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A.C roofing

Flat roof- installation / repair

Hi, I'm Ashley and i do my best to build a good profile with top ratings,I hope to deliver a good service to each customer and always make sure the customer is happy with my work.Check my ratings and reviews out to give you some info about me

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Flat roof- installation / repair, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe, Leadwork, Slate & Tiled Roof

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Reviewed by Paul on 19/5/2018

Great job, was able to come round day after providing very reasonable quote and did great work on my roof

We are a small Cardiff based company active for 10 years, undertaking all types of property maintenance including kitchens, bathroom installation, small plumbing work, carpentry and garden fencing at a very reasonable price.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment

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Reviewed by Suaad on 19/5/2018

Jeff came and gave me a very fair quote. He was professional and did my fence upto a very good standard. He was quick and polite and came at a short notice. I wilk highly recommend jeff and will be using him again.

We are a friendly ,reliable company with 17 years experience with the added bonus of being accredited by the construction award alliance and also city and guilds , so you can rest a sure that all work will be carried out to a high standard.

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Flat roof- installation / repair, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe, Leadwork

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Reviewed by jenny on 18/5/2018

Nice job - but a lack of honesty let them down. A great pity as they could have been a good choice and I would have been happy to re-use them.

Group Builder

Flat roof- installation / repair

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We are a company of painting decorating specialists. We don't take deposits until the job is satisfactorily completed. We also do roofing, plastering and flooring. Thanks for reading.

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Carpet fitters, Conservatory, Decorative Cornicing / Plasterwork, Decorative Glazing

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Reviewed by lan on 18/5/2018

We are very pleased with the work by group builder. They were professional ang knowledgeable and the was done as expcted and in the timeframes they stated. l have booked them for additonal work as well as would recommend to others.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens

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Reviewed by Marie on 18/5/2018

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RS Roofing

Flat roof- installation / repair

Hi . We are a very reliable famly run firm with over twenty years of roofing in the trade .

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Flat roof- installation / repair, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe, Leadwork, Slate & Tiled Roof

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Reviewed by Francesca on 18/5/2018

Within 3 days of me posting my job, Richard had our job complete. He turned up when he said he would, completed the job quickly for a reasonable price and was so tidy you wouldn’t know he had been. Thank you Richard.

tom/eliot

Flat roof- installation / repair

A professional reliable local service,We carry out repairs/renewals and maintenance to homes and gardens. We specialise in Fencing,Brickwork,Roofing, Plastering and Painting. References and rateings available.We are always happy to help, just ask!

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Decorative Cornicing / Plasterwork, Emergency / 24 hour locksmith, External Rendering

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Reviewed by Dale on 18/5/2018

Great job. Simple and straightforward to deal with. Recommended.

We provide our roofing services to both domestic and commercial customers. We have experience working on both flat and pitched roofs and can take on both new-build projects, as well as repair and refurbishment work. No matter how big the damage is.

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, Decorative Cornicing / Plasterwork, Decorative Glazing, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning

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Reviewed by surinder on 18/5/2018

Job completed to a good standard and issues were addressed.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Demolition, Door / Window painting, External wall painting

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Reviewed by Jan on 18/5/2018

Stuart worked like a trojan to get everything carted away and left tidy. I could not fault him at all and would reccomend him without hesitation.

Advance Roofing Carry Out Work Throughout Cambridge and surrounding areas and offer roofing service Including Ridge Tile Work, slate work, led work Chimney Pointing, Chimney Repairs, Gutter Cleaning, Roof Repairs, uPVC Fascias, Soffits

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Flat roof- installation / repair, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe, Leadwork, Slate & Tiled Roof

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Reviewed by Govind on 18/5/2018

Good quality work and I think the price was reasonable. They arrived a little late but kept me informed. Job finished on time.

