Flat Roofing Contractors Edinburgh

At Garage Roofs Edinburgh Ltd, we specialise in installing flat roofs designed to waterproof both the main roof of your home and its extensions. This covers a variety of structures like garages, home extensions, porches, ledges, carports, garden rooms, sheds, and other buildings with flat roof surfaces.

The importance of quality installation and materials for flat roofing cannot be overstated. Unlike pitched roofs that naturally shed water due to their slope, flat roofs require effective waterproofing solutions.

We frequently use EPDM Firestone rubber membrane for its exceptional waterproofing properties, backed by a standard 20-year manufacturer warranty and a lifespan exceeding 50 years. Another popular option is metal cladding, known for its durability and aesthetic appeal, with many clients praising its stylish designs and extensive colour range.

Poorly executed flat roofing can lead to issues like ponding water, persistent leaks that may require a complete roof replacement, or problems like blistering and bubbling that can escalate if not addressed promptly.

With our extensive experience, we offer high quality, cost-effective solutions for all types of structures. We’ve built a solid reputation as dependable flat roofing contractors serving Edinburgh, Central Scotland, Fife and Perth.

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Flat Roof Specialist Edinburgh

It’s best when hiring a company for flat roof repair or replacement to hire a flat roof specialist, given the potential issues that can arise from poor installation. Hiring a flat roof specialist is always a prudent choice to make sure things are done correctly.

Flat roofs pose unique water management challenges. Unlike pitched roofs, they don’t naturally shed water, which can result in pooling and potential leaks without proper maintenance. Here are some common water-related issues with flat roofing the solutions:

Ponding Water: Pooling water is a frequent issue with flat roofing, leading to roof membrane deterioration and structural damage over time.

Solution: Ensure effective drainage systems like scuppers, drains, or gutters are in place. Regularly inspect and clear these systems to prevent blockages. Consider tapered insulation to encourage water drainage.

Leaks: Leaks can stem from damaged roofing materials, improper installation, or sealant issues.

Solution: Regularly check the roof for signs of damage. Promptly repair any tears, cracks, or gaps in the membrane. Inspect flashings around vents, chimneys, and edges, as they’re common leak points.

Blistering and Bubbling: Exposure to heat and moisture can cause the roof material to blister or bubble, compromising its integrity.

Solution: Ensure adequate ventilation beneath the roof to reduce heat accumulation. Use reflective coatings or materials to minimise UV exposure and thermal stress.

Ice Dams: In colder regions, ice dams can form at the roof edges, obstructing drainage and causing water to seep under the roofing material.

Solution: Properly insulate and ventilate the attic to maintain even temperatures and prevent snowmelt. Install ice and water shield membrane along the eaves as an added safeguard.

Material Degradation: Roofing materials can degrade over time due to UV exposure, temperature fluctuations, and moisture.

Solution: Opt for quality roofing materials designed for flat roofs with excellent UV resistance. Regular maintenance and inspections can also help prolong the roof’s lifespan.

Poor Installation: Incorrect installation practices can lead to a host of water-related issues.

Solution: Engage an experienced roofing contractor who is a specialist in flat roofs. Ensure all installations adhere to manufacturer guidelines and industry standards.

Regular maintenance and inspections are vital for early detection and resolution of water-related issues before they escalate. Consulting with roofing professionals can offer insights tailored to your roof’s needs, guiding you in effective water management and maintenance strategies.

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About Garage Roofs Edinburgh Ltd.

Although only recently formed, the company has worked alongside Collins Roofing & Solar Solutions for many years and our owner has over 24 years experience working as a roofer.

We have a strong background in all aspects of roofing, however, we are specialists in garage roofing and flat roofing installing literally thousands of these types of roofs across Scotland over the years.

As stated above our areas of expertise includes garage roof replacement and repair, asbestos garage roof cladding & replacement and all aspects of flat roofing including EPDM Firestone rubber roof application.

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Every quote you receive is prepared personally by the company owner. We believe in transparent and honest pricing, without resorting to aggressive sales tactics. Our commitment to quality workmanship, proven track record, and competitive pricing speaks for itself, eliminating the need for any high-pressure sales.

Flat Roof Repair Edinburgh

Depending on the extent of the damage, some flat roof issues like leaks and minor damage can be repaired. However, the repairability often hinges on the roofing material, with surfaces like EPDM rubber membranes offering limited repair options once compromised.

Prompt and appropriate repairs are crucial whether you’re dealing with leaks, cracks, or other issues. Here are some common flat roof issues that often require attention:

Leaks: Minor leaks or drips are frequent issues. Look out for water stains, mould, or damp spots on the ceiling or walls inside your building.

