Flat Roof Insulation

Flat roof insulation is becoming increasingly important. The better the insulation in your roof then the more energy you save.

Part L of building control sets out the targets that need to be reached for insulation in of new build and retrofit. There are two recognised ways of insulating flat roofs. If the flat roof is part of a new build project it has to be built to part L of building control.

If you are interested in saving money on your energy bills, keeping your heat in as well as reducing your carbon footprint, then get a quote for flat roof insulation.

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Flat Roofs & Part L of the Building Regulations

What Triggers Part L of the Building Regulations?

On old flat roofs, if you strip the old covering then you trigger part L and you have to insulate the roof to the new regulations, if you already have some insulation in the roof but it’s poor then again this triggers part L. If the flat roof is part of a new build project it has to be built to part L of building regulations.

How Do You Know if You Have a Warm Roof or a Cold Roof?

Generally cold roofs have ventilation and you should see the vents. Older cold roofs may not have vents so look to see if the roof  has been raised higher than the surrounding roofs  as the roof insulation on a warm roof is on top making it higher.

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Cold Flat Roof Construction

This video shows a cold roof and its vents.

Warm Roof & Cold Roof Comparison

Insulating a flat roof using the warm roof construction method  means you place the roof insulation over the timber decking. Insulating the roof the cold roof method means you place the insulation between the joists with ventilation above the roof insulation.

Warm roof construction is considered to be much more efficient and is an easier build. Cutting pieces of roof insulation between the joist is a skilful job and takes time, unfortunately if the roof insulation is not cut correctly and air can get between then cold bridging can begin.

Warm Flat Roof Construction

This video shows a warm roof and insulation.

Can My Flat Roof be Insulated?

Most old flat roofs can be insulated however sometimes the cost becomes restrictive, take an example of a flat roof that got a bedroom under it and above a balcony opens up onto the flat roof, the step of the door out onto the roof is only 50mm above the existing roof.

In this instance to place roof insulation over the roof to form a warm roof would mean moving the door, and to remove the ceilings down below to add roof insulation and ventilation would devastate the room below. If building control is  involved they should be lenient and  deem the roof as “hard to insulate” and not enforce the building regulation.

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