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Flat roofing is often unfairly maligned as an unattractive and ineffective inferior roofing style to pitched roofs, but with the modern techniques employed by Abingdon Felt Roofing, it can be an incredibly durable and low maintenance solution, and with GRP fibreglass flat roofing, can be adaptable to suit your tastes. Based a short drive away from Didcot in Bicester, Abingdon Felt Roofing have been installing flat roofing and conducting felt roof repairs in the area for over 25 years. On this page we look to answer some frequently asked questions our roofers receive.
How does a flat roof not collect standing water?
The name “flat roof” is actually a slight misnomer. Flat roofing and felt roofing is usually constructed at a slight angle, allowing rain to run-off into the drainage system of your Didcot home.
When should I inspect my flat roof?
Inspect flat roofing bi-annually, at the very least, preferably during spring/winter. You should also check soon after heavy rain/snow so that you can verify water isn’t pooling. Before attempting any inspection, you should ensure you can access your felt roofing safely. If you’re not 100% sure of the roofing’s condition, perhaps after the Didcot area has been hit by a major storm, don’t step on it. If you need to walk around on your roof, put down some plywood, which will help spread your weight across a larger section of the roof.
Can leaking flat roofs be repaired, or might I require a whole new roof?
If it’s clear where the leak is and what caused it, and you’re positive the roofing is in otherwise good condition, then Abingdon Felt Roofing can carry out minor felt roof repairs. However, if the whole roof is compromised, then replacing it entirely might be the best option.
What should I consider when replacing or repairing my roof?
• Rain/snow protection – Flat roofing should have a 1/80 slope and drain to its edges
• Sun/frost protection – With insulation, your heating bill will be cheaper in the colder months and your property will be more cool/comfortable in the warmer ones
• Condensation protection – Modern felt roofing contains a vapour layer for transmission of moisture
• Wind protection – GRP fibreglass flat roofing is incredibly hardy, and particularly suitable for resisting wind forces
• Foot traffic protection – Materials you select should suit how you intend to use your roof
• Fire protection – Speak with your local council in Didcot if planning flat roofing or felt roofing
How are flat roofing and felt roofing applied?
GRP fibreglass flat roofing is produced on site using polyester resin, glass resistant plastic fibre and rollers. There is a very strong odour from the styrene used in polyester resin, which is also highly flammable. Layered felt roofing has a specially formulated type of bitumen on the bottom of the membrane, which is applied with a torch. The membrane is rolled on top of the bitumen, and further layers are added in much the same manner.
Obviously, it’s a terrible idea to put an open flame to a flammable surface, like plywood or timber. The torch can get as hot as 1000°c. Your home insurance won’t cover fires that have been started by Didcot homeowners attempting amateur roof repairs, so please leave felt roofing and felt roof repairs work to the professionals at Abingdon Felt Roofing.
What guarantee do you offer?
We offer a 10-year guarantee on our felt roofing work, and generous guarantees are offered for our GRP fibreglass flat roofing. Also, with 25 years of roofing experience, quality is guaranteed from our family-run company. All of our contractors are fully qualified and insured, and we are able to work in Didcot seven days a week.