What Is The Best Material For A Flat Roof?

What Is The Best Material For A Flat Roof? [Best Choice For Your Property]


The best type of roofing material for a flat roof

A flat roof is a common type of roof seen across the UK, especially on properties such as sheds, garages, flats, warehouses and commercial premises. A flat roof is a roof that has a pitch of less than 10 degrees. Although a more favourable choice for properties in arid climates, in the UK a flat roof is a budget-friendly type of roof that is considerably cheaper than other types of roofs such as a pitched one hence its popularity.

If you are considering a new flat roof for your property whether that be due to the current one being damaged or a new property being built and requiring a new roof,  there are certain factors that you need to consider. One of the most important considerations is what type of roofing material you will use to construct this flat roof. 

Remember to choose wisely and consider all your options as the type of material you choose will determine the longevity and reliability of your new roof. Making the right choice at this stage of creating a new flat roof is pivotal if you are hoping to save money in the future and not have to think about repairing your flat roof any time soon. 

Fortunately, throughout this blog, we will provide you with five of the best types of roofing materials for your new flat roof so that you can be confident you are picking the right type of roof.

5 best types of material for a flat roof

As the leading roofing company and roofing merchants in Melksham, it is fair to say we know a little bit about the best types of roofing materials, especially when it comes to repairing or replacing a new flat roof. Hence why we have compiled a list of five of the best types of materials for flat roofs that you can use in your next build.

The five best types of material for a flat roof include:

  • Roofing Felt
  • GRP Roofing
  • EPDM Membrane
  • PVC Membrane
  • Green Roofing

1. Roofing Felt

Roofing felt is one of the most popular choices in the UK when it comes to a flat roof. We have installed plenty of flat roofs with roofing felt over the years and it is as popular a choice as ever for your flat roof. Roofing felt is affordable, easy to install and can be repaired quickly if issues occur. Furthermore, it has weatherproof properties which will make sure your roof is protected against all the elements that are thrown at it in the UK.

2. GRP Roofing

GRP roofing (Glass Reinforced Plastic), also known as fibreglass roofing, is another great choice in regard to material for your new flat roof. It is one of the most resilient and long-lasting types of flat roofing material providing a lightweight roofing solution that has a sleek appearance once installed on the flat roof. It is perfect for both commercial and domestic properties being low maintenance, easy to install and cost effective. 

3. EPDM Membrane

EPDM membrane is another material that is used on flat roofs across the UK. It is one of the most advanced types of flat roofing material being made out of rubber it is flexible, durable, resistant and long-lasting. It offers a range of advantages including straightforward installation, long lifespan, a seamless appearance and incredible strength. 

4. PVC Membrane 

A PVC membrane roof (Poly Vinyl Chloride), is a type of roof that is typically used in arid countries however is also a popular choice in the UK as a type of roofing material used on flat roofs. It is a single-ply white membrane that is flexible and long-lasting. If you are not worried about the white appearance of the roof it is a great option particularly if you want to keep the room cool and insulated. 

5. Green Roofing

In this day and age green roofs are becoming more and more popular as the consciousness of humanity becomes more aware of the negative impacts of material production. Instead innovative, eco-friendly solutions are becoming all the rage with one of these being green roofs. These are types of flat roofs that are covered in vegetation encouraging growth. These roofs offer many benefits including a unique look and style, durability, absorption of rainwater and protection from the natural elements.


Overall, you should now have a fully comprehensive idea of the best types of material for your flat roof in terms of longevity, durability and price. You should now be able to go away and make the all-important decision for yourself on what type of material you should use for your flat roof. 

Although you may have now made a big step in turning your new flat roof into a reality, there are still plenty of other important choices to make before that first piece of roofing material is placed. The most important factor now is to decide who is installing your new flat roof because choosing the wrong roofing contractor can have a detrimental impact on the durability and longevity of your flat roof. Let’s put it this way, if you pick the wrong roofing company, no matter what type of material you choose if it hasn’t been installed properly you are going to run into issues fairly quickly. Therefore, always do your research on the local roofing companies in your area and make sure that you pick one that is reliable, reputable and has good reviews in your area.

Fortunately, if you live in the Melksham, Bath or Bristol area, here at A L King Roofing, we provide a reliable, affordable and high-quality flat roof installation and roof repairs service. Originally starting out in 1979, A L King Roofing has over 40 years of experience in the roofing industry from repairs and new roof installations

Furthermore, we even provide a selection of high-quality flat roofing materials which you can find in our roofing merchants centre in Melksham. Whether you are looking for an entire flat roof replacement or just some new flat roof materials in Melksham, speak to a member of the team on 01225 705 918 and discuss all your roofing requirements today!

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