Traditionally, flat roof materials included felt and lead. While these options were hard wearing and attractive, they didn’t always perform as well as expected. The expected life span of a felt roof could be as little as 5 years. Bitumen, a viscous liquid, was one alternative, yet its adhesive properties and sensitivity to heat made it unsuitable for some uses.
Homeowners are increasingly turning their back on traditional roofing materials and looking for longer-lasting alternatives. If you have a felt roof, you’ll be all too aware of its shortcomings – but are they a convincing reason to replace the roof?
Problems with Felt Roofing
As a roofing material, felt has been used for around 80 years in UK domestic and business premises. It’s affordable, lightweight and relatively easy to install, and it does a good job at keeping water out.
Unfortunately, older felt roofing does not breathe well, and even modern felt allows condensation to build up as the building emits moisture and heat. Once you have layers of moisture within the roof, which are being warmed frequently, you’ll inevitably see, mould and rot start to appear and quite soon the roof will need replacing.
Felt roof materials are also susceptible to weather damage from wind and rain, since felt is quite delicate. Once there’s a hole in the felt layer, you can patch it, but the wind will eventually find a way to make the hole bigger. You’ll be faced with a choice: keep patching, repairing and hoping for the best, or replace the felt with a better alternative.
What is GRP Fibreglass?
Our trained roofers use GRP fibreglass in many new roof installations. Branded CrysticROOF, the material lets us deploy the most modern and innovative roofing techniques.
We place edge trims around the sides of the roof, then deck the roof area and pour the resin over it. The top layer is a pigmented version of the resin, giving you a range of colour choices.
Benefits of a Fibreglass Roof
The roofing material is poured as a liquid resin onto the designated area, so it can be used to create any shape of roof. Unlike old fashioned roofing materials like bitumen, it sets without the need for heat to be applied. This means safer application for our team, and lower costs too, which we can pass on as savings to you.
CrysticROOF comes with a full 25-year guarantee, unlike your old felt roof that would normally last 5 years – or 10, at a push. The system is backed by a UK company with decades of experience in manufacturing polyester products.
Help and Advice
A new roof is a big investment, but help is at hand. South Thames Roofing are here to help you select the right roofing materials for your property. Whether you’re a domestic customer looking for an upgrade, an architect investigating new techniques or a business looking to protect your assets, we’ve got a roofing solution to fit the bill.
Contact us today and find out why our revolutionary new fibreglass system could be the perfect roofing system for your property.