Flat Roof process

The Firestone rubber flat roof system is an advanced type of roof covering which is one of several flat roof options. The covering used is EPDM or ‘ethylene propylene diene monomer’ which is a type of synthetic rubber known for its weather resistant properties.

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This rubber is able to withstand heat, cold and other weather conditions and has excellent insulation qualities as well. It has been used extensively in the USA for more than 40 years and is also the most commonly used single ply roofing membrane in the world.

The Firestone rubber EPDM system is used on small domestic flat roof buildings such as outhouses, extensions and garages which are ideally suited to this type of covering. Plus the majority of domestic flat roofs are rectangular shaped which means a straightforward process with little fuss.

We will cut the rubber EPDM sheet to fit the exact specifications of your roof. This sheet is flexible so molds itself to the shape of your roof and is both UV and ozone resistant. This means a long lasting, waterproof and weatherproof covering which is reliable and easy to maintain.

The benefits of the Firestone rubber flat roof system

There are a range of benefits from the EPDM flat roof covering which include –Flexibility, Weather resistant, Durable, Seamless plus a 20 year guarantee. Another advantage of this covering is that it requires very little maintenance on your part. An occasional wipe down of the sheet and edges will suffice.

Eco friendly - We only use materials such as the Firestone EPDM rubber system which are environmentally friendly and re-usable. The low cost aspect is a selling point but its durability and green credentials are what make it our number one roofing membrane. This membrane is recommended by Greenpeace and the Association of Community Technical Aid Centres Ltd: and conforms to ISO standards in regard to environmental rules and regulations.

How is this rubber flat roof system fitted?- This type of system involves the fitting of a custom made piece of rubber sheeting which is glued to the decking and roof joists with cold adhesives. This is then sealed in place by means of edger strips which prevents the risk of leaks.

Please note: you do not have to remove your existing roof covering! One of the advantages of the Firestone rubber EPDM sheet is that it can be installed over an old roof covering which is a guaranteed money saver. Firestone flat roofs can hold water in places this is perfectly normal and will not affect the 75 lifespan of the roof.

Professional installation - Flat roof coverings are very difficult to install and repair and the Firestone rubber EPDM system is no different. It requires the services of the fully trained Allmighty roofing experts who have years of experience in fitting this type of covering.

Re-Roof Process

There are many things to consider when deciding if you need a new roof but one of the main things to consider is that a new roof will add a lot of value to your home if you decide to sell. Not only will it make your house look more attractive it will more importantly shield you from all types of weather while you are living in it. It is a hard decision to make as many people do not like to spend money on things they don’t necessarily see when they are in their home. Most people will only notice their roof when it is leaking.

re-roof process

If you are planning to live in your home for a long time or considering selling, then a new roof is a very worthwhile investment. People will spend a small fortune repairing the same problems on their roofs year after year even though they will live in it for a long time this can soon add up to the price of a new roof! Of course not everyone has the money to splash out on a replacement roof but considering it an investment is an important factor.

A new roof will provide you with:

  • Years of maintenance free worries
  • Added value to your home
  • Increased sale ability when selling your home
  • Reduced risk of injury or damage caused by falling debris
  • Increased thermal insulation

The key stages of a new roof are now shown below. Materials and the process may change from job to job but here you can get an idea of the general process.

  • Installing a new roof will start with a proper assessment of the existing roof and deciding what materials will be used or re-used.
  • Ordering new materials and having them delivered to the site along with a skip for disposing of all the waste material.
  • Scaffolding be erected and can cost quite a fair bit of money depending on the complexity of the job. A standard terrace house would be much cheaper than a detached 4 sided house with 2 chimneys to scaffold round for example. If there are conservatories or a carport the scaffolding has to go over then this will also increase the cost of the job. Scaffolding is not only necessary for safety but the amount of working space and material storage needed when re roofing a house.
  • The existing roof materials have to be carefully stripped and removed starting from the top of the roof with the ridge tiles. Slates and tiles are then passed down exposing the roof timbers and tile laths. By now the roof will pretty much look like a skeleton!  The laths are removed so only the main structure of the roof is left and now is the time any rotten or split roof joists are replaced.
  • The timbers are now covered with a layer of breathable felt which is layered from the bottom of the roof upwards. This allows any moisture or rain penetrated from a broken tile to run down the roof and into the gutter. It acts like a second shield. At this stage even though there are no tiles on the roof you can consider the roof watertight.
  • Tile battens are fixed into place with galvanised nails at the correct gauge depending on the size and type of the tile. These create the ‘rows’ of tiles. It is important these are space correctly to give the proper overlap of each tile or slate.
  • The roof tiles or slates are now fitted to the battens. Concrete tiles only need fixing and certain intervals where as slates that do not have hanging nibs need to be fixed with individual nails. Any tiles up against valleys or roof windows are cut to size.
  • Any ‘first fix’ leadwork such as soakers or secret gutters are now fitted into place and covered over with the tiles.
  • Any remaining leadwork such as flashings are now completed.

Ridge and hip tiles are now fixed into place using a dry fix system to finally make your new roof 100% watertight!