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Flat roof- installation / repair specialists - what you need to know

There are many reasons you might be looking at a flat roof – from planning restrictions through to budget, architecture and even thermal efficiency. Whatever your motive, modern flat roofs are neat and can be an elegant, cost-effective solution for a single-storey extension or garage.

The name “flat roof” is actually slightly misleading – all so-called flat roofs need a slight angle or “pitch” to allow rain water to drain. Puddles are the enemy of any flat roof, as standing water can cause leaks or damp.

Flat roofing systems require a level base, or roof deck, to apply a waterproof membrane to. The deck layer is usually created using timber or plywood for domestic roofing, but might also be made from metal, concrete, or a composite.

If your tradesperson uses plywood, it should be at least 18 mm thick, with sheets fixed to joists along their longer edges and staggered for greater stability. A membrane will then sit on the plywood deck, allowing for an expansion gap (if necessary). Typically, membranes consist of asphalt, EPDM, or bitumen on older roofs

Cost of flat roofing

  • Budget (felt roofs): £40 average price per sqm
  • Medium (rubber or fibre glass roofs): £80-£90 average price per sqm
  • Expensive (lead bay roofs): £300+ average price per sqm

What materials are flat roofs made from?

Flat roofs consist of a few layers, each using a specific material for a specific purpose. As we’ve mentioned above, the deck layer will be constructed using plywood, sheet timber, metal, concrete, or a composite.

Vapour control and thermal layers may also be required, sitting between the deck and the waterproofing membrane. Vapour control is provided by sheets made from polymeric foil, bitumen sheet, or polyethylene membrane, while the thermal layer is typically standard insulation – fibreglass or mineral wool.

There are a number of options for the top waterproof layer, such as bitumen-based felt or asphalt, EPDM rubber and PVC systems. Stone chippings or a mineral finish are usually added to protect the waterproof layer.

Can flat roofs be repaired?

Most flat roofs can be fixed by a professional with the right expertise. It’s worth noting that running repairs may be an ongoing cost consideration if you own a property with a flat roof. The most common issue you’ll face is the build-up of dirt which prevents rain from draining – causing standing water and leaks. Cleaning away dirt is an easy issue to solve.

Provided there isn’t extensive damage to the roof, typically repairing blistered felt, splits or cracks, and replacement flashings can solve the problem. A roofing expert will be able to find the issue and advise you regarding whether a repair is cost-efficient (and likely to last). 

Don’t be tempted to try to repair a flat roof by yourself though. Even roofs that aren’t too old may not be as stable as you think, and it can be dangerous to clamber around with rotten areas or weak points.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

There’s no legal requirement for a flat roofing tradesperson to hold a specific qualification or accreditation. It’s advisable to opt for a roofing specialist, rather than a general builder, and specifically one with generous flat roofing expertise.

A number of City & Guilds and NVQ qualifications are available, specific to flat roofing. While these are an advantage, they’re not compulsory. Similarly, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) is a trade body that some roofers will have a membership to, but it’s not crucial.

Planning permission for flat roofing

Flat roofing is often a solution to planning concerns, but you should always check with a planning officer rather than assuming your project won’t need additional permission. The main concern with a flat roof is the structure it sits on top of – an extension or a new garage may require planning permission, even if they are only single storey.

If your property is in an area that features older buildings, or a neighbourhood that has homes with a specific architecture, visual amenity (in other words the “style” of your project) may come into consideration too. While modern flat roofs are unobjectionable, the quirks of local government can always spring a surprise.

Read the full list of planning permission considerations on the planning portal website, and if in doubt speak to your local council.

Insurance for flat roofing work

Alongside public liability insurance – crucial to protect you and your property against any damage a tradesperson causes – ask for a warranty on the roof. The last thing you’ll want is a leak which leads to a downpour inside your home, and an outpour from your wallet.

Questions you should ask your flat roofing specialist

  • What materials would they use for your flat roof, and why?
  • Can they provide a warranty for their work?
  • Can they show you their public liability insurance?

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