Types of flat roofing materials available

Flat roofing systems have come a long way in a short time, and now UK roofs can be covered with more than just felt. Below we’ll explore some of the main alternatives and how they can benefit your home or business.

Built-up roofing

Known in the US as ‘tar and gravel’ flat roofing structures, built-up roofing is ubiquitous across the UK and has been in use for decades. It works by laying multiple layers of tar and grit before sealing the roof with a waterproof coating. Built-up roofs have longevity, durability and periodic maintenance, but they aren’t the cheapest option for flat roofing.

Modified bitumen

Modified bitumen is very similar to built-up roofing in that it requires sheets of bitumen to be layered but then heated by a blow torch or some other heating process. It is more straightforward to install, cheaper and easy to repair but ultimately doesn’t last as long as a built-up roof.

Rubber roofing

EPDM (Ethylene propylene diene monomer) represents a good value for money choice for any flat roofing structure. Constructed from artificial recycled rubber, EPDM can last up to fifty years, has superb insulating properties and resistance to UV rays and isn’t in any way toxic. As the most environmentally friendly option, the benefits offset the slightly more significant expense.


A fibreglass roof has many favourable properties shared by other methods, but its appealing aesthetic sets it apart. They are also sturdy and have a high impact resistance which means their lifespan matches any other type of material.
Contact Stanleys Roofing and Building for any roofing requirements, including routine maintenance for reliable and skilled service.