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What is an overlay system?

We offer an overlay system, which can be used wherever the substructure/substrate is sound. It’s a fleece reinforced polyester-based system that forms a permanently elastic, seamless, yet highly permeable membrane which is extremely strong and very durable, and is vapour permeable, which means that unlike mineral felt, epdm rubber or single ply membranes, it allows any moisture from the existing roofing to vent off and dry naturally.

This system also carries its own certificate from the British Board of Agrément(BBA), the UK’s major authority for approval of construction products, systems and installers, and also comes with a 20-year guarantee and additional insurance backing

This is a cost effective solution for larger areas (100sq m plus) but also for any size area where the substructure/substrate is sound.

It has a low carbon footprint as there is usually no need to strip the old roof, which would result in disposing any waste to landfill and applying new decking boards.

Are You A Franchise?

NO. We started off in the late 1990’s as a franchise/part of a larger national company and this meant having to give the head franchise a sizeable chunk of our hard earned profits and having to purchase materials from them at a premium rate. We now buy our materials directly from the manufacturer and are able to offer more reasonable/sensible rates to the customer.

GRP & fibreglass – what is the difference?

GRP (glass reinforced plastic) is the technical name for what is commonly known as ‘fibreglass’. Originally developed in 1938 for use in insulation, GRP is extremely durable and today is used in a variety of applications across a number of industries. Also known as FRP (fibre reinforced polymer) GRP is extremely versatile, strong and waterproof, making GRP the ideal solution for applications such as roofing systems. The ability to produce different finishes such as nonslip surfaces using GRP, in addition to being able to produce unlimited range of colour options for applications of almost any complexity, means that GRP is now a popular and viable alternative to traditional roofing systems used previously.

How long will GRP products last?

Many glassfibre laminates made during the early days of GRP production in the 1940s are still in use today. Extensive testing has demonstrated the typical life expectancy of a GRP roof product to be well in excess of 50 years. And, tests conducted to date have shown ‘no deterioration’ infrastructure or performance throughout the testing period. Additionally, because GRP products or use in extreme conditions such as underwater, when used in the manufacture of boats, a GRP product applied by a specialist company could be expected to last a lifetime.

What colour will my GRP product be?

GRP products can be made in a number of different colour options (any colour in the BS4800 colour range.)

What are the main benefits of GRP roofing?

GRP has a number of benefits compared to traditional roofing products, especially for flat roofing. There are a number of health & safety benefits from installing a GRP roofing system because GRP products are cold laid and therefore not require any form of heat treatment, helping to protect installers and the general public. As GRP roofing systems are cold-applied they are not subject to the same prohibitive insurance premiums levied at installers using hot-works. Unlike traditional flat roofing systems, GRP flat roofs are extremely durable and completely waterproof, plus they can be finished in any wide range of colours and include options such as nonslip finishes. The entire area on a GRP roof is encapsulated into one single continuous GRP membrane and there are no seams joints or welds. It is also completely UV resistant. GRP roofing systems are also highly adaptable allowing conversion of the roof area to include features such as balconies or walkways within the roof area. Special features such as roof lights can also be included within a GRP roofing system. GRP roofing systems can also be used instead of pitched roofs or to make special features. The major benefit of GRP roofing comes from the fact that a high-quality GRP roofing system which is installed correctly should remain leak-free for life.

Is a GRP roof fire retardant?

Freedom Fibreglass roofing uses specially formulated roofing resins and topcoats with fire certification with no restrictions on their use which is your guarantee for situations where fire safety is a necessity.

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