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Reviewed by Asif on 18/9/2018

Experienced and competent tradesman.

M B Roofing

Flat roof- installation / repair

We are only a small company! But we aim for high standards at all times. We have a eye for detail ! I have been in the roofing game for 16 years now ! My friend told me about this site so thought I see how we do here! we can fit seamless aluminium guttering is one of are specialties not many companies fit this or give you this option! and edpm rubber roof s witch we say is the best and most cost effective !! It also look very tidy when it is complete!!! I also work very close with ian james roofing you can find them on this site .with ian james we we do a wide assortment of roofing work including commercial and residential we expect all types of work from small repairs to full reroof. We link up on big jobs to help each other out !

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Reviewed by James on 18/9/2018

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Local family business that specialises in a wide rage of property maintenance such as UPVC fascia, soffits, gutters, dry verge cappings, repointing and rebeding ridge tiles, roof repairs, flat roofs replacement and repair, driveway and paths power washed and sealed, bathroom and kitchens tiled, garden maintenance, tree services, and so much more All work comes with a guarantee. All waste removed. No rushed work. All done to a high standard.

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Reviewed by Jacqueline on 18/9/2018

Did exactly what I asked outstanding work ethic would highly recommend and will use him again

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Reviewed by Bob on 18/9/2018

Very punctual. Once problem was identified work was completed promptly.

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Reviewed by Val on 18/9/2018

Problem on roof solved but then he found some other problems so cost us £200 more than expected. Paid on the day we received the invoice but then got another 2 invoices and reminders of non-payment so had to contact Joshua and ask him to stop sending me invoices. Joshua very nice and sorted out all the issues we had so was worth the extra money. Also work guaranteed for 10 years.

Based in Wimborne, BRS Roof Repairs is a professional, reliable roofing company with unrivalled expertise in the industry. Drawing on over 10 years’ experience, we focus on providing all types of roofing repairs and maintenance, giving each customer an outstanding quality service and the highest finish which is made to last. Whether you are looking for a full re-roof or minor repairs and general maintenance, we apply the same standards to all of our work no matter how big or small the job. We believe that everyone should receive a great service that will protect their property for many years. Our skilled team are on hand to help with any queries that you may have. We are happy to help and offer free advice, non-obligatory quotes and estimates. “A pleasure to work with. Open and honest, gave good advice and stuck to the agreed schedule. Very pleased with the service and quality of work.” — Laura Paradon 15th March 2018

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Reviewed by marilyn on 18/9/2018

Excelllent job & we would use again.

Family run business with over 20years experience,covering most areas. We’re work speeks for itself..... have a look at some off the work that’s been carried out, all work at afordable prices, work includes, exterior painting, wall coatings, all roofline work, powerwashing/driveways/walls/patios/, guttering repairs/renew, garden maintenance,Where customers satisfaction is our aim,

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Reviewed by Lynne on 18/9/2018

Great job completed by Robert and his colleague, whilst on holiday. Very friendly, communicated well at all stages of job, would highly recommend.

Hi and welcome to B & D Building Construction. We have over 10 years experience in UK as professional builders and over 15 years experience in Building and Construction Industry .  In all this years we have done all sorts of building works such as house extensions , loft conversions ,new builds,house conversions (flats and studio flats ),internal refurbishments (new bathrooms , new kitchens , structural works ,plumbing ,underfloor heating, central heating , new boilers, electric works , rewiring , all types of joinery&carpentry works , internal and external painting and decorating ,plastering , ...etc ) , all exterior works (roofing , external insulation , rendering , paving , ...etc)  FOR ALL YOUR BUILDING NEEDS ,GIVE US A BELL.

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Reviewed by Zeeny on 17/9/2018

Ben and Florin were amazing. They gave me a fantastic quote and did an amazing job to my kitchen. They arrived early and finished the job all in one day. They were friendly and fun and very fast at their jobs. I would recommend them to everyone. Incredible work. I hope to have them over for more work soon.

We are a local family driveway and roofing company based in north wales who deal with all aspects of roofing and driveways block paving/ tarmac paths and patios including slating, tiling, flat roofs – high performance system, we serve north wales and north west

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Reviewed by Jeff on 17/9/2018

Really good quality of work and easy to deal with. Sorted out some follow up snagging when requested. The only minor improvement would be to receive an official documented guarantee for the building work . However, would highly recommend for the workmanship .

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Reviewed by Amanda on 17/9/2018

Completed job on the day of posting

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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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