Flat Roofing in Bristol

Flat roofing repairs and installation.

Flat Roofing

Affordable Flat Roofs In Bristol

Are you looking to install a new flat roof for your home or repair your current flat roof?

Here at The Roofing Company Bristol Ltd, we are a proud Bristol-based roofing company that cares about its customers and their flat roofing needs and requirements. In fact, we have been trading and providing our outstanding flat roofing installation and repair service across Bristol for over 50 years.

Our huge array of experience has allowed us to identify and work with a range of flat roofing problems so no job is too big or small when it comes to new flat roofing systems for your building or home.

Of course, when planning such a big investment it is important to gather as much information as possible about the job in hand. Here at The Roofing Company Bristol, we aim to make roof repairs and replacements affordable for everyone, without compromising on quality.

No project is too big or too small for our experienced team, so be sure to get in contact today on 0117 950 2610 for a free quotation about new flat roofs or flat roof repairs in Bristol.

Up to

Years' Guarantee

As a registered member of the NFRC, we can offer up to a 25 year guarantee on all flat roofs and up to 10 years on all tiled roofs – insolvency protection also included.

Flat Roofing Replacements in Bristol

Our flat roofing service includes complete roofing replacements as well as flat roofing repairs. As one of the leading flat roofers in Bristol, we provide affordable and efficient flat roofing services for both residential and commercial properties.

Therefore, if your current flat roof is suffering from damages or is over 25 years old, you may be due a roofing replacement. Our flat roofs are made from the highest quality materials providing year-round insulation and are able to withstand high or low temperatures roofs battle against every year in the UK.

We provide a selection of flat roofing in Bristol that is a long-lasting solution to your roofing requirements for your home or business. There is nothing worse than having a faulty roof which puts your home, belongings and personal health at risk.

Therefore by choosing one of our roofing replacement options, you can be certain that you will get a durable flat roof that is installed to the highest quality.

Types of Flat Roofing

Cold works techniques are easier but not suitable for uneven surfaces or when being applied in cold conditions. Hot works techniques use either bitumen to bond and seal layers of felt or a gas torch to heat the felt and attach it to the roof.

There is a wide range of materials available to create your new flat roof and which one you require will come down to personal preference. There isn’t an industry consensus on what roofing materials yield the best results therefore feel free to choose which you feel is the best fit for your property.

The most important thing to think about when choosing the material for your flat roofing is the price and the guarantee provided by the manufacturer. Here at The Roofing Company Bristol, we’re a registered member of the NFRC and can offer you up to 25 years guarantee on our flat roofs to ensure longevity.

It’s also important to think about the material performance, the complexity of the structure and the overall aesthetic appeal it’ll bring.

The flat roofing options we offer are the following:

Torch-On Felt Flat Roofing

Torch-on Felt covering consists of two or three layers of bitumen sheet, which is applied to the roof using a gas torch. This is a very common, cost-effective option.

One of the main advantages of using torch-on felt to cover a flat roof is its malleability and multi-layering which really helps it stand up well to foot traffic and general weathering.

two roofers using a torch to felt a roof
Fibreglass Roofing Bristol

GRP/Fibreglass Flat Roofing

GRP/fibreglass is an extremely versatile option for flat roofing, which works well on any roof, especially ones that are not of standard shape or size. It’s lightweight, yet strong and durable and can be excellent for domestic and commercial buildings that need to withstand footfall.

What are the Advantages of Choosing a Flat Roof?

Flat roofs are a popular choice for three distinct reasons. Their aesthetic, price-point and low maintenance.

  • Design: Flat Roofs are a great choice for both small and large structures,  most commonly being used on extensions, garages, airports and supermarkets. Their highly waterproof membranes will also protect the structure. A flat roof creates more space inside the structure compared to pitch roofing helping you to make the most out of the dimensions of a building of any size.
  • Cost: When installing a flat roof, fewer materials will generally be used, making it considerably cheaper to install than a pitched roof. The installation time will also be significantly shorter, with smaller buildings being completed in just a couple of days.
  • Low Maintenance: A flat roof will typically be a lot easier to inspect and repair than a pitched roof.

Common Flat Roofing Problems We Face in Bristol

Due to the unpredictable nature of the UK weather, there are plenty of common flat roofing problems that our qualified roofers have to repair every day. If you are experiencing some of the following flat roofing issues, you may require a repair or complete flat roof replacement.

Some of the common flat roofing problems we have worked with and fixed across Bristol include;

Ponding Water

Flat roofs don’t drain as well as pitched roofs, which is why they commonly develop ponding water. Ponding water is water that stands in a puddle on your roof for more than 48 hours or more.

This issue will only develop if the water remains on the roof for an extended period, wearing down the membrane. This can result in a leaking roof.


