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We regularly install and repair flat roofs in Glasgow and central Scotland. We have installed hundreds of such systems with happy customers all the way.

Flat roofs are a popular feature of many homes where traditional pitched roofs to single story extensions would not make a lot of sense. They are commonly used for garages, extensions and conversions in a property.

They not only free up space but in most cases are cheaper to install, as they require less material to adequately weather-proof a property.

A flat roof is never truly flat. They will always be designed and installed with a slight angle to allow water to drain away into the gutters.

We’re experienced in installing and repairing Firestone RubberCover EPDM based roofs as well as liquid plastics such as Rubberseal and also more traditional flat roofs made from felt, asphalt and lead roofs.

Flat roofs tend to have a bad reputation but 90% of this is due to poor workmanship on the part of the roofer. There is no inherent issue with flat roofs when installed properly by skilled tradespeople like ourselves. In fact, we offer a 10 year insurance backed guarantee with these systems.

Please remember this point- Flat roofs are a great investment IF they are installed by skilled and competent tradespeople.

Repairing & Fitting Flat Roofs Glasgow

Why a new flat roof?

There are a number of reasons for replacement of flat roofs, like ageing, inadequate material being used initially, bad design or poor-quality workmanship

Firestone rubbercover EPDM roofs are by far one of our most recommended systems to install if your looking for a flat roof in Glasgow. Most traditional flat roofs made of felt or asphalt need only the smallest of design flaws or damage and water will begin to penetrate or accumulate in the structure weakening it. With EPDM roofs this is simply not the case as they are completely waterproof.

Firestone Rubbercover Ethylene Polypropylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) as the name suggests is made of rubber- and a hard wearing one at that.

Due to its ethylene and polypropylene qualities, this material can last up-to 30+ years. Its durable & thick surface requires minimal maintenance.

They are also far more attractive to look at than felt or asphalt roofs and easier to maintain. You may notice moss and algae growing on certain flat roofs but the synthetic rubber coating of EPDM roofs resists this helping your roof look better for longer.

Another benefit of this type of system is that they are far more environmentally friendly as they are made from recycled material and have very long lifespans once installed. Some roofers even call them fit and forget systems.

Finally a big plus of EPDM roofs is they are much easier to repair if they were to be physically damaged say by foot traffic or a falling tree branch.

Long term EPDM roofs are one of the most cost-effective solutions to many flat roofing needs.

How much does a flat roof cost to repair or install?

The total cost of any flat roof installation, replacement or repair depends on many factors like surface area to be covered, the overall roof design and access considerations. To get the best cost-effective quotes click here.

You can also call us on 01415709152 for a quote and some advice.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a flat roof last on average?

EPDM Firestone can last up to 30-50 years depending on how well it has been installed and maintained. This also happens to be the system we installed the most. This material is perfect for dormers or extension or garages. Felt roofs can last about 20 years. Felt roofs are particularly good for small areas.

How does rain drain off a flat roof?

Flat roofs are built at a very slight incline. This will allow rain to drain off the roof with no issues.

How can I maintain my flat roof?

You should inspect your roof twice a year-maybe in spring and winter, ideally after rain or snow, to see if it’s draining properly.

I’ve got ponding on my roof. Do I need to replace it?

Ponding is where you see pools of water appearing on your flat roof. Unless your roof is leaking or showing other signs of damage, you don’t need to replace it. When you do have your flat roof replaced, tell the contractor so they can find out the cause of the ponding. EPDM or liquid plastic roofs are essentially impervious to issues caused by ponding anyway. Felt roofs or roofs that are poorly installed may have an issue. In fact EPDM is used in dams as a waterproof sealant.

I had my roof replaced but it’s still ponding where it used to. Why?

If you didn’t tell your contractor that there was a ponding issue, then they probably didn’t look at resolving it. To fix ponding, they would have to remove decking and joists and fit a new waterproofing system. It could double the cost of the job, but if your decking has deteriorated it should be replaced.

What guarantee or warranty can I get?

The manufacturer warranty is usually 20 years. We also offer a 10 year insurance backed guarantee on all works.

What is overlaying?

If your existing roof is still in good condition but the membrane is getting old, it’s often not worth exposing the structure to the weather whilst the contractor strips off the old membranes. The contractor will leave them in place to act as a base layer for a new roofing system. As long as there are no other problems with your roof, then overlaying is a good way to replace your flat roof. Liquid plastic is a very good option for overlaying. There are in fact specific liquid plastic products designed for overlaying.

How long will it take to do a flat roof install?

It can vary depending on weather conditions and size and scope of the works. Most garage roofs or dormers take 1-2 weeks on average. This is a guideline of course and it can take more or less time on occasion.

If you have any more questions about flat roofing that aren’t listed here do call us on 01415709152.