A Beginner’s Guide to Flat Roof Replacement

Flat roofing offers many benefits with its contemporary, minimalist style. However, like all roofs, they eventually need replacing. Whilst most roofs feature a sharp slant, flat roofs usually only have a pitch of 10 degrees or under.

This makes flat roof replacement confusing for most homeowners. What are the requirements for replacing a flat roof? How long will your flat roof last? In this post, we’ll provide answers to all your questions, so you can make the right choice for your roofing.

How long do flat roofs last?

Naturally, an important consideration is how long your flat roof is likely to last. This will vary depending on the materials used. For example:

  • Felt flat roof – Arguably the most affordable option, these roofs can last between 10-15 years, or longer if maintained well.
  • GRP (Fibreflass) – Much longer lasting than traditional felt, DPR offers a 20 year leak-free warranty with a life expectancy in excess of 50 years.

At DPR Roofing, we offer a variety of different options for your flat roof replacement, so you can choose the perfect material for your home and budget.

The lifespan of your flat roof will also depend on its maintenance. By keeping your flat roof clean and arranging for regular inspections, you can prevent damage to your roof, as well as leaks. This all serves to extend your roof’s lifespan.

Does my flat roof need replacing?

Even the most robust flat roofs need repairs on occasion. But how can you tell when it’s time to replace your roof altogether?

One indication is that repairs are becoming more frequent – and more costly. If you’re often having to fork out for roofing repairs, and the issues keep coming back, this could be a sign that it’s time to replace your roof altogether.

If your roof is reaching the end of its average lifespan – for example, 15 to 20 years for felt roofing – this could be another sign that it’s time to replace your roof.

How much does it cost?

Costs for a flat roof replacement can vary depending on several factors, including…

  • The size of the roof – Naturally, if your roof covers a larger area, it will cost more to replace. This is down to the costs of materials, along with time and labour.
  • The materials – The type of material you choose for your flat roof replacement will also impact the costs. For example, felt flat roofing is generally the most cost-effective option.
  • The contractor – You’ll also need to factor in how much your contractor charges for their work. It can be tempting to go with the cheapest option, but you need to be clear on the contractor’s qualifications and reputation.
  • Accessibility – Issues with accessing the roof to carry out the works could also potentially add to the costs.

How long does it take?

This will largely depend on the scope of the project and the type of materials used. Some materials are more complex to work with and will require more time to install. Any issues accessing the roofing can add to the time taken – as can poor roof maintenance.

For domestic extensions, garages and similar constructions, 1-2 days completion time is a good ballpark estimate for how long you can expect the work to take.

What’s the best material for a flat roof replacement?

DPR Ltd usually recommend a GRP (fibreglass) flat roof option in most cases. It is an excellent choice if you are looking for a seamless, long-lasting flat roof that is both durable and aesthetically pleasing.

Professionally installed flat roofs in Pontefract

When the time comes to replace your flat roof, you need to know your roofing is in expert hands. At DPR Roofing, we have 30 years’ experience installing flat roofs for domestic and commercial properties across Pontefract and the surrounding areas.

If you’ve noticed an issue or your roof is reaching the end of its lifespan, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Speak with our friendly team today on 01977 220016 to arrange a no-obligation quote.