Fibreglass Flat Roofing: Why you should choose it
If you are thinking about updating your roof due to wear and tear, age or just looking for a better material, then fibreglass flat roofing is an excellent choice for you.
What is Fibreglass Flat Roofing?
Fibreglass flat roofing is a durable, hard-wearing roof material that can protect your home. The material is also referred to as GRP, which stands for “Glassfibre Reinforced Plastics” and is a versatile material that can be used for a range of things.
The material is made up of plywood and resin which is then finished with GRP edge trims and a top coat. Using fibreglass is a great option for flat roof problems.
Advantages of Fibreglass roofing?
There are many advantages to fibreglass roofing, one of the main ones being that it is durable and can last as long as 30 years. As well as this, fibre glass roofing is extremely easy to repair if there is damage, you can extend or refurbish it if you need to, it can be tiled or used as a garden platform. If you use fibreglass instead of lead, it can also prevent thieves from damaging your property as there is no intrinsic value to the material.
Installing Fibreglass Flat Roofing:
Installing fibreglass can be fine to install for any DIY enthusiast, if you prepare. Below are a few handy tips to consider when installing the material:
- Check the weather: cold conditions can affect the fitting of fibreglass materials, so make sure you fit the material in dry weather.
- Before installing, make sure all the old decking is removed and check the joists for any rot. Make sure to fix this if there is any before installing as you do not want moisture and rot present as this could weaken the structure.
- While laying the deck, make sure it is laid correctly as if it isn’t, this can result is porosity in the laminate.
- Make sure to fix the boards using a compressed or gas powered nail gun to minimise any damage.
- When adding the resin, make sure to get the correct ratio of resin to glass. Mix one third resin to board, and two thirds to mat when laying down the main laminate.
- When applying the topcoat, apply as soon as possible and do not leave the resin overnight. Apply thinly so it does not crack.
For a full guide on how to install fibre glass roofing, click here.
Maintenance of Fibreglass Flat Roofing:
The great thing about fibreglass flat roofing is that it is pretty much maintenance free. The material has a smooth finish, which means it does not attract dirt, moss or other organic growth, and because of its flat, smooth material, it is easy to clean anyway. As for weather damage, the material is very hard-wearing, meaning it isn’t affected by most weather conditions in comparison to other materials.
If you have had the roofing for over 20 years then it would be good to apply another coat of topcoat or resin and it should then last several years after.
At Atlantic Cladding, we have a range of products for the installation of fibreglass flat roofing. why not visit our fibreglass roofing product page here, or give us a call on 01446 677 505 or message us via our contact us page.