Cracks, Tears, and Blisters: Inspect the roof surface for any cracks, tears, blisters, or areas where the membrane has lifted or become detached.

Drainage Issues: Ensure gutters and downpipes are free from debris and operating correctly to prevent water accumulation and potential damage. Damaged gutters and downpipes are usually straightforward to repair.

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Flat Roof Repair in Edinburgh
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Types Of Flat Roof Replacement

We receive inquiries about replacing various types of flat roof surfaces. Below is a breakdown of each type of flat roofing replacement, accompanied by images showcasing our craftsmanship.

Garage Flat Roof Replacement

Given our company’s name, Garage Roofs Glasgow Ltd, it’s no surprise that our most frequent enquiry is for replacing garage flat roofs.

A garage flat roof is typically found on garages with a flat or near-flat roof structure. These roofs usually have a slight incline for proper water runoff. Here’s a breakdown of important aspects, considerations, and materials used for garage flat roofs:

EPDM Rubber: This synthetic rubber membrane is resilient, UV-resistant, and stands up well to weather and tears.

TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin): A single-ply membrane known for its durability and energy efficiency.

Built-up Roofing (BUR): This method involves multiple layers of asphalt and felt or fabric, offering solid waterproofing but can be on the heavier side.

Modified Bitumen: An asphalt-based roofing material with added polymers for increased flexibility and longevity.

Metal Cladding: We frequently use metal cladding as a protective sealant for asbestos garage roofs. Like EPDM rubber, it’s durable and has a long lifespan.

Check out the before and after photos below to see examples of the metal cladding installations we’ve done.

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"These guys fitted a new roof to my mother's garage, what can I say, they arrived on time, completed the job and cleared all old and unused materials. The team were very pleasant and very very professional. Would I recommend them, too right I would"

Professional Garage Flat Roof Installation

Proper installation is essential to ensure the durability and effectiveness of a garage flat roof. This involves having a sturdy and clean base, adequate insulation, and efficient drainage systems such as gutters and downspipes.

Additionally, we pay close attention to details like efficient flashings around vents, chimneys, and edges. This meticulous approach helps prevent water seepage and other potential problems.

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Replacement Rubber Flat Roof
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"The team's expertise and dedication were evident throughout the project. They transformed our space beautifully and delivered exactly what we envisioned. We couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome."

Felt Flat Roof Replacement

We often hear from people with old, damaged felt roofs that need replacing. Removing and replacing an old felt roof demands careful planning, the right tools, and expertise to achieve a successful and durable outcome.

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""Removed old felt garage roof that was sagging and at risk of falling in and replaced it with insulated metal sheeting. Competitive price, left the place immaculate and got the whole job done within a day!"

Old Felt Roof Removal

Stripping: Begin by carefully removing the old felt roofing material, starting from the edges and progressing towards the center. Use tools like a roofing spade or scraper to peel off the old felt.

Roof Inspection: After removing the old felt, inspect the roof deck for any damage, rot, or structural issues that require attention before installing the new roof.

Preparation for New Roof

Cleaning: Thoroughly clean the roof deck to eliminate debris, dust, and any residual adhesive from the old felt.

Repair: Address any damaged or rotted sections on the roof deck. Replace any compromised or missing boards or sheathing as necessary.

Priming: Apply primer to the cleaned and repaired roof deck to enhance adhesion and waterproofing for the new felt.

New Roof Installation

Materials: Opt for high-quality roofing felt that is appropriate for your climate and complies with local building codes and regulations.

Installation: Adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions and industry standards when installing the new roofing. Ensure proper overlap, sealing, and flashing around edges, vents, chimneys, and other openings.

Adhesive: If replacing like for like with more felt, use the correct adhesive or roofing cement to secure the felt to the roof deck, ensuring effective waterproofing.

Finishing Touches and Inspection

Sealing: Apply sealant or roofing cement to seams, edges, and openings to bolster waterproofing and longevity.

Flashing: Fit or replace flashing around vents, chimneys, and edges to deter water penetration.

Inspection: Perform a comprehensive inspection of the new roof to confirm proper installation and address any issues or concerns.

Check out the before, during, and after photos below to see a completed felt roof replacement project in Edinburgh.

Extension Flat Roof Replacement

House extensions often require flat roof replacement, and we frequently receive inquiries about this service. Replacing the roof on an extension is a significant project that demands meticulous planning, preparation, and execution to achieve durable and efficient results. While new extensions usually come with a roof included, older extensions may require a roof replacement due to age or damage. Here’s a concise guide to extension roof replacement:

Assessment and Planning:

Inspection: Conduct a comprehensive inspection of the existing roof to identify damage, wear, or structural issues.

