Roofing with Fibreglass Home Guide UK

Roofing with Fibreglass Home Guide UK

Fibreglass, also known as GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic), was invented in the 1930s. It comprises strands of glass fibres that are woven together with a reinforced plastic resin. The fibres can be merged into different patterns that will determine its eventual strength and weight, which varies depending on what it is going to be used for. A good roofer will give you the best advice on what options would suit you best.

This roofing material, which offers a seamless roof system, is renowned for being versatile and is officially a ‘plastic’ without some of the disadvantages of ‘thermoplastics’. It is tough, lightweight, non-slip and can easily be made fire proof. In addition it can last for approximately 30 years. As a result fibreglass is often chosen by housing associations, local authorities and companies as their flat roofing material of choice.

There are many advantages to using fibreglass as a roofing material. The fact that it is seamless means it will be crack and leak free. As the surface is smooth and without stones these will not be any lichen or moss problems. With its tough, durable qualities, using this roofing material lends itself well to flat roofs, sun terraces and even balconies as it can be walked on. Installing a fibreglass roofing system can also mean a reduction in your energy bills, as, according to industry experts, it also acts as an insulator, meaning that you lose less energy and can even reduce your household heating bills. In addition, it is available in a variety of colours – from sunshine yellow to battleship green – so it can fit the colour scheme of your property.

Using fibreglass for your roofing material means that repairs can be made easily – and, if necessary, the application of gel resin can offer extra protection and extend the life of the roof. A layer of acrylic paint can also help to increase its lifespan. Fibreglass roofs are also completely UV resistant and require no heat to be installed, meaning that they can be laid quickly and safely.

Fibreglass roofing materials must be installed in dry conditions and at a temperature above 5°C. It makes sense to plan the installation, as much as possible, for when a calm, dry period of weather is forecast. There are four main stages to the job once the deck has been prepared: trimming (edge trims are fitted), bandaging (board joints are reinforced); laminating (GRP membrane is applied); and coating (application of the final top coat). It is important that the new deck – which should be made from exterior plywood (18mm) and attached to the joists underneath – allows for adequate drainage and that there in not even the slightest sign of standing water on the roof once the work has been completed.

In terms of how quickly your fibreglass roofing project can proceed, industry professionals estimate that two experienced workers can strip, deck, laminate and apply a top coat to approximately 20 square metres each day.

When installed well, a fibreglass roof can be aesthetically pleasing, with a modern, contemporary and minimalistic look, but also offer easy maintenance and a cost-effective roofing solution. What’s more, some industry professionals even say that, with the right installation technique, fibreglass or GRP roofing materials can last up to a grand total of 50 years.

About the author: Colin Firth is a friendly and reliable roofer in Liverpool who has many years of experience.  If you would like some information on stone and slate roofs for historic buildings the please click here .

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