3 Reasons to Switch Your Property's Felt Roof to Fibreglass
The thought of having to replace your roof is not exactly the most appealing to your wallet, that's understandable. However, while on first inspection it may seem a costly investment (especially if you think your roof is in good condition), you may discover that you'd be saving more money in the long run by opting for a fibreglass replacement roof.
What is the difference?
In most cases, all flat roofs comprised of two main materials: felt and lead. The lifespan of felt roofing isn't exactly glamorous, either. With an average life expectancy of 5 years, people have started to search for longer and more efficient roofing options.
Fiberglass roofing, on the other hand, can be used and adapted into almost any shape, meaning it can easily be applied to any roof. Another huge advantage is the fact that fibreglass roofing doesn't require heat to be fitted. Older roofing materials (like bitumen) require heat to help the roof set, which presents a safety risk for the team. Fibreglass doesn't present such risks, and because it doesn't require heat, it saves labour costs and therefore, money for you!
- It's Outdated
Felt roofing has been around for almost 90 years, so it's not as if it's lacking in quality! However, while it has remained a trusted and respected roofing option, unfortunately, it's become outdated. Advancements in technology have paved the way for roofing options such as fibreglass to become the preferred option, both because of the material's durability and easy application.
- It Does Not Breath Well
Felt roofing is notorious for not being able to easily let air in and out, even modern felt roofing struggles to rid the moisture and heat build-ups within the property. What this will inevitably lead to is mould, and this will rapidly damage your roof, which will eventually force you into buying a new roof.
Something else that needs to be considered is ventilation's role in felt roofing. If your roof space is under-ventilated, you're at a higher risk of condensation developing and this can rapidly speed up the rate in which mould develops. Once the warm, moist air comes into contact with the colder surfaces of the roof (the felt), this creates dew, which results in condensation. If this is left untreated, it will start to rot the wooden beams, and not only will this see the items in your loft damaged, but in extreme cases, the structural integrity of your house will be in jeopardy.
- Susceptible to Weather Damage
Felt roofing also has a weak spot against wind and rain, and holes in the material commonly appear over time. While it is possible to repair these holes by patching, this technique will only last so long, as the hole will simply get bigger over time. You have two options: keep covering the hole, or source a newer, more reliable roofing solution.
Fibreglass Roofing – The Logical Alternative?
Fibreglass, above all else, is low-maintenance, making it easy to look after. It rarely requires any professional fixes, adjustments or intervention. The advantages of fibreglass roofing dwarf felt, not only are they more cost effective but:
- They are safer – requiring no complex machinery or heating agents for application (for the most part).
- Their durability is fantastic – fibreglass roofing has an average lifespan of 20 years, a direct contrast to the 5 years lifespan of felt.
- They are flexible – options are in abundance when it comes to fibreglass roofing. You're able to choose from a wide variety of roof trims to suit the shape and structure of your roof.
- It's waterproof – unlike felt, fibreglass roofing is entirely waterproof (if fitted by a professional).
- Easy to maintain – the only maintenance that will be required is the occasional cleaning (just hose it down) and brush away any debris, such as leaves, twigs, branches etc that may have fallen onto the roof.
So, if you're looking to invest in a safer and all-round more efficient roofing option, then fibreglass roofing is the way forward! It's safer, more affordable and with 3x the lifespan, you'd be wise to invest.