Polyester felt reinforcement bases
A non-woven polyester fabric which is rot-proof and very strong.
Available in a variety of weights –
- Lighter weights are normally used as underlays, providing added strength, resistance to tear and good nail holding properties.
- Heavier weights have higher puncture resistance and are normally used for cap sheets.
- Types of coating compounds
- Oxidised bitumen (unmodified)
- Sbs (styrene-butadiene-styrene) modified bitumen – a rubber modified elastomeric bitumen, which provides superior low temperature flexibility and the ability to cope better with movement, without fatigue cracking.
- App (atactic polypropylene) modified bitumen - Polymer modified bitumen, which makes the product particularly suitable for application with a gas torch; good resistance to slump and improved lower temperature flexibility. App modified bitumen membranes are ideal for use as an overlay to existing asphalt and some felt roofs
- 10 year or 15 year insurance backed guarantees are offered.
- Structural base
- Rigid insulation boards
- Solar reflective paint
- Spartan porous concrete promenade tiles
In almost every old roof structure moisture has usually penetrated through either by damage, weathering or stress cracks.
With the action of sunshine this can convert trapped moisture into water vapour; with a volume of up to 1500 times its original value.
If this vapour cannot be released, blistering may occur, destroying the waterproofing integrity of the membrane.
Vapour pressure can be much stronger than the original bitumen bond and is capable of destroying the seal between layers of waterproofing.
Types of flat roof
- The cold roof - A cold roof is where the principal thermal insulation is placed at or immediately above the ceiling, resulting in the roof covering and structural deck being substantially colder in winter than the interior of the building.
- The warm roof - The warm roof is where the principal thermal insulation is placed immediately below the roof covering resulting in the structural deck and ceiling being at a temperature close to that of the interior of the building.
- The inverted roof - The inverted roof is where the principal thermal insulation is placed above the roof covering, resulting in the roof covering, structural deck and ceiling being at a temperature close to that of the interior of the building.