EPDM perfectly suits flat roof extensions on older and period properties in Reigate

The historic market town of Reigate can trace its roots back to the 12th century, but it was the coming of the Brighton railway in 1841 that led to the town’s rapid expansion. Today, Reigate’s charm is obvious – the town centre boasts a range of architectural styles that are evidence of how the town developed over the centuries. Not surprisingly, there is an array of period residential properties that makes Reigate a much sought after area.

Living in a period property brings with it a certain responsibility. Most owners are sensitive to the fact that any alterations to a period home require integrity and good aesthetic judgements, so extending an older property means careful selection of materials. When it comes to flat roofing materials, fleece reinforced EPDM perfectly compliments any period home. EPDM was first developed in the US in the 1960s and has consistently proved to be a superior, effective and long-lasting flat roofing membrane, and it is now becoming increasingly popular in the UK.

Where felt was traditionally one of the most popular materials used for flat roof extensions, porches and garages, DuoPly fleece reinforced EPDM now offers a much better alternative. Effective in all weather conditions and guaranteed for 20 years, EPDM is a synthetic rubber membrane that stretches and is flexible, providing a perfect fit whilst allowing for typical movement of older buildings. And unlike felt, EPDM won’t crack or tear as it ages, so removing the cost of running repairs and ongoing maintenance.

We only sell DuoPly fleece reinforced EPDM to contractors who we have trained and approved. Contact A R Systems today for an introduction to your local Reigate approved flat roofing contractor and to get a quote.

Period property in Reigate


Thinking of extending your period Leatherhead property? An EPDM flat roof could be the ideal solution

With some properties dating as far back as the 15th century, Leatherhead is an architecturally fascinating historic market town. There are beautiful period properties to be found in and around Leatherhead, and the town’s proximity to London makes it an ideal place from which to commute to work whilst providing a lovely environment in which to bring up a family.

Smaller properties – terraced houses or cottage-style homes – often feature a single storey, flat roofed extension. Those with generous garden space mean it’s relatively easy to create an additional living area, for a study, playroom or utility room for instance, or to create a much bigger kitchen that allows for family dining – kitchens are, as we all know, the heart of the home, but in older properties they can so often be galley-style and cramped.

If you’re in love with your home but crave more space, a flat roofed extension can be the ideal solution. For period properties it’s important to source stocks that will be sympathetic to the original build. But it’s easy to forget that the roof also needs careful consideration – and that’s where DuoPly fleece reinforced EPDM is ideal. A relatively modern material – it was invented in the 1960s – EPDM is increasingly becoming THE flat roofing membrane of choice. Its durability alone (it comes with a 20-year warranty upon installation, but is proven to be effective for over 50 years) is a compelling reason to choose EPDM, but because the finish is so aesthetically pleasing it works really well on period homes.

We only sell DuoPly fleece reinforced EPDM to contractors who we have trained and approved. Get in touch with A R Systems and we’ll put you in touch with one of our Leatherhead flat roofing contractors for a free quote.

Detached house in Leatherhead

For modern homes in Crawley EPDM is the modern solution to flat roofing

Crawley is a town that emerged from the New Towns Act 1946, designed to tackle housing need and commercial/industrial development after the ravages of World War II. The opening of Gatwick Airport on the edge of the town ensured rapid development and expansion of Crawley in a very short time, and during the 1970s new neighbourhoods such as Bewbush and Broadfield were developed, followed by Maidenbower in the 1980s.

Much of this housing was originally council owned. Tenants’ rights to buy council properties naturally meant that new property owners were able to do more to their homes – be it adding a porch or extension, or building a garage. Traditional roofing felt has been the most widely used material for flat roofing projects for many years – the trouble is it has a limited lifespan and home owners can find themselves making ongoing repairs to stop leaks, or have had to have the roof replaced.

Like for like replacement used to be the only option. But DuoPly fleece reinforced EPDM has changed all that! Although EPDM was invented back in the 1960s, and has been successfully used all over the United States ever since, it’s only recently really taken off in the UK.

At A R Systems we are very proud to be an authorised dealer of DuoPly and will happily sing its praises all day! The benefits of DuoPly are endless – from its superior performance over other flat roofing materials to its ease of installation and environmental credentials, you can read more about the benefits of using this revolutionary flat roofing material.

If DuoPly sounds like the ideal solution for your flat roof – whether you’re planning a new extension or need to re-roof your garage – get in touch with us and your local approved contractor will provide a free quote.

Detached house in Crawley

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.