Flat Roofing Materials: Should You Use Felt or Rubber?

Looking to find out more about flat roofing materials? You’ve come to the right place. Here we go through the most popular flat roofing materials, the pros and cons of each, the prices, ease of installation and when each one might be the right solution for your flat roof.

Flat Roofing Material One: Torched Bitumen Felt

What is it?

Bitumen felt is a waterproof membrane you can apply to any type of roofing. Though often used as a flat roofing material, it is also found as an underlay beneath traditional slate and tiled roofing as extra weatherproofing. Torching the felt helps bond it to your roof and ensures there are no gaps between the felt that could allow water through.

Pros and cons?

Price

Bitumen felt roofing is an incredibly cheap option; right now at eRoofs it costs just £3.90 per m2 (8m2 is just £31.19, down from £48.99 including VAT). You can upgrade and also get a base felt that will make your roofing last even longer – and it doesn’t cost much to add either at just £5.09 per m2. Considering it should last in excess of 15 years with the base felt, it’s a very affordable option for your flat roof.

Easy to repair

Torched on bitumen felt is incredibly simple and fast to repair; you can simply paint on a weatherproofing bitumen roof coat to add extra protection or seal over small cracks.

Nice finish

Felt roofing felt leaves a nice aesthetic finish to your roof, especially as it is torched on and can therefore be moulded to your roofs shape smoothly.

Application is seamless

Torching on a felt roof means you can avoid creating any open seams very easily. Overlapping the base felt when torching on will melt the felt together, avoiding any potential holes appearing.

Low maintenance

A torched on felt roof requires very little to no maintenance; repairing the odd bit of wear and tear is incredibly easy and very infrequent.

Recyclable

At the end of the lifespan of the felt (usually over 15 years) you can easily recycle the felt, making it a very eco-friendly option.

Lifespan

Many felts are guaranteed up to 10 years, which can seem like a short lifespan. However, when properly maintained and in a low traffic area, torched felt roofing can last beyond 30 years.

Can warp and crack

Unfortunately, felt roofing can be prone to warping in very hot summers and cracking in very cold winters, especially when it is not installed properly.

Repairs can look bad

Although repairs are simple to do, if your flat roof area is going to be in view very frequently, basic repairs like patches and paints can look off-putting.

Not good for high traffic areas, especially in summer

Torched roofing felt is not the best choice for a high-traffic area as it is not scoff or tear resistant. It likely won’t last as long as EPDM rubber, nor look as good, if the flat roofing area you’re wanting to cover is often used as a balcony, for example.

Flat Roofing Material Two: EPDM rubber

What is it?

Rubber EPDM roofing is a very common type of flat roofing material, favoured because of its low cost and incredible weatherproof nature. Unlike torched roofing felt, you apply rubber roofing with a rubber adhesive making it a fast and simple installation.

Pros and cons?

Price

Rubber roofing does cost a little more than felt (at the time of writing it is £9.57 per m2 from eRoofs) but it doesn’t require a base felt, so overall it is in a similar price bracket to felt. It usually lasts a little longer, some claiming it lasts over 50 years and manufacturers often stating that 20 years is the minimum lifespan they would expect.

Easy to repair

Repairs are quite rare with rubber roofing, however, when they do occur repairing can usually be done by the average DIYer with some simple liquid rubber.

Fire resistant

Rubber roofing is extremely fire resistant and because you install the roof without a torch (instead using a rubber roofing adhesive) installation is very low risk compared to torching on felt.

Reduces energy costs

Rubber roofing reflects heat and has some insulating properties, helping your home stay cool in summer and warm in winter, which could help reduce your energy bills.

Can move with your house

Rubber is known to be flexible which means, unlike most other roofing materials, rubber roofing can literally “move” with any new structure as it settles making it a great option for any new building.

Lightweight

Rubber roofing is extremely light and as such, requires little structural roof reinforcement before installation. It also has the added bonus of being easy to carry during installation.

Durable

Unlike felt, rubber roofing doesn’t scuff or mark easily. It also is less likely to crack or warp in the sun, less likely to blister or rot; probably the reason why it’s claimed to have such a long lifespan!

Improper installation can cause leaks – quickly

Installation should be incredibly simple; however, if you have any obstructions on your flat roof, such as chimneys, lanterns or vents, things can get a little more complicated, requiring cuts and flashing tape to be used. If you don’t have experience in working around these obstacles, you may need a professional installer to help, which can be costly. If these areas aren’t installed properly, there’s a high likelihood of your roof leaking as soon as the next rain comes.

Finding a good installer can be tough

Rubber roofing has only been around for roughly 40 years, meaning there aren’t many experts in the arena as there will be for more common flat roofing materials like felt. This means that you could struggle to find an installer that has a lot of experience in rubber roofing. If you do need a good installer, we’d recommend looking for one with a good number of positive reviews so you know that they’ve got the experience you need.

Appearance

One of the biggest drawbacks that some people outline is the appearance of a rubber roof – it’s not always the most attractive option, being that it is a simple black rubber covering. However, it’s a great solution for high traffic flat roofs and can even be a moss deterrent so can be kept clean very easily. You also have the option to paint a rubber roof, which can not only improve its appearance but could even prolong it’s lifespan.

If you’re looking for the an affordable option for your flat roof, eRoofs doesn’t just offer some incredible flat roofing felts and rubber roofing materials; they also offer:

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Christmas 2018 With eDecks

Christmas Essentials

With Christmas looming over our heads once again, it’s always best to prepare for it early. So we’ve put together a full list of our must-have Christmas items!

