Flat roofs can be found on buildings of all ages across all sectors: domestic, commercial and industrial. Seldom flat, they should be laid with a gentle slope to allow rain to drain to a gutter or drain.
Flat roofs can be made of a number of materials including lead, aluminium and corrugated metal, but most modern flat roofing consist of one of three main types: membrane or ‘single-ply’ roofing (such as EPDM), Built-up roofing (BUR) and modified bitumen roofing (MBR).
Single-ply roofing covers several types of rubber/polymer membrane roofs including PVC, Neoprene, EPDM and a few others. Of these, EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) is the most commonly used, especially in residential applications.
EPDM roofing is made of recycled rubber materials, making it environmentally friendly. It also helps to insulate your roof and attic – cutting cooling and heating costs – making it economically friendly as well. EPDM roofing shingles come in a wide variety of textures and colours.
Built-up roofing (BUR) was the most common type of flat roof type until single-ply roofing and modified Bitumen was invented. BUR uses tar and gravel to create a watertight layer over the roof. Some of the main benefits of built-up roofing include its longevity, its thick coverage of the roof deck, and its high resistance to damage.
A fairly new technology, modified bitumen roofing (MBR) came into use in the 1960s and is easier to install and less expensive than BUR. This type of roof leveraged the proven performance of BUR but also added roof wear layers or cap sheets that were polymer reinforced for strength and durability.
Thorley Roofing Ltd are approved installers with all the leading manufactures and guarantee being up to date with new roofing technologies to ensure consumers receive the best waterproof solution for the roof design. We offer bespoke solutions to meet specific requirements and have a workforce dedicated to delivering quality flat roofs that comply with the manufacturer’s recommendation ensuring standards are satisfied.
We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and will not consider a job finished until you are absolutely happy with it. Over 90% of our work comes from personal referrals, and we are proud of our excellent customer service as well as the beautiful roofing we produce.