Planning: Outline the project’s scope, including required materials, budget, and timeline. Factors like insulation, ventilation, and drainage should also be considered.

Choosing Materials:

Roofing Materials: Options range from asphalt shingles, metal roofing, tile, slate, to flat roofing materials like EPDM or TPO, based on your preferences, budget, and extension design.

Insulation: Select appropriate insulation, such as fibreglass, spray foam, or rigid foam, to enhance energy efficiency and comfort.

Preparation and Installation:

Preparation: Clear the extension area, remove old roofing materials, and prepare the roof deck for installation.

Installation: Adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions and industry standards for the chosen roofing materials. Ensure proper flashing, ventilation, and drainage to prevent leaks and moisture issues.

Inspection and Maintenance:

Inspection: Once installed, perform a thorough inspection to confirm quality and promptly address any concerns.

Maintenance: Regularly inspect and maintain the roof to extend its lifespan. Keep gutters clean, check for wear or damage, and address issues promptly to avoid future costly repairs.

Benefits of Extension Roof Replacement:

Improved Protection: A new roof offers enhanced protection against leaks and weather-related damage, common challenges in Edinburgh and Scotland.

Energy Efficiency: Proper insulation and ventilation can boost energy efficiency, reducing heating and cooling expenses.

Enhanced Appearance: A new roof can elevate your home’s curb appeal and value, especially with high-quality materials and a complementary design.

Considerations:

Building Regulations: Ensure compliance with local building codes and regulations, covering aspects like insulation, ventilation, and structural integrity.

Warranty: Review the warranty for the roofing materials and workmanship to understand coverage and maintenance requirements.

By adhering to these steps and considerations, you can achieve a successful and long-lasting extension roof replacement that enhances your home’s comfort, value, and appearance.

Extension Flat Roofs Edinburgh

Below are photos showcasing the extension flat roofs we’ve installed in Edinburgh and its surrounding areas.

""Had a leaky asbestos side extension roof which Danny and his team fixed with a metal roof. No more leaks. No mess Good job should have had it done years ago."

Carport Flat Roof Replacement

Carport roofs typically feature a nearly flat surface, although they often include a slight slope for effective water drainage. Available in materials like timber, metal cladding, and EPDM rubber membrane, flat carport roofs offer both shelter for vehicles and a design complement to the property. Like all flat roofs, they demand specific considerations and upkeep to ensure longevity and performance.

Carport Flat Roof Installation

Slope: Despite being called “flat,” a slight incline is essential to facilitate proper water runoff.

Flashing: Correct installation of flashings around edges, vents, and penetrations is vital to prevent water seepage.

Support Structure: Ensure the carport’s framework is robust enough to bear the roofing material and endure varying weather conditions.

Maintenance

Inspection: Regularly check the roof for damage, signs of wear, or areas where water may accumulate.

Cleaning: Keep the roof and gutters free of debris, leaves, and other obstructions to avoid water blockage.

Sealants and Coatings: Depending on the roofing material, consider applying sealants or coatings for enhanced waterproofing and UV resistance.

Advantages

Cost-effective: Flat roofs often come at a lower cost compared to pitched roofs.

Versatility: Their design flexibility allows them to fit well with various architectural styles.

Additional Space: Depending on its design and load capacity, a flat carport roof can double as a deck or storage area.

By selecting appropriate materials, ensuring correct installation, and adhering to a consistent maintenance routine, a flat carport roof can offer durable protection for your vehicles for years to come. Consulting with roofing experts can assist you in making choices that align with your specific requirements and budget.

"Brand new carport installed last month, big thank you to Danny for providing a wonderful service at a fair price. If you need a reliable local roofer then call Garage Roofs Glasgow!"
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Lynsey Craddock, Glasgow
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Porch Flat Roof Replacement

While porch roofs are typically smaller than other flat roofs mentioned earlier, replacing them still demands meticulous planning, suitable materials, and expert installation to achieve optimal durability and performance.

Preparation and Installation

Preparation: Clear the area around the porch, remove old roofing materials, and ready the roof deck for installation.

Installation: We adhere to the manufacturer’s recommendations and industry standards when installing your selected roofing materials. Ensure correct flashing, ventilation, and drainage as needed.

