywood. However, Abingdon Felt Roofing’s flat roofing techniques use modern resins and professional installation, making GRP fibreglass a quality flat roofing solution. It is laid in a one or two layer seamless finish with factory-made trims, and colour is fully customisable to your tastes.
Abingdon Felt Roofing offers generous guarantees on our flat roofing installations and replacements, and there will be no problem for this type of flat roofing to achieve 25 years of lifespan if properly installed. Our felt roofing contractors have even seen GRP fibreglass roofs that are over 30 years old with no visible signs of wear, other than slight fading of the top coat from exposure to UV. Though it is a little more expensive than felt roofing, it is a shrewd investment. Our felt roofing may require a few felt roof repairs throughout its lifespan, whereas GRP fibreglass flat roofing is very tough, extremely durable, and one of the lowest maintenance roofing products on today’s market.
Below we’ve listed a few reasons why GRP fibreglass flat roofing installed by Abingdon Felt Roofing is superior to competitors in the area:
Installation concerns – Our team have installed flat roofing for the entire time it has been available, and our experience means we get the job done to the highest quality every time. Other companies may skimp on resin or topcoat, which can cause pinholes, but Abingdon Felt Roofing is a name with professionalism assured.
Flexibility – Abingdon Felt Roofing use specialised roofing resins that improve the flexibility of GRP fibreglass flat roofing. It is a little less flexible than felt roofing, and our roofers will provide you with a contingency plan if expansion is required in the future.
Vapour transmission – GRP fibreglass is a little less breathable than felt roofing, but for Abingdon homes with condensation issues, our roofing specialists will be able to design a vapour transmission system for your flat roofing. This will ensure maximum satisfaction with your flat roofing installation for years to come.