How Long Do Flat Roofs Last
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How many years does a flat roof last?
If you are thinking of installing a flat roof on your home or business, a common question to ask is: how long do flat roofs last? We look at the factors that help maintain the life of our flat roof.
You will find that most traditional flat roofs are constructed out of either mineral felt or asphalt. This means that most flat roofs have a lifespan of around fifteen years at their absolute maximum. On average, flat roofs will last around ten to twelve years.
Over the years, flat roofs have garnered a bad reputation for having a high chance of leaking or becoming damaged over time due to pooling water. The truth is if you can keep an eye on your roof and keep it maintained then a flat roof can last much longer.
Generally, a flat roof that has been well maintained and has been given plenty of care will last between twenty and thirty years. After that amount of time, it may well need replacing.
The introduction of plastic and rubber materials has enabled roofs to last even longer, meaning that a roof will only need to be replaced two or three times during your lifetime.
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EPDM's chemical structure is partly made up of carbon black. This is completely resistant to degradation from UV exposure, as well as material decomposition. EPDM is also highly flexible, this means it can both expand and contract when temperatures become hot and cold, respectively.
EPDM can also handle high wings with zero issues, and its synthetic rubber make-up causes EPDM to be fully waterproof. One additional perk is that EPDM is wonderfully low maintenance.
When the rubber roofing has been fully installed and done correctly, then there is a very small amount of post-installation maintenance that will need to be carried out.
EPDM is fully endorsed by Greenpeace, this is because the material is seen as a low impact membrane.
EPDM is also fully recyclable. Due to this, choosing EPDM as your replacement roofing material means that you are doing your small piece for the environment. The long lifespan of the material, as well as its reusability, also means it has a limited impact on the environment.
You will also find that over time, EPDM is the most cost-effective choice for a replacement roofing material. You can easily find cheaper materials, but there are not many others that offer the same level of longevity.
Materials such as fibreglass are comparable in terms of durability and lifespan, but you should expect to pay a much higher price.
Are you looking for a flat roof specialist in Andover, Basingstoke or Winchester? If you find yourself in need of a replacement flat roof, don't hesitate to contact Flat Roofers Basingstoke today! We have staff on hand to answer any questions you might have.