Recent projects – dormer flat roof for a loft conversion in Coulsdon, Surrey

Our customer based in Coulsdon in Surrey was having a loft conversion with a new dormer flat roof construction.

Dormer flat roof loft conversion Before

Before – the dormer flat roof of the loft conversion

Our Approved Contractor, Advanced Flat Roofing installed DuoPly fleece reinforced EPDM flat roof membrane onto a pre-prepared structural deck. The roof was 28sqm.

EPDM flat roof on a dormer flat roof loft conversion

During installation

The customer was very happy with the project and simply said to us….. “Nice job!”

Dormer flat roof loft conversion using EPDM

After – the finished dormer flat roof

DuoPly is a thoroughly modern flat roofing material for Cranleigh’s modern homes

Located just eight miles south of Guildford, Cranleigh located in Surrey claims to be the largest village in England. It’s certainly grown over the last 50 years or so, and has its fair share of modern housing stock.

With space always a premium, many houses have been extended and, over the years, owners will have battled with keeping their extensions watertight. Felt roofing can last as little as 10 years and can be subject to ongoing repairs, but the introduction of EPDM means that there is a viable and superior alternative.

CranleighUsed in America for over 50 years, there is plenty of proof that EPDM – a synthetic rubber roofing membrane – does its job extremely well. An added benefit is that because it is dark coloured (slate grey, which blends well with pretty much any pitched roofing material) it can help reduce energy bills, absorbing heat and, in conjunction with good insulation, reducing the demands on your central heating. It also creates fewer carbon emissions when manufactured, so is very environmentally friendly.

A DuoPly fleece reinforced EPDM flat roofing system installed by an A R Systems approved contractor comes with a 20-year warranty – that’s how much faith we have in the material. Installation is quicker, safer and cleaner than other traditional flat roofing materials – you’d be surprised by how little disruption there is – which also means a saving on labour costs.

If you need to replace or repair an existing flat roof – or are planning to build an extension or garage – we’d be delighted to provide you with a free written quotation. Contact us and we’ll put you in touch with your nearest A R Systems approved contractor.

Recent Projects – new flat roof in Guildford, Surrey

 

New Flat Roof Guildford

This Guildford property had a 30 year old original felt roof membrane which had been overlaid with 11mm plywood deck and a non-reinforced EPDM membrane was installed about 2 years ago. The existing fascias were rotten and had not been replaced.

On one side of the roof the fascias had been covered over with the roofing membrane.  The original defective lead flashing had not been replaced but had been silicone sealed in places. The whole installation was of an extremely sub-standard quality.

Flat roof extension - Before

Before – flat roof extension – poorly fitted.

The approved contractor stripped the roof right back and an 18mm structural OSB board was installed. The defective fascia boards and lead flashing were also removed.

Damaged flat roof

Before – the damaged flat roof

The contractor then installed the new DuoPly fleece reinforced EPDM membrane, new white uPVC fascia boards, black half round guttering and lead flashing.

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After – new uPVC fascia boards fitted

This job highlights the need for the training of all roofing contractors to ensure the correct installation of specialist roofing products.

The customer said:

“Wanted to say thanks to you all for a great job yesterday. Roof looks good and amazingly tidy after too.

We will get the upper flat roof done when budget allows so will be in touch.”

New flat roof Guildford Surrey

After – the finished reinforced EPDM flat roof

New flat roof Guildford

After – the EPDM flat roof with smart new fascia boards

New Flat Roof Guildford

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Horsham’s period and character properties can benefit from an EPDM flat roof

Horsham is an attractive market town that features a lot of Victorian properties and has subsequently expanded to incorporate smaller neighbourhoods such as Littlehaven, Holbrook, North Heath and Oak Hill. This of course has meant a lot of modern building development, but much of it has been done sympathetically, with a good range of ‘character’ properties that blend nicely with period homes.

Older, period properties can be a pleasure to live in, but the demands of modern living often means a need for more space – the notion of ‘two up, two down’ is rarely adequate for people’s lifestyles today, and it’s common for terraced and semi-detached properties to have extensions.

In our experience, DuoPly fleece reinforced EPDM is the ideal material for any extension with a flat roof. It may be a modern material, but it still works beautifully on a period property, easily blending with the overall look of the house. It’s also ideal for garages and other external garden outbuildings.

HorshamThe great British weather is often the roofing contractor’s greatest enemy; fortunately, DuoPly fleece reinforced EPDM can be installed year round – even an unpredictable summer shower won’t hold up progress. Proved to be effective in the most extreme climates worldwide (our winters are nothing to those in Alaska!), EPDM comes with a 20-year warranty. It’s quick to install, with the minimum of disruption to your home – isn’t it time you found out more!

If your flat roof needs to be replaced or repaired, please get in touch. We’ll then introduce you to your nearest A R Systems approved contractor who will be delighted to provide a free estimation.

Recent projects – new flat roof Guildford, Surrey

 

New Flat Roof Guildford.

One of the Approved Contractors, Advanced Flat Roofing, recently installed a DuoPly EPDM new flat roof to a garage in Guildford, Surrey.

Garage flat roof Guildford Before

Garage flat roof – Before

The property was in Guildford and the existing garage roof was traditional felt installed onto a chipboard deck. The felt flat roofing membrane had failed and water ingress had blown the chipboard deck and rotted one roof joist. The garage fascias were in need of painting but were otherwise in good condition.

The flat roof was 18 square metres in size. The contractor carefully removed the existing ridge tiles, then removed and disposed of the existing felt membrane, chipboard deck and rotten rafter.

