Please can you give me a cost to replace the flat roofs in the photos I’ve sent, one is my roof and one is my neighbours.
Note the little dots on the decking, indicating they opted to use a perforated 1st coat of felt. The idea behind this is that the 2nd coat of felt will only partially bond to the decking. This ensures that when it fails, the next roofer can remove the old felt without having to hack away at the decking. This can be a common problem, because when roofers don’t follow manufacturers’ instructions, and fully bond the roof, the cost of removing the old roof covering could be considerably more expensive.
The roof has been stripped and the insulation has already been taken up the scaffolding, ready to go down. You can see that the insulation has been laid out over the old decking and is being screwed down, ready for the finishing layer of EPDM single ply rubber to be laid.
This gives an idea as to what we were up against. Our specification for this new flat roof was to strip the old roof, apply insulation and re-roof using EPDM rubber. Just what we were going to do with the parapet walls and chimneys was always going to be up for debate and, as part of the pricing, we had discussed that a Provisional Costs (PC) sum should be put to one side to deal with the renovation of this area.
In this video I explain problems with insulating a roof using the warm and cold roof construction methods. Whatever new flat roof covering you choose, e.g. EPDM rubber, Kemper, Liquid Rubber Triflex, if the specification of the insulation is not correct you could have problems which could include rotting joists.
This video shows detailed drawings on how a warm flat roof is constructed. I link to two other videos, one on cold flat roof construction and one that’s an in depth comparison between cold and warm flat roofs, also showing thermal imaging of poorly performing, insulated flat roofs.