How many years does a flat roof last?

Posted on 18 January 2021

If you’re considering investing in a flat roof or even if you already have one, you may be wondering how long it’s likely to last before it needs to be replaced. Flat roofs have become more popular in recent years as many people feel they look more modern than traditional pitched roofs. A flat roof can also be more energy-efficient. Read on to find out more about how long flat roofs normally last before they reach the end of their useful lives. At Raven Roofing, our roofers in Grimsby and Louth can provide you with the perfect flat roof installation.

Modern flat roofs last longer

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Older flat roofs require regular maintenance if they are to reach their normal maximum lifespan of around 15 years. Many people have been put off installing flat roofs because they associate them with leaks and damage linked to pools of water. Nonetheless, you shouldn’t write off the idea of purchasing a flat roof as they can benefit you in many ways. Today’s flat roofs are much tougher than they have been in the past. They can even last for up to three decades. This is because new materials are now used to create them, making them more hardwearing. 

Stronger than ever

Plastic and rubber materials have extended the lifespans of flat roofs. People purchase flat roofs for all sorts of other reasons too. They tend to be quicker to install, don’t cost as much as other roofing solutions, and are safer to inspect. They also reduce the chances of accidents occurring when you’re checking for leaks. Some people even purchase flat roofing in Louth and Grimsby to give them extra recreational space. Although, you do need to make sure the surface is structurally sound enough for this before you proceed.

EPDM flat roofs

EPDM and TPO flat roofs have become increasingly popular over recent years. This is because they last for much longer than traditional roofs. Other options include zinc, copper, lead, and fibreglass. EPDM roofs can usually be installed in a single layer with no joins if the size of your roof allows for this. EPDM is well-known for its toughness and elasticity, yet is remarkably lightweight. An EPDM roof can last for around 30 years and is renowned for its contraction and expansion capabilities. These roofs are also waterproof.

TPO flat roofs

These days, TPO roofs are very common. TPO stands for thermoplastic polyolefin elastomer. TPOs have two main components including the elastomer itself and the thermoplastic polyolefin, which often comes in the form of polypropylene. This option is ideal for anyone who wants to make a better contribution to the environment. Most TPO roofs last for around 20 years.

Fibreglass GPR roofs

Fibreglass GRP roofs are also seen on many buildings across the UK. One of the key benefits of purchasing a fibreglass roof is that it can last for at least 25 years. If you maintain a fibreglass roof well, it can last for much longer than this. Fibreglass may lack the flexibility of rubber but it is incredibly damage-resistant and weatherproof. There’s very little chance a fibreglass roof will become damaged by frost. It is worth bearing in the mind that this option will cost you more.

Can I get insurance for a flat roof?

It can be hard to insure a flat roof, but it’s certainly not impossible. One of the reasons why people find it so tough to get flat roofs insured is that they tend to be vulnerable to weather damage. You are more likely to get an existing flat roof insured if you can show that it’s been well maintained over the years. Conventional house insurance doesn’t cover flat roofs. This means you will need to seek out specialist insurance. If your flat roof has started to show signs of wear and tear, it’s important to address these as soon as you can. If you simply ignore something that needs to be repaired, the problem will only get worse and cost you more.

How we can help

Raven Roofing & Repairs Pointing Grimsby

At Raven Roofing and Repairs, we can assist you if you’re considering investing in a durable, long-lasting flat roof. We have decades of experience between us and can provide a highly professional and dependable service. Serving a wide range of domestic and commercial customers, our flat roofers in Louth and Grimsby help you with new roof installations, flat roofing, commercial roofing, and shingles, alongside a roof repair and roof patch service.

Rescue or replace your flat roof

We will do all we can to help you prolong the life of your existing roof unless you are ready to replace it or it is beyond saving. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you’ve experienced storm or wind damage. We will get out to you as soon as we can to provide a free survey and quotation. What’s more, is that all the work we carry out is guaranteed for your extra peace of mind. When you choose us, you’re opting for a family-run local company with vast experience in completing insurance work. We’re also trusted to carry out local authority work. No matter who we’re serving, we always go the extra mile to deliver total customer satisfaction.

Other services we offer

Roof installations and repairs aren’t the only services we offer. We’re also eager to assist you if you need help with flashing and leadwork, guttering, fascias and soffits, pointing and rebedding or Velux window installation.

Getting in touch

Talk to us today if you need help with flat roofing in Grimsby or Louth. No enquiry or job is too big or small for us. We can help you find the best material for your new roof or give you a free no-obligation quote for installation or repair work. We have been serving customers and clients across the local area for many years and are passionate about providing the best service that we possibly can. 

You can reach us today by giving us a call on 01472 565 084 (Grimsby) or 01507 640 072 (Louth) Alternatively, you can complete the form on our website. We will respond as soon as possible.

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