Abingdon Felt Roofing has undertaken EPDM rubber and felt roof repairs for home and commercial property owners in Oxford and across Oxfordshire for over 25 years. Our flat roofing specialists work seven days a week, meeting your needs with services by appointment or on an emergency basis. Our local roofers can complete work safely and efficiently, maintaining excellent quality standards and offering generous guarantees on materials and workmanship.
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There is one question that people ask Abingdon Felt Roofing regularly; what makes for a solid flat roofing installation?
Flat roofing once had a bad reputation because some companies in Oxford, and many others across the UK, used older hot application systems to install or repair. Over time, hot bitumen and felt proved not to be durable. Today, with flat roofing back in style, modern installations have a longer lifespan, are easier to maintain with minor EPDM or felt roof repairs, and cope well with the inclement British weather.
EPDM and felt roofing offer an alternative to pitched roofs with slates and tiles. When installed and maintained by skilled local roofers, flat roofing has a long lifespan.
Have you ever wondered what contributes to a good flat roof?
Here, we cover the following main components:
With flat roofing, an installation doesn’t have to be just a roof! Because flat roof decks are more customisable than pitched equivalents, you could consider a roof garden from the team at Abingdon Felt Roofing. You might wish to use a flat roof as a base for solar panels at a commercial property in Oxford. Try to think of the deck as the foundation we build flat roofing upon, not just as the finished surface.
The deck should be designed around how much weight the roof will hold and how accessible the installation will be should it require EPDM or felt roof repairs in the future. Abingdon Felt Roofing uses quality timber or composites to build decks, which we finish in EPDM rubber or torch-on felt membranes.
The membrane is arguably the most important aspect of a flat roofing structure. Our local roofers can work with a full range of materials. Membranes waterproof the roof, and because we attach them to the deck at a slight angle, this promotes water runoff. Abingdon Felt Roofing uses EPDM rubber and felt roofing because both are excellent at keeping water out. The modern systems we use reduce the overall number of joins.
EPDM and felt roof repairs weatherproof Oxford properties and keep them protected during periods of bad weather.
Flat roofing must have sufficient ventilation, otherwise the flow of air could be restricted. This can lead to condensation and, in turn, unwelcome moisture inside the property. Over time, you might end up having problems with dampness. Whereas the EPDM system is one that uses tape to cover joins for a seamless finish that stops water penetration, modern felt roofing has a vapour transmission layer, and this makes the material breathe. Both combat the impact of moisture.
The roof must allow for surface water runoff before it pools and becomes standing water. Our local roofers integrate slopes into the design of flat roofing structures.
We refer to these as “falls”.
Abingdon Felt Roofing creates the fall in the roof by changing the height of the supporting beams and purlins with tapered supports, or by adding firring ahead of laying the deck. Is your roof struggling to clear surface water? Call us now for responsive EPDM and felt roof repairs in Oxford. We offer emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Current legislation in the UK determines that flat roofing must have a certain U-value, new or refurbished. The U-value is a measure of how effective a material, such as EPDM rubber or bituminous felt roofing, is as an insulator. The lower the U-value, the better the insulation. The roof must meet the U-value parameters for Oxford’s local authority. It is the local authority that sets minimum values in the surrounding areas.
EPDM flat roofing installations and felt roof repairs must meet local guidelines and comply with the latest version of the UK Building Regulations. Our local roofers work to these guidelines consistently and with due diligence.