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Roll Roofing For Flat Roof: What Can It Offer My Home?

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It is a little-known fact that Oasis tune-smith Noel Gallagher once worked within the building trade long before he hit the big time in the mid-nineties and kick-started the classic Britpop craze.

Specifically, Noel plied his trade of roll roofing for flat roof buildings across Manchester and his experiences of working within this honourable trade were documented in the lyrics to Oasis’s 1995 hit single Roll with It.

Okay we may be fibbing here, and it is a little tongue in cheek, but just roll with it…(sorry)…

Roll Roofing vs. Mass Tourism on Country Estates

Roll with It was famously beaten to the Number 1 spot by Blur’s Country House and the media eagerly promoted a class divide between the two great bands.

Whilst Oasis sang about fitting roll roofing for flat roofs, Blur sang about how Grade II listed country estates were being tragically reformed as a result of globalisation and tourism.

Everybody knows about the tragic diminution of Grade II listed country estates as a result of globalisation and tourism (joke) but what exactly is roll roofing for flat roofs?

It is time to look into the deeper meaning of those multi-layered Oasis lyrics and find out!

What Is Roll Roofing For Flat Roof Spaces?

Roll roofing is a form of roof coverage and protection that is laid in rolls. Typically these rolls are made from a fibreglass mat that is topped with asphalt and granulated stones.

Roll roofing for flat roofs is widely available is a standard size and is approximately 91 centimetres in width and 10 metres in length. It is a lightweight material that can be cut to size with a standard utility knife.

This is an incredibly popular product across the world-and is largely due to the ease with which it can be installed, and its overall affordability.

Have You Gotta Roll with It- Should You Install It Yourself?

Roll roofing for flat roofs is one of the most popular home DIY jobs that people choose to carry out for themselves. Providing you have a reasonable degree of confidence when working at height then the job itself should be little more stressful than undertaking a wallpapering project.

The process of installing roll roofing for flat roof spaces is rather straightforward. Aside from your roll roofing, the only other building materials that you will need are roofing cement, and galvanised roofing nails (along with standard tools, such as a hammer, a roller, a utility knife and a trowel, of course.)

If you decide against carrying out the roof fitting for yourself, then a professional roofer should be able to complete the job for you in as little as one to two days.

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Roll roofing for flats roofs is thus a versatile and affordable means with which to protect your roof for a good length of time. By taking the necessary aftercare steps, you can rest safe in the knowledge that your roof is protected for the long-term, at a fraction of the cost

The Question On Everyone’s Lips: Is Roll Roofing Affordable?

Roll roofing for flat roofs is the most economical option available to those considering their re-roofing options, and should cost within the region of £4.00 per square metre.

You may wish to additionally install underlay before you install you roll roofing, which will increase durability.

However, when it comes to the actual fitting of the roll roofing, then the rolls should overlap each other when laid side to side by approximately 15 to 20 centimetres. This means each 90cm wide roll will be double-covered for approximately 15-20cm.

Providing that the roof surface is completely smooth, and the rolls are laid evenly, securely, and completely flat, then the added expense of underlay is not a definite necessity.

Roll Roofing For Flat Roofs: Suitability

Roll roofing should not be used on a primary home and is most commonly used on flat roofs, smaller extensions, garages and outbuildings.

Whilst its ease of use and affordability are extremely attractive you should bear in mind that roll roofing for flat roofs in generally only available in black, and has a lower durability than some of the other roofing options that are on the market.

What About Longevity?

The average life span of roll roofing for flat roofs is 7-8 years, in comparison with other roofing techniques that last between 15-20 years.

Conversely, however, the costing of roll roofing for flat roofs should be at least a third of the costs associated with other methods of coverage.

Superior Strengthening Techniques

There are options available to those wanting to prolong the durability of roll roofing for flat roof properties. Bitumen roof paint can be applied over the roll roofing (the average cost of which is around £15 for 5 litres).

In addition to this, a solar reflective coating can also be painted over it to offer increased protection from puckering.

Roll roofing for flats roofs is thus a versatile and affordable means with which to protect your roof for a good length of time. By taking the necessary aftercare steps, you can rest safe in the knowledge that your roof is protected for the long-term, at a fraction of the cost.

Ready to refurbish your roofspace, and increase its thermal efficiency while you’re at it? Take the first step to creating a resilient roof today, by calling 0800 1700 636, or, alternatively, by simply clicking the button below!