Advantages and Disadvantages of felt roofing

When it comes to roof options for any commercial or domestic property, we are Birmingham’s experts, here at JMS Roofing. One of the most common types of roof to install for extensions, garages or commercial buildings, is the simple felt roof. Made by building up layers of fibre mat, coated in a bituminous layer, the felt roof is one of the most simple out there. So what are the advantages and disadvantages of felt roofing?

Advantages of felt roofing

There are several advantages of felt roofing. These include:

  • felt roofing is light weight and can be used on simple, weaker structures, like sheds, as well as garages and extensions
  • it is one of the cheapest roofing options available, so you can save money
  • if your felt roof should get damaged, it can be repaired or patched quite easily and cheaply
  • felt mats can be cut and joined together to cover any space, in any shape, easily and quickly

Disadvantages of felt roofing

Despite the advantages, there are also some drawbacks to using felt roofing. These include:

  • felt roofing doesn’t last very long. In fact it’s lifetime is only around 10-15 years. Although high performance felt roofing can last longer than this
  • felt roofs can be damaged by extreme weather. It can become soft and then warp out of shape in the sun, and then become brittle and weak in the winter
  • if you do have to make repairs to your felt roofing, it can look a little bit scruffy

Overall, felt roofing can be a great option for flat roofed buildings in a range of sectors. It is waterproof, weatherproof and very cheap to install and replace as well as repair. And, if your customers can’t see your roof on a commercial property, it wont matter about the repair patches. For more information, get in touch with JMS Roofing today!