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Porch Flat Roof Replacement Edinburgh

Conservatory Flat Roof Replacement

A conservatory flat roof is a roof style often found on older, more traditional conservatories, as illustrated below. Unlike modern pitched or hexagonal roofs, conservatory flat roofs tend to be more horizontal or have a subtle slope. Garage Roofs Edinburgh Ltd provides conservatory roof replacement in Edinburgh and Central Scotland.

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Garden Room Flat Roof Replacement

In recent years, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, there’s been a significant surge in the popularity of garden rooms and outdoor structures like man caves and functional sheds. Naturally, all these constructions require a waterproof roof. Many owners of older garden buildings discovered leaks or inadequate roofing solutions, often due to the prevalent flat roof design.

We provide roof replacement services specifically for garden rooms and outdoor buildings. Below is an example of a garden room roof replacement we’ve completed.

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"Quality new single piece, black rubber shed roof with smart tough black PVC trim - I think you could empty a swimming pool onto my shed roof now (and in this art of the world, that happens)!"
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Mike Napthine, West Lothian
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Other Flat Roof Replacement

Other types of flat roofs can be found on your home, including ledges and the main roof surfaces. Below are photos of some of these roofs we’ve installed in Edinburgh and Central Scotland.

Ballasted Flat Roof Systems Edinburgh

Ballasted flat roof systems are practical for various purposes including flat roof mounted solar panels. We have experience various types of flat roofs with ballast gravel.

What is a Ballasted Flat Roof System?

A ballasted flat roof system is a type of roof design where the roof membrane is secured in place using ballast, which is typically gravel, pavers, or other heavy materials. Unlike mechanically attached or fully adhered roof systems, a ballasted roof relies on the weight of the ballast to hold the roofing membrane in place. Here’s an overview of ballasted flat roof systems:

Components

Roof Membrane: Typically made of materials like EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer), TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin), or PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride), which are laid over the roof deck.

Insulation: Provides thermal resistance and is placed on top of the roof deck, beneath the membrane.

Ballast: Heavy materials like gravel, river rock, concrete pavers, or lightweight pavers are placed on top of the membrane to hold it in place and protect it from UV rays and weathering.

Roof Deck: The structural base of the roof, which supports the insulation, membrane, and ballast.

Advantages

Cost-effective: Ballasted roofs can be more cost-effective to install compared to mechanically attached or fully adhered systems because they require fewer fasteners and less labour.

Thermal Efficiency: The ballast and insulation provide an additional layer of thermal resistance, improving energy efficiency and reducing heating and cooling costs.

UV Protection: The ballast helps protect the roofing membrane from UV rays, extending its lifespan.

Noise Reduction: The ballast can help reduce noise from rain, hail, or other external sources.

Considerations

Weight: The weight of the ballast adds additional load to the roof structure, so it’s essential to ensure that the roof deck and supporting structure can handle the added weight.

Maintenance: While ballasted roofs generally require less maintenance compared to other roof systems, periodic inspections are still necessary to check for damage, ensure proper drainage, and maintain the ballast layer.

Wind Uplift: Proper design and installation are crucial to prevent wind uplift, especially in windy or storm-prone areas. The ballast and membrane must be adequately secured to withstand wind forces.

Water Drainage: Proper drainage is essential to prevent water pooling and ensure the longevity of the roofing system. The ballast should be sloped to allow for water runoff and paired with adequate drainage systems like scuppers or drains.

Installation

Preparation: Clean and prepare the roof deck, ensuring it’s free of debris, and install the insulation.

Membrane Installation: Lay the roofing membrane over the insulation and secure the edges and seams as required.

Ballast Placement: Spread the ballast evenly over the membrane, ensuring proper coverage and weight distribution. The thickness and type of ballast can vary depending on the design and specific requirements of the roof system.

Maintenance

Inspections: Regularly inspect the roof for signs of damage, wear, or issues with the ballast layer.

Cleaning: Remove debris, leaves, and other materials from the roof surface and drains to ensure proper water drainage and prevent blockages.

Repairs: Address any issues or damage promptly to prevent water infiltration and maintain the integrity of the roofing system.

By understanding the components, advantages, considerations, and maintenance requirements of a ballasted flat roof system, you can make informed decisions about whether it’s the right choice for your building or project. Consulting with roofing professionals can help you navigate the design, installation, and maintenance processes to ensure a durable and reliable roofing solution tailored to your specific needs and budget.

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Ballasted Flat Roof System Installed

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Garage Roofs Edinburgh Ltd. work in partnership with Collins Roofing & Solar Solutions with over 50 years combined experience working in the roofing industry in Edinburgh and Central Scotland. Our team has dozens of legitimate 5 star reviews on Google, Facebook and Yell.