New Flat Roof Southwater

 

New Flat Roof Southwater

A large village in the Horsham district of West Sussex. Southwater has become increasingly popular, close to towns such as Horsham and Crawley. Perfectly located for trips into the country and an easy run to the coast – what’s not to like! Significant investment in Southwater since 2006 has also made it an attractive area to settle and recent housing developments has ensured to increase the population of the local area.

Single-storey extensions and attached garages are very evident in Southwater. They are a modern solution to the demands of 21st Century living. Yet for all their mod cons, many of these modern properties suffer from leaking flat roofs and constantly need repair. The demand for new flat roof Southwater has risen greatly in the previous months.

And of course, at this time of year there is a tendency to start looking a little more closely at our fuel bills and finding ways to make our homes more heat efficient. Roofing and good insulation is one of the most significant ways in which you can cut fuel bills. That’s why, if you need to replace your flat roof system, we highly recommend that you consider DuoPly EPDM.

Yes, you may well wonder what it is – after all, felt roofing would probably be the obvious choice, but DuoPly EPDM is superior for many reasons, including energy efficiency. Its dark colour is perfect for our climate, absorbing any available heat. But also, with good insulation EPDM will help you reduce you energy bills because there is less chance of warm air escaping. So being able to turn down your heating thermostats a few notches has to be a rather attractive thought, especially as we prepare for the cold winter months.

New Flat Roof SouthwaterIf you’d like to find out more about how an EPDM new flat roof system can help you make your home more energy efficient, call A R Systems today. We can then arrange for your local approved contractor to visit.

New Flat Roof Godalming, Surrey

 

New Flat Roof Godalming

The approved contractor installed 22 square metres of EPDM Duoply fleece reinforced membrane onto a warm roof construction.  The warm roof comprised of 18mm osb 3 roofing grade ply, vapour control layer and 120mm solid polyurethane foil faced insulation, together with a  top deck layer of 18 mm osb roofing grade ply.

New build, GodalmingThe roof drainage was provided through wall outlet drains due to the roof having a full parapet wall construction to the roof perimeter.

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The customer said:

“I always use an approved contractor from AR Systems to ensure a high quality installation on all of my construction projects.”

Flat Roof Repair Reigate

Lowery Ltd, a firm of Civil Engineers had several buildings and portable buildings at their base in Reigate in Surrey that required attention.

The main roof was 130sqm and had a uPVC single ply membrane installed onto 11mm osb. It was currently leaking due to membrane shrinkage due to poor installation.

 

Roof Repair Reigate

Portable building flat roof before

Before – the small portable building flat roof

In addition there was one small portable building roof (18 sqm) that had a uPVC single ply membrane installed onto 18mm osb. It was currently leaking due to multiple puncture holes and membrane shrinkage due to lack of proper mechanical attachment.

Lastly, there were an additional three larger portable building roofs covered with ageing bitumen based felt installed onto 18mm ply. The felt was old but the roofs were not leaking (yet!).

The approved contractor Advanced Flat Roofing, stripped the large roof of the uPVC membrane and over decked using 11mm roofing grade construction OSB3 to increase the roof structural integrity. The roof was then covered using the Duoply fleece reinforced EPDM roofing system. Duoply was particularly suitable for this application due to its low per sqm weight therefore not impairing the roofs current design.

After - the main flat roof after installation

After – the main flat roof after installation

The smaller portable building was stripped back but with this roof the contractor managed to repair the existing 18mm OSB deck and re-use it. This roof had failed because of the multiple holes (due to the low puncture resistance of the uPVC membrane) and also due to membrane shrinkage on the perimeter of the roof. This allowed water ingress via the edge trims. Nearly all other single ply systems need to be properly mechanically attached onto the roof terminations to prevent membrane shrinkage. This is not the case with DuoPly’s shrink free construction.

Portable building flat roof after

After – the finished small portable building flat roof

The larger portable building roofs were not leaking and the surfaces were in an acceptable enough condition so the contractor chose to over roof using the Duoply membrane. Duoply is a fully bitumen compatible system which means that in certain circumstances the existing felt/asphalt roof can stay in place saving time, money and most importantly land fill.

New Flat Roof Worcester Park, Surrey

DuNew Flat Roof Worcester Park

The 20sqm single storey extension in this property In Worcester Park needed replacing.

The approved contractor, supplied and installed DuoPly fleece reinforced EPDM membrane onto the pre-prepared deck.

New Flat Roof Worcester Park

During – the EPDM flat roof being installed

New Flat Roof Worcester Park

During – the EPDM flat roof being installed

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

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.

uPVC fascias Guildford Surrey

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

Rubber Roof Guildford

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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