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Guide to flat roof coverings

Anamika Talwaria outlines the options available for your flat roof’s finish, and the key considerations to make
This modern home with a flat roof was created by BWP Architects.

Selecting a material for your flat roof can be a daunting prospect, especially as these once held the stigma of being leaky and less capable of directing water away from a building. However, modern construction and coverings mean that a level roof can protect your home just as effectively as a pitched one. Technically, flat roofs are never completely flat – they need a slope to allow water to be channeled away and avoid water pooling, which is how leaks start. Any covering lower than 10° comes under the flat category.

Other than low-flying planes and occupants looking out over a flat roof lower storey, few people are likely to see this level. So, rather than the look, perhaps budget constraints and durability will dictate the material you choose. However, if aesthetics are important to you, it may be worth spending extra on a more attractive covering. So with this in mind, what are the available options for a flat roof finish and which is right for your home?

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The January 2020 issue of Build It is packed full of practical advice, inspiring readers' homes and expert guidance on everything from planning and design through to budgets and specifying materials. The January 2020 Edition includes: - Future-Proof Your Self Build - Are Woodburning Stoves Really Eco Friendly? - Renovation Design Details - Draught Proofing a Period Home - Planning Secrets: Keeping Your Neighbours Happy - Sound Proofing: How to Create a Quiet Home ... and much more!