For architects, housebuilders, builders, tradespeople and any other construction professionals, speed is one of the most important qualities when getting hold of products for clients. For professionals who are installing rooflights, choosing options that are available in standard sizes and that are kept in stock by the supplier will result in a faster, more efficient delivery. Flat glass rooflights are some of the most popular around and if a supplier can be found that keeps them in stock, this will be very helpful when ordering them in for clients. Some flat glass rooflights are designed especially for supply to the trade; these can still be very high quality, and the appearance between them and a more expensive rooflight may often be indistinguishable. For products such as these, it is possible to buy them per client, per project, and get swift delivery on site to keep the project moving, while allowing flexibility in workload for roofing and property professionals.
Here is a brief guide to flat glass rooflights for homes, and the benefits you can enjoy from them. If you are looking for a rooflight for whatever reason – more natural light, a generally brighter home etc. – then a flat glass version will be one of the best choices you can make.
Flat glass rooflights are so appealing because they feature a modern, simplistic design that is largely timeless. You will be able to enjoy a good deal more light, and the rooflight itself will be a central design feature both inside and out. Flat glass designs look very modern and will look great from the outside in, as well as the other way around of course. Thanks to their larger expanse of glass, they will offer stunning sky views above, and will look simply stunning in any setting. You can choose from a wide range of frame colours as well.
Having a roof repaired or replaced is a big decision. A roof repair gone wrong can cause a whole host of issues and make it much harder to get the repair right further down the line. In the meantime, after a botched repair, you could be left with a roof that leaks, that has tiles falling off and causing a hazard, or that is a poorly thermally insulated. For this very reason, it’s important you choose experienced flat roofing contractors to work on your home if you have a problem with your flat roof. They will usually be able to guarantee their work and you will have the reassurance you need that they will be doing the best job possible for your property.
Equally, if you are having a new flat roof system installed, the contractors still need to be the right ones. A flat roof will set you up successfully for many years into the future and so it’s absolutely essential that you get one that is high quality, expertly fitted, and completely watertight. A roof installation gone wrong can be expensive and time consuming to fix so you should make sure it’s done properly in the first place. This means choosing a roofing contractor who is going to do a good job on your flat roof.
Talk to a contractor to find out what kinds of roofs they specialise in. This is very important if you are having a roof repaired because they need to work with the right types of materials for your property. You can save a great deal of money by having a flat roof repaired rather than replaced, and finding the right contractor will make sure these savings are maximised. Check what flat roofing materials they use, such as single ply membranes or GRP/fibreglass roofs. They should be able to offer bespoke advice depending on your existing roof.
Specialist types of flat roofs – talking to your flat roof contractor to set out your expectations
One of the essentials of finding a great roofing contractor is good communication. You must make sure that your contractor communicates with you clearly and directly – you don’t want them to be a subcontractor or someone who works for a big team where you aren’t able to speak with them directly. This can make for a difficult working relationship and you can ultimately have your project held up.
If you have specialist flat roofing, this will also need to be communicated to your contractor from the off. This could include a flat roof that is part of a balcony or terrace, or perhaps one that has a walk-on rooflight fitted into it. Ensure that your contractor is comfortable working with roof systems such as these and make sure the surface they install will be high quality and non slip to make for a safe environment. A good contractor will be able to come and look at your current roofing and give you a quote for their work, so you can decide if you will go ahead and if you will pick that particular flat roofing contractor.
Generally, roofs tend to last anywhere from 10 to 100 years before they will need to be replaced but this is dependent on environmental factors and material of your roof. Areas that are consistently exposed to heavy downpour may need their roof replacing at the lower end of its materials life expectancy. Check out the below guide to figure out the life expectancy of your roof dependant on the material.
Asphalt – 20-40 years
Fiberglass shingle – 50 years
Flat roof (asphalt) – 10 years
Flat roof (rubber or plastic) – 40-50 years
Steel tiles – 50 years
Stone tiles (clay) – 40-60 years
Stone tiles (slate or concrete) – 50 -100 years
Wood shingle – 30 years
These are just average life expectancies and you should still keep an eye on your roof for some tell-tale signs that it may need replacing soon. A rood that is drooping or sagging Is something to keep an eye on and generally will need to be replaced. A roof that is missing tiles can be repaired. If you start noticing leaks inside your home this could be a sign that the roof will need to be replaced.
Choosing which material, you will need for your project is a key element to the design and finish overall. You must choose the correct tile to fit the job.
There are several things you need to consider before you purchase your roof tiles.
Life – if you are building a new home using fairly cheap materials then you won’t need to invest in more expensive tile options. If the house is only built to last 15 years you won’t require tiles that outlive this span.
Value – following the above advice, if a property is of low value then cheaper tiles will be more cost-effective. This works the same way for more expensive properties.
Property strength – less sturdy houses may develop structural issues if heavy tiles are used.
Aesthetics – tiles now come in several different options; you should always aim for ones that add to the home’s aesthetic
Cost – you must consider labour cost as well as material cost