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Where we test the latest roofing materials

Welcome to Roofing Reviews. A site where we review all of the latest and most widely used roofing materials. This includes materials like felt, tiles, roof windows, vents and all materials and products related to the roofing industry.

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We specialise in the following sectors:

Did you know that Opening Rooflights are a fantastic way to improve natural ventilation. Whether you choose a hinged rooflight, or opt for an access rooflight that opens fully, these types of Rooflights offer great ventilation. This helps control interior temperatures, gives easier outdoor access, maintains excellent safety and security, offers great design and aesthetics.

Architecture

Architecture is both the process and the product of planning, designing, and constructing buildings or any other structures.

Exterior Design

Key areas of building design to focus on are the front door, the driveway or approach to your home, the porch area, the windows, the facade and the roof.

Landscape Design

Landscape design is an independent profession and a design and art tradition, practiced by landscape designers, combining nature and culture.

Planning

Planning permission or developmental approval refers to the approval needed for construction or expansion in some jurisdictions. It is usually given in the form of a building permit.

Furniture Design

Furniture designers sketch and create prototypes for production. They may use computer-aided design programs to develop and modify their models prior to creation.

Interior Design

Interior design is the art and science of enhancing the interior of a building to achieve a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing environment for the people using the space.

Our expert team

Meet our reviewers, testing all of the latest building and roofing products.

 

Juan George

Product Reviewer

Emma Kelly

Product Reviewer

Sean Black

Product Reviewer

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Our recent reviews

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Our recent review on Firestone EPDM got people askings questions, the top question is what EPDM means. EPDM is a acronym for Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer. EPDM is an M-Class rubber where the ‘M’ in M-Class refers to its classification in ASTM standard D-1418; the M class comprises elastomers having a saturated chain of the polyethylene type (the M deriving from the more correct term polymethylene). EPDM is made from ethylene, propylene and a diene comonomer that enables crosslinking via sulphur vulcanisation systems. A good product when installing rubber roofs are EPDM Trims

The most common types of fencing are; wood, vinyl/PVC, aluminium and high tensile steel. All types of fencing have their advantages and disadvantages.

If you are on a low budget then something like timber fencing is available from most garden centres and DIY outlets are probably the only viable choice. Long lasting metal Garden Fencing is a bit more expensive that timber, but will outlast so this is a good long term solution.

Artificial grass is a synthetic grass made to look like natural grass. It is most often used in arenas for sports that were originally or are normally played on grass. However, it is now being used in residential homes and commercial applications as well. We will be reviewing some of these items soon.

When deciding which roof window brand is best for your home, it can be difficult as there are so many options now on the market, inclduing the big name brands like FAKRO and VELUX. VELUX being the biggest brand name in the world. This is due to good product and good marketing!

So are VELUX the best Roof Windows?

Well, that depends how you look at it. As price plays a massive part in everything we buy, do we need to sacrafice quality to get something cheaper?

FAKRO Windows are not much different in cost, usually a few % cheaper than VELUX, so not a huge saving. But the quality is on par with VELUX.

Other manufacturers include DAKEA, AURORA, ROOFLITE, KEYLITE and ROTO.

All of these windows are siginifcantly cheaper than the likes of VELUX, but do they offer less in terms of quality?

Well, maybe, but not by much – And when you compare prices you can really save yourself a lot of money and not sacrifice a whole lot.

RoofLITE Windows start from just £90.00 if you shop around online. We tested these windows along side the names above and found they were a good quality window and we would happily lose a bit of the quality compared to FAKRO and VELUX, to save up to 50% on the cost.

Long Lasting, Requires Little Maintenance and it looks good!

So Firestone EPDM membrane is miles ahead of some of the older traditional feltst for example. Firestone claims in can be used in the most extreme conditions and that it gives you one of the most durable flat roof coverings available on the market today. They even claim it can last up to 50 years!

So what makes Firestone’s RubberCover better than the rest and are there any negative points to take in to account?

Firstly, coverings like Felt after time can start to accumilate moss. EPDM Rubber doesnt allow moss to grow on the surface, so you will get a clear roof for a long time. And because of the colour (Like a charcoal black) it doesnt really show any dirt, so less time cleaning!

Are there any cons?

If you have a freestanding roof, or something with little to no penetrations such as roof windows or vents, then installation is really quite easy and this can be done by a DIYer.

Obstacles though, such as those listed above, require the EPDM to be flashed with their bespoke flashing tape and required primer. This is where a bit of skill is required to ensure that no leaks will occur later on down the line. So this will need to be taken in to account.

Other issues we found is that damage can happen. The rubber itself although durable, is not puncture resistant. So damage can occur if something is dropped on the roof or you step on a screw or stone when installing. But it is relatively easy to repair punctures, in a similar way to repairing and inner tube for your bike!

But dont let this put you off, simple care when installing and up on the roof and you shouldnt have any issues.

Pros? Yep, theres a few.

Firestones EPDM actually uses recycled materials, making it ECO friendly to some degree. The EPDM comes in huge sheets, meaning that most of the time roofs can be covered in a single sheet, meaning no seams or joins to be made (Less chance of leaks). Firestone EPDM s also BBA Certified, so you know that you are getting a high quality product.

It’s also readily available across hundreds of outlets in the UK, most offering a next day delivery service.

It’s well priced too!

We give Firestone EPDM 9/10 stars!