How to Choose The Best Roofing Material For Your Home?

Whether you’re nearing the completion of your first home, considering making improvements to your existing property or facing a few urgent roofing repairs, it’s crucial to do your homework on the best roofing materials and methods. At Avant Garde Roofing, we are specialist flat roof installers with decades of experience behind us. Therefore, if you’re eager to learn more about the different types of flat roofing materials, we’re going to guide you through the key features of the three main types below.


GRP / Fibreglass

GRP or fibreglass flat roofing is generally produced as a composite sheet made of glass fibre mats, laminated between two layers of the waterproof core material. It has no alloy elements, so it does not corrode over time, unlike traditional zinc roofing. This type of roof requires minimal maintenance and offers a lifespan of 15, 20 or 30 years, depending on the quality of the installation and materials. At Avant Garde, our GRP flat roofing is durable, flexible, waterproof and lightweight so that it can be used for commercial and residential properties. With robustness, versatility and attractive appearance, you can completely cover your garage, shed, conservatory or outbuilding’s opening in a monolithic skin that contains no joints.


Single Ply Membrane

Single-ply flat roofing is very popular in the UK because it’s durable, waterproof and quick to install. A single-ply roof comprises an impermeable membrane formed by laying and joining strong, flexible sheets between 1 and 2 metres wide — creating a continuous waterproof barrier. The sheets are neatly joined together using a heat gun, which forms a watertight weld. Not only can a single-ply roof membrane be recycled, but this membrane provides excellent resistance to damage from UV rays. One of the reasons it’s a firm favourite in the commercial sector is that it’s ideal for properties with lots of obstructions, such as skylights and HVAC units.


The Kemper Waterproofing System

You may have already heard of liquid waterproofing systems, but if you’re looking for the best quality solution, the Kemper system will not let you down. This flat roofing material has a proven track record in the UK and across Europe. It’s cold-applied without the risk of hot works, yet it bonds directly to almost any substrate to ensure a seamless, elastomeric membrane that’s energy-efficient and attractive! The Kemper system also allows you to repair an old roof repair without removal, so you can save money and deliver long-lasting protection.

All of the materials we’ve touched on above are among the best solutions for flat roof properties, delivering much better performance and quality than traditional materials such as mineral felt, torch-on felt and mastic asphalt. If you’re looking for a high-quality membrane with a professional flat roof installation and a guarantee of up to 30 years, Avant Garde Roofing can help. You can learn more about us and how we install top-quality roofing materials across the UK by calling 0800 456 1104. Alternately, please email, and we’ll be back in touch as soon as possible.