What Is Flat Roofing?
In contrast to the common sloped/pitched roofs seen on most homes in the UK, a flat roof lies almost level and is not commonly used for homes. Like any part of a building’s exterior, flat roofs should be constructed to withstand both natural and human forces with the minimum of attention and upkeep. Flat roofing in Cornwall is more popularly used for garages, offices and commercial buildings. Traditionally, most flat roofs in the UK used tar or asphalt applied over roof decking to keep the building underneath dry, warm and watertight. Liquid applied systems such as fibreglass and EPDM were introduced in the past few years and are now widely used in flat roofing in Cornwall and all over the UK.
Cornwall is a relatively temperate climate in comparison to most of the country, and so flat roofing in Cornwall is perhaps more prevalent on homes in Cornwall than it is in the rest of the UK. When you consider installation, maintenance and repair costs, flat roofs are generally cheaper than tiled/slate roofs, and they are also extremely versatile! Choose to have a roof garden, a balcony, or simply easy access to your first-floor windows and gutters – they’re quick to install.