A lot of people do not realise the importance of keeping your gutters and downpipes cleared and in good working order. Early Spring is a good time to check over all of your gutters, after the shedding of leaves from local trees and other debris that end up in your gutters.
This Months Questions & Answers
Can you roof withstand the harsh British climate? If you're not sure, or you have an aging roof that's been well weathered, have one of our team come out and take a look. It's very possible you're subject to further damage without proper repairs being carried out.
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Q My flat roof is leaking and needs to be repaired. It is about 3m x 5m and is presently felt and tile construction. I have received several estimates from various firms, some of whom seem keen to carry out the repair using EPDM rubber membrane. Is this advisable? MS, by email
A The main problem with flat-roof repairs is not usually choosing the material for the weatherproof covering, but diagnosing why it leaked in the first place. Many British flat roofs are too flat and built with inadequate structural materials, so they sag in the middle, allowing rainwater to pond, which then finds its way through any pinprick imperfection.
A “flat” roof should actually have a gradient of at least 1-in-80, to allow rainwater run-off, and have a decking of marine or WBP plywood. If your roof is shallower than this or decked with chipboard, then it doesn’t matter what you cover it with — it will eventually leak again.
Personally, I prefer a “traditional” covering material, the current incarnation of which is reinforced torch-on felt. Properly applied, it has a life expectancy of 50 years. EPDM rubber might or might not last this long — it hasn’t been used long enough to judge. Like fibreglass, it is often used as a sticking-plaster remedy on top of existing failed flat-roof coverings – which is asking for trouble, as explained above.
Can you roof withstand every storm? If you're not sure, or you have an aging roof that's been well weathered, have one of our team come out and take a look.
It's very possible you're subject to further damage without proper repairs being completed.
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