Asphalt is a material that is applied to flat, sloped or curved roofs to form a waterproof layer.  It can be used in conjunction with many materials including concrete, wood, and metal.  Asphalt is a useful material because it can be laid alongside thermal insulation.  As Asphalt is waterproof it can be used to lay under green roofs or roof gardens.  Furthermore, it is resistant to root penetration without the need for a root barrier.

The Benefits of Asphalt

One of the biggest benefits of Asphalt, especially the rolled roofing form, is that it is cost effective.  This could come in useful if you have a small budget and a large roof area.  Another great benefit is that it is quick to apply.  This is important because it will cause minimum disturbance for your business.  Although it is relatively inexpensive and quick to fit, it offers good protection from adverse weather such as strong winds, rain, snow, rain, and even hail.

Common applications

Asphalt is a durable and versatile material and can be used in a variety of applications such as:

  • Flat roofs
  • Inverted roofs
  • Stairways
  • Balconies and walkways
  • Tanking
Disadvantages of Asphalt

Although there are some great advantages to using Asphalt, it is important to discuss the disadvantages so that you can make a proper, informed decision about the roofing material you want to use.  A few disadvantages might not be that important in your decision-making.  For example, there is not a great choice of colour and, when installed, it is far less attractive than other forms of roofing material.  When compared to the price you pay, though, these disadvantages might not be an issue.

How is Asphalt installed?

Asphalt can be installed on a roof in two ways.  Firstly as a roof roll and secondly in shingles.  Roof roll Asphalt is used for flat roofing, mainly in commercial application and can be installed over larger areas more quickly than the shingle form.  Shingle-Asphalt is more pleasing aesthetically and so is used commonly in domestic situations.  Once applied it has the appearance of roof tiles or shingles.  Asphalt shingles also come in a wide variety of colours to suit the style of your building, your own personal taste or the surrounding buildings in your area.  Black is a common colour, but other colours include slate grey, green or brown.

If you require more information about Asphalt roofing or would like a quote, please contact our professional and friendly team on 020 8037 1848.