Many property owners start to see issues with their flat roofs at this time of year, especially with harsh weather conditions such as heavy wind and rainfall commonplace in the UK. However, the time and cost of installing a new flat roof can cause concern, so it’s useful to know what to expect when it comes to this type of roofing work. Here’s your guide to flat roof replacements.

How long does it take to replace a flat roof?Do I need a new roof?

If your roof is in poor condition, it can be worrying, especially as bad weather approaches. Leaks and property damage will become an issue if roofing damage is left unresolved, so you may want to ask for a professional inspection to see what’s happening.

Flat roofs may need replacing if the original material has reached the end of its lifespan or has deteriorated over time. This is often the case for old felt flat roofs above garages and extensions. The roof may also need replacing if problems are too advanced, such as cracks, bowing or rips in the sheeting.

How much do new flat roofs cost?

The cost of a new flat roof will depend on various factors. This includes the material chosen, size of the roof and complexity of the work. Flat roof replacements are extra challenging if the old roof needs removing, there’s asbestos present or scaffolding is required for safe working conditions. The easiest way to find out how much a new flat roof costs is to get a quote from an accredited roofing company in your local area.

Do flat roofs take long to install?

Again, how long it takes to replace a flat roof will depend on the specific job requirements. Time must be allocated for the demolition or removal of an existing roof. A specialist will also have to be involved if there’s asbestos sheeting in need of safe removal, such as in the case of old garage roofs.

If the roofing is in poor condition, measures may need putting in place to support the framework and structure while protecting the interiors from the elements.

Most roof replacements will require a few days of work, but your roofer will give you a more accurate timeline. Many modern materials can be laid in one session across a flat roof area, especially if you’ve chosen liquid or rubber roofing.

Additional time may be needed for extra detailing, such as laying shingle or ensuring the area is safe for access (e.g. flat roof balconies).

Choose a reliable local company for flat roofing installations

Are you planning a flat roof upgrade? Ask the team at South Thames Roofing for expert advice. We operate across South London and Surrey, including locations such as Chelsea and Fulham. We offer free, no-obligation quotes for all new flat roofing projects.

To get in touch, call now on 0208 397 2900 or send a message to our team via [email protected].