An Overview Of 3 Popular Roofing Materials For Flat Roofs

Flat roofs are pretty common across the U.K., and many roofing companies are experienced in installing flat roofs. There are a few different materials to choose from when having a flat roof installed, and the right choice for you will depend on the size of your flat roof, your budget and the type of maintenance you're willing to commit to. Some homeowners want to convert their flat roof to a pitched roof, but there is a considerable cost associated with this. A well-maintained flat roof can last for decades, and when it comes time to have a roof replaced, flat roof installation tends to be less expensive than pitched roof installation. Here are three popular roofing materials for flat roofs for you to consider when having a roof installed.


Felt has traditionally been used for flat roofs and remains very popular. It's also a low-cost roofing material and is quick and simple to install. Felt comes in a few different colours, allowing you to match your roof to your property and maintain aesthetic value. The joins in your felt roof will need to be resealed every few years to keep your roof watertight, and this is a quick job that typically takes less than an hour. One advantage of felt is that it can be repaired easily. If a storm blows branches or other debris onto your roof and tears the felt, the damaged section can easily be replaced or covered over with a new piece of felt, so there's no need for a costly replacement.


Rubber can be considerably more expensive than felt, but roofing rubber is considered to be extremely durable. Rubber roofs don't require ongoing maintenance and the rubber won't degrade when exposed to extreme temperatures, which makes rubber a great choice for coastal properties. Rubber hasn't been used on flat roofs for as long as felt, so if you decide to have a rubber roof installed, choose a roofer experienced in rubber roof installation.


Fibreglass tends to be the most expensive option, but it's very lightweight and ensures no excessive pressure is placed on the roof joists. It's a durable material and is installed as one large sheet, so there are no seams that need to be resealed. This reduces the chance of leaks and degradation due to wind and rain. Fibreglass roofs are finished with a topcoat that can leave the roof with a shiny appearance. If the surface of your flat roof is visible, you should take this into consideration when determining what material will complement the style of the property.

For more information on flat roof installation, contact a company near you.