Rocksalt for Christmas

Ice and snow are the biggest causes for concern around this time of year. Rocksalt is designed to help prevent these things from becoming a problem, hence why it’s one of our best sellers. A lot of people still use hot water to melt the ice around there house & drive, not knowing that this is one of the main causes of black ice.

Shovel

These shovels are designed to help move and lay out the Rocksalt. Even if you aren’t prepared to lay down Rocksalt before the snow falls, it’s always best to have a shovel to hand to make sure that you’re never unprepared. Clearing the snow on your drive is always vital during this time of year and these shovels make it remarkably easy to do so!

Grit/Rocksalt Bin

If you were looking for a storage place for the Rocksalt you were potentially going to store, we have the perfect one right here for you. We have different sizes of these bins to fit wherever needed in/outdoors for you.

Whatever you do this Christmas, just make sure that you’re prepared!

Happy Christmas, from the eDecks team.

Bonfire Safety Tips from eDecks

Bonfire Safety Tips from eDecks

Before we get into the safety, we want to know what is your favorite part of Bonfire night? or the lead up to it? Here at eDecks we love

The fireworks themselves – ohhhhhh!!! arghhhhhhh!!!

Hot dogs

Bonfire Toffee

Sparklers

Toffee Apples

Food in general to be honest.

Let us begin the safety tips shall we.

  • Tell your neighbors lets be kind and courteous
  • Only burn dry wood – anything damp will cause smoke.
  • Check for hedgehogs we are a fan of those prickly little critters
  • Look up – yep check there are no cables above where your bonfire is going to be sounds simple but many people forget.
  • Build your bonfire away from your amazing shed, beautiful fencing and awesome decking. And especially your home
  • Keep water or a hose pipe ready to go in case of emergency’s
  • Keep children and pets away from it
  • Don’t leave it unattended
  • Once the fire has died down spray the embers with water to stop it reigniting.

That’s some of the best tips we can offer obviously please check Humberside Fire for more details and important contact phone numbers (or your region if not in Humberside) as we can only advise.

From all of us at             have a safe and fun bonfire night

 

 

Happy Halloween

Its Halloween weekend, we hope all our customers have a great and safe Halloween.

Here are some Halloween safety tips to keep your decking spookily awesome  oh and have you seen our autumn maintenance guide?

Firstly, do not put your pumpkins on your decking surface. Pumpkins will rot and sometimes faster than you think causing damage to that area of your decking. The moisture and rotting flesh (nice) will not make your decking happy one bit.

So maybe pop a plate under it or if your wanting to keep the aesthetics of your decking we sell samples of decking which would make the perfect platform for now and future use.

On the subject of pumpkins the other reason to put them on a surface that is not your decking and is not flammable – candles! Yes, we all love the lit up look of our spooky creations but even tea lights get very hot reaching 100 degrees on the metal bottom and can scorch your decking or worse if it catches.

Finally keep all kids, cats, dogs and ghostly friends away candles. This is standard we only want you to be safe, If you are worried invest in some battery operated ones.

Lastly have some sweets, eat some pumpkin pie and enjoy your Halloween festivities.

Happy Halloween from us all at eDecks.

 

Note: Please dispose of your pumpkin in your recycle bin or alternatively It makes great compost.

 

Shed loads of style with the amazing shed race

With sheds becoming more and more fashionable and with, said shed catwalk being of flamboyance, eccentric and elegance they appear to, not be leaving the runway anytime soon.

It seems people everywhere are carving out their own little hideaway, flight simulator, WWII bunker and Dr who phone box. Yes, someone really has transformed their shed into a flight simulator.

If like us, you enjoy amazing spaces’, amazing sheds, and seeing what other people can imagine and create whilst being lets be honest a touch nosey. Then here is a post to get your creativity flowing.

eDecks Do not just sell sheds!

We sell

A space

A space to create

A space to invent

A space to call your own.

They do not just have to be manly tool sheds either! Oh no, there is a new stream of femininity opening up the shed doors and adding a touch of class to the shed race.  Pink sheds, sheds made to look like retro camper vans there is a plethora out there.

Therefore, if you want to create an indoor hot tub area, bar, painting room or even a wizarding world (very much a Harry Potter fan here) then it’s entirely your choice.

All you need is your blank canvas from eDecks and some creativity.

A recent poll on Facebook suggested that a mere 2 % have an amazing shed and the rest don’t really know where to start.

Well let’s resolve that shall we! Build Your Own Shed with eDecks

Free up valuable garden space in a flash when you build your own shed with our collection of quality shed frame timber and shed boarding. Save money by selecting shed building supplies that are unbeatable on price. Whether you are looking to build your own shed or enhance your existing structure, you can find the right timber for the task with eDecks.

Build your own shed with the best timber in the business. Find treated timber products that will keep your shed looking great for longer. From shed boarding and shed flooring to shed roofing and shed glazing, we offer a huge range of timber in sizes and specifications to suit your needs. Whether you are looking for durable shed frame timber or flawless fixings and fittings, you can find everything you need at eDecks.

Just some of the shed construction timber products and accessories we offer include:

Shed Loads of Style from eDecks

We currently have a clearance on polycarbonate, which can be used as a tinted window for that extra bit of privacy and security or just as a final touch to your own amazing space.

 

Email us with measurements and your personal requirements for a quick quote from our amazing sales team.