Roofing companies like us highly recommend GRP membranes to our Maidstone and Kent customers due to the level of protection and durability they provide to flat roofs. Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) is a premium product traditionally used to protect the hulls of boats. GRP is extremely cost-effective and is easily moulded to fit the shape of your flat roof. Maidstone customers can choose from a wide-range of finishes, which are available to complement the appearance of your home.
Once installed, GRP roofs have an approximate lifespan of 40 years. If you experience any issues, our roofers carry out GRP roof repairs, varying from minor fixes to reapplying entire membranes if required.
Damp and Water Damage
Flat roofs can suffer from standing or pooling water. This is the residual rainwater which has not been drained. If the roof surface at your Maidstone or Kent property is not completely flat, water cannot be drained successfully by the guttering system. Water which doesn’t evaporate after 72 hours can lead to leaks, damp and damaged flat roof membranes.
The roofers at Roofing First recommend GRP membranes, which are ideal at withstanding damage due to water-resistant capabilities. Roofing companies like us advise Maidstone customers to safely check the condition of their gutters on a regular basis. A build-up of debris, such as dirt leaves, snow and ice, prevents the flow of run-off water and exacerbates pooling water issues.
Blistering and Holes
Blistering is caused by water ingress which produces bubbles of vapour below the roof membrane’s surface. When exposed to fluctuating temperatures, flat roof membranes blisters increase in size and affect the bond to the roof. Our roofers repair problematic areas or reapply sheets, depending on the extent of the damage. Carrying out regular roof spot checks after extreme bouts of weather identify issues at an early stage.
Flat roof membranes can suffer from holes, tears and punctures over time. This is due to weather damage or local wildlife. Holes expose timber roofing materials, which result in rot and structural weaknesses unless repaired by professional roofing companies.