You will easily find flat roofs all over the world and each area will have its own preference or tradition for the materials used. In locations that the roof could become covered by rain or are at risk of water seeping into the brickwork where it could freeze, flat roofs are not as suitable. Modern materials have found a way around this hence the use of GRP as we discussed previously. However, in warmer climates, where conditions tend to be hot and dry, these flat roofs are simply built from concrete or masonry. These are cheap options and are also good at keeping the heat of the sun from the building. You will usually find these styles throughout the history of Egyptian, Arabian, and Persian architecture. In warmer climates flat roofs tend to be more reinforced and used as additional living space or even converted to a roof terrace garden.
Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) otherwise known as Fiberglass is a mixture of polyester resin with glass reinforcing it. This is then coated with a polyester topcoat. The fibres of glass (which are very fine) help strengthen the plastic, which is where the name “fibreglass” originates. Fiberglass has a variety of uses and has been used in a variety of industries for over half a century! It can be applied to stairs, walls, walkways, skylights and many more things! It is great value as it doesn’t require maintenance. It is also very simple to extend or repair should you want/need to do any work on it. It lasts up to three times longer than felt and looks a lot sleeker, because of this you will usually get a guarantee which can be up to 30 years from the date of installation. It is a great cost-effective way to protect your property from rain and the other elements.