Blistering is caused when small pockets of air or moisture get trapped either beneath the membrane or in between layers of the membrane. This will then worsen when the roof warms up in the sun, causing the pockets of air or moisture to expand and stretch out the membrane.


Alligatoring describes the cracking of a coating or surface bitumen on a flat roof. This, therefore, causes a pattern similar to the hide of an alligator. This can be caused by water, debris or long-term exposure to the sun.

This cracking will eventually split further if left unrepaired, meaning that more water can get in and cause leaking, moisture and even more damage.

Buckle in Membrane

Any house will move and settle over time. However, this does mean that the roofing membrane will move too. Typically, the membrane will only consist of a single sheet, so when the roof moves, this sheet will buckle.

Thermal Movement

Temperature changes can cause the roofing material to expand and contract, which is relatively normal. However, continual expansion and contraction can weaken the roof, causing leaks. This movement can occur on the flashing, causing it to move away from the edges of the roof, allowing water into the roof.

If you have noticed any of the above problems, make sure to get in contact today on 0117 950 2610 and speak with a member of the team. Making sure that roofing issues are solved proactively can save you a lot of money in the long run, by preventing any small issues from developing into bigger ones.

Ways to Prevent Flat Roofing Issues in Bristol

If you are looking to avoid flat roofing leaks, you can:

  • Apply a protective coating to prevent rain from leaking through the roof,
  • Ensure your roof has a good drainage system,
  • Making sure that there is enough roof fall, to enable water to drain off properly.

Get Your New Flat Roof Installed Today

Here at the Roofing Company Bristol Ltd, we can supply high-quality flat roofing solutions and replacements all at an affordable price without compromising on quality. For over 50 years, we have provided flat roofing for local authorities, housing associations, schools, businesses and homeowners.

Give us a ring today on 0117 950 2610, we’ll be more than happy to discuss the project in hand and how we can help you ensure it’s a success.

Frequently Asked Flat Roofing Questions

The term ‘flat roofing’ describes a roof surface that is completely or almost level. Although they’re described as flat, more often than not these roofs are actually laid at a slight angle to allow for the drainage of rainwater. Typically, they are designed to have a minimum fall of 1:40, but this can vary anywhere to 1:80, depending on the site upon which the structure has been built.

In the UK, flat roofs are commonly found on outdoor living or storage spaces, house extensions and industrial buildings. It’s a very popular style and has been gaining popularity with architects for houses with a more modern, minimalist design.

At the Bristol Roofing Company, we offer flat roof installation, replacement and repair to both industrial and domestic buildings. If you are interested in finding out more information then contact us at 0117 313 5722 today. 

Depending on the materials used to build the flat roof and the quality of the installation, the life expectancy of a flat roof is around 25 – 30 years. There are also other factors which may affect the life expectancy of your flat roof including the location of the property, weather conditions, surrounding nature, ventilation, age and lack of maintenance. 

Essentially, the better maintained your flat roof is, the longer it will last. If any trees are overgrowing on top of your roof, you may want to consider removing them as if a branch snaps and lands on the roof this can cause damage. Also, we suggest cleaning your roof every 1-2 years as leaves, dirt, twigs, branches and other debris may build up and weaken the roof, decreasing the lifespan. 

If you require a flat roof replacement then the Roofing Company Bristol is the right choice for you. We have been dedicated to providing different roofing services, including flat roof replacement, across Bristol and surrounding areas for over 50 years. Please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our roofing specialists if you have any questions. You can speak with us by contacting us at 0117 313 5722

We suggest using a professional roofing company to repair your flat roof. This is because repairing a roof requires training, knowledge and expertise to do so correctly. If you attempt to repair your roof with no prior experience, this can be very dangerous. Bristol Roofing Company, have been repairing flat roofs for over 50 years for both industrial and domestic clients. We take pride in offering an affordable service and we take on any job, no project is too large or small for us. 

There are various materials that are commonly used in flat roofing including EPDM rubber, PVC/TPO membranes, built-up roofing, modified bitumen and asphalt shingles. Each material has its benefits and is used in different cases. Some have a longer lifespan than others, some are more cost-effective, some are more durable etc. At the Roofing Company Bristol, we can give you advice on what material we suggest for your flat roofing project. Speak with our specialists today to find out more. 

There are various signs to look out for when your flat roof needs to be repaired or replaced. If there are water stains on your ceiling, this may be a sign that your roof has water damage from a build-up of water. Obvious signs of deterioration on the roofing surface and recurring leaks are also signs that your flat roof may need to be repaired. Age is also a good factor to go off, once your flat roof gets to 15+ years old, it may be worth hiring a roofing company to assess the current condition of your roof. 

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