Garage flat roof Guildford After

Garage flat roof – After

Next they replaced the rafter, decked the roof with 18mm OSB board and installed DuoPly EPDM fleece backed flat roof membrane.  The existing ridge tiles were re-laid and black steel edge trims were installed to the perimeter.

A new white uPVC fascia and black guttering system was installed to reduce future maintenance.

Garage flat roof facias Guildford After

Garage flat roof facias – After

Garage flat roof facias Guildford After

Garage new flat roof fascias – After

“Thank you for all your hard work, the roof looks great.” Mr G, Guildford

 

New Flat Roof Guildford

 

Flat Roof Repair

 

EPDM Rubber Flat Roof

Need to repair your flat roof? It’s time to forget the felt and switch to DuoPly

When it comes to making big repairs around the home, it’s generally accepted that you should move with the times and use modern materials that are proven to stand the test of time. So if your timber fascias or soffit boards are rotting away, the recommended replacement material is likely to be uPVC – unless of course yours is a period property that demands traditional materials are used to preserve its architectural integrity and comply with its graded listing.

An affordable and superior choice for your new flat roof…

EPDM Flat RoofThe same argument applies to flat roof repairs. Traditionally, felt has been the UK roofing standard, but in recent years it has become a more expensive route because material costs are closely dictated by the cost of crude oil. Naturally, this has driven up installation costs and taking into account the fact that the typical life span of a felt roof is perhaps 10-15 years, consumers are now much more open to effective alternatives.

The current cost of felt brings it in line with manufactured single-ply fleece reinforced EPDM roofing systems such as DuoPly, a product that is guaranteed for a longer period and can easily boast a life expectancy 3-4 times longer than felt.

So what are the benefits of a DuoPly fleece reinforced EPDM?

Created in the US back in the sixties, EPDM has been proving its worth ever since. Within the roofing industry, DuoPly falls into the category of single-ply roofing membranes, which are designed to cover large areas in a relatively short time. Most of these systems require heat welding to join seams, so installation becomes more time consuming, but DuoPly is different.

DuoPly fleece reinforced EPDM is cold applied and comes complete with pre-applied seam tapes. For a well trained roofing contractor, this makes installation quick, clean and easy, and for the customer it means a superior roofing system and lower labour costs – a win-win situation for both residential and business customers.

Fleece reinforced EPDM flat roof exampleSafer to install and eco-friendly too!

The ease of installation is another reason why DuoPly has the advantage over felt roofing; felt requires the use of gas to heat the felt membranes, so there is an inherent risk of fire and injury to the contractor.

We are now a more environmentally aware society and, in this respect,Green Roof 2 DuoPly is able to tick several boxes. The low energy used during manufacture and installation makes it an environmentally friendly material and is officially recognised as a sustainable and eco-sound roofing system – unlike felt which is a drain on natural fossil fuel resources.

If you are looking to create a more visually appealing flat roof for your property, you can look to use DuoPly to create a more eco-friendly Green Roof. DuoPly can provide the perfect green roofing solution to transform a functional flat roof into an attractive addition to your garden and outdoor space.

Guaranteed to last much longer than traditional felt flat roofing

And perhaps the best news is that DuoPly comes with a 20-year warranty but is likely to last at least 50 years – flat roofing solutions don’t get much better than that!

If you’re looking to get your flat roof repaired or replaced, contact us today and we’ll put you in touch with an approved contractor in your area – your roof will be in safe hands and you can be reassured that your DuoPly roof will be installed to the very highest quality standards.

Recent projects – flat roof refurbishment near Reigate/Redhill,Surrey

One of our Approved Contractors, recently carried out a roof refurbishment on a block of flats on the Reigate/Redhill border.

The 130 sqm flat asphalt roof was over 30 years old. It wasn’t leaking but was showing signs of degradation in the form of blistering and a few cracks. The roof was very poorly insulated and there was a considerable amount of heat loss through it. As it was a large area above eight flats, it was decided that the roof should be refurbished.

Firstly, 150mm ply-backed Cellotex was installed onto the existing asphalt roof. Then DuoPly fleece reinforced EPDM was installed.

And finally, new lead flashing was installed to weather proof around the chimney stacks.

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“Your guys have done a really good job. The roof looks great.”

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Meet Approved Contractor – Paul

Paul is a very experienced bitumen flat roofing contractor with over 30 years experience. Paul has become an AR Systems Approved Contractor to install our DuoPly fleece reinforced EPDM flat roofing membrane.

Approved Contractor

 

 

 

Paul is based in Chiddingfold and covers Godalming, Cranleigh, Milford, Dunsfold, Billingshurst, Petworth, Midhurst, Haslemere, Hindhead, Liphook, Bramley and West Sussex.

“I was really surprised at how smart the finished roof looks.  The installation was quick, clean and hassle free.  I will definitely be offering DuoPly as an alternative membrane from now on”

Recent projects – replacement garage flat roof in Dorking, Surrey

One of our Approved Contractors, Advanced Flat Roofing, recently installed a new garage flat roof.

The existing felt flat roof was approximately 25 years old and the customer had applied bitumen paint every year to prevent leaks but this approach had stopped working and unfortunately, the roof was now leaking.

The flat roof was 18 sqm. Firstly, the leaking felt flat roof membrane was removed. The timber slatted deck was in good condition and did not need replacing which was good news for the customer Mr H.

Garage flat roof replacement Dorking

The roofing contractor then laid 1mm OSB deck over a slatted timber deck to create a blemish free surface. They then installed a new EPDM fleece reinforced DuoPly flat roof membrane. Lastly, they installed a lead flashing to weather proof it fully.

Garage flat roof replacement Dorking