All those materials to choose from when considering a new flat roof can be quite daunting. That’s why we’ve done all the hard work for you – by combing expert research with our industry knowledge we’ve put together this blog discussing different materials and what we would recommend the most.
There are a lot of materials to choose from for flat roofs – the pour and roll felt roof, the weighty asphalt roof, the firestone EPDM rubber roof. Our choice, though is the GRP roof.
GRP stands for ‘Glass Reinforced Plastic’. It is made from polyester resin, which is reinforced by chopped strand mat glass fibres, and then transformed into GRP laminate. It has been used in the UK for over 30 years but in the past decade it has become very popular as a flat roof material of choice.
Unlike felt flat roofs GRP doesn’t require heat to be installed, meaning there’s less mess and fewer unpleasant smells when compared with the installation of felt and other heat-based roofs. Another benefit of GRP roofing is that it doesn’t require super strong roof structures to be fitted, unlike the heavy-duty asphalt roofs that need to be supported by something substantial. You can also guarantee that GRP won’t shrink after a few years, which is very common with EPDM rubber roofs where it’s known to stretch over corners and drains. The end result isn’t a pretty one.
A GRP roof installed by Britelite is guaranteed to last 30 years from the day of installation and has been seen to last up to 40 years when looked after correctly. This lightweight material is also highly resistant to damage, plus you don’t need to worry about vandals, as it’s near impossible for anyone to rip or break it. And should you have to climb on to the roof to retrieve a wayward football or Frisbee you will not have to worry about causing damage.
GRP material has often been used to cover hulls and water containers due to its excellent water resistant and weatherproof qualities. Leaks are impossible with its joint less design – unlike with other flat roofs there are no cracks that rainwater can get through to soak your ceiling. There’s nothing worse than waking up after a storm and finding puddles underneath your flat roof.
A final advantage is that GRP roofs just look better than other types of flat roofs. They come in a variety of colours, and can be installed as green roofs if that’s what you’re after.
GRP roofs may not always be the cheapest, but they are by far the best material and are currently on offer with 15% off at Britelite.* Talk to us today if you’d like a quote for your project.
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