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DIY Roofing Materials: The Ultimate Guide

Here at eRoofs, we sell all kinds of roofing – for small projects, like your garden shed, to big projects, such as industrial flat roofing. If you’re looking for roofing that isn’t traditional tiling, eRoofs can help.

We’ve been writing about all sorts of roofing materials for years, and in this guide, we’re going to break down the pros and cons of all the DIY roofing materials so you can choose which is the perfect fit for your project.

Please Note – All prices were correct at time of writing.

PVC Roofing

PVC roofing is a type of plastic roofing (also known as polyvinyl chloride roofing) that is most commonly transparent (but is available in various finishes) and is often used for applications such as carports. It’s incredibly durable, lightweight and weatherproof while remaining incredibly affordable. People often choose a transparent PVC (or polycarbonate) to weatherproof an area while avoiding blocking light.

PVC is often corrugated in order to allow water to run off at an angle easily, but you can also purchase a completely flat option, which is popularly used as a glazing sheet to let in light or add a plastic window to your project.

PVC roofing at eRoofs starts from just £6.10 for 6ft of roofing, making it incredibly affordable, and you can choose from a variety of thicknesses for longer lasting roofing. If you’re looking for roofing that can withstand the great outdoors but is incredibly cheap and easy to install, PVC is likely your most affordable option.

You can find great deals on PVC roofing here.

Polycarbonate Roofing

Polycarbonate roofing, similar to PVC roofing, is commonly transparent and is durable, lightweight and weatherproof. It comes in a variety of thicknesses to suit most applications – from simple sheds, right up to conservatory roofing. They are incredibly simple to install and maintain – and as with most plastic roofing – are an affordable option.

While very affordable, polycarbonate is typically more expensive than Acrylic or PVC – a flat polycarbonate sheet starts at around £28 per square metre, whereas you can get an acrylic board, 1200mm x 600mm from around £10. The main difference is that polycarbonate is known to be stronger – much stronger than glass – and much easier to work with (you should be able to drill polycarbonate with a very low risk of cracking).

If you have a project that needs an incredible amount of durability and strength, such as a conservatory or tall unprotected building, it can be well worth the extra investment to go for polycarbonate over other options.

Find out more about polycarbonate roofing here.

Acrylic Roofing

So when should you choose Acrylic roofing? Acrylic roofing is much like polycarbonate, in that it is often transparent and much stronger than glass, but it is also cheaper and has much better ‘light transmittance’. Some say it has better clarity than glass. It makes sense then that you’ll hear it often referred to as ‘plexiglass’ – plastics answer to glass.

Acrylic is most likely your best option if you’re looking to create a window for your project, or if you favour light, cost and clarity over strength. Acrylic is still incredibly strong – it has 17 times the impact resistance over glass – it just isn’t as strong as polycarbonate (which is 30 times stronger than acrylic!).

Get acrylic sheets cut to size at a great price right here.

Bitumen (Coroline and Onduline) Roofing

Bitumen roofing is a type of asphalt product that is most commonly used on shed and garage roofs. They are incredibly strong and durable, although in the past they have been prone to cracking over time with changes in temperature. Although it’s not guaranteed that any bitumen product will never crack under extreme temperatures, there has been incredibly huge improvements in bitumen roofing technology in the past few decades that make it a much better product now than ever.

Bitumen is particularly simple to install and should last over two decades when installed properly. It even has the added benefit of heat absorption – making them a particularly good product for cold buildings like garages.

Coroline and Onduline roofing sheets are both types of bitumen roofing products – Onduline is slightly thicker and more costly than Coroline, so it depends on your project as to which might be more suitable. There are a large variety of colours and even helpful advisors to guide you on which might suit your project and how to install bitumen roofing to make sure it lasts as long as possible, right here at eRoofs.

Read more about bitumen roofing here.

Steel Roofing

A good quality metal roof should outlast any other option mentioned here – and unlike bitumen or traditional roof tiles, both plastic and metal roofing will last longer outdoors if you’re in an area where there are a lot of trees or vegetation nearby. This is because plastic and metal are easier to clean and are much less vulnerable to being damaged by moss or lichen.

You can even buy steel roofing precoated in a number of colours with additional benefits to help your roof last even longer, or you can choose the paint and coating yourself which means you can be very particular about any colour you wish to have. It’s also not always the most expensive option, so definitely worth looking into.

Read more on galvanised roofing here.

There are some drawbacks, of course. Metal roofing for one, can be very noisy – if there’s a slight shower, you’ll know about it. They are also not as easy to install as other options mentioned here – for example, cutting a plastic sheet is easier than cutting a metal one – but overall, they are still relatively simple to install for a competent DIYer. You can also reduce noise by investing in good insulation or even buying an insulated sheet, that comes with an insulating layer on the underside of the metal which will reduce noise and help keep heating bills down.

Find affordable metal roofing here.

Wood Roofing Shingles

Wood roofing shingles are easily one of the most attractive looking options you can buy for any roof; but it does come at a cost. Both a little more expensive than other options and deteriorating faster, wood shingles are a great option for a project you want to be proud of but don’t mind spending a little more on.

They also have a very low carbon footprint and a high degree of thermal insulation so they aren’t just for show. When installed well and maintained properly, they can last up to thirty years so you shouldn’t be completely put off if you can’t face replacing your roof quickly.

They can be relatively easy to install and aren’t just used for roofs either – people have been known to use them for walls of buildings, even their homes, for a beautiful natural looking project.

Find everything you need to create your wood roof (or siding) right here.

Felt Roofing

Felt roofing is usually a bitumen roofing product that is ‘torched on’ to your roof. It’s most commonly used for flat roofs as it’s extremely weather-proof – it can be sealed at the seams during the torching on process. It’s incredibly easy to repair and low maintenance as well as being super low cost. It comes in a wide variety of colours which is appealing to some. High traffic areas, however, may benefit more from rubber roofing.

Find out more about flat roofing options here.

Rubber Roofing

Rubber roofing is also a common choice for flat roofs. It’s slightly more expensive than bitumen felt, and some don’t much like the look of it, but it’s much more hardwearing and is highly recommended for flat roofs where you’re expecting a lot of footfall. It’s incredibly durable and repairs are incredibly easy should you need to fix any splits – you can even buy liquid rubber to simply fill in any tears.

Get everything you need for your rubber roofing project here.

Coatings For Roofing

Once you’ve chosen the right roofing material for your project, you can also decide on which coating, if any, that you’d like to use. For many roofs, simply adding a good coat of paint can provide some much needed protection, but here at eRoofs, we have professional roof coatings to provide that next level of protection you might need.

Allweather roof coat

All weather roofing coats are used for exactly what they say – weatherproofing. Unlike bitumen paint, they’ve been specially designed for weatherproofing and can be applied to all types of roofs, from wood shingles to rubber.

Bitumen paint

Bitumen paint is often used as an extra protective layer for porous materials like concrete and brickwork, but also metal roofing. It can be used on wood too and provides a layer of waterproofing protection to help your roof last longer.

Aluminium paint

Aluminium paint is often used for protection against sun damage on roofs, notably on bituminous felts and exposed steel to provide a reflective quality to your roof which helps avoid problems with extreme temperatures, especially with felt products.

Need More Help Choosing Your Roofing Materials?

Check out any of the following roofing articles for more information on which might be the best option for you. If you’re still unsure, feel free to speak directly with one of the eRoof advisors who are often available on the eRoofs website directly on online chat, or you can call or email via our contact page here.

Flat Roofing Materials

Porch Roofing Materials

Shed Roofing Materials

Metal Roof Coatings

Vistalux Roofing

Fixing Coroline Roofing

Installing Onduline Roofing

Last, but not least, If you’re looking for any of the above options for your roof, eRoofs doesn’t just offer incredible prices on all roofing materials, but they also offer:

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Super-fast FREE delivery on most orders over £100

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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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Bitumen Roofing Sheets: Taking a Look at Their Benefits

With Winter just around the corner, it is important to ensure your roofing is safe and secure. One of our most popular roofing products are Bitumen sheets, which are a great long-lasting roofing option and can be modified to suit your needs.

Modified bitumen is a type of asphalt product which can be fitted on to the roof in a variety of ways, in both hot and cold temperatures. They are seen as the modern-day alternative to the built-up roof and today we will be taking a look at advantages of Bitumen Roofing Sheets.

As mentioned, there are several advantages to using Bitumen Roofing Sheets on your home or building and unlike more recent types of roofing, it already has a proven track record of being reliable and sturdy and Bitumen Roofing Sheets are known to last 20 years or longer.

Durability – Bitumen Roofing Sheets have a high-tensile strength, making them unlikely to develop cracks which may often appear in other flat and membrane roofs. Bitumen Roofing Sheets are also a good protectant against elements such as wind, fire and hail and are therefore unlikely to be damaged in the event of a storm and such like.

With all things in life, there are of course some drawbacks to Bitumen Roofing Sheets, however it is all about finding the product that best suits your needs. Black Bitumen Roofing Sheets do tend to absorb rather than reflect heat, and even though the roofing sheets themselves may not be heat or UV Ray damaged, if proper insulation is not used with it, the heat absorption can lead to overheating the building of which it is protecting.

The cost of Bitumen Roofing Sheets can be quite costly, however eDecks keep very competitive prices and will help you to conclude the amount of sheets and accessories you will need. You may also need to purchase granules which help protect the roof from the sun, and without including them as part of the installation process, the roof can become damaged, or again the building may overheat.

bitumen carport

Bitumen Roofing Sheets are one of the most durable and secure roofing options available when applied and installed correctly. They may be quite costly to begin with, but will far outlast a competitive product and will keep your building safe and protected.

If you feel you need more of an insight into Bitumen Roofing Sheets, or would like to learn more about installation techniques, then please find our installation guides online here for plenty of free advice – it is often easier